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Project Update - Seacliff Heights - Leamington, ON

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Seacliff Heights – Leamington, ON




Smooth workflow throughout the entire project.


The overhangs on the roof structure were time consuming, but design changes for the next phase will help with this.


Phase 2 and 3 of the development.


Their drive and ability to push and schedule trades.


Willingness to work with others on site to complete the project with minimal conflict and maximum cooperation.

Project Update – Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino Hotel – Murphy, NC

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Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino Hotel – Murphy, NC




Prefabricating the large parapet sections and hoisting them into place.


Working in a remote location, in a different country and getting used to a culture difference.


Visiting the finished casino and staying in the hotel we built.


Consistency with payments making all the materials easy to procure.


Worked through the challenging days to get the project complete.

Canadian Business Executive Case Study on The Magest Group Ltd.

Source: Canadian Business Executive – Case Study

The Canadian Business Executive serves as a platform for elite business leaders across all industries to connect, network and share ideas and challenges.The Magest Group Ltd. is honoured to be featured in the following Case Study.


Magest Group Limited

Integrated construction products and services in Stratford, Ontario;

Written by: Jeanee Dudley

Produced by: John Carioti

For nearly 30 years, the Martin family has been providing a wide range of construction services and innovative products in Ontario. Gary Martin first established Magest Inc. in 1987 as a general contracting company. The gradual addition of Magest Building Systems Limited (MBSL); Magest Metal Products Limited (MMPL) and Magest Modular Solutions Limited (MMSL) rounded out the family of companies, now known as Magest Group Limited.

Magest Group Limited

All four companies operate from a single location in Stratford, Ontario, where Gary’s son, Brock Martin, oversees a growing team of professionals. Brock took over the family business after his father’s death in September 2014. “I’ve worked here just about my whole life,” Brock recounts. “I guess it’s been 15 years, really. I started in the shop as a teenager and then moved to site supervision. I went to school, came back and did engineering in the office. I was a sort of vice president to my dad and when he passed, I took over as president. I have a construction engineering technology degree, so I have more of a construction background. I’m learning the business side every day.”


Integrated operations

Magest Inc. still serves as the contracting arm of the business and focuses on construction as well as installation of the group’s products. MBSL manufactures high-quality, cold-formed steel panelized wall systems. MMPL is a fabrication operation, providing a range of cold-form steel products. MMSL provides modular building components for a range of applications.

“When we started, we were primarily in the construction and general contracting industry,” Brock recounts. “We built Butler pre-engineered buildings, mostly for commercial and industrial applications. That gave us a strong construction background, which my father drew upon to develop his own building system with cold-formed steel panelized wall systems for midrise construction.”

“Over the last decade or so, we have morphed into manufacturing building products,” Brock continues. “Our construction background allows us to complete or assist in installation of our product where other competitors are just straight manufacturers.”

The Magest Group’s target market includes midrise construction projects, typically in the four- to eight-story range. “Our typical buildings are like a standard Hampton Inn you’d see around southern Ontario,” Brock elaborates. “We do all sorts of midrise buildings. Our projects include apartments, hospitality projects, retirement communities, assisted living facilities and others in that size range.”

With a staff of 50 in Stratford – 15 in the office and 35 in the shop – Magest Group has grown steadily and continues to take on new challenges. While the company’s primary geographic footprint spans across Ontario, the team has expanded to serve clients in the U.S. as well.


Staying busy

One of Brock’s more memorable projects has been a 300-unit hotel in Murphy, North Carolina. Working for the local Cherokee tribe, he and his colleagues constructed the facility as part of the new Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel and Casino. “We were working in the Appalachian Mountains there,” he elaborates. “It was a very remote project and in a beautiful setting. The seven-story, 300-unit hotel is separate but attached to the casino.”

“Our performance was good so we won another with same general contractor right after that,” he adds. “This one was two hours up the road in Asheville, North Carolina, at the Biltmore Estate. This is a large tourist attraction; it’s the largest privately owned single-family home in the U.S. and it was built back in the 1800s. The home is a historical museum now, but we built a new 190-room hotel on the property, known as Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate.”

Both of the North Carolina projects have become excellent showpieces for the company. The high-profile jobs demonstrate the strength of cold-formed steel and it’s wide range of applications. Geographic expansion has also been a major milestone for the company. Of course, The Magest Group still maintains a strong focus on the Ontario market and the team has a growing backlog both at home and across the border.

“We have quite a bit of work booked for the later half of this year,” says Brock. “We do a lot of moneymaker stuff, which is not super interesting, but it’s good and it keeps us growing. We are doing two seven-story student residence buildings in St. Catherines, Ontario. We are excited to be part of that team. It is another high-profile job – part of revitalizing downtown St. Catherines, so we are happy to be involved with that.”

With a number of distinct projects in the pipeline, The Magest Group is experiencing steady growth. Brock anticipates a 10 to 15 percent annual increase in revenue over the next few years. As the economy improves, The Magest Group Limited is taking on new challenges in an expanding market.


Project Update – Hampton Inn – North Bay, ON

Hampton Inn – North Bay, ON




Fabricating wall panels in record time to meet an aggressive installation schedule.


Detailing/Assembling the complicated parapet sections.


Seeing the hotel at high occupancy for years to come.


Pushes all trades hard to meet their deadlines and complete work faster and better then you thought you could.


Worked through -30 degree weather and didn’t fall short on any days in the schedule.

Project Update – The Orchards Retirement Addition – Vineland, ON


The Orchards Retirement Residence in Vineland, ON




Watching all the components (wall panels, hollowcore, block, trusses) fit together flawlessly.


Working so close to an existing facility in operation.


Working with Kenmore Homes again!


Easy to work with and trusting.


Completed the wall panel installation with minimal assistance from design team.

Project Update - 34 Plains Road - Burlington, ON






Showing a new client the benefits of using CFS (cold formed steel), especially on a tight site where pre-panelized, modular construction helps efficiencies. 


Because of the complexity of the building there has been a lot of detail re-work on site and having to change things on the fly. 


Seeing the completed project!!


Willingness to be part of the team; they work with us to come up with new details and allow us the time to do things right.


Contributes to discussion of conflict issues and has great suggestions that help the building proceed in an expedited and quality fashion.

Project Update - Village Hotel on the Biltmore Estate - Asheville, NC






Seeing the first portion of the roofing structure go on the West wing; really brought the renderings of the building to life.


Maintaining a demanding schedule after major weather delays in February and March.


Visiting the Biltmore and staying at the hotel we built.(


 They push us to produce our best work, and keep us on our toes.


Work ethic provided by the subcontractors was second to none to keep the pace and increase the installation schedule.

Steel: Life Cycle Thinking


Many everyday products, such as cars, cans and washing machines, are made of steel. Once these products reach the end of their useful lives, the steel is recycled. Recycling reduces the consumption of raw materials and energy and is therefore good for the environment.

To understand the environmental performance of a product, its entire life cycle needs to be taken into consideration. A life cycle assessment (LCA) of a steel product looks at resources, energy and emissions, from the steel production stage to its end-of-life stage, including recycling. Steel can be recycled over and over again, indefinitely, without any loss of its inherent properties.



Project Update - Park Road - Brantford, ON






Watching the Roof go up in large sections that were built on the ground. By using a modular/pre-assembly approach we were able to expedite the roof installation by building large roof sections on the ground and hoisting them up to position which also reduces our crane time for installation.


The first two floors of install were tough; trying to get a 2 week schedule rhythm going with the poor winter weather.


Starting Phase 3!


 Caring; the client not only cares about his job, but truly cares about his subcontractors as well.


They do the extra 10% without us having to ask.


The Steel Framing Industry Association publishes case studies to provide builders and architects with real-world examples of how CFS has been essential to the success of a building project.

This is a Magest Building Systems Limited case study!

Colborne Street: Cold-formed steel cuts weeks off the construction schedule at 255 Colborne Street, Brantford, Ontario.

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The Steel Framing Industry Association publishes case studies to provide builders and architects with real-world examples of how CFS has been essential to the success of a building project.

This is a Magest Building Systems Limited case study!

Sheridan College Student Residence: The Trafalgar campus of Sheridan College’s new student residence features load-bearing cold-formed steel installed on concrete foundations poured before winter began.


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Calgary Fire Spurs Concerns About New Six-Storey Wood Building Policy

Global News, March 9, 2015

Sourced: Steel Framing Industry Association

The city of Calgary is changing a construction policy to allow wooden buildings to reach six storeys tall, instead of the current four storeys. The city will start accepting building permit applications for such wood-frame residential buildings on May 1.

NOTE:  The massive fire at Centre St. and 17 Ave. S.W. on Saturday has raised some concerns over the new policy, though the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

But the city says approval for the taller wood-frame buildings will be contingent on a site plan with enhanced fire safety protocols during construction.  “We make sure we cover all the bases; we know what the builder is doing, knowing they have proper plans in place,” said Ross McDougall, chief building inspector on safety plans for buildings over four stories high. “We don’t want to make any assumptions, because by then it’s too late.
“Part of the job is not just that building, it’s also the adjacent buildings, the walkways, anything that could be affected by construction by the building and during an emergency situation.”

Saturday’s fire started shortly before noon, and 17 minutes later, a massive blaze was seen across the city. Four minutes after that, flames had overrun the building.  Mayor Naheed Nenshi said the new change needs to be undertaken with safety as top priority in light of the weekend fire.  “The issue over the weekend, with a building under construction…no stand pipes, no sprinklers installed as I understand, so it’s difficult to draw conclusions,” he said.

The new province-wide policy is part of the National Building Code, made with Calgary’s housing crunch in mind.
“The savings is much higher between wood construction and building in concrete, approximately 10-15 per cent cheaper, critical as a component of housing costs as the development community has cited Calgary as one of the most expensive places in Canada to construct from concrete,” said the city in an explanation of the policy on its website.

Calgary will follow a list of best practices gleaned from British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec—where the change has already been adopted. Local developers tell Global News they’re excited about the change and are in talks with the city to obtain necessary permits and approvals.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  This article include a reader poll that asked the question:  “Are you concerned about the safety of six-storey wood framed buildings?”  As of Monday, March 16, more than 82 percent of readers said “Yes.”


Massive Fire in Calgary Destroys Another Multi-Story Wood Framed Building


Global News, March 7, 2015

Sourced: Steel Framing Industry Association

A massive fire broke out in a four story condo building under construction south of downtown Calgary, just before noon Saturday.

Fire crews battled the blaze all afternoon in the building near Centre Street and 17th Avenue SW.  EMS says at this point they are not aware of any injuries as a result of the fire.  No word yet on what started the blaze, Calgary Fire Department continues to investigate.  Carol Henke from the Calgary Fire Department said there were no reports that anyone was inside the building at the time of the fire and no injuries from the fire have been reported. “Because it’s a building under construction, there’s a lot of openings and a lot of wood so the fire can spread very quickly,” Henke said.

Calgary Fire said it’s very important for people to stay away from the area to avoid any dangers. All the buildings surrounding the condo that was on fire were evacuated.  Debris from the fire was landing four to five blocks away from the burning building.  Big embers shot out several blocks after the fire, resulting in some flare-ups on nearby properties.  At least two blocks around the building were blocked off in every direction.

Rena Wallace lives in building next door and had to evacuate. “I saw flames on the roof so I called 911 and gave them the information and then I heard sirens coming,” Wallace said. “It started out pretty small but then it started spreading right away–really quickly.”  Wallace said she then heard explosions.  “When that started happening, we gathered a bunch of stuff up and came outside because there was a big propane tank on the ground and we thought if that goes, then our windows are going to too,” Wallace said.  “We could feel the heat through our windows and it hadn’t spread to the side of the building yet. It was good to get out.”

Rob Holly witnessed the beginning of the fire and said he heard a propane tank going off.  “It looks like they left a propane torch or something like that. To the best of my knowledge it was all burning in the centre. It took a while for it to get going but it didn’t take long to burn after it started I can tell you that,” Holly said.
“It started right on the roof and it burned down and then it went through the top structure,” Holly said. “Once [fire crews] got here, the propane tanks were already blowing up on the roof, you could hear them all the way down to the corner.”

Commuters were encouraged to avoid the area, which remained very smoky late into the afternoon.
The Calgary Fire Department continues to investigate what caused the fire.


Massive Wood Fire Causes Millions of Dollars in Damages

On Monday December 8, 2014, a 1.3 million sq.ft apartment building broke into flames in Los Angeles and LA authorities are estimating over 12 million dollars in damages.

The facts are that this new build apartment structure was being constructed out of wood, wood on wood on wood on concrete. The first two floors were concrete and the next 5 were wood. As the reporter says in the video “It went up like a stack of matchsticks”.

Are you comfortable with building something so susceptible to flame and combustion? Most of these wood building fires are occurring during the build process, when not all safety measures are in place. Now, not only do you have to deal with the reconstruction of your building but you also need to account for the surrounding damages to the community, which will cost you time and money.

Will G.H. Palmer Associates rebuild with wood frame or move to a non-combustible method of building?



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How to Attract Young People to the Construction Industry?

Article from Intelligent Offsite

The average age of a Construction worker is a worrying statistic for many governments and Main contractors. Not just in the UK, but all over the world. We have a Global skills shortage on a massive scale. In London, New York, Toronto and Western Australia the average age of a Bricklayer/Stonemason is 59. In the same cities the average age of a plumber is 52.

Young adults don’t want to work on a construction site, and rightly so. Why should they. It’s the worst place to construct a building. Today, young people have a far wider choice of their workplace, and working in a testing environment like a construction site probably is not one of them. Construction has an age old problem. They train people up in boom times and lay them off in a downturn. They have no job certainty or security. The guys and gals that left the construction industry in the 2008 downturn ended up working elsewhere and now wild horses would not drive them back into the industry.

So how do we attract young people into construction?

When the Motor Car first came on to the scene, the skills landscape changed dramatically. New skills had to emerge to cope with what came with the development of the Motor Car, different engineering, upholstery, electrical and other skills never seen before. Other Skills emerged not just connected with the Motor car itself, but also in building roads, refuelling stations, and so on.

So ask yourself this question!

How many Motor engineers or mechanics work in a car plant?

The answer is probably none because all the work involved in those elements is now either an automated process or handled by people who have a different skill entirely. How much of the Car is actually manufactured in the plant. Very little, as much of it is manufactured elsewhere and brought in as a component.

So why do we continue to rely on 100 year old skills to construct our buildings?

As the Skills available today diminish we have to look at a new way of doing things. If we don’t have bricklayers and stonemasons any more we have to look at alternative cladding systems. In the same way if we have a lack of Carpenters and Joiners, plumbers, electricians and so on, we have to look at alternative ways of doing this as well.

But, we don’t have to radically change much to find the answer, because it’s already out there, its Offsite manufacturing. All we are doing is shifting the construction site to a factory.

Now we have a game changer, a different way of looking at things, a different way of DOING things. The trades needed in the factory require a different skill set, and as we have better systems available to us, such as Modular wiring for example, easy install plumbing, durable cladding systems. by manufacturing in a specialist factory these employees become technicians not tradespeople.

We can have bathrooms completely finished in the factory and either dropped into the Offsite building, or taken to the traditional construction site, as a completely finished entity. To finish this bathroom does not need skilled labour either. With good planning this can be a simple operation, and this market is worth around $2b per annum, but still only accounts for about 3 or 4 % on new build bathrooms a year.

So by creating a work environment that is safe, warm, with good facilities and has a roof over it, this makes it far more appealing for Young adults to work in a better environment.

For this to work though the Offsite manufacturing industry, has to have more support of not just contractors, but clients and end users. Any product manufactured in a factory regardless of what it is will always be of better quality than one manufactured in situ, so it’s in the client’s best interests to promote it to their team on any project.

Governments have to stop throwing money at schemes to encourage more apprentices.
As the saying goes “you can lead a Horse to water, but you can’t make it drink”. We can’t force young people to do something they don’t want to do.

But we can encourage them to take up new skills, based on a factory environment. Offsite manufacturing in Construction is the future, not just for Young people, but for the generations to come.

So governments have to consider spending the money they are targeting at encouraging young people into construction, into helping Offsite manufactures expand their facilities, make them more modern, efficient and giving them more backing and encouragement. If the Government considered giving Tax breaks to those using Offsite manufacturing this would go a long way to kick start this initiative.




Steel Framing Association Aims to Raise Construction Standards


If you’re going to build an apartment, hotel or assisted living facility, you could stack wood on concrete platforms OR use a steel frame.
New industry standards aim to assure contractors of the quality and consistency of steel in building components. The Steel Framing Industry Association, or SIFA, has launched a new certification program in the hope of growing the market for steel in construction, which already accounts for around 40 percent of the metal’s use in the United States.

ClarkDietrich Building Systems, which locally has operations in Crown Point and Hammond, became the first company in the nation to earn the trade association’s new compliance certification for cold-formed steel connectors.<./span>
“This SFIA program provides everyone in the supply chain with the assurance that SFIA-certified products will meet or exceed the specification and performance requirements each and every time,” said Bill Courtney, who is CEO of ClarkDietrich and president of SFIA.

Cold-formed steel connectors are galvanized straps or ties that hold structural parts of a building together, such as by attaching walls to the foundation or roof trusses. The program certifies that connectors meet quality guidelines, building codes and American Society for Testing and Materials standards.

IMG_0896“Contractors and engineers are increasingly demanding that the products they use meet a higher standard of consistency and quality than ever before,” said Randy Daudet, the chairman of the team that developed the program for the SFIA. “This program provides that level of assurance they are looking for.”
Laboratory tests, on-site inspections and unannounced audits ensure the certified steel products meet standard tolerances for shape, material thickness and corrosion protection. An independent third-party group, Architectural Testing Inc., performs all the testing.

Greater faith in the quality of steel should help preserve and even take market share in commercial construction, such as of dormitories and motels, said SFIA Executive Director Larry Williams.

“Cold-formed steel has about 22 to 25 percent of the non-residential market, which is roughly equivalent to wood framing,” he said. “The significant challenge now is to the hold the line.”

The wood framing industry has gotten building codes rewritten favorably for them, so more wood can be used more in taller buildings. Steel, however, has advantages such as that it’s not susceptible to termite or mold, it’s stronger and it goes up faster, shortening the construction time, Williams said.

Magest Building Systems Limited and Magest Metal Products Limited are proud members of the SFIA.

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The Worlds Tallest Buildings

The crazy amount of tall and super-tall buildings being built around the world today can be hard to track. With One World Trade Center in New York opening for business this year, there are now seven buildings that have overtaken the former tallest, the Petronas Towers, in the last 10 years. Making sense of this height race can be overwhelming.

A new infographic attempts to elucidate this construction free-for-all. Compiled by Control Surveys, “The World’s Tallest Buildings” shows the nine tallest towers in the world, along with their heights, costs, floors, completion dates, locations, and amount of years it took to complete.

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INSTALL PROGRESS VIDEO: Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino Hotel

All the way from Murphy, North Carolina – keep up to date on our progress with the Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino Hotel. We will be sharing time-lapse videos of the install!


Harrahs Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel Project


Magest  Building Systems Limited (MBSL) has been selected as the structural provider for the Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River (HCVR) Casino Hotel project in Murphy, North Carolina. MBSL will be providing the cold formed steel panelized wall system for both exterior and interior load-bearing walls for this 7 storey hotel. MBSL will be providing over 12,100  linear feet of cold formed steel, including wall panels, roof and parapets.With construction on-site well underway, MBSL is in production and is slotted to be on-site for installation in August 2014 with our portion of the structure complete by late November 2014. 

The HCVR Casino is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2015 with the 300 room hotel to open shortly after the casino. This casino and hotel will serve the surrounding area of Knoxville, Chattanooga, downtown Atlanta, Georgia and is anticipated to serve the large and growing adult population residing within the radius. 

Whiting Turner Contracting Company and Owle Construction LLC are the contractors for the $110 million project. The architectural firm is the Cuningham Group Architecture Inc., and is the same company that designed the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.  HCVR Casino and Hotel will incorporate elements of the natural environment as metaphors to site the building appropriately and dramatically within the terrain and three-tiered site, as well as inform the shape of the exterior experience. Majestic tree trunks rising from rock outcroppings and gentle rhythmic layers of the Mountains are examples of the elements that will be reflected in the design. (SOURCE)

“Magest is extremely excited to expand our operations to the lower 48 and equally to be apart of this team of professionals to bring the casino hotel project to life.””

-Brock Martin, Project Manager

Constructing a Stronger Web Presence in the Construction Industry

Creating and maintaining a presence online in the construction industry can prove to be quite the challenge. We have found that keeping current and active on our online channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and our NewsFeed) has proven to be successful but requires dedication. Below is a great article about building an online presence and maintaining it.

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Building a Strong Web Presence

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Contractors have been slow to jump on the digital marketing bandwagon, to the extent that the typical construction website looks like…well, a construction site.

However, a new breed of construction companies, led by technology-savvy entrepreneurs, is changing the game, says Rob Melis, vice-president of operations at Indianapolis-based Construction Marketing Inc.

“The grasp of technology and marketing may not have been that important in the past in the construction industry, but it is growing, and growing to the point that it has become absolutely crucial,” he says.

For those ready to move their marketing out of the Yellow Pages era, here are a few tips from the experts.


First of all, decide what you want. Is it leads from new markets? A high profile in a particular community? A learning environment for your customers or suppliers?

“You need to have your story figured out before you spend a lot of time on your website,” says Jason Bouwman, principal of Compass Creative, a web marketing firm catering to the construction industry, based in Stoney Creek, Ont.

The most typical mistake, says Bouwman, is “jumping from tactic to tactic” in response to news that everybody is on Facebook, somebody has a great video, or a competitor is getting great results from SEO.

Conversations with customers are critical to the planning process, adds Martin Waxman, executive vice-president at Toronto-based Thornley Fallis Communications. “It’s really important to know who your customers are, and how to simplify things.”


On the web, you’re always one click away from oblivion, leaving only seconds to show visitors they’ve come to the right place. “The first thing you have to have is that five second scan of the web page,” says Melis. “It needs to be immediately obvious what you do and what geographic area you do it in.”

The behavior to avoid is “bouncing”—the web marketing term for people who click on a site and then leave within seconds. If your bounce rate is 30 per cent or higher you’ve got a problem, says Melis.


In an industry where customers become partners, it’s essential to portray yourself as a desirable teammate. Photos showing neat job sites, clean equipment and safety-conscious employees will help build confidence.

If photos aren’t appropriate, use words. “If what you do isn’t visually inspiring, the story needs to be about quality, speed, expertise or the experience of working with you,” says Bouwman.

The opposite is also true. Carelessly constructed sites raise red flags.


Your overall web presence should have a logical structure to it that allows you to easily replicate your efforts and manage your entire web presence for optimum results.

“Businesses are looking at communications as a hub and spoke model,” says Waxman, “with the hub being their home, website or blog newsroom, and the spokes being social and traditional channels…That’s how you get the story out, and that’s how you connect with people on an ongoing basis.”


In the past, web marketing was a black art where tricks such as hidden text, phony links and misleading tags were the name of the game.

“Nowadays, it’s about content,” says Melis. “Articles, video, things that people might search for and then look at in detail. Those things help you rank really well, and they also allow you to build good will with your future customers.”


Last but not least, don’t forget that many will access your website from their smartphones. If they have to constantly scroll, enlarge or wait for images, their visit is likely to be a very short one.

Taking on the company website may not be a welcome task, but for those who have waited, there’s good news—website technology is much cheaper, and some of the expensive fads, like flash websites, have given way to simplicity and clarity.

“Keep your site simple and easy to navigate, and make sure you put the important stuff up [front],” says Waxman. “That’s obvious, but so many people have all these bells and whistles…but don’t really say anything.”

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The FUTURE of Cold Formed Steel


Take a look at the future of Cold Formed Steel and see where our industry has made improvements, and where it is heading!

The steel industry is continuing to pursue an even more sustainable product, building on more than 30 percent reduction in energy used to produce a ton of steel since the early 1990’s. Today, high strength steels that have been used successfully in the auto industry to improve safety, while lowering vehicle weight is being investigated for use in buildings. At the same time, coatings that now last 500 years or more will be even better in the future.

In the near term, we already see many proprietary products being developed and released to the market. Wall panel systems with built-in thermal breaks are creating high-performing, energy-efficient buildings. Unique designs to studs that lower the amount of steel are delivering lighter products that maintain the same strength as traditional shapes. For floor and ceiling joists, the steel industry has taken on the challenge of making buildings more energy efficient by moving heating and cooling ducts into the conditioned space. Multiple products now are on the market or entering it with large openings to allow ductwork to be run in the joists, rather than through bulkheads or other architecturally distracting features inside the building.

Finally, a building can’t be designed in a vacuum. The integration of design software with manufacturing capability already is having an impact on the future of steel framing. Plants will produce and install products with virtually zero waste as more of these technology improvements enter the market.

As steel framing continues to grow, so do its opportunities. Innovative assemblies are on the horizon to continually improve the performance of steel buildings and make them compatible with newly evolving insulation and finishing products. Further, integrated panelization and design software and roll-forming equipment is making it easier for a builder to work with steel. Design efficiencies continue to improve as well.



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An Environmental Anniversary



The Steel Recycling Institute celebrates 25 years!

In September 2013 the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI) marked its 25th anniversary by announcing that the North American steel industry has recycled more than one billion tonnes of steel since 1988. In order to keep track of its recycling statistics, the SRI annually calculates the recycling rates for steel and major steel products. According to 2012 statistics, the recycling rate for steel was 88 percent, with almost 84 million tonnes of it being recycled. That includes 1.3 tonnes of tin plate steel, 16.3 tonnes of automotive scrap and 2.7 million tonnes of appliance steel. The SRI also reports that 98 percent of out-of-service construction plates and beams from demolition projects are recycled.

The effort to recycle steel has helped the industry reduce its CO2 emissions, per ton, by 32 percent. “The steel industry’s internationally-recognized energy efficiency, coupled with the recycling rate that is the highest of any material, proves our commitment to sustainability and resource conservation,” said American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI)President and CEO Thomas Gibson.

“For 25 years, steel’s recycling successes have been spearheaded by the SRI and we look forward to another quarter century, where steel leads social, economic and environmental advances.”
The SRI was originally commissioned by the AISI to create a system for recycling steel cans while providing information and technical resources.

Original source: Daily Commercial News


Mid-Rise Construction

Mid-rise Construction

Cold-formed steel (CFS) – the structural solution for mid-rise buildings

Did you know that cold-formed steel can be used as the primary structural system for buildings as tall as 9 stories?   Further, CFS is a more economical choice for this market traditionally dominated by heavier construction materials.  Now you have a choice to use CFS, a material that:

Is sustainable As a recognized green building material, cold-formed steel (CFS) framing projects can earn credits for green building ratings and other government incentives. Steel is the only building material that is infinitely recyclable. Steel is also protected from corrosion by a galvanized zinc coating – it will last well beyond the useful life of a building andthen be available to be recycled into other useful products versus going to a landfill.

Has consistent quality Steel does not contain knots, twists or warps that are commonly found in lumber. It is always dimensionally correct and manufactured to very strict tolerances.

Is resistant to termites and other pests CFS members are impervious to termites and other wood-destroying insects.

Is resistant to mold and mildew Steel does not provide a breeding ground for mold as does organic materials,

Helps deliver a high-performance building Steel has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any building material and behaves in a highly predicable manner when subjected to the structural loads and stresses imposed by high wind or seismic forces. Steel studs cannot absorb moisture and this eliminates the expansion and contraction of construction materials and the related cracks, pops, and other deformities in finishes.

Is non-combustible Steel does not burn and will not contribute to the spread or intensity of a fire. CFS projects can be easily designed to meet code fire rating requirements.

Offers lower insurance costs Save on builders risk, general liability workers comp, and similar policies compared to combustible and heavy non-combustible construction materials.

The reasons above are in themselves convincing enough to use CFS for your next mid-rise hotel, mixed use building, apartment, condominium, office, seniors complex, university housing project, or similar buildings.  However, it gets better with the consideration of three other important benefits of CFS:

  • Fast construction – Shorter construction cycle time due to use of advanced panelized construction techniques get you into your building up to 3 months quicker than heavier construction.  Get customers in the door faster.
  • Predictable construction – Minimal weather delays compared to concrete.  Panelized construction can free you from the worries of the outdoors.  Open your doors on time as planned. Don’t have staff sitting around waiting for construction to be complete.
  • Economical – CFS can save you as much as $10/sf or more in direct construction costs compared to heavy construction on mid-rise projects.

Want more information on the major attributes of CFS framing, as well as helpful resources?  Visit



Canada Expands the Use of Wood Framing in Taller Residential Buildings

Sourced from The Steel Framing Alliance,Framework Online February 2014

In 2010, the Provincial government of British Columbia (BC) adopted new regulations that increased the height to which wood framing could be used in residential buildings. It appears that the rest of Canada is set for similar action, as the next edition of the National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) will likely allow wood buildings as high as six stories to be constructed.

The NBCC is a national model code that is adopted in Canada. Provincial governments can adopt the code and modify it to suit regional issues. Proposals to the national code will expand the use of taller wood-framed buildings beyond what is currently permitted in BC to include office occupancy, as well as allowing occupancies such as mercantile, assembly and storage/garage in the lower floors of these buildings.

During the latter part of 2013, the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) sought public input on proposed changes to the NBCC. During the public comment period that closed in December, there were 23 fire safety and three structural related proposed changes to the NBCC developed for six-story wood construction. Related proposed changes to the National Fire Code of Canada designed to facilitate taller wood buildings were also open for public comment.

The proposed changes to the NBCC have alarmed many in the fire safety community – as well as members of the concrete and steel industries – because of the risks inherent with taller combustible buildings.

The steel industry identified significant deficiencies in the the proposed changes and responded with public comments through the Canadian Steel Construction Council (CSCC). The CSCC worked closely with others in North American steel industry including the Steel Framing Alliance (SFA) and the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), to develop a response pointing out the major deficiencies in the proposed code language.

Steel vs. Wood

Major deficiencies with the proposed code language include:

1. Unprotected (combustible) stairwells and elevator shafts that pose a risk to occupants and firefighters during a fire.

2. Combustible classing (up to the 5th floor level) and roofing that will increase the risk of fires spreading the endangering nearby buildings and their occupants.

3. Some parts of buildings left completely unprotected without fire sprinklers (e.g., some small residential bathrooms).

4. Little to no requirements to address shrinkage, one of the most significant serviceability issues in taller wood buildings.

5. Higher risk of complete loss of the building and endangering of adjacent buildings and occupants during construction, as there is no passive or active fire protection afforded to wood buildings during this period. See the following links for more information on issues with taller wood buildings during construction: Fire Safety in LondonFire Destroys 6-Storey Wood Building.

The 2015 NBCC will be adopted for use by each Province during 2016 or thereafter, depending on the legislative process in each Province. Officials will have the option of adopting the NBCC in its entirety or modifying it as necessary.

For more information and original article visit the Steel Framing Alliance.



The Surest Way is Steel

Choice of framing material depends on many factors – design, cost, speed, safety, and sustainability are among the most critical. This supplement highlights steel’s inherent advantages across all these areas and more, demonstrating that steel is flexible, cost efficient, quick and safe to build, and beats other materials hands down in the sustainability stakes when we take a whole of lifecycle approach.

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So what are the facts?

        • A recent independent cost comparison study showed that the frame for a three-storey business park office cost 10% less using steel rather than concrete
        • The same study showed that a steel composite frame for an eight-storey city centre office block would be built 12 weeks faster than if it were made from concrete
        • Reportable accidents in the steelwork sector have reduced by 60% since 2000
        • Optimum thermal mass is mobilised from less than 100mm thickness of a concrete floor slab, meaning it is an option using standard steel construction without the excess weight and high carbon footprint of a full concrete frame
        • The Target Zero study based on a real supermarket showed that the carbon footprint of the timber frame was 15% higher than the steel frame using a whole lifecycle assessment
        • The choice of steelwork contractor is also critical – with skill, commitment to quality, health and safety, sustainability and a proven track record of successful project delivery all important factors.

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Canadore College Phase II- our progress

Currently in North Bay we are finishing up the second phase of Campus Living’s Student Residence for Canadore College.

We completed 6 floors in 6 weeks, with 1200 linear feet of wall installed on days when the temperatures were hitting between -20 to -30 degrees. Needless to say- the installation crew and cold formed steel product are TOUGH!


Short Trip to the World of Modular Conference in San Antonio Texas

World-of-Modular This past weekend we did a quick trip over to San Antonio Texas to attend the 31st Annual World of Modular Conference held at the JW Mariott San Antonio Hill Country Resort on the 36 hole TPC San Antonio Golf Club.

The Modular Building Institute presented this well organized conference and we were happy to be able to attend one day of the conference. Being a niche sector in the construction and manufacturing industry it was great to meet others working through the same obstacles and those that have went the distance and are quite successful.  

We were introduced to new and innovative products and many  potential vendor partnerships. By attending a few different  breakout seminars we were able to have valuable idea  exchange with people in this sector of the industry.  We are very much looking forward to connecting with all the folks that we met in San Antonio and attending the next World of Modular conference. 

Brock Martin, Project Manager




Termites - Protect Your Investment From the Start

Fast Facts


  • According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) termites cause an estimated $5 billion dollars of damage a year in the United States.
  • Termites cause more damage than fire, floods, and storms combined.
  • The Formosan termite is one of the most destructive termite species in the world and now infests more than 14 states according to the USDA.  Originally limited to Hawaii, the Formosan termite is now well established throughout the southern states in and around the Gulf Coast, and spreading rapidly.
  • Cold-formed steel (CFS) is one of the recognized methods for compliance with the termite-resistant construction requirements of the International Residential Code.  Choose CFS and do away with the worries about exclusions in the fine print of warranties for treated wood or the presence of chemical treatments in your building or soil.
  • CFS is inorganic and does not provide a food source for termites.
  • There is no need for annual termite treatments with steel.
  • CFS provides a healthy building with no off-gassing from chemical termite treatments, or pressure treated lumber.
  • Termite damage is rarely covered by insurance.  Build it right and avoid costly problems later.
  • A 2009 survey of homeowners in Hawaii, where the Formosan Termite has radically changed construction practices, indicates that homeowners on Oahu prefer CFS framing by a 2 to 1 margin over treated wood or concrete (see resources to right for full report).

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Seismic: Concerned About the Stability of Your Next Structure?

Before you think about aSeismic wood or block or concrete building, especially one over three stories, you better read some important facts. Remember: when the ground starts to shake, steel provides safe, reliable, and ductile structures. Steel has great historical performance in earthquakes!


    • Durability and long-term consistent performance – that’s what you get with steel. Reduced structural capacity due to dry-rot, termites, or mold will not compromise a steel structure in an earthquake.
    • Steel absorbs energy. Unlike concrete and masonry, steel bends without breaking. The same material that absorbs energy in a car crash also provides benefits in an earthquake.
    • Steel is lighter. Heavier structures have greater inertia: when the ground starts to shake, they want to stand still; thus greater forces are imparted into heavier structures in earthquakes. Steel is lighter than its structural equivalent in wood, concrete, or masonry.
    • Steel is consistent. Steel does not have a weak direction or weak grain, does not depend upon water/cement ratios or mix design for its strength, and is easy to inspect for seismic.
    • Steel is connected. Using screws, pins, bolts and welds, steel framing has a positive, consistent load path. Steel does not have corrosive chemicals or moisture that can corrode or degrade connectors.

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Height Advantages


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    • Steel does not change size or shape with changes in moisture content – which helps prevent cracks in finishes such as drywall and stucco. When they get wet, both wood and brick will swell. When they dry out and cure, concrete and concrete block will shrink and form shrinkage cracks.
    • Steel is isotropic: meaning it has the same dimensional properties in all directions. Since there is no “grain,” the strength of steel is the same up and down, side-to-side, and in all loading directions.
    • Steel does not warp, shrink, or crack in normal loading and framing applications.
    • Steel is ductile, and will bend and stretch when overloaded, rather than cracking or breaking like unreinforced concrete or masonry.
    • Steel is 100% non-combustible. Therefore, height and area restrictions on combustible materials do not apply to cold-formed steel.

The International Building Code (IBC) and other building codes limit how tall a building can be or how much area can be encompassed by the building based on several factors. The primary factor is the combustibility of the products used for the building. Table 503 of the IBC categorizes buildings by construction type and use group, and gives the maximum building height in feet or stories, and the maximum area in square feet. Cold-formed steel (CFS), being totally non-combustible, can help developers and builders use land more efficiently by allowing taller and wider buildings for the same occupancy classification. For mid-rise buildings in the 4 to 9 story range, CFS is much more cost effective than heavier construction. It also has a more predictable schedule that can shave months off the total project cycle time.

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Modular Buildings; A Smart and Green Decision


A Green Life Cycle

Green has become the hip, modern ethic. Green is pure. It is functional. It is serviceable. It is durable. It is adaptable and flexible. In the aftermath of bursting bubbles, bankruptcies and global downsizing, there is a new market alchemy that blends environmentalism with streamlined practicality Modular systems inherently possess green life cycles. Modular systems are designed for flexibility, reconfiguration,upgrade, and reuse. 


Eliminating waste

Using Offsite Construction to Eliminate Waste in Design Phase

Choosing alternative methods of construction such as prefabrication, modularization, and off-site construction techniques is an effective way to design out waste reducing the overall construction waste during construction vs. managing and diverting it after the fact.

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Magest Modular Solutions Limited Joins the MBI

Magest Modular Solutions Limited has become a member of the Modular Building Institute.

What is the Modular Building Institute?

The  Modular Building Institute (MBI) is the international non-profit trade association serving modular construction. Members are manufacturers, contractors, and dealers in two distinct segments of the industry – permanent modular construction (PMC) and relocatable buildings (RB). Associate members are companies supplying building components, services, and financing.

As the Voice of Commercial Modular Construction (TM), it is MBI’s mission to expand the use of offsite construction through innovative construction practices, outreach and education to the construction community and customers, and recognition of high quality modular designs and facilities.

 As Magest expands in all directions our strong belief that being connected to those that are the best in the industry deepens and we will strive to learn all we can about new and exciting opportunities and modular skills and techniques.

Our dream is that the Magest Modular Solutions Bathroom Pods will begin to revolutionize the modern construction industry close to home and afar.

Glad to have you on the journey!




Modular Construction Delivers Flexibility to Healthcare


Original article from Healthcare Design Magazine

While modular construction touts an impressive list of benefits, there’s still a certain stigma the method is struggling to overcome. “Historically, there have been some unfortunate associations with prefabricated architecture that was executed in a low-quality manner,” Hullinger says. However, this is far from what’s being produced today. Hullinger says that by standardizing components, designers and builders actually exert more control over the process, ensuring adherence to the design vision and creating greater aesthetic value.

Despite some design limitations (for example, required column work often doesn’t allow for open spaces like atriums), the ability to finish these structures with just about any exterior—be it brick, stone, stucco, or glass—means today’s modular buildings can look just like conventional architecture.

And as more modular healthcare projects are deployed, experts believe lingering doubts about the method will dissipate. Aspen Street Architects, Angels Camp, Calif., designed the Mercy Joplin replacement hospital in Joplin, Mo., relying heavily on modular construction. Founder David Hitchcock foresees a day when designing a freestanding clinic, hospital wing, or a critical access hospital will be similar to picking out a car, with all the features and amenities chosen by the end user. “I do believe that the field for modular healthcare construction is wide open at this time. There are just too many projects that could benefit from modular construction to believe that the concept could stagnate at this point,” he says.

Sidebar: Piece by piece at ParklandIMG_0362 While the nation’s largest public healthcare project to be built in one phase can use modular only to a certain extent, the construction management team for Parkland Health and Hospital System’s 2-million square-foot Dallas hospital regrets not incorporating more modular components. “If you do have a project that’s conducive to a lot of repetition, don’t be too conservative about how much modular can be used,” says Walter Jones, senior vice president, facilities planning and development, Parkland Health and Hospital System.For the $1.27 billion project tracking LEED Silver and scheduled to open in summer 2014, 862 bathroom pods were built by a contractor in a nearby warehouse and then transported to the site, as opposed to going with a modular company and a remote factory location. Whereas producing all these units in the field would have created some slight variation in the dimensions, by building the pods with a single workforce in an assembly plant, the consistency of construction is much higher. “Because I know exactly how each one was produced, this will be a great aid from a maintenance standpoint, as I have the exact template,” Jones says.

Beyond the bathrooms, Parkland is using modular components for the adult patient room framework, headwalls, and rough-ins for the outlets and lines. For the patient tower, the main MEP ductwork, plumbing, fire protection, and cable trays were built in 20-foot-by-20-foot sections, raised up to the ceiling, and connected together.

“My construction manager is cautiously reluctant to put metrics on the benefits from a cost or scheduling standpoint, but quality-wise, it’s already clear that we’ve gained a big advantage from the modular construction,” Jones says.

Read more: original article by Barbara Horwitz-Bennett


Innovations in Cold Formed Steel Framing

Don Allen, P.E.

STRUCTURE® magazine has reported several advancements in cold-formed steel framing (CFSF), including the new standards from the American Iron and Steel Institute and the recently developed Code of Standard Practice for Cold-Formed Steel Structural Framing. However, during the past ten years, the amount of innovation in the products and accessories for CFSF has grown at an exponential pace.

Special connectors for lateral systems have been developed: sheathing, holdowns, boundary elements, and strap anchorage devices, such as the one shown here.


It all started with clips and connectors. In 1990, there were basically two bypass slide clips for curtain wall framing. Both of them were hard to install and did not work that well for the function they were to perform. Several contractors started developing their own clips and connectors, and some of them took their ideas to manufacturers. By 1995, there were more than a dozen different types of clips for the bypass slip condition, and more being developed for head-of-wall slip connection. At the same time, specialty tracks were being developed for this head-of-wall connection, permitting vertical movement of the structure without loading the CFSF members. As contractors saw the need for new connectors, companies tested and developed their ideas. Now there are several connectors made especially for cold-formed steel, and three manufacturers have separate catalogs just for connectors for steel framing products.

Since 1990, there has been a proliferation of clips and connectors for bypass framing: both slip- and fixed-connections.


At the same time, manufacturers realized that taking a lipped channel stud member, making it deeper and wider, and using it as a floor joist, was not always the most efficient use of steel. The relatively small holes in the joists did not permit passage of ductwork or services, and the member capacity could be increased only by making thicker, deeper, or wider flanged members. Manufacturers soon developed floor systems with additional material at the flange, to increase moment capacity and provided larger, stiffened holes in the web, to permit the passage of utilities. The key to these holes providing more opening space in the web without sacrificing shear strength is the rolled stiffening lip around each hole. This lip is formed during the roll forming process, and the combination of the hole and the stiffening lip prevents buckling waves from forming at or immediately adjacent to the hole.

Similar techniques have been applied to wall stud framing. Steel is not only very good at carrying loads – it also does a great job of conducting heat. This is great for steel cookware; but not so good for an insulated wall cavity. Stud manufacturers in Scandinavia had been putting slits in their studs and tracks for years, reducing the area of steel in the web of the stud for thermal transfer. Using stiffened holes, just like in the floor joists, has become the solution for at least one stud manufacturer. Another uses an innovative clinching technique to roll the stud flange back onto the web, creating a triangular “tube” along each flange of the stud. This not only increases strength, but permits more of the web to be removed to reduce heat transfer. The tubular shape adds axial capacity as well. Another manufacturer uses material that has been “dimpled” from both sides before forming the members into studs and track. This not only increases structural performance by creating a greater “effective thickness,” but also reduces sound transmission and improves performance in fire tests, according to the manufacturer’s data.

Proprietary systems and devices are now available for stronger, rapid and economical bracing of load bearing framing members


With the growth of the mid-rise market, increased axial capacity has become a bigger issue, especially for the framing on the lower floors of a multi-story project. Rather than just using thicker, deeper studs, manufacturers are adding more bends, ribs, and stiffeners in their profiles, to create stronger members from less steel. Also, bracing systems to carry the increased brace loads (estimated to be 2% of axial load) have been developed: not only to have more capacity, but also to make the systems easier and more cost-effective to install.

Several manufacturers have floor joist systems with large, stiffened (lipped) holes, which facilitate the installation of MEP services. Other components of these systems include rim tracks with tabs for connections and stiffening, and engineered tracks that can span moderate wall openings without headers.


Around openings in these bearing walls, bigger members designed specifically for jamb locations provide larger stiffened returns on the flanges, allowing members to be attached from both sides (rather than having just one solid face and one open face.) The complex stiffeners permit added axial and bending capacity, and the framers are able to use fewer of these jumbo studs as jambs, heads, and sills. Pre-insulated and built-up headers have also been developed, as well as full-sized insulated wall panels, that fully separate the interior and exterior steel framing members with a solid foam core.

Multi-story load bearing structure using perforated joists. Photo Courtesy of Marino\Ware, Inc.


Perhaps the most labor intensive component of a cold-formed steel framed bearing wall structure is the shearwall. Several shear panels have been developed that work well in narrow shearwalls, and other systems have been developed that make the attachment of structural sheathing faster and simpler. These methods include pneumatically driven pins, collated specially-designed screws, and even adhesives, specially formulated to adhere to steel in typical jobsite conditions. One new product consists of a sheet of steel laminated to gypsum or other sheathing, so that the shear panel can be applied at the same time as the finish layer of board (either interior or exterior.)

One of the biggest innovations that may interest engineers is the development of software and manufacturing machinery coupled with the design software. Not quite true Building Information Modeling, these design and manufacturing packages create drawings based on input construction planes, roof slopes, wall, floor, and opening locations, and a host of other input factors. Once the schematic model is completed, loads may be applied and tracked through the structure, as specific members, components, and systems are designed. Some of these computer aided design packages include material takeoff, and direct links to manufacturing machinery making the components of a truss or panel. One system is so sophisticated that as electrical lighting and switches are added to the drawing, the manufacturing software will note where holes in the stud will need to be punched to accommodate the wiring. All of this is coordinated with the structural design, before the first piece is ever manufactured.

Speciality joist hanger developed exclusively for CFSF



With all of this innovation, the structural engineer may wonder what is the use of this recently announced industry standardization, as well as the series of publications from AISI based on these standardized products. Take heart; most of the framing currently manufactured, used, and installed is still of the standard shape and format of the framing members listed in AISI publications, and matching the span and load tables from the Steel Stud Manufacturers Association (available at But engineers should be prepared for submittals and engineered calculations from contractors and manufactures, based on one or more of these new products and systems.▪

Don Allen, P.E., currently serves three active roles for the steel industry: Technical Director of the Steel Stud Manufacturers Association, Director of Engineering for the Steel Framing Alliance, and Secretary of the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute. Don has a special interest in the structural role of materials in sustainable construction, and is a LEED® Accredited Professional. He is a member of ASCE Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Committee on Sustainability, and the ASCE SEI Committee on Cold-Formed Steel. Don can be reached by e-mail at

 See original article here. 

Running Out of Time?

110314DoneWhenWe understand how important it is to keep a project on schedule. After all, we make a business out of it. When it comes to completing a project from start to finish, we understand that there are many things that can get in the way of ensuring that your timetable is met, and we’d love to be there to help you minimize these issues so you can get your facility up and running as soon as possible. Here are some of the reasons why an MBSL building will keep time on your side.


It is important to us that your project stays coordinated. It takes many different individuals to complete a project, and they all have to work on a strict timeline to ensure that no part of the project is late. MBSL will stay on top of your project with our design-build approach, ensuring that architects, engineers, general contractors and sub contractors work together to meet their respective deadlines. We are dedicated to ensuring that timetables are met or in many cases, accelerated.

Precise Dimensions
You can guarantee that your wall panels will arrive on site with precise dimensions. There is no need to trim materials to make them fit into place. Not only does this significantly reduce scrap, but also makes for speedy assembly; only screw and bolt connections are needed on site. Your project takes much less time to come to life.

All Weather Product
While the competition is still waiting to begin their project in the spring, you can have yours up before the snow even melts! Panelized steel is an all weather product and can be erected at any time of the year. You can rest easy knowing that cold temperatures and moisture will not affect the structure in typically its most vulnerable stage; construction.


Be Fungus Free

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Mold damage on an interior wall.
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What is Mold?

Mold is a common fungus, with thousands of known strains that exist within building environments. It is a more common problem than many of us think. Mold hides in our structures, affecting the air we breathe while we are at our workplaces, schools and in our homes. Exposure to mold can trigger many adverse health issues, ranging from minor ailments such as allergies, to asthma, and even lung cancer in some extreme cases. Mold has the ability to grow and reproduce on any material, if the right environment is present. Mold needs four crucial things in order for it to thrive: moisture, oxygen, ideal temperature, and a food source (the building’s material itself).

How does it get into a building?

Building materials are often exposed to moisture even before they have been incorporated into a structure. During storage, shipment, and construction stages, building materials such as bundles of wood are covered with a plastic casing to protect them. This can really help keep the moisture at bay, but if the protective sheathing is torn or damaged in any way, moisture can find a way inside. The plastic covering then acts like a greenhouse, and can accelerate the amount of moisture as well as increase the temperature, and in turn, the mold growth quickens.

Even if your building has made it through the construction process without becoming exposed to mold, the growth can still present itself at another time. Plumbing issues or other instances where repairs are needed can allow moisture to enter. Once the moisture has made its way into a structure, it is very difficult to completely fix this issue. Insurance companies have caught on to this, and many of them now exclude coverage for losses caused by mold.

How can mold growth be prevented?

Because of the completely inorganic nature of cold formed steel, building with it makes sense. It is a non- porous product, so moisture and mold cannot penetrate it. Unlike wood, it does not contain any sugars or starches that can act as a food source for fungus and other organisms. Mold growth prevention efforts usually focus on the suppression of moisture, when growth could be stopped outright if there is nothing available to feed it. Cold formed steel is a wise choice to be fungus free.


4 Ways You Save With Steel


Steel is efficient, economical and environmentally friendly. Find out how a facility built with steel may keep more money in your hands.

When deciding what structural materials should be incorporated into a building project, there are many benefits that can sometimes be overlooked. Many consumers will attempt to choose the most economical option for their structure, strictly based on material prices. Even though the cost per square foot of cold formed steel is comparable to traditional framing methods, there are ways in which cold formed steel can specifically save owners money in more unconventional ways.

1. Job site Scrap is Drastically Reduced

Because steel is precisely cut to fit, even before it leaves the manufacturing plant, on site waste for a project is reduced. Scrap from a wood structure, for example is 20 %, while the scrap collected from a steel structure is 10 times less, about 2%! A steel building project will not only put to good use virtually all the materials that are sent to a job site, but also require much less in haul off costs and disposal of discarded materials.

2. Lighter Weight, Easier to Handle

Steel may bring images to mind of something that is bulky, and extremely heavy, when in fact, pound for pound, steel studs weigh typically one third less than wood studs. Because steel is so lightweight, it is less expensive to ship, and easier to maneuver on the job site, translating into faster construction time. Even though steel may be lighter it also has a higher strength to weight ratio than traditional framing methods.

3. Virtually Maintenance Free

Once a steel structure has been erected, it will need very little upkeep, if any. Because there is no “grain” in cold formed steel unlike wood, it is equally as strong in all directions. This even surface will keep the structure from twisting, bending and warping over time. Steel is also perfect for the Canadian climate. Even with many temperature and humidity changes throughout the year, steel will withstand them all. It cannot take in moisture or organisms and is galvanized to protect against rust.

4. Lower Insurance Costs

Insurance on a steel framed structure is noticeably lower than if it were framed in other ways. Insurers take into account the fact that while the structure is being erected, it cannot be destroyed by the wind, rain, or by fire. There is also lesser risk of material theft on the job site because it is job specific, unlike lumber.


Magest Building Systems Limited: What We do


MBSL designs, assembles and sells light-gauge steel (stud, joists and rafters) as a complete panelized building systems with structural integrity suitable for framing and building single or multi-storey buildings world wide.

Over the last decade this type of design and building system has been used successfully all over the world and continues to gain recognition as the system of preference for virtually all building types from single and multi-family residences to office and retail commercial uses and even complex institutional buildings such as schools, universities, health care facilities, research centres and acute care hospitals.

MBSL cold formed steel panelization system is suitable for the vast majority of projects undertaken in the construction industry, both domestically and worldwide.



Work-Life Balance: Food for Thought Before the Holidays!

As we head off for the holidays we thought we would leave you with a little thought provoking info graphic. The infamous work-life balance is something that we are all trying to achieve, especially during the holidays when there is so much going on. Whether you power off at 5pm or check that inbox before your head hits the pillow tonight, ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS!!

Original post from: LearnVest

Work Life Balance

6 Storey Wood Frame Buildings..a Cause for Concern

Changes to British Columbia’s building code allow for wood- framed buildings to reach as high as 6 storeys. Ontario and Quebec are also looking into similar changes to their building codes. However, In the years since the code has changed, B.C. has already seen disastrous events directly related to this modification.

A condominium project in Richmond, BC did not even have the chance to reach completion, as all six storeys of the structure burned to the ground. The blaze burned continously for about five hours before firefighters could get it under control. By the time the flames had been subdued the entire project was destroyed and the remains were deemed unsalvageable. The owner of the venture vowed to have the building site cleaned of debris so that re-construction of the project could commence. Unfortunately, having to start over from square one will cost the owner of this project a lot of wasted time and money. Much of this unnecessary spending could have been avoided, if the project had been constructed with cold form steel framing in the first place.


The real tragedy is that this is not the first time a wood framed building under construction has gone ablaze. In 2008 in Surrey, B.C., an inferno tore through a four storey condominium development, destroying one building and partially damaging another. All of the future units of the condominium had been sold to individuals that were told they could move in later that fall. More recently a 4 storey wooden student residence in Kingston, Ontario went up in flames during construction, thankfully no one was hurt but a crane worker barley escaped. A wood framed building is very vulnerable when safety features such as sprinklers have not yet been added; a worry that would not effect owners of a steel framed project.




Why Choose Cold Formed Steel?

Why Choose Steel


We Expanded Our Horizons

In case you missed it, Magest built an addition on their manufacturing plant in 2011


Phase 1

Over the summer months of 2011, Magest was busy preparing for the future. In June of 2011, Magest began Phase One of our building expansion, which consists of 130,000 square feet of site development, and a 22,000 square feet expansion of our manufacturing facility. With the lot prepared, footings in place and drainage pipes inserted, we began erecting the addition to our manufacturing plant. Our yard was a bustle of activity, and the erection of the building addition, seemingly instant.

One of the main reasons that we decided to expand on our operations here in Stratford, was to increase productivity and efficiency, and the more room to do so, the better. There is now more space available for our shipping yard, for example. That way we can make better use of some of the features already part of our manufacturing facility.


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Modular and Offsite Construction

Strategic and Organizational Benefits

Intuitively we all know that there are positive reasons why the construction industry should make much more use of offsite solutions.

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It would be difficult, even perverse to argue that there is something so special about construction as a manufacturing sector that it needs to continue with the arcane process of assembling labour and materials and sequencing works to construct from scratch on a site – and that this is the only way to be certain of offering the client quality and value. Yet curiously this in effect is precisely the consequence of decisions being taken in design offices, board rooms and construction sites every day of the year.

Despite the fact that offsite construction has been a staple of the industry for a very long time there is still a tendency for many to regard offsite construction as something new, potentially risky and therefore best avoided if at all possible. Much better to stick with the highly fragmented and hierarchical approach to procurement and to keep to those practices which so often deliver low levels of productivity, inconsistent and often poor quality, significant waste of materials and cost and time over-runs. Decisions that this is a better, more certain way, to deliver a project will always be taken on the basis that this is in the interests of the client. Well, in any event, the client will end up paying for the results if the decisions that have been taken – whether good or bad.
Some may also claim that the only way to ensure design quality is through the use of bespoke construction methods and materials. This view would seem to deny the ability of designers to harness the best construction solutions to deliver a quality built environment.

Serial construction clients and their supply chain partners are becoming increasingly aware that traditional construction practices are unlikely to deliver the improvements they are looking for. Indeed over recent years costs have increased significantly but site productivity has remained stubbornly at a level that would not be tolerated in any other industry. The alternative strategy being adopted typically involves the application of Lean production techniques to identify and eliminate those design and construction practices that do not add value, the application of standard solutions, the use of a Building Information Model to ensure design efficiency and build-ability, the adoption of simplified supply chains and the early engagement with specialist suppliers, integration of design and construction and the increased use of offsite solutions.

Sourced: Build Off-Site


In the Know: Top 11 Product Benefits of Cold Formed Steel

In the Know: Top 11 Product Benefits of Cold Formed Steel

The Down & Dirty of Sustainable Design

Sustainability and green design are key benefits of Magest Building Systems Limited cold formed steel panelized building components and Magest Modular Solutions

Limited bathroom pods. Not only do we take into consideration the materials environmental journey but we are also proactive in thinking about on-site waste, and do our best to minimize unnecessary refuse for the builders.

Take a look at what makes a great sustainable design and how the industry can continue designing

green buildings that will be around for future generations – full article .


"Wood First" Policies Wake Sleeping Giant

Wood First legislation is an attack on open, free and fair markets. The act required the use of wood as the primary building material in the construction of


provincially funded buildings, if the building design allows the use of wood under the building code.  

Members of Canadian concrete and steel construction associations are angry and upset about a campaign by the wood industry to persuade provincial and federal governments to give wood preferential treatment over other building materials.

Read more on this issue here.



Are You Ready for Construction?

5 Reasons Why You Should Build With Cold Formed Steel

1. Unlimited Multi-Cycling

Steel is one of the greenest choices that you can make for your next building project. It is a material that can be used and reused an infinite number of times. While other recyclable building materials may only be repurposed once or twice, often for a lesser use, steel will never lose its strength and can continue to be used as a safe, reliable building material.

2. A Healthy Choice

Having your building constructed with cold formed steel framing is a breath of fresh air! Since organisms such as mild cannot penetrate, and moisture will not cause rotting, steel buildings are more likely to have cleaner air quality than those buildings constructed with more traditional framing methods.

3. Green Ahead of the Times

Over the last decade, there has been a substantial push for greener alternatives. Steel has always been an earth friendly choice. Virtually no steel makes it into landfills due to its value and reusability. Any scraps that are created during the process can be recycled and incorporated back into the primary material, flawlessly. In fact, you cannot manufacture new steel without recycled steel.

4. Compatibility Equals Sustainability

The use of steel is quite flexible when it comes to construction. Whether you’re building a project from the ground up, renovating or expanding an existing building, cold formed steel is a great choice. Steel is extremely compatible with other building materials, so if you only want to add steel components such as a mansard roof or new floor, it’s possible. Working with steel also makes it easy to incorporate other green elements into your building design, such as skylights or solar panels.

5. Steps for a Better Future

You can guarantee that your cold formed steel from Magest Building Systems Limited will be precisely cut to fit, which will reduce waste on your job site. The neatly bundled steel will require fewer shipments and therefore reduce gas emissions. Cold formed steel is truly taking a green step in the right direction.


Five Star Hotels will WOW With use of Bathroom Pod


Stars aren’t there just for garnish. And even if you see them shining on their web-site, it’s again important, as mentioned before, to look for some other sources. So, in five-star hotels you should expect more than just a bed and a place to shower. The characteristics of a luxury hotel are that it must make you feel expensive when you enter the lobby. It’s not necessary for everything to be in gold like in hotels in Saudi Arabia – they are known worldwide when it comes to luxury – but it needs to make you feel impressed.

People who go into the bathroom first are people who know what they’re looking for. The moment you go into the bathroom in your new hotel room and you’re wowed by what you’ve seen is the moment you realize that you’ve chosen the right room. Most newly made hotels look for the fastest and the most functional bathroom they can find while constructing. Interestingly, the combination of those two can actually be provided. It’s not a surprise that most construction managers lately decide to go with modular bathroom pods. Installing bathroom pods in a big building that’ll become hotel one day makes construction work up to twenty weeks faster. Other than the installation speed and functionality, bathroom pods have one more characteristic – quality.

For the full article visit: What Should a Five Star Hotel Have to Offer


Canada's First Mainstream Bathroom Pod Manufacturer

Magest Modular Bathroom Pod

For Immediate Release: November 28, 2013

The Magest Group Limited is proud to announce the launch of their newest company, Magest Modular Solutions Limited

(MMSL), a manufacturing entity that specializes in high-quality, intelligent factory manufactured bathroom pods. Based in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, Magest Modular Solutions Limited is the first mainstream bathroom pod manufacturer in Canada.

Modular ‘plug and play’ bathroom pods are part of a global industry but a relatively new concept in North America. Magest Modular Solutions Limited is excited to bring this building revolution to Canada and add to their growing portfolio of trusted, innovative, and high-value building systems and solutions. The Magest Group Limited also consists of Magest Building Systems Limited and Magest Metal Produ

cts Limited, specializing in cold formed steel panelized building systems and components.

What is a Bathroom Pod? Magest Intelligent Factory Manufactured Bathroom Pods are designed to specific project requ

irements and a meticulous factory-controlled manufacturing process ensures the layout size and finishes of each bathroom pod meet the strict requirements of the architectural plans. At the end of the manufacturing process, the pods are inspected and full service tested, packaged, locked and delivered internally complete- with all finishes and accessories installed. Magest Intelligent Factory Manufactured Bathroom Pods are the ultimate solution for multi-unit construction projects, such as, hotels, military housing, healthcare and multi- unit residential buildings. Education will be a large part of Magest Modular Solutions Limited’s story for the years to come, being as bathroom pod manufacturing is in its infancy in Canada.

Key benefits of using Magest Intelligent Factory Manufactured Bathroom Pods are:

    • Factory-controlled working environment that exceeds traditional site-built alternatives
    • No deficiency list
    • Decreases on site labour hours by over 80%
    • Simplified connection to site service risers- only require a couple of hours per pod, plug in and go
    • Works seamlessly with existing floors with no need for slab depressions
    • No costly change orders
    • Decreased overhead costs associated with on-site waste generation and removal, and utility usage
    • Magest is the single point of contact, eliminating the need to coordinate up to eight trades on typical on-site bathroom builds

For more information:

25 Wright Blvd Stratford, ON  
Magest Modular Solutions Limited

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Steel vs. Lumber


Photo from The Star

A massive fire in Kingston, Ont., engulfed a five-storey wood building under construction on Tuesday December 17, 2013 prompting the dramatic helicopter rescue of a worker trapped on a construction crane. Photo from The Toronto Star.

W ood framing is not the only choice, in many cases there is a better option. There are many benefits that a steel framed structure can offer the consumer. They include lower overall costs in a higher quality structure when built with cold formed steel. The material’s higher strength contributes to safer structures that require less maintenance and last longer.

As steel is a manufactured product, you can count on its quality to be consistent. Wood studs may have knots, twists, splits or other defects that occur when using a natural material. You can guarantee cold formed steel to be virtually defect free, every time.

Cold formed steel buildings tend to age slower than those framed with traditional methods. Over time, mold, termites, wind and other natural occurrences may compromise the strength of wood framing; things that simply could not affect a steel framed building. It is important to note that cold formed steel is a non-combustible material, making it a smarter and safer choice and also translating into insurance savings for the consumer and allowing for a higher re-sale value.

Steel greatly outperforms wood in building construction and in quality. When a cold formed steel building is assembled on site, all that is required to put it together is screw and bolt connections. Since assembly of a panelized cold formed steel frame building is so simple, the time spent on job site installation is much less than with other methods.

You can also be sure that when your steel materials arrive on the job site, the dimensions will be precise. Since cold formed steel will not expand, contract, warp or rot, assembly will go quickly and you can expect there to be much less scrap material than with wood framed construction.

Dealing with cold formed steel will eliminate unnecessary repeat trips to the supply yard. The builders on site can receive a complete list and layout of Magest Building Systems’ materials for a job; ensuring that they have everything that is needed before on site assembly begins.

Given the performance and quality of a steel frame structure, it is a better LONG TERM VALUE for the consumers’ money than purchasing an inferior lower quality wood frame structure. In regards to value, going with steel is a very good deal.


Magest Modular Solutions Limited is excited to bring the Bathroom Pod to Canada!

Magest Modular Solutions Limited and Intelligent Offsite Construction have worked together to create Magest’s newest line of Intelligent Factory Manufactured Bathroom pods in Stratford Ontario. To learn more visit,