A guide to the industry's national and regional shows.

AWCI’s Construction Directions 2003

March 25-30, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans Come find out what all that “Construction Jazz” is about at AWCI’s Expo: Construction Directions, the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industries International’s 86th Annual Convention and Trade Show. This biggest show in the industry will be held March 25–30 in New Orleans.

The headquarters hotel for the convention is the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, and the trade show is in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Education Sessions

The following education sessions are being offered at this year’s AWCI convention:

• Mold Identification—What a Contractor Needs _to Know.

• Mold Remediation—What a Contractor Can and Should Do.

• Insurance for Contractors—An Update.

• Taking Your Safety Program into the 21st Century.

• The 90-Minute MBA.

• Developing a Safety Program and Position.

• Evolution of Building Codes.

• Proactive Engineering—Accurate Bidding on Projects with Steel Framing.

The Trade Show

AWCI’s expo is the largest in the industry, and it’s where attendees can learn about the latest and greatest new products available. A highlight for exhibitors will be the third Annual Best Booth Awards. New this year is a raffle of some great prizes for those who attend the show.

Special Events

Industry committee meetings will take place on March 26 and 27, along with an all-day meeting of the Safety Directors Forum on the 27th. Also this day, join your colleagues for Foundation Scramble Golf Tournament at the challenging Teeth of the Gator course at the Eastover Country Club.

In addition, there are receptions, the awards brunch, and the popular final night gala with live and silent auctions. The Foundation Silent and Live Auction, on March 29, feature raffles for a new Audi TT Coupe and a bracelet worth $2,500.

Hospitality Activities

Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy any or all of the following tours and activities:

Bienvenue ?a Nouvelle Orleans—Welcome to New Orleans. Experience the ever-changing cityscape of New Orleans. Spend a few minutes enjoying a slide show familiarizing you with the Queen City of the South. This presentation depicts the best of this exciting city and furnishes tips on what to see, where to go and how to get there.

The Art of Creole Cuisine—A Cooking Demo & Lunch. Our “Chef de Cuisine” welcomes you into the kitchen and shows how to prepare Louisiana delicacies.

Trash and Treasures—Magazine Street. Enjoy the “Street of Dreams”—six miles of antique shops, art galleries and specialty stores.

Louisiana Legacy—Mysteries of the Swamp. Visit Louisiana’s scenic bayous and swamp on a boat ride into the interior of one of the wildest swamps and natural areas in America.

For registration information, call (703) 534-8300 or visit http://www.awci.org.

CSI/TFM 2003

April 9-11, McCormick Place, Chicago Attendees at The CSI Show will encounter both the familiar and the different April 9-11, 2003, at McCormick Place, in Chicago.

The familiar includes the benefits that have made this 46-year-old exhibit a premier event in the nonresidential construction industry: abundant product information, comprehensive continuing education and great networking. Different this year is that the CSI Show is part of a new CSI-created mega-event called Construct America. At this event, other exhibit shows co-locate with the CSI Show. Co-locating this year is The TFM Show, the top exhibit for facility professionals.

Shows co-located (but separately owned, operated and promoted) at Construct America will offer more product information, technical education and networking than any single show could. People working in almost any phase of the built environment’s life-cycle can discover leading-edge applications and network with colleagues all at the same time and under one roof. Co-located shows also will benefit exhibitors. How? Attendee crossover. The CSI Show’s registrants get free admission to The TFM Show’s exhibits and vice versa.

The CSI Show remains one of the nation’s largest annual construction shows. More than 1,000 booths will showcase products in all 16 MasterFormat divisions including concrete, masonry, metals, and doors and windows. A host of new products and services will debut.

The CSI Show’s technical education has been developed for all the key players in construction projects, including owners, designers, constructors, and suppliers. And there’s programming for every experience level, newcomer through veteran. Sessions are in four tracks: Design and Specifications, Products and Technology, Processes and Implementation, and Feature Presentations. Participants earn Continuing Education Units from CSI and Learning Units from the American Institute of Architects. Education sessions don’t conflict with exhibit hours. The exhibit floor is another source for CEUs and LUs through exhibitor presentations in the Expo Education program. At the CSI Show practitioners can acquire most, if not all, the hours needed to maintain licenses.

Among the many products and services to be exhibited will be those developed or co-developed by CSI. They include the latest draft of the new MasterFormat being created. The expanded new edition will address existing topics more fully, add new topics, and cover heavy civil projects and industrial construction for the first time. Also to be exhibited are the OmniClass Construction Classification System, which CSI is helping develop, and The National CAD Standard, which includes CSI’s Uniform Drawing System.

Registration is now open. The hotel reservations deadline is March 12. For more information, go to http://www.csinet.org or call (800) 689-2900.


May 8-10, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego The AIA National Convention and Expo is the building and design industry’s mainstay for education, information, inspiration, and innovation. This year’s convention continues that tradition with three theme sessions, 148 high-quality continuing education programs, 58 tours (including some just for kids!), 64 special events, and more than 600 leading-edge companies exhibiting valuable products, systems, and services.

Design Matters! Poetry and Proof: Architects are passionate about design, and architecture’s poetry is the inspiration instilled in those who use the homes, buildings and the communities’ architects create. But passion and poetry are not enough—not when knowledge is currency. Passion and inspiration must translate into proof. Proof to clients. Proof to the public. And that proof is the positive difference design makes in how families live, children learn, patients heal, businesses grow and communities thrive. The AIA 2003 National Convention and Expo will address the challenges of learning how to communicate the value of the magic of good design––how architecture speaks to the heart, to the soul and to the mind.

AIA Expo has never been more valuable! More than 600 exhibitors will showcase the latest in products, technology innovations and services. There are even opportunities to earn continuing education credits on the exhibit floor. And, specific solutions for your design dilemmas have never been easier to find with six Product Pavilions—High-Tech, Restoration Products, Green Products, Stone and Tile, Fabric Architecture and Lighting. Explore Expo2003’s special attractions to earn prizes, see outstanding galleries of architecture, interiors, and urban design, learn about all things AIA, and visit the AIA Bookstore—there’s something for everyone!

On Thursday, May 8 (Day One), Tod Williams, FAIA, and Billie Tsien will address how their firm translates its passion and inspiration—its poetry—into proof for its clients. Their firm is well known for its diverse range of projects and high standards.

The challenge for architects and design professionals is learning how to communicate the value of the magic of good design to clients and to the public. On Friday, May 9 (Day Two), Fred Gage, Ph.D. professor of genetics at The Salk Institute, and Thomas Kelley, general manager of IDEO (the industrial design and development firm responsible for such innovations as the Apple mouse, Polaroid’s I-Zone camera) will discuss their work as it relates to the “proof.”

On Saturday, May 10 (Day Three), Robert Ivy, FAIA, Architectural Record magazine’s editor-in-chief will moderate a panel discussion with some of the best intellects in the design industry about the design industry’s future and its ability to make a positive and compelling case that Design Matters.

San Diego is the perfect place to experience the poetry of architecture. Explore California craftsman architecture or Tijuana’s cultural center. Sip a cabernet at a Southern California winery or take on a museum marathon at Balboa Park. Take a road trip and discover Palm Springs’ fifties modernism or Pasadena’s arts and crafts bounty. From affordable housing, military history, and high-rise excitement to education and biotechnology, Southern California is rich in architectural heritage and innovation, and there’ll be plenty of tours to prove it.

For up-to-date convention information and to register online, visit the Convention Web site at http://www.aia.org. Call M/C Communications at 888-242-1824 for information about booking exhibit space at AIA Expo2003. For more information about the American Institute of Architects and information about attending, please call AIA Information Central at 800-242-3837.

Northwest Wall and Ceiling Bureau

2003 Annual Convention and Trade Show

May 8-10, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson, Ariz. This year’s convention site is exceptional in its rugged high-desert beauty and its vast offering of activities and recreation. The convention golf tournament will be played at the resort’s exclusive Mountain course. The tours highlight the best the areas has to offer. Explore amazing rock formations at Karchner Caverns, survey village sites of the ancient Hohokam civilization on horseback; learn about the desert flora and fauna on an exhilarating jeep ride; or join industry associates on an excursion to visit San Xavier Mission Del Bac, acclaimed as the finest example of mission architecture in the country.

The theme of the event is “Exploring the Industry’s Vision,” which emphasizes the continuous need to evaluate the direction of your business and anticipate the effect the economy and global changes have on the industry. Bill Foote, CEO, chairman of the board and president of USG and CGC, will present one of the key programs and share his insight into what the future holds for the industry.

David Kinard, of Access Marketing Solutions, located in Seattle, will present two powerful sessions on marketing—one developed specifically for wall and ceiling contractors and the other for manufacturers and dealers in the industry. The attendees will take home proven, ready-to-implement strategies for setting themselves apart from the competition.

Attorney Larry Linville, of Linville Clausen & Linton, of Seattle, will give a talk on the current legal topics, including the pros and cons of forming a limited liability company for wall and ceiling work; how to avoid disadvantageous contract clauses; and how contractors, manufacturers and dealers can manage their liability when working on and supplying projects. This program will also discuss the latest developments in contractor liability insurance.

The technical sessions cover the latest techniques in wall and ceiling construction. The exterior session focuses on drainage mat design for exterior claddings. The interior session discusses the most economical and effective design for sound-rated wall and ceiling assemblies, and the new Level 5 drywall coatings. In addition, there will be a program on acoustical ceiling construction.

The convention is built around an informative trade show where all the latest products, tools, systems and services are displayed. The exhibitors and delegates get an opportunity to meet face to face during the effective exhibit hours, with no competing events on the schedule. Many of the main convention events happen right in the exhibit hall. The bureau is currently accepting reservations for booths.

Fun social events bring the delegates together in a casual setting. Friday night’s Manufacturer & Dealer Party will be held outdoors at the resort’s Coyote Corral. Great Western music entertainment and barbecue dinner combined with this unique venue make it an evening you will not soon forget. The convention ends on a high note with a memorable gala featuring fine dining, entertainment and a keynote speaker.

Northwest Wall and Ceiling Bureau will be rolling out its new Quality Control Program at the convention. The winners of the 2003 Outstanding Project of the Year Awards will also be announced at the opening ceremonies.

Tucson is a great family destination and families are welcome at the convention. There are special programs for the spouses and the resort has organized activities for kids. For more information on the convention, call the NWCB office at (800) 524-4215 or visit http://www.nwcb.org. Registration forms and online registration are available on the association’s Web site.

PCBC 2003, The Western Building Show

June 17-20, Moscone Center, San Francisco California homebuilding had a booming year in 2002 but with the economy still in flux, experts can’t agree on what 2003 will hold. There’s never been a more important time to come to PCBC, The Premier Building Show, where attendees will find out the latest product debuts, build valuable relationships with other industry professionals, and receive cutting-edge educational information that will help shape their business plans for the future.

PCBC 2003 will be held June 17-June 20 at the Moscone Center, in San Francisco, and will feature many new elements including the all-new “Multifamily Housing Conference, A Vision of Home Breakfast,” and a new registration system that will make registration easier than ever.

Keynote speakers include Marcus Buckingham and Magic Johnson.

Buckingham, best-selling author of “First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths,” will reveal new insights on human performance and productivity—including the unconventional methods of great managers, at the Trends Breakfast, Thursday, June 19 at 8:30 a.m.

Magic Johnson, formerly of the Los Angeles Lakers, will close the show on Friday, June 20 at 1:00 p.m. Since retiring from basketball, Johnson has redefined himself as a businessman who focuses his efforts on revitalizing neglected communities through several of his business ventures including Johnson Development Corp., which works to foster local growth and financial empowerment in long-neglected urban and suburban neighborhoods by developing entertainment complexes, restaurants, and retail centers in those communities.

Other highlights include the Gold Nugget Awards, which honor creative achievements in architectural design and land use planning for residential, commercial, and industrial projects. The Gold Nugget Awards will be held Thursday, June 19, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

PCBC will also feature two new seminars. At the “A Vision of Home Breakfast,” J. Walker Smith, president of Yankelovich Partners, will present a unique study focusing on the “why” of consumer trends. During his presentation, Smith will identify the factors in life that shape the trends consumers desire in a new home.

The “Multifamily Trends Conference,” a new one-and-a-half-day conference presented by PCBC and the Urban Land Institute, will address the issues associated with high-density housing including infill development, design trends, and multifamily finance. The conference will be held on Tuesday, June 17, and Wednesday, June 18.

For show information or to register online, visit http://www.pcbc.com and stay tuned for frequent updates. Or call (916) 325-9300 or toll-free inside U.S. (800) 956-SHOW.


Oct. 23-25, Disney World’s Contemporary Resort, Orlando, Fla. The Insulation Contractors Association of America will hold its 25th Annual Convention and Trade Show from October 23 to 25, 2003, at Disney World’s Contemporary Resort, in Orlando, Fla. ICAA anticipates record attendance this year because Disney World is an ideal location to mix business and pleasure.

The ICAA Annual Convention is the only national meeting of residential and commercial insulation contractors and suppliers. Insulation industry professionals attend the ICAA Convention and Trade Show from across the United States and in recent years from Canada, Mexico, Norway, Spain and Great Britain.

Convention highlights include cutting-edge educational programs, new products and vendors, and the opportunity to network with other industry professionals. Convention attendees will explore the latest business trends, the newest technology, and the skills insulation contractors need to stay on top of their profession.

Part of ICAA’s tradition, companies will be invited to exhibits that offer business opportunities compatible with insulation contracting, such as shelving, fireplaces, garage doors and fire stopping.

Reviewing plans for another successful convention and trade show, ICAA president Phil Rice (Rice Insulation & Glass Inc., Bonita Springs, Fla.) says, “The ICAA Convention and Trade Show is the best resource that an insulation contractor has. Where else can contractors network with both industry leaders and insulation contractors and exchange strategies for an ever-changing marketplace? The convention provides an ideal opportunity for contractors to meet other industry professionals and learn how their businesses stack up against industry numbers.”

For more information, contact the ICAA at (703) 739-0356, or visit http://www.insulate.org.


Oct. 28-30, Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Fla. METALCON International, the annual tradeshow and conference for the metal construction industry, heading into its thirteenth year, continues to gain stride.

Sponsored by the Metal Construction Association, the show makes its way this year to the Tampa Convention Center, October 28 to 30, in Tampa, Fla.

At its core, METALCON is timeless. The drive for mankind to “construct” coincides with the dawn of civilization; likewise metals have been used in building for more than three millennia. The show satisfies basic needs and continues a steady climb on the upside of the curve regardless of global economic conditions.

By comparison to traditional building, metal construction is in its infancy. There’s an inevitable shift happening in building and in the materials used. METALCON is the vehicle providing the educational tools necessary to make the transition. Its worldwide focus is to unify and raise awareness by educating those whose primary discipline is metal construction.

Forward thinkers know the industry is expanding. Likened to those who saw the incredible potential for the automobile, when the rest of the population was still making buggies for the horse and carriage trade, these metal building professionals are modern-day visionaries.

Opportunities are immense as metal encompasses a vast selection of resources such as: steel, aluminum, copper, zinc, terne and bronze. Innovations in manufacturing and production of materials used in residential, industrial, institutional and light commercial construction make attendance vital each year to meet the demands of an escalating market. METALCON offers education by way of a full conference program each morning not to conflict with exhibit hours in the afternoon. Seminars address everything from codes and “green building” to metal roofing and urban planning for assisted living communities.

In keeping with its commitment to deliver up-to-the-minute technology, METALCON builds a steel structure on the floor as a teaching platform for attendees to learn firsthand the newest applications in metal construction. Each year, the structure is different and noteworthy as it is donated to a charitable organization at the shows conclusion.

Specialty metals are showcased in a 4,500-square-foot demo area on the last day of the show this year. Attendees see demonstrations and applications using crafted metals with the opportunity to ask questions of the educators addressing specific design issues.

Participating industry associations are another strong component to the event, as more than 35 organizations join forces each year to spread the word. With more than 600 exhibit booths, conferences, demo areas, hands-on learning, and the largest gathering of metal construction professionals, it is the ultimate learning environment. METALCON International 2003 is a must attend event. For more information call 617-965-0055 or visit http://www.metalcon.com.


November 2-4, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta The Specialty Tool & Fasteners Distributors Association 27th Annual Convention & Trade Show will be held Nov. 2-4, 2003, at the Georgia World Congress Center, in Atlanta.

The Georgia World Congress Center is one of North America’s leading convention and exhibition facilities and all STAFDA events will be held in Building A of the Center. The two headquarter hotels will be the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and the Atlanta Hilton. STAFDA will run a shuttle service from the two hotels to the Congress Center.

The three-day meeting (Sunday through Tuesday) will lead-off with the Tech & Consultant’s Fair on Nov. 2. The fair showcases new software, hardware, barcoding, and e-business solutions. STAFDA’s endorsed consultants and service providers will also be on hand to meet individually with members.

On Sunday afternoon, the Full Rap Session allows three STAFDA membership categories—distributor, associate and rep agent—to meet together and address common industry concerns. Led by a three-person panel (one distributor, one associate and one rep), each panelist will give a short overview of where they see the industry headed from their perspective. From there, the audience will be given a discussion question.

After the Full Rap Session, distributors, associates and rep agents will meet for their own individual programs to discuss their specific issues. Sunday afternoon will also feature a spouse program.

Details for Sunday evening’s Opening Party are still in the works but it’ll have an international theme. Members will able to go from country-to-country and each “country” will have props, entertainment and food indigenous to that nation. Mardi Gras Productions, New Orleans, who produced STAFDA’s 1997 Mardi Gras opening party, is coordinating the Atlanta opening party.

The Nov. 3 General Session will include state-of-the-industry addresses from STAFDA President Jason Bader, Acme Construction Supply, Portland, and Kim Reynolds, The M.K. Morse Co., Canton, Ohio.

The keynote speaker will be Frank Abagnale, whose life story was the subject of the recent Steven Spielberg movie, “Catch Me if You Can,” (2002) based on the book by the same name. The book and movie chronicle how Abagnale was a multi-millionaire before the age of 21.

Frank Abagnale is now one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents. He lectures extensively at the FBI Academy, pro bono, 50 days a year. More than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies have sent their employees to his fraud prevention workshops. He has also made full restitution of the stolen money from his business profits.

Monday afternoon, members will have five hours to visit a 700-plus-booth trade show. Distributors may take advantage of associate show specials, prize drawings or see what new products will be introduced in 2004. The show is a buying show and many distributors come prepared to shop. Monday evening will be open to associate hospitality.

Six educational workshops will be featured Tuesday morning, Nov. 4. The trade show will resume that afternoon for another five hours. Spouses will have the option of three exceptional day tours. The STAFDA convention will conclude that evening with a closing party.

The STAFDA Convention & Trade Show is closed to members only. For membership information, please call 800-352-2981 or visit http://www.stafda.org. Atlanta convention registration information will be mailed to members on June 27.

Regional Associations

Several regional associations host trade shows each summer to increasing attendance, thanks to more exhibitors and quality programs. Texas Lathing and Plastering Contractors Association

At press time, the Texas Lathing and Plastering Contractors Association had not yet finalized the dates of its 2003 convention. For information, call Wayne James at (817) 461-0676 or visit http://www.tlpca.org.

Carolinas Lathing and Plastering Contractors Association

CLAPCA’s “6th Annual Beach Blast” convention will be held at the Kingston Plantation Resort, Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Sept. 11-13. A variety of room accommodations are blocked at group courtesy rates, with ocean block view available. The Crystal Gayle concert will be performing at Alabama Theatre.

Activities planned include an exhibitors “Welcome Fest” and tabletop displays, exhibitor breakfast/brunch, guest speakers addressing industry issues and concerns, distributor’s spotlight, golf/fishing tournaments, ladies’ and children programs on Friday., and an awards banquet honoring the stucco contractors of North and South Carolina on on Saturday, Sept. 13. Featuring Embassy Suites Hotel, held in the Brighton Tower. 9800 Queens Way Blvd., Myrtle Beach, S.C. Hotel number (843) 449-0006. Packets will be sent out in early May.

For more information call Crystal Bonnell at (843) 449-8150 or co-chairman Craig Barnaby at (803) 736-6060. For information on the Kingston Plantation, visit http://www.kingstonplantation.com.

Florida Wall and Ceiling Contractors Association

The Southeastern Wall & Ceiling Trade Show and Annual Convention of FWCCA will be held on July 10-12 at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Fla. Billed as the largest industry show in the southeast with more than 1,000 attendees, many great activities are already lined up.

For more information, call Janice Ficarrotto at (407) 260-1313, e-mail fwcca@iag.net or visit http://www.fwcca.org.

CISCA 2004

Feb. 11-15, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel, Orlando, Fla. The Ceilings & Interior Systems Construction Association recently completed its 53rd Annual Convention and Inter Con Trade Show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Before wrapping the Las Vegas meeting, the Convention Committee took time to outline the 2004 convention to be held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel, Feb. 11-15, 2004. The Inter Con 2004 Trade Show will take place on Feb. 12-13.

Attendees will have the benefit of CISCA’s superior industry networking forum while learning from top-notch instructors and peers. The Inter Con 2004 Tradeshow will feature Inter Con Exhibitor’s demonstrations and the highly regarded economic forecast, along with the industry’s top exhibitors.

CISCA attendees will take pleasure in a wonderful stay at The Walt Disney World Swan And Dolphin Hotel, an Epcot Resort, which offers superior service and numerous unique Walt Disney World Resort benefits. The hotel is in between Epcot and Disney-MGM Studios and nearby Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom Park. Attendees will enjoy 16 restaurants and lounges, five pools, four tennis courts, massage therapy, supervised children’s programs, as well as Disney character dining opportunities, early park entry on selected days and onsite Disney ticket desks.

CISCA is an international trade association founded in 1950 for advancement of the interior commercial construction industry. CISCA’s mission is to provide quality education, resources and a forum for communications among its members. CISCA Membership includes more than 600 of the leading contractors, distributors, manufacturers and independent manufacturer’s representatives worldwide. Volunteer committees including membership, education, publications, technology, manufacturers advisory, distributors advisory and strategic planning guide the association.

CISCA publishes Interior Construction, a bimonthly magazine and the internationally specified Ceilings Systems Handbook, now available in Spanish. CISCA’s Seismic publications are specified in the International Building Codes. These publications were reviewed and updated in the fall of 2002.

Visit CISCA’s Web site http://www.cisca.org for complete convention and exhibit information, or call (630) 584-1919.