“We work on YOUR time.”
September, 2007 e-Newsletter
Well over a hundred years ago, the noted Irish writer Oscar Wilde, shortly after returning to the U.K. following a visit to this country, astutely observed,
"There is no country in the world where machinery is so lovely as in America." (1883)
While today, you and I might express that idea differently (we most probably would not describe steel stuff as lovely?), we do today still very much make our metals almost into works of art. Which is a good segue’ into our most recently completed ‘arty’ work. I’ll bet you haven’t seen too many entranceways as “lovely” or finished as finely as this!
Well, we didn’t make this, but this is the front doorway of very pricey residences at 15 Central Park West in Manhattan where we supplied the exposed structural steel that formed the portal surround for the delivery entrance. In a building of this world-class status you have to have “loveliness” even for the deliverymen, I guess! These are ‘almost-done’ photos as we are putting the final finishing touches on this work. It’s the brown steel polished & finished so finely that it looks like a plastic coating, but it is the actual steel support members themselves done ‘just right’. Look for yourself at these two angles of this work. Look here next month & you’ll see the as-built edition of this ‘lovely’ job!
This is a great example of an inventive process that has come to be known as: AESS, or Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel, the use of finely-finished steel/metal members (prepped, welded, polished, and/or uniquely painted) and left totally open to the view and touch of all after the job is done. Architects today routinely design essential structural members with such exposed metal parts (both inside and outside structures). These are aesthetically pleasing to the eye, add beauty to the edifice and become the stuff of which a “unique look” is made. [More of our AESS can be seen on this website.] Our COO, Jim Murray, has been an integral part of many AESS projects, from the steel spider-web ceiling of BWI International Airport outside Baltimore to the ‘heliostats’ and railings at Battery Park in Manhattan to both the inside and outside of this new headquarters for the New York Times.
For those of you active in the steel ‘finishing’ part of our industry, you know that this past year, the American Institute of Steel Construction Inc. (AISC) set out a range of categories so our RFQ’s could be more accurately spec’d, and priced. No one wants to either pay more for what he expects, nor get less than what he thinks his architect has already spec’d! These new parameters from the AISC should go a long way to preclude these arguments and/or disappointments----and get the job built as actually designed! See new sections 10.1 to 10.4.3 and their annotations on its website at www.AISC.com.
Metfab has fabricated metals now for many ambitious AESS designs, now often combining commonplace exposed structural steel elements with glazing to create innovative spaces and enclosures. We regularly provide curved tubes, segmented beams, visually perfect welds and even putty and finish metal to create the smooth ‘natural’ finish spec’d. We can grind welds smooth, contour and blend welds, relieve or bevel sheared edges, minimize surface defects and apply protective coatings and finishes, all to provide the highest quality (simultaneously visual and structural)achievable in architectural segments.
As we close for this month, I am reminded of a 1941 memo to the Minister of Public Works & Buildings, who seemed to be allowing enthusiasm for his job to override the current circumstances of war and the German blitzkrieg bombing of London into a literal city full of building debris, legendary Prime Minister (and wit) Winston Churchill felt constrained to invoke his own sharp sense of humor and order tersely, “Do not let plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old.”
AESS, as well as many of Metfab Metals other products, can help you to fast implement “plans for a new” project or “save”---while vastly upgrading-----“what is left of the old” buildings or projects you have. Call us. Let us help you from the “getgo”, consult with your other professionals, give you invaluable input. [Look at our “Ancillary Services” page in this website.] It’s a great investment.
“We work on YOUR time.”
August, 2007 e-Newsletter
Most of us recognize this as Albert Einstein’s famous equation leading to the “atomic age”. It ultimately made “Albert Einstein” a household name we all easily recognize. [It also made the name “Einstein” a synonym for a really bright guy, or, kiddingly, for a guy who thinks he’s a genius---but isn’t. Maybe you’ve met a few of these!] What you all might not know is that years later in 1950 Dr. Einstein said the following while he was living at Princeton University right here in New Jersey:
“The value of achievement lies in the achieving.”
Simple words, not from a simple man, but from a literal genius. Well, we don’t do nuclear fusion or atomic work here at Metfab Metals, but we do “achieve”. Actually everyday at our 6:00AM set-up meeting, we map out our most pressing items to be achieved that day and then get to the actual “achieving”. Concededly, we don’t have any Einsteins around here; but we do have more than a few creative and dedicated people who daily send out their achievements in fulfillment of your PO’s.
Look at this “achievement-in-progress” pictured. What is this? It’s the delivery entrance under construction at the new New York Times headquarters in Manhattan. Of course, what’s captured here by the lens is the sum of the works of many capable contractors. What Metfab Metals contributed here are the steel-clad columns that will surround this entire delivery portal when it’s finished. This is a further example of the sophisticated AESS (1) work that we now do more and more. Look closely-----this highly-finished steel is so aesthetically perfect that it looks like brown plastic-----but it’s not! These are actually several pieces of formed, welded, assembled and finely-finished structural steel members that have been polished and then painted to an almost-perfect surface smoothness and finish. It’s almost too nice for the anticipated bumps and nicks daily at a truck back-in, huh!
[Look at this space in coming months and you’ll be able to see how the entire portal (and other AESS work) appears in its final as-built condition. This is the kind of work we can bring to your projects per the process defined further in the footnote below.]
Supposedly, Babe Ruth once remarked that that he’d rather be “lucky than good”. Well, such luck might once bring you out right, but it’s no way to run any business and especially to produce these and many other precise metal parts. We hope always to be lucky, but we plan to be good every day. Try our plan and our quality when a project of yours next needs what we do best----fabrication and on-time delivery of specialty and production metal parts. Call us!
“We work on YOUR time.”
1. Last year and again recently in this column, we reiterated our work with AESS-------- a growing choice of structure and finish by many architects. (Go to www.aisc.org/aess for a fuller explanation of this concept by design architects.) AESS also is something Metfab has fabricated many times already, in many forms and items. AESS, or Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel, is finely-finished steel members (prepped, welded, polished, and/or uniquely painted) to be left totally open to the view and touch of all after the job is done. AESS work is never covered by sheetrock or otherwise hidden from public view and simultaneously serves a structural and/or support function. Our COO, Jim Murray, was an integral part of an early AESS project a decade ago at BWI International Airport located between Washington, DC and Baltimore and now most recently this striking work at the new NewYork Times headquarters in NYC. For now, just scroll down here to our June & July, 2007 Newsletters to see more examples of this detail.
July, 2007 e-Newsletter
These are curved tube steel curtainwall supports that went into our Astor Place high-rise job in Manhattan this past year. [You can see the actual finished edifice under in the Northeast Projects on this website too.] These are vivid examples of what we can do with modern processes, finishes and our staff’s acquired skills in producing AESS products. AESS, or Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel, is the use of finely-finished steel/metal members (prepped, welded, polished, and/or uniquely painted) and left totally open to the view and touch of all after the job is done. Architects today routinely design structures with such exposed metal parts (both inside and outside structures), as these are pleasing to the eye, aesthetically attractive and the stuff of which a “unique look” is made. [More of our AESS can also be seen on other places in this website.]
Metfab Metals has fabricated metals now for many ambitious AESS designs. Exposed structural steel elements combined with glazing to create innovative spaces and enclosures are now commonplace. We regularly provide curved tubes, segmented beams, visually perfect welds and even putty and finish metal to create the smooth ‘natural’ finish spec’d by the design team. We can grind welds smooth, contour and blend welds, relieve or bevel sheared edges, minimize surface defects and apply protective coatings and finishes, all to provide the highest quality (simultaneously visual and structural)achievable in architectural segments.
We reported last month our growing activity
in fabricating aluminum. To do the same high quality
“After all is said & done, there’s always more said than done.”
We at Metfab Metals subscribe to the idea of only promising to do what we are good at----and then actually doing it. Ask any of our customers and you’ll always get the same answer----delivered as promised, on time, and accurately done. You might ask: “What are we good at?” Our COO, Jim, has been doing metal work for over 30 of his 45+ years, as he hung around his Italian immigrant grandfather who was a tool & die maker out of the “old school”. Indeed, Jim still has some of those old, but still so useful, tools that his grandfather used. Some of them are irreplaceable now, but help with fashioning a die we might use to produce that series of identical parts you need quickly----but done to a demanding spec----for a 21st Century project. So, YES, Metfab Metals is a young company with young staff, but we draw on a hundred years of metal experience inculcated into our people. Page through this website and see the whole spectrum of products we can make for you.
June, 2007 e-Newsletter
Anyone who is even vaguely familiar with the American car industry over the last three or four decades recognizes the name, Lee J. Iacocca, the man who contributed original idea after idea to Ford Motor Company, then left Ford to lead Chrysler Motors out of bankruptcy to corporate salvation. He was the embodiment of a great manager who, when asked to express what in a nutshell that encompassed, said so in these words:
“If I had to sum up in one word what makes a good manager, I’d say decisiveness. You can use the fanciest computers to gather the numbers, but in the end you have to set a timetable and ACT.”.
He was the type of “hands-on” guy that our industry fully understands as needed, actually essential to meet the daily demands that we must “get things done”. So when Mr. Iacocca was asked about customer loyalty, his advice was also plain and direct:
“Talk to people in their own language. If you do it well, they’ll say, ‘God, he said exactly what I was thinking.’ And when they begin to respect you, they’ll work with you till death.”
Well, of course, we at Metfab love customer loyalty---and frankly have seen a lot of it. “Loyal” customers make up a large part of our business, though we always look for new customers---and new products—to make for new customers. As you can see here, we are truly ‘hands-on’ (actually that’s Jim----our COO----at an erection site putting his own “hands on” one of our custom panels for a multi-story condo development). The next photo shows more of them done and about to be ‘craned’ onto the building.
This is just one way in which Metfab helps its customers after the “shovel goes into the ground”. Come out to see us; look at our preparedness; inspect our operation; ask questions; and work with us on any of your special project needs. What can we make for you today? Need it in steel, aluminum, specialty steel, another metal…….?? Just send the specs.
Right now we are addressing your increasing needs for aluminum products. We are finding that we can supply these needs, along with all our steel product lines. Indeed, we have shipped more aluminum in the past months than ever before. Next month, we’ll give a fuller update as to how we are implementing aluminum fabrication as never before. If you need more info on this before then, just call.
[Recently, many of you got our new brochure updating all our product lines and capacities. If you didn’t, just contact us either through this website or by phone-----and we’ll zip one or more out to you.]
May, 2007 Newsletter
Everyone in the English-speaking world (and most of the rest of the civilized world) has heard of William Shakespeare. But like me, most of us often don’t really understand his specific words, though his old plots are repeated over and over in everyday life (like “Romeo & Juliet”, remember?). In another play, Othello, he had a lead character mouth in fancy words the following familiar idea:
“Your words and performances are no kin together.”
He was there describing the unfaithful Iago and the huge gap between his large promises and his failure of action thereafter.
Clearly, this is a ‘plot’ you and I see everyday, now almost 400 years after the above words were penned. While we have few (actually not one) Shakespearean scholars here at Metfab cutting metal, fabricating and welding parts or shipping them on time, we know what we know and we actually do well what we do!
In our last Newsletter, we reported here our real-time progress toward 100% on-time performance, citing the goal that Andrew Carnegie, the 19th Century legendary global industrialist and philanthropist, recited over 100 years ago that: “……..The world…….stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100% (of their efforts)…..” to their job commitments! (Look back at our last Newsletter for more on this) At Metfab, we would like you-----our customers and future customers----to later be tempted to “stand on (your) heads” after you see the results of our 100% efforts to make your orders and your project go smoothly and efficiently to a 100% successful fulfillment----and DELIVERED ON TIME---100% of the time!!!
In recent Newsletters we told you of extensive internal improvements last year here at Metfab, then reported successful contributions to world-class buildings from NYC to California, and even in a US Embassy in Central America.
Now we ask you to take a moment and look at the specialty parts illustrated below.
These are good exemplars of what we can do to fulfill special needs, designed into the job or arising during the course of construction due to unforeseen subcontractor failures or equally unforeseen problems with the design itself. You’ve all had these situations arise, leading to a resourceful solution (by someone like us) or to a tragedy of delay and cost overruns. The first above part is usually machined in Germany. This time it wasn’t available here in the USA on a timely (or cost-effective) basis for our customer’s job. We not only perfectly fabricated it (albeit for the first time in this shop); then we delivered it on time in California. [FYI, these are customized curtain-wall assembly anchors.] The second is a shot of a truss we have now completed for an upper floor of buildings #1 of the Irvine Spectrum Center in Irvine, California. In the following six weeks, we delivered the remaining trusses for the 15th & final floor----all again on time, though 3,000 miles away.
Let us continue to work together in 2007 to bring to ALL your projects accurate estimates, good parts, prompt fulfillment and successful completion. We still want all of you to call us, fax us, email us, come in to see us.------------Our singular goal is to continue to fulfill old customers and show new ones how we can make their jobs, their contracts and their work 100% as spec’d, fabricated and delivered on time, every time!
In this way, our “words and performances” will indeed be “kin together” and your jobs will be done right and on time from beginning to end and become even more of a profit center for you.
Right now in 2007, make Metfab one of your regular and relied-upon subcontractors!
Last month in our newsletter to the trade, we quoted the original global industrialist and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, with these words:
“The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.”
Of course, we wished (and wish) you all a GREAT start to 2007 and asked you to join us in working together in 2007 to bring to your projects our accurate estimates, good parts, prompt fulfillment and successful completion. Call us, fax us, email us, come in to see us, so that we can continue to please old customers and show new ones how a subcontractor, ready to give the “Carnegie 100%” ALL THE TIME, can make a job less of a challenge and more of a profit center----for you.
Today, let’s look at another great American, nonagenarian Coach John Wooden, the basketball genius who guided UCLA to more national championships than ANY other coach in the history of the sport. Coach Wooden was not a man of complex ideas, but rather one who drilled his team to do all the basics well----ALL the time. He once expressed this as:
“Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”
Today in our yard here at Metfab stands this seemingly-odd structure:
Do you recognize it? Some of you will, as we made this for one of you. This is now emblematic of how Metfab helps its customers even before a shovel goes into the ground on some jobs. The glass contractor, GC, architect and the owner here wanted to see what various envelopes would look best for use in the restoration of the Verizon building in NYC. We fabricated the metal; ironworkers assembled it all on site here and the “suits” came out to inspect, peruse and decide which of the various metal parts, tints, caulks, finishes and the like would go into the final job specs. In this way, we all “prepared” and this job is now going full-speed ahead with no chance of “failure”. I think Coach Wooden would be proud of how we honored his credo in this real-life situation.
Come out to see us; look at this monument to preparedness; inspect our operation; ask questions; and work with us on any of your special project needs.
Have a truly Great 2007------------with us helping YOUR projects!
Metfab News Letter ---- January, 2007
Andrew Carnegie, the eponymous and legendary founder of the early 20th century Carnegie Steel Company and the still-prominent Carnegie Foundation, Carnegie-Mellon University, Carnegie Hall and other landmarks so that he became a global industrialist, philanthropist and personal success story, said over 100 years ago that:
At Metfab, we would like you-----our customers and future customers----to be tempted to “stand on (your) heads” after you see the results of our 100% efforts to make your orders and your project go smoothly and efficiently to a 100% successful fulfillment----and DELIVERED ON TIME---100%!!!
In recent months, we have reported in this space all the improvements we made internally here at Metfab in 2006, and many of the projects we were able to successfully complete, ship and deliver, again all on time. An interested customer can scroll back through our website News to those items still listed onsite.
Last month, we reported work done and shipped nearby to complete our work on the landmark New York Times building at the also-eponymous Times Square in New York City. We also shipped frames to the West Coast to be installed at the Spectrum Center in Irvine, California. Shortly, we will complete work for the embassy extension in Managua, Nicaragua with our Central American partner there. In 2007, we now can now do all these things seamlessly, with better equipment, better personnel and even-better teamwork.
But we’d much prefer to talk to you about the future, not even seemingly congratulate ourselves on past fulfillments. 2006 was a year with great dollops of ‘fine-tuning’. We had the right equipment before then; had good personnel also; and have always had the team concept that makes large projects doable in the first place. But, like all production facilities, each project brings its own unique challenges. This year presented us with many true examples of that. Because we must always meet these challenges in every individual job, small or large, we didn’t rest over the holidays, but had our contractors in to renovate our offices, upgrade our computer system, re-condition our shop machines, clean up our storage and work with us to re-organize our production lines, so we are now positioned to expedite greater projects in shorter production times. Come in and see for yourselves!
Let us work together in 2007 to bring your projects accurate estimates, good parts, prompt fulfillment and successful completion. Call us, fax us, email us, come in to see us.------------In this way, we can continue to please old customers and show new ones how a subcontractor, ready to give the “Carnegie 100%” ALL THE TIME, can make a job less of a challenge and more of a profit center.
Have a truly Great 2007!
Metfab News Letter ---- November 1, 2006
2007! Seems like a date far off in the future, huh? As we post this news item on our site, it is only about 60 days away. So we’ll all have to change calendars, add on a number to our dating and make those annual New Year’s resolutions!
Of course, we are proud of what this young company has done, but “sitting on our laurels” is not our way. At the outset of 2006, we had tired old forklifts. They’re gone and new ones are helping us do our product-shifting better. We needed two (2) more trucks for our in-house trucking to expedite deliveries----and we have done this! Old punches, drills, presses and dies were slowing us down. They’re all gone, with new and better equipment working for us each day.
In past months, we have reported here at length on projects from the South American, Colombian-based general contractor, Granitos Y Marmoles, S.A., for the United States Embassies in Managua and Mexico City to the “Newseum” in Washington, D.C. and the beautiful new Virginia Museum of Art in Richmond. We will shortly post here pictures of the specialty work we are taking at these sites. Last month’s “News” of the cutting edge venture of a built-to-scale mock-up for Benson Industries of Portland, Oregon (for the “1095 Avenue of the Americas” building----the old Verizon Building) is now sitting in our yard for everyone to see how we can work in innovative ways with customers to accommodate the special needs of a big job. This is now a true-to-life template for the cladding and fenestration of this 21st century edifice and let all the parties walk around, at ground level----and to climb fabricated staircases two storeys above---to see how alternative finishes, glass, accents, caulking and the like would actually appear----and weather.
Our “New York Times” building work in NYC is finishing as we publish this. The AESS(*) work on this job will be there for decades of architects and tourists alike to see, admire and maybe even copy! Next month, look here for the pictures promised above, as well as our work at Comcast in Philadelphia, other buildings world-wide, and perhaps even a unique project (now in the formulation stages) along the “Gold Coast” of Jersey City on the Hudson River facing the West Side of NYC and Ground Zero!
(*) Footnote: AESS, or Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel, is finely-finished steel members (prepped, welded, polished, and/or uniquely painted) to be left totally open to the view and touch of all after the job is done. AESS work is never covered by sheetrock or otherwise hidden from public view. Our COO, Jim Murray, was an integral part of an early AESS project, BWI International Airport located between Washington, DC and Baltimore. There you can see the structural steel space frame with its threads and connections in plain view-------- and still shining like its original installed condition! Another widely-known international example of AESS is the Georges Pompidou Museum with its exposed air ducts and ceiling units in Paris, France.
Metfab News Letter ---- August 1, 2006
Our heartiest congratulations are in order for the City of Newark and Transit of New Jersey (TNJ), as the ultra-modern hybrid subway/LightRail extension joining the Penn Railroad and North Broad Street stations opened on Monday, July 17. 2006! This not only signals the continuing and palpable renaissance in Newark, it adds back in a once-familiar flavor of “trolley cars” on Broad Street. Folks can now funnel into Newark at Penn Station from far and wide and, in ten minutes, get cleanly and safely to the Performing Arts Center, many Broad Street businesses, Bears Stadium (for great minor league baseball, at easy-on-the-wallet prices) or to far-flung areas on NJ and NY by connecting train lines at the North Broad Street Station. We are proud to have made the steel stair systems there and related parts for this TNJ facility. (See our last News item on this in April.)
In past years (and even last year) we have worked extensively with the South American, Colombian-based general contractor, Granitos Y Marmoles, S.A.,----to fabricate the entire Stainless Steel Stone Support Systems for the United States Embassy in Managua and Mexico City. Now another such hand-set project (again for the stone cladding of the subject building) is ours. This time Granitos has been awarded the extension of the USA buildings in Managua and they are again calling upon us to fabricate a similar Stainless Steel Stone Support System. This is just part of our effort to increase our work overseas and to “support” our customers there.
Enclos has announced that it has been awarded the contract for the work at the “Newseum” in Washington, D.C. We will again collaborate with them on this huge project. Harmon, Inc. (out of Baltimore this time) has retained us to do the steel fabricating for the beautiful new Virginia Museum of Art in Richmond. Look at these pages in coming months for pictures of the specialty work we will execute at these sites.
As we publish this month’s News, we also are at the cutting edge of a unique venture with a built-to-scale mock-up for Benson Industries of Portland, Oregon------the 1095 Avenue of the Americas Building. On this job, we are working closely with Joe Anderson of Benson to fabricate and erect on our lot a frame system that will be state-of-the-art and a paradigm for future projects. This will become the template for the cladding and fenestration of this 21st century edifice. Keep following its progress in these pages in coming months.
Presently, we are also completing
the “New York Times building work in NYC. The
steel is being finished in pewter-colored acrylic
as part of this AESS work. [See below and at other
parts of this site for a fuller explanation of AESS
& its uses.]
Metfab News Letter ---- May 1, 2006
In recent months we set out in this space several new projects and products that we have now in various stages of completion/development. Two of our larger 2005-2006 projects are now either 100% completed and accepted or largely done.
But by reporting here our progress
on MAJOR projects, we are always concerned that this
may mislead many smaller customers (present ones, as
well as interested ones) and outside contractors that
we are not actively filling those needs too. Nothing
could be further from the truth. While we regularly
enter into contracts for 100’s of thousands of
dollars in needed specialty fabrications, we daily have
employees dedicated solely to fulfilling the immediate
needs of local and distant contractors. Whether it’s
a single part or a drum of ordinary stone anchors and
parts, call Metfab. The proof of our full-spectrum diversity
of business is in the fact that last year we filled
orders for over 200 different customers. As an illustrated
example, just look at our cut-to-size steel parts section
of this site that shows what our employees produce daily----every
Presently, we are also completing the “cafeteria” steel for the new 85-storey New York Times building in NYC. The 43 specially-fabricated 25-foot steel exterior structural columns will span the entire window wall. This will give a very futuristic look as each column has a 5” circular hole every 10” vertically (using water-jet technology to get the identical precision for these repetitive openings) to allow the light to pass through the columns. The steel is being finished in pewter-colored acrylic as part of this AESS work. [See below and at other parts of this site for a fuller explanation of AESS & its uses.] The exacting specifications of this truly unique design and our conformance to them have proved again the traditionally-excellent Quality Control (QC) here at Metfab.
One of our scaffolding partners has now brought us into two local projects of interest. Xanadu is the billion-dollar multi-use development near the north end of the New Jersey Turnpike. We are making seven temporary scaffold platform systems to allow swifter and broader access for workers to high outside construction areas. In Newark, as the much-modernized subway/LightRail is being extended to join the Penn RR and North Broad Street stations, we have made steel stair systems and are still supplying related parts for this Transit of New Jersey (TNJ) facility. These projects are now-familiar names here in the New York Metro area. But the items we are producing for them have applications to many other jobs locally and across the country------maybe yours! Click HERE here to view pictures of this specialty work.
Footnote: Last year, we reported our work with AESS which is a growing choice of finish by many architects. (Go to www.aisc.org/aess for a fuller explanation of this concept by design architects.) AESS also is something Metfab has fabricated many times already, in many forms and items. AESS, or Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel, is finely-finished steel members (prepped, welded, polished, and/or uniquely painted) to be left totally open to the view and touch of all after the job is done. AESS work is never covered by sheetrock or otherwise hidden from public view. Our COO, Jim Murray, was an integral part of an early AESS project, BWI International Airport located between Washington, DC and Baltimore. There you can see the structural steel space frame with its threads and connections in plain view-------- and still shining like its original installed condition! Another widely-known international example of AESS is the Georges Pompidou Museum with its exposed air ducts and ceiling units in Paris, France.
Metfab News Letter ---- February 1, 2006
Last month we told you of several new projects that well illustrate the scope and type of work we here at Metfab are doing in 2006. Now we would like to show you further proof of our commitment to 21st Century work and production by asking you to look at the new----and faster----and heavier-duty----technology we just put online (January 20, 2006). These new Piranhas expand further both our capacity to get more work done and our ability to do it all consistently and identically right and per the smallest nano-detail of your specs. The additional new 120-ton Piranha gives us capacity even beyond today’s demand and positions Metfab Metals for the coming needs of such concepts as “bomb-blast” technology, AESS and our pre-engineered Stainless Steel Rail System (SSRS).
Take a minute now and read further below what we last month told you as to how we can help you with the newest variants on security, esthetics and engineered innovations. Read about our unique “Heliostats” installation near Ground Zero at Battery Park. The “green” concept of this esthetic add-on is one that we will all see more and more of as this century’s project enhancements unfold. Call us and discuss how we are fabricating re-enforced mullions to comply with the idea of withstanding a literal BOMB BLAST at such buildings as Federal Courthouses around the country. Look at our application of this and more innovations at the US Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua.
Metfab of course continues to produce all the staples of the industry. Just this past month we added the Center of Morris County (here in Parsippany, NJ, just off I-287) with 38,000 square feet of stone clad trusses and anchors. We also are in line for renovation work at historic Fenway Park in Boston. We are happy to tell you too that our friends and colleagues at Kepco Architectural Cladding Systems in Salt Lake City are keeping us busy again as they (very thankfully, Lord!) did in 2005 with jobs from Newport Beach, CA to Utah to Nauvoo, IL t our backyard in The Big Apple.
Call us; come in; share your ideas with us. You’re always welcome here in “Joisey”!
Metfab News Letter ---- January 1, 2006
Happy New Year! We hope this year brings you all good things and even greater success in all your business ventures. We here at Metfab want to partner with you to provide all the essential parts illustrated in our product lines. If we all work together, 2006 can be a banner year for us all.
Speaking of “new”, have you heard the term “bomb-blast technology”? Sounds mysterious, even threatening to the uninitiated! If you haven’t heard it, rest assured you will! If you have, you know it is yet another legacy of the tragic events of “9/11” and the world-wide terrorism that we all deal with everyday in ways we never would have dreamed even just 5 or 6 years ago. “Bomb-blast” is the colorful, indeed suggestive, technology term that architects are now working into their specs to counteract, in advance, the explosive fall-out from a feared terrorist act. These specs will be common in all governmental, and many privately-owned, buildings from now on.
At Metfab, we are already fabricating steel members to encase in traditional window mullions for further reinforcement and to lessen the structural impact on such a building from a detonated explosive device. The now too familiar Iraqi War term, “IED” (Improvised Explosive Device) is being guarded against here in the USA by far-sighted architects in their individual project plans & specifications. This technology will be given ever more expansive use. As an example, we are presently fabricating heavy gauge steel to such a new specification (in close cooperation with the window contactor) for the United States Courthouse in Richmond, Virginia.
Last year, we reported in this space our work with AESS specifications. [We also reported our expanded staging areas for particular NYC projects.] AESS, or Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel, as a growing choice of finish by many architects, is something Metfab has fabricated many times already, in many forms and items. This classification is now being addressed in the AISC’s Code of Standard Practice., by a steel liaison committee of structural engineers with professional input from architects, contractors and others. We believe the production of such AESS items positioned Metfab as a pioneer at the “cutting edge” of technological advances in the metal fabricating industry. Now we are on that same forward edge of technology with “bomb-blast” fabrication. Let us share our knowledge and experience to make your building and your project ever-more safe and “21st Century” before you finalize project drawings.
Of course, Metfab continues with its current projects as we post this “News”. We are happy to report that we are involved in another international project, this time in Managuá, Nicaragua. In the past, our COO, Jim Murray, had critical input into the final project specs and production of specially-fabricated frames for the exterior cladding of two Mormon Temples in Central America, one in Guayaquil, Ecuador and the other in Bogota, Colombia. Now, that same Colombian-based general contractor, Granitos Y Marmoles, S.A., is calling upon us again to fabricate the entire Stainless Steel Stone Support System for the United States Embassy in Managua.
We are also presently crafting frames (again for the stone cladding of the subject building), as well as stone anchors, for Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. Other current projects are the Howard Hughes Research Center in Janilla Farms, Virginia; The Human Genome Research Center in Rockville, Maryland and The Church of the Latter Day Saints Temple in Sacramento California.
In late 2005, we completed work for the football stadium at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia; The New York Times Building in Times Square, New York City, NY; The United States Courthouse in Brooklyn, NY and many other prominent new edifices.
NEW PRODUCT NEWS:
We must note a unique Project at Battery Park in New York City that we were particularly proud to be retained for------------- and one in which our work was not only innovative, but led to a whole new product line. This NEW product line is now available to you for the truly inventive project application. What we refer to is the custom, pre-engineered Stainless Steel Railing System (complete with a wire mesh safety screen below the railing itself) for the roof facilities of a high-rise residential building at the foot of Manhattan Island. [As this is “pre-engineered”, it meets all NYC Building Code requirements, as well as those in your area.] This “System” was integrated with even more unique Heliostats, specially manufactured in Germany to supplement the sun for the adjacent residents “denied sun” (lost exposure to the sun at certain times of the day) in their courtyard area by the new building. [Look further at our site pictures to see what we did here and what these new innovations are!] We now list this railing system as one of our products and can supply this decorative, arty and functional railing (no maintenance at all needed) to the ‘right’ project. Perhaps it is one you are planning! Call us and discuss how we can spec this for you, either on 25th floor as at Battery Park, or around the perimeter of a first floor enclosure or………………wherever else it works “right” for your project!