Metal building systems may not be popular with some structural engineers because this popular construction alternative competes with traditional engineering opportunities for "conventionally" designed and constructed facilities.  Structural engineers who realize that the metal building segment of the low-rise construction market offers an opportunity - not a threat - will ultimately benefit as metal building systems continue to build solid market share in every low-rise category - from shopping centers, to car dealerships, office complexes, schools and more.

Participants will be able to:

  • Recognize differences between metal building systems and conventional steel buildings.
  • Understand the shared design responsibilities that are unique to a metal building system.
  • Identify requirements and special considerations when specifying a metal building.
  • Appreciate the design considerations for a metal building system foundation.

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AIA Course number AISI M117 - Earn 1.5 LU

Webinar Materials

The day before the webinar, participants will have access to electronic versions of the following:

  • Presenter’s notes
  • Evaluation Form
  • Attendance Form


Dr. Lee Shoemaker, Director of Research & Engineering at the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA).

W. Lee Shoemaker, P.E. has served as the Director of Research and Engineering for the Metal Building Manufacturers Association since 1994.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Duke University and his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Tulane University.

Dr. Shoemaker's responsibilities with MBMA include directing the technical research and education programs as well as representing MBMA on several technical committees including ASCE 7 Committee on Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, and the AISC Committee on Specifications for Structural Steel Buildings.  He was recently inducted into the Metal Construction Hall of Fame.