METFAB NEWS - 2017

2017 ---- Our 31st Anniversary Year

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August, 2017 Newsletter

At Metfab Metals Excellence Is Not a Sometime Thing!

MEMBER:

Most of you know the name, Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple and quite apparently a genius at marketing, as well as design and technology. The late Mr. Jobs has been rightly called “a long game player”. He once said of his goal to always supply great products that:

“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, so every one (of them)
should be really excellent”.
(1)

A similar credo could easily be assigned to our founder and CEO, Jim Murray, who every day insists on excellence from his staff---and himself.  With what result, you ask? As a result, Metfab Metals, LLC helps you to avoid mistakes, delays, erroneous PO’s, mis-made parts, missed deliveries and all the glitches that can plague your jobs. Like Mr. Jobs, Jim and all of us here at Metfab Metals are not satisfied with making “me too” products (2), delivered almost as ordered. “Let some other companies do that.” (3) We always rather deliver only those made exactly as ordered!

Our approach is not just to read the job specs and crank out fabricated metals, but rather to make excellent products every time.

“Excellence” is not just an essential in producing futuristic electronics as Apple has done, time & again. It is the mark of a great contractor, manufacturer or supplier too. We treat “excellence” as an essential part of every job we do. Part and parcel of getting an excellent result is communication with our customers before, during and after the fabrications are being done. That includes delivering exactly what the P.O. stipulates and when, how and in what quantities the customer specifies, even going so far as complying with changing conditions at the jobsite. Just keep us posted----and we’ll comply as fully as possible.

We here at Metfab Metals, LLC again learned this, day after day, in the smooth and timely completion of our recent contract for the exterior trusses of the NMAAHC Museum. (4) The specifications, schedule and logistics of delivery were all demanding in the highest degree, but we complied and were rewarded for it. Look at what our customer wrote to Jim, after the job was successfully turned over to the owner, on time, as designed:

Thank you for all your help and support on the NMAAHC (National Museum of African American History and Culture) project! They are never easy, but we find ways to succeed together. Congratulations on being a part of history with us.”…2/13/16



[First of our exterior fabricated 73' Trusses, after installation]


[NMAAHC after full installation of our exterior trusses]


[This unique Museum as it stands today]

The above few photos illustrate well our work from fabrication to erection to completion, all done with our standard brand of “excellence”. We didn’t have a single rejected truss, assembly or part in producing and delivering this exterior framework for a truly signature building---a monument to many things, including Metfab Metals’ proven ability to produce and deliver challenging and excellent fabrications.

Don’t forget: We always ask our customers to involve us more in the planning stage so we can take an early look at what metals are needed, as well as “when, how, in what timed deliveries & why” they’re needed that way, so we can give the Owner & Design Team a chance to take advantage of our hands-on, current experience as to what works best in our aspect of their plans.

Metfab Metals has decades of experience producing all the various metal parts/assemblies, while mixing in the SERVICES, all equally needed for YOUR retro jobs. In this way, we can serve to make your jobs go smoothly from their earliest stages-----------------and end successfully!


1. How to Think Like Steve Jobs, Daniel Smith, Michael O’Mara Books Ltd. (2013), pgs 193-194.

2. Ibid. but at pg. 42.

3. Ibid. but at pg. 42.

4. National Museum of African American History & Culture, the new Smithsonian museum in Washington, DC which opened last year.


Call us; you’ll soon see we produce.

Call me for ALL your METALS questions. If I can't answer it, I have all the needed "sources" to do so!

Jim Murray, C.O.O.                                          973-675-7676 jim@metfabmetals.com


July, 2017 Newsletter

“Delays!”
Metfab Metals Has a Program to Avoid These Too!

MEMBER:

None of you needs to be reminded how often “delays” play hell with your building schedule----and often your revenue & profit. Metfab Metals, LLC works hard to NOT contribute to this curse that plagues some jobs. Our answer is not just reading the job specs and taking calls from your Project Manager. We addressed this issue in-house several years ago, leading to the development of our proprietary Project Management program, KenWerks.

This Excel-based program tracks your jobs from initial contact to completion, including the receipt of initial plans & specs, quotation, Purchase Order (PO), issuance of sub-PO’s, actual purchase of steel & related products, retain sub-contractors/suppliers, receipt of products purchased, production scheduling, coordination with the customer’s project manager (PM), work with inspectors, coordination with subs/experts, QA/QC, co-ordination of shipments, packing, wrapping, palletizing & storage, securing shipments, delivery options, documentation, invoicing, final project close-out documents, even payment. All of this is designed to avoid even inadvertent delays and innocent errors.

But take a look at how one journal describes how the plague of delays strikes at the heart of what you are trying to get done. (1)

Delay and cost overruns are inherent part(s) of most projects despite… project management. …[We should] look at some reasons of delays and cost overrun in projects and their mitigation process, so as to increase….. project success....

The author then identifies a list of causes for project delays that most often lead to unanticipated added costs and often ultimately to a late turnover of the job itself:

1. One major factor that has been identified as a reason for cost overrun in most projects is design errors

2. [Another cause is] scope change. Scope…..defines the entire deliverables expected at the end of a project….. Thus, any change in the project scope during execution will mean that the entire initial project plan will have to be reviewed such that a reviewed [he means INCREASED]budget, schedule and quality will have to be developed.

3. Another major reason for cost overrun and delay…. is inappropriate and inadequate procurement and faulty contractual management system. Contracts read out virtually every aspect of a business correlation, including payment terms, pricing, and service levels…[A]contract that has not highlighted the entire project scenario may lead to dispute in the contract system.

4. The complexity of a project could also be a contributing factor to delay and cost overrun. …… most mega projects tend to have relatively long implementation period when compared to small projects (leading to)…… inflation, change in material price and changes in exchange rates such that the initial budget may need to be supplemented for the project to be completed.

5. Finally, the post execution phase (closure) of a project…. can lead to delays and cost overrun. Being the very last part of the project life-cycle it is often… ignored……Slow closeout could be [due to]contracts and procurement, change order issues not resolved, final change orders not issued, poor close out documentation.

In conclusion, although delay and cost overrun may seem very inherent in most projects, the good news is that it can be reduced or totally eliminated using a proper project performance monitoring and control system that will integrate all the key activities of each phase of the project……………(emphasis added)

Even before our April, 2017 Newsletter (2) where we introduced you to KenWerks as one of the tools we use daily to comply promptly with your entire job specs, we used this program in all our departments. All our employees now input information as your job flows through our office, leading to the right fabrications arriving, on time, at your jobsite. All projects logically require allied “services” from your metals supplier, not just their accurately made parts. Our KenWerks program, with select sections open to critical employees for input and status, makes this process easier, more error-free and more expedited. This sophisticated computer tracking system can help you deal with the day-to-day problems of all your jobs, often as much as our decades of experience making the fabricated steel! We here at Metfab Metals always want to better handle your job’s needs. This means our services are as important as are ALL our metal products for your projects. Don’t forget: we always ask our customers to involve us more in the planning stage so we can take an early look at what metals are needed, when, how & why they’re needed.

Metfab Metals has decades of experience producing metal parts/assemblies, while mixing in our first-class SERVICES, all equally needed for YOUR jobs. In this way, we can make your jobs go smoothly from their earliest stages-----------and end successfully!


1. Francois Buys, “Cost Overruns, and Their Mitigation Measures", https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/five-causes-project-delay-cost-overrun-mitigation-measures-buys

2. See our website for this archived earlier article in our Newsletters section at www.metfabmetals.com.


Call us; you’ll soon see we produce.

Call me for ALL your METALS questions. If I can't answer it, I have all the needed "sources" to do so!

Jim Murray, C.O.O.                                          973-675-7676 jim@metfabmetals.com


June, 2017 Newsletter

Retro-Clad/Retro-Fit Update!
Metfab Metals Provides All the Related SERVICES too!

MEMBER:

WE MAKE ALL THE NEEDED PARTS TOO!!!

In our September, 2016 Newsletter (1) we wrote that:

“Many new projects are actually re-builds of sound older buildings that need to be brought up to current standards for one or more of (many) reasons.”

These Retro-Clad/Retro-Fit projects require allied “services” from your metals supplier, not just their accurately made parts, usually for at least a new exterior building cladding.

Coincidentally, we are now in the midst of a classic example of such a “re-build”, across the river in lower Manhattan. This brick façade building is morphing into a glass curtainwall one, with all the ultimate savings and environmental benefits of new systems. But it’s in the middle of Tribeca, a bustling mixed-use area with a shortage of parking, only a few blocks from West St, highway and the mouth of the Holland Tunnel outlet to New Jersey.

We want you to know how we can help you deal with the day-to-day problems of such re-building (often with occupants and shoppers in and around the building, as the contractors work often in limited random areas at any one time), as well as our experience making the fabricated steel for this job! Let me illustrate:


[388-390 Greenwich St., New York city, NY]

“The renovation, which includes a curtain-walled makeover, will integrate 388 and 390 into one building with a single lobby, show a “town square,” a rooftop terrace, and a fitness center……… The building will also be LEED-certified. …..The transformation will be complete by 2019. ……..388 Greenwich Street……is a skyscraper which forms a complex with the neighboring 10-story 390 Greenwich near the Hudson River.” (2)

No metal fabricator has more focused experience than Metfab Metals, LLC on the real-time needs of such jobs. Let me list a few such concerns at all such jobsites:

• Pre-construction metals plans/specs review (prior to actual production);
• Jobsite parking for deliveries (as you know, there is most often only limited street parking on such “jobsites”;
• Access to work areas;
• Storage of delivered/fabricated parts onsite/related costs;
• Partial deliveries (planned early, essential to a smooth work-flow);
• Area-“targeted”/limited deliveries (often floor by floor, as needed);
• Logistics (where, when, time-of-day to deliver???);
• Constantly adjusted specs/drawings to comply with building conditions, as found daily, as the building is field-measured;
• Flexible production schedules to meet found needs;
• 24/7 service availability for production and/or delivery;
• And so much more

As we have also said,”……..a “retro-fit” or “retro-clad” job can take many forms, all defined by the specs issued for the project…… it can be a more full-blown tear-out where the building is stripped down to its super-structure and every system, covering, cladding and finish is replaced, often to adapt it to a new use or purpose. Regularly….. the owners want to make the building far more energy efficient with power & maintenance savings offsetting much of the retro-fit costs…….” (3)


[“Alexander Court”, in Alexandria, VA: Another Metfab Metals retro job, where we created job-specific
metal parts/assemblies for a new skin on a restored building to gain a more modern appearance and energy efficiency]

We here at Metfab Metals always focus on how we can better handle your job’s needs. Retro-cladding and/or retro-fitting mean we also tune into all the services you will need as we supply ALL these metal products for such a ”retro” project, but often only as you need them howsoever your project actually progresses.

This unified process requires planning, coordination, on-the-go adjustments and anticipating many of the real-life problems BEFORE the job starts and even after we start (partial) deliveries for the fabricated metal anticipated at the jobsite. (4)

We always ask our customers to involve us more in the planning stage so we can take an early look at what metals are needed, when how & why they’re needed so we can give the Owner & Design Team a chance to take advantage of our hands-on, current experience as to what works best in our aspect of the plans. This can be an ultimately cost-effective way to qualitatively review your specs; identify potential problems before committing to building out all the fabricated steel your design calls for; and suggest services & ways to further job-efficiencies, and much more.

Metfab Metals has decades of experience producing all the various metal parts/assemblies, while mixing in the SERVICES, all equally needed for YOUR retro jobs. In this way, we can serve to make your jobs go smoothly from their earliest stages-----------------and end successfully!


1. See our website for this archived earlier article in our Newsletters section at www.metfabmetals.com.

2. As reported online in Real Estate Weekly, on June 17, 2017.

3. See our website for this September, 2016 article in our Newsletters section at www.metfabmetals.com. We reprised this in our January, 2017 Newsletter, stressing that we started such major retro-clad jobs more than 20 years ago citing our “51 Louisiana” roof enclosure or “ladder” in Washington, D.C, creating an enclosed courtyard with consequent energy efficiencies and other esthetics.

4. Building Design & Construction (online magazine) at www.bcdnetwork.com (September 16, 2009) by Mark Baker, Pres., IBA Consultants


Call us; you’ll soon see we produce.

Call me for ALL your METALS questions. If I can't answer it, I have all the needed "sources" to do so!

Jim Murray, C.O.O.                                          973-675-7676 jim@metfabmetals.com


May, 2017 Newsletter

Metfab Metals. LLC
NEW Plasma Cutting Department (Large Feeder Table
Type Plasma Cutter) Gives Us Another In-House Capacity Too!

MEMBER:


Now your fabricator here at Metfab Metals, LLC has a further capacity beyond all our long-standing AESS and other production skills. We have established a whole new Plasma Cutting Department to service the expanding----and more demanding----cutting needs in our industry.

But this is not just “adding a machine”. This is a part of an overall “customer service” strategy that our owner, Jim Murray, has envisioned for a long while, planned and put into effect. He has now implemented another phase for Metfab Metals, LLC to show our constant service commitment to fulfill all the needs of our current---and future--customers.

But progress pictures might give you a better “feel” for this Piranha Model # C5-10 enhancement. Take a brief look at how we have preliminarily begun to lay out this new Department:

But what does this mean for you? Again, just look briefly at what the machine’s manufacturer reports in its literature and on its website:
STANDARD FEATURES

1. Rugged Construction - All-Welded Steel Frame (not bolt-together) with high accuracy linear guides and bearings. Machine is assembled complete at the factory

2. Dual Side Drive – gantry driven on both sides for maximum stability

3. CNC Control with 10.4” High resolution color LCD monitor, shape library with 20 configurable shapes, 8MB memory & USB interface

4. Panasonic servo motors and drives – Powerful 400 watt servo motors (not stepper motors) on both X-axis and Y-axis with a maximum traverse speed of 8000mm/min.

5. Down draft exhaust system – Pre-vented duct work with exhaust fan for plasma dust extraction – no messy sludge to clean out and dispose of.

6. MicroStep Programmable Torch Height Control – controls torch height automatically

7. Breakaway Torch Mounting – protects the torch from inadvertent part tip-ups

8. FASTCAM Programming System – DXF importing, editing and NC code generator.

9. 5’ x 10’ Cutting Area

We always invite current customers to come in and look at what we are doing---and can do. This invitation extends as well to those of you that are not yet our customers. Come in and look for yourself!!!!

Look at this state-of-the-art Plasma Cutter as well as our other capacities. Remember that we can now transmit your precise shop drawings directly to this Plasma Cutter’s computer, so mistakes are a thing of the past. “Last minute” orders can be serviced better and more quickly than ever.

As we like to say, no other fabricator has more focused experience, more resources or a deeper commitment to your fabrication needs than Metfab Metals, LLC. That’s why we often call ourselves not primarily a fabricator, but rather a service company that fabricates your needs to “service you better.”

As we said last month, our service not only means “we speed what you need” to your jobsite; it means we can improvise and implement, as you need it, whatever will make your job go smoother, faster and on-time. NO metal fabricator can promise you more than this.

Metfab Metals has decades of experience producing, to exacting specifications, all the various metal parts/assemblies needed for YOUR multi-faceted jobs. This precision always serves to make your jobs go smoothly from its earliest stages------------and end successfully! No order is too small; none too large; none too difficult; none too challenging. Call us; you’ll soon see we produce.


Our All-American service is as good as our metals!

Call me for ALL your METALS questions. If I can't answer it, I have all the needed "sources" to do so!

Jim Murray, C.O.O.                                          973-675-7676 jim@metfabmetals.com


April, 2017 Newsletter

Metfab Metals. LLC
NO Defects Whatsoever: THE Central Goal of Production
at “Metfab Metals” Too!

MEMBER:

You most likely know Metfab Metals, LLC as the company that does small or large AESS jobs without peer (1), with almost NO errors and delivers on time, every time, even at huge jobs like Hudson Yards (2) But this is not a coincidence, happenstance or just plain luck for our owner, Jim Murray. He directs us all here at Metfab Metals, LLC on our constant need to follow a program roughly akin to Six Sigma (3) in scale to our size. Goal: NO production defects!

Let me tell you how we organize our staff and hold all managers, foremen and even welders to standards that far larger companies would be proud of. This is a very demanding standard for all, but very productive of our fine metal work.  We operate under the proprietary program (in-house created largely by Ken Barthman, and constantly refined as we use it) we have dubbed:

 

This unique program uses the Excel format and inputs that info into Google spreadsheets stored in the cloud. All employees have access to their relevant sheets and enter data directly as processes are completed/revised/reviewed.  This has allowed us to reduce and eliminate errors, delays, even costs dramatically. Come in and see what we can do with this for you. Or just come in and discuss how we have achieved these economies over recent years.

Simply common sense should drive a C.O.O. to require such steps! Our customers’ jobs that lack the lead time to order overseas, or the budget to do so or just discover essential last-minute “fill in” needs, made ACCURATELY & timely, drive us to implement these demanding steps & records.  So we can service your REAL needs!

Or more simply, our customers drive us to get done quickly and spec-compliant the parts/assemblies needed (often even pleaded for by a faithful, but desperate, customer) NOW! We can always help any customer. Again, come in and look for yourself!!!! Look at the state-of-the-art Plasma Cutter we just acquired to service (in-house and immediately) an even broader scope of what you might need at the “last minute” ----or earlier. No mistakes with this computer driven beauty. We can truly “optimize” here too which saves $$$$$ for all of us.

 

[Look at this site/Newsletter next month for a full exposition on this new capability we now have and what else we can now do for you, even FASTER than before, with guaranteed certainty. ] As we have said before, NO metal fabricator has more expertise and more focused experience than Metfab Metals, LLC for all your needs.  So much so that we at times even call ourselves not primarily a fabricator, but rather a service company that fabricates your needs to “service you better.” Our service not only means “we speed what you need” to your jobsite; it means we can improvise and implement whatever will make your job go smoother, faster and on-time.

Metfab Metals has decades of experience producing, to exacting specifications, all the various metal parts/assemblies needed for YOUR multi-faceted jobs which precision serves to make your jobs go smoothly from its earliest stages------------and end successfully! No order is too small; none too large; none too difficult; none too challenging. Call us; you’ll soon see we produce.


1. Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel. See our website for a full exposition of this art’s meaning and so many applications. www.metfabmetals.com.

2. This current West Side development in NYC is the largest such privately-financed development in the world to date. There are literally more than a dozen multi-use buildings rising on this former railroad yard site.

3. Six Sigma is the accepted name for a program seeking zero tolerance quality in manufacturing. It seeks to improve the quality of the output of a process by identifying and removing the causes of defects and minimizing variability in manufacturing and business processes. It uses a set of quality management methods, mainly empiricalstatistical methods, and creates a special infrastructure of people within the organization who are experts in these methods. (It…..) follows a defined sequence of steps and has specific value targets, for example: reduce process cycle time, reduce pollution, reduce costs, increase customer satisfaction, and increase profits. It seeks to improve the quality of the output of a process by identifying and removing the causes of defects…….


Our All-American service is as good as our metals!

Call me for ALL your METALS questions. If I can't answer it, I have all the needed "sources" to do so!

Jim Murray, C.O.O.                                          973-675-7676   
 jim@metfabmetals.com


March, 2017 Newsletter

We Metfab Metlas, LLC
We Are Adding More Technology to Our Shop Too!

MEMBER:

“Piranha” is a well-known name in the metal fabrication business. We have a number of their machines/computers in our shop. Take a look at the newest one just installed.

 
[Our Brand-New Piranha C-510 Plasma Cutting System]

Now we can do even more for you---right here in our own shop. And do it more efficiently and quickly! This “beast” can easily cut through 1” plate, with exacting precision. It’s “cutter” is driven by “FastCAM” software. Metfab Metals is now even more embedded in 21st century technology. Remember: “We sell Technology Too”! (1)

You might only recognize us as the company that did all that AESS (2) work at “NMAAHC” (3), or WTC4 (4) or even at Hudson Yards (5). But we also concurrently do the smaller jobs; some are emergent fabrications that are essential to your ongoing projects ----and make your installations so much easier so that they go so much more smoothly, efficiently & cost-effectively.

Look at what this machine can do automatically, with instructions directly from your electronic instructions/specifications, through “FastCAM” and our technology:

 

[Just some of the cuts our new Piranha can make for you.]

You’ve all ordered one or more of these special or last-minute configurations, perhaps even many times, often as you were in the middle of an ongoing site installation---and realized their need, even essentiality! Innovative new projects often require the above, as they create esthetics designed into the building. Sometimes just the facts on the ground require it, as your job doesn’t have the lead time to order overseas, or perhaps the budget to do so or you just have last-minute “fill in” needs to finish a job. Or you forgot a series of parts/assemblies needed NOW! We can always help

No metal fabricator has more expertise and more focused experience than Metfab Metals, LLC on such needs. Sometimes we even call ourselves not primarily a fabricator, but rather a service company that fabricates your needs to “service you better.” Our service not only means “we speed what you need” to your jobsite; it means we can improvise and implement as you need it whatever device will make your job go smoother, faster and on-time.

Metfab Metals has decades of experience producing all the various metal parts/assemblies needed for YOUR multi-faceted jobs that can serve to make them go smoothly from its earliest stages------------and end successfully! No order is too small; none too large; none too difficult; none too challenging. Call us; you’ll soon see we produce.


1. For more on our technology advances, look back at our earliuer Newsletters in our online archives, e.g., February, 2015; May, 2012; January, 2012; November, 2011; August, 2011. And more. So browse---and learn about technology at Metfab Metals .

2. Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel. See our website for a full exposition of this art’s meaning and so many applications. www.metfabmetals.com.

3. National Museum of African American History & Culture that opened just last year. We did all the exterior trusses that remain visible and beautifully finished to enhance the edifice’s aesthetics.

4. The new World Trade Center4 where we did the entrance podium’s exposed solid steel mullions, some running 50 feet in length.

5. The current West Side development in NYC is here and is the largest such privately-financed development in the world to date.


Our All-American service is as good as our metals!

Call me for ALL your METALS questions. If I can't answer it, I have all the needed "sources" to do so!

Jim Murray, C.O.O.                                          973-675-7676   
 jim@metfabmetals.com


February, 2017 Newsletter

YES, We Are BIG Suppliers of AESS, But We Give
New Meaning to “Miscellaneous Metals” Too!

MEMBER:


✓ Trip Carts,
✓ Picking Booms,
✓ Shop Tables & Cribs,
✓ Gantries,
✓ Lifting Bridles,
✓ Extrusion Racks,
✓ Working Platforms,
✓ Tool Bins,
✓ Tool & Die Work
✓ VMU Steel Fabrication,
✓ Miscellaneous Steel Parts, etc.

You might recognize us as the company that did all that AESS (1) at “NMAAHC” (2) , or WTC4 (3) and now at Hudson Yards (4). But we also do the nitty-gritty, in-house fabrications that make your jobs work ---- and installations so much easier.

You’ve all ordered one or more of these (or similar devices) many times, often as you were in the middle of an ongoing site installation --- and realized their need, even essentiality! Innovative new projects often require the above (or other incarnations of helpful equipment), as they help expedite your whole process and work schedule.

 

[One of our Trip Carts]                         [Our Bridle for Picking Boom from Our Shop]

Sometimes, simply just common sense requires it, as your job doesn’t have the lead time to order overseas, or the budget to do so or you just have last-minute “fill in” needs to finish a job. Or you forgot a series of parts/assemblies needed NOW! We can always help.

No metal fabricator has more expertise and more focused experience than Metfab Metals, LLC on such needs. Sometimes we don’t even call ourselves primarily a fabricator, but rather a service company that fabricates your needs to “service you better.” Our service not only means “we speed what you need” to your jobsite; it means we can improvise and implement, as you need it, whatever device will make your job go smoother, faster and on-time.

Metfab Metals has decades of experience producing all the various metal parts/assemblies---as well as your needed delivery/installation equipment----essential for YOUR multi-faceted jobs that help to make them go smoothly from its earliest stages------------and end successfully!


1. Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel. See our website for a full exposition of this art’s meaning and so many applications. www.metfabmetals.com.

2. National Museum of African American History & Culture that opened just last year. We did all the exterior trusses that remain visible and beautifully finished to enhance the edifice’s aesthetics.

3. The new World Trade Center4 where we did the entrance podium’s exposed solid steel mullions, some running 50 feet in length.

4. The current West Side development in NYC is here and is the largest such privately-financed development in the world to date.

No order is too small; none too large; none too difficult; none too challenging.

Our All-American service is as good as our metals!

Call me for ALL your METALS questions. If I can't answer it, I have all the needed "sources" to do so!

Jim Murray, C.O.O.                                          973-675-7676   
 jim@metfabmetals.com


January, 2017 Newsletter

Retro-Fit? Retro-Clad?----We Supply AESS, Anchors & Misc Metals for These Too!

MEMBER:

Many new projects are actually re-builds of sound older buildings that need to be brought up to current standards for one or more reasons. No metal fabricator has more expertise and more focused experience than Metfab Metals, LLC on such jobs.

 
[Left: “51 Louisiana”: Another Metfab Metals retro job ("roof ladder" covering) we did years ago in Washington, DC ]
[Right: Another load of "Retro" anchors shipped]

A “retro-fit” or “retro-clad” job can take many forms, all defined by the specs issued for the project. It can be a full-blown tear-out where the building is stripped down to its super-structure and every system, covering, cladding and finish is replaced, often to adapt it to a new use or purpose. Regularly today, the purpose can be expressed in one word: GREEN, that is, the owners want to make the building more energy efficient, with power & maintenance savings offsetting much of the retro-fit costs. We are currently doing a major such job at Alexander Court in Alexandria, Virginia. This is a common project today, especially to gain better energy efficiency, more internal (expanded) space, adapt to a new use, re-purpose the entire building---or all of the above.

 

[The partially done current retro job in Alexandria, VA; Our “Trip Cart” to set new windows]

As this process of planning and spec’ing each unique retro job regularly starts BEFORE we are offered a PO for the final fabricated metal needed at the jobsite (1), we ask all our customers (new as well as established) to involve us more in this planning stage. This is a NO-cost offer in which we take a look at what metals are needed and give the Owner & Design Team a chance to take advantage of our hands-on, current experience as to what works best in our aspect of the plans (then-yet to be finalized).


1. Building Design & Construction (online magazine) at www.bcdnetwork.com (September 16, 2009) by Mark Baker, Pres., IBA Consultants

Metfab Metals has decades of experience producing all the various metal parts/assemblies needed for YOUR retro jobs that can serve to make them go smoothly from its earliest stages------------and end successfully!
Call us; you’ll soon see we produce.

Call me for ALL your METALS questions. If I can't answer it, I have all the needed "sources" to do so!

Jim Murray, C.O.O.                                          973-675-7676   
 jim@metfabmetals.com


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