This year’s Walls & Ceilings Convention Companion features an expanding roster of trade shows serving our industry. As usual, each of these shows will present its own unique display of exhibitions, seminars, workshops and award ceremonies. Whether you are looking for the latest in products, technology, construction code updates or education and training, each event offers plenty of value, networking opportunities and even some entertainment.

AWCI Convention

April 3-7, Paris Hotel, Las Vegas

The annual convention of the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry will be held at the Paris Hotel, in Las Vegas starting Monday, April 4 and running through Friday, April 8. In addition to industry committee meetings Sunday, April 3 through Tuesday, April 5, expert speakers will offer the following education sessions, which will be held Wednesday, April 6 through Thursday, April 7.

Education Sessions

“What You Need to Know About ConsensusDOCS”: Don Gregory, presents a session that will address how ConsensusDOCS apportions the risks commonly encountered on projects, the diverse support for ConsensusDOCS, and provide a comparison to other standard-form contracts.

“After the Great Recession”: After a long, desolate economic winter, the surviving design and construction firms are hungry for backlog and the result is fierce competition for the scant projects currently on the bidding market. According to Jason M. Baumgarten, forecasters see the sun on the horizon signaling new opportunities as the market moves from recession to recovery.

“Getting Paid for Lost Labor Productivity”: Terry Kastner will present this session on how labor productivity in the construction industry is the largest single variable affecting a contractor’s costs. With the recent publication of “Impacts to Labor Productivity in Steel Framing and the Installation and Finishing of Gypsum Wallboard,” wall and ceiling contractors now have a tool for resolving productivity disputes between the owner, architect and general contractor.

“EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule: Will It Affect Your Work?” Is your tear-out work compliant with the EPA’s new renovation, repair and painting rule? Santiago Concepcion’s session will provide the information necessary to determine if the regulation affects your business.

“Strategies to Successfully Meet the New Energy Codes Using Three-Coat Stucco over Thick Continuous Insulation”: Jeff Hansbro’s session will help contractors build to the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code. It will cover the approvals and prescriptive requirements for the International Building Code and ASHRAE 90.1 - Continuous Insulation. Installation challenges will also be addressed regarding the structural and thermal performance of walls with continuous insulation and those with non-continuous insulation.

“Maintain Your Surety Credit and Preserve Your Protections Provided by Surety Bonds in 2011”: In this session, leaders of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers will examine the issues related to surety bonding. The presenters will also report on the status of the surety market and on contractors’ ability to obtain and to maintain surety credit. This session will cover the outlook for the surety industry, fundamentals of bonding, bond verification and top surety bonding issues.

“Opportunities to Install Air/Vapor/Water Barriers Behind EIFS, Stucco and Other Exterior Wall Claddings”: Bill Egan will present this session that investigates the growth of the market for air/vapor/water barriers, define each type, review their functions, describe the typical product types used for these applications and highlight the key points related to installation behind a variety of exterior wall claddings.

“Sound Control: NRC and STC Ratings-Grow Your Business”: Noral D. Stewart, Ph.D. will discuss the principles of sound control in buildings, adding value to projects and growing your business. This session will touch on the basics of room absorptive treatments and wall design for good performance, performance ratings, factors other than wall design that can influence sound isolation and situations where you have to look beyond the ratings to choose appropriate materials and designs.

“What’s the Scoop with All These New Generation Gypsum Panel Products and Systems?”: Michael Gardner will help attendees gain a better understanding of the proliferation of new types of gypsum panels. This session will discuss the background behind the development of new products and systems, explore the different types of panels and provide guidance on where the panels and systems are intended to be used.

Special Events

The Presidents’ Joint Welcome Reception will be on April 5. Join AWCI President Brent Allen and First Lady Cassie Allen along with CISCA President Bill Shannon in networking with colleagues and catching up with old friends-a great way to kick off the annual convention and INTEX Expo. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served. Sports jacket is appropriate.

This year’s AWCI Opening Session and Awards Presentation Brunch is held April 6. The program includes the opening address presented by AWCI President Brent Allen and presentations of the AWCI excellence in construction quality and safety awards and the Pinnacle Award. Chef Jeff Henderson, New York Times bestselling author and America’s most inspirational culinary star, will motivate you with his triumphant story of change and the power of potential. Business casual attire is appropriate.

AWCI Celebration Night Dinner and Foundation Auction will be held on April 6. This year’s theme, “Rat Pack Party” will be another opportunity to meet and mingle over cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner before a tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., followed by dancing. There will also be a silent auction and raffle drawings.

For information, call (703) 538-1600 or visit www.awci.org.

CISCA Convention

April 4-7, Paris Hotel, Las Vegas

Attendees at the annual Ceilings & Interior Systems Construction Association convention will have the opportunity to network in a social environment in Las Vegas this year.

CISCA is an association dedicated to serving the specialty acoustical ceilings and interior systems industry. Members are specialty contractors, distributors, manufacturers and independent manufacturer reps. CISCA promotes and supports the industry by providing a network of opportunities with industry leaders through education and a forum to allow the industry to interact, evolve and prosper.

The presentation of the Construction Excellence Awards is always a highlight of the convention. These awards recognize CISCA members who produced the year’s finest examples of interior commercial construction.

Schedule of Events

Monday, April 4

6:00-7:30 p.m.

CISCA Welcome Reception


9:30 p.m.

The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil-The Mirage Resort
 


Tuesday, April 5

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Ethics in Construction: A Business Case for Acting with Integrity


10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Keeping Loyalty Alive in Tough Times


1:30-3:00 p.m.

Taking the Mystery out of Working Effectively with Architects


5:00-6:30 p.m.

Emerging Leaders Reception


6:30-7:30 p.m.

CISCA/AWCI Joint President’s Reception


9:30 p.m.

Viva Elvis by Cirque du Soleil



Wednesday, April 6

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Annual Distributor’s Meeting


9:00 a.m.-noon

CISCA Awards & Keynote Breakfast


2:30-3:30 p.m.

Industry Marketing Advisory Committee Meeting


3:30-4:30 p.m.

Glass Fiber Custom Panel Committee


5:00-6:00 p.m.

Volunteer Appreciation Reception


6:30-10:00 p.m.

CISCA President’s Reception & Dinner



Thursday, April 7

9:00-10:00 a.m.

2011 Economic Forecast


For the sixth year, CISCA is joining with AWCI to present the INTEX Expo, the largest trade show offered to the ceiling and wall industry. For additional information on the CISCA convention, visit www.cisca.org or call (630) 584-1919.


EIMA (EIFS Industry Members Association) Annual Meeting

April 4-6, Paris Hotel, Las Vegas

The EIMA Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the AWCI and CISCA Conventions, and INTEX Expo. Conferences for this year’s show will be held at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. To reserve your room, go to www.awci.org and follow the links.

All of the EIMA meetings will be held April 4 through 6.

Registration will be through AWCI and will include both meetings. Please contact EIMA if you plan to only attend the EIMA part of the meeting.

Schedule of Events

Monday, April 4

10:30-11:30 a.m. AWCI’s EIFS and Related Products Committee 2:00-4:00 p.m. Technical and Research Committee

4:30-5:30 p.m. Advocacy and Industry Relations Committee

5:30-7:30 p.m. “Good Fortune” Gala and Cocktail Reception


Tuesday, April 5

7:30-8:15 a.m. Contractor and Distributor Members Breakfast

8:15-9:30 a.m. Communications and Education Committee

9:45-11:15 a.m. General Session: The EIFS Solution-Energy Efficiency and Curb Appeal

11:15-noon Membership Committee

Noon-6:30 p.m. “Strike it Rich” Golf Tournament


Wednesday, April 6

7:30-9:30 a.m. Board of Directors Meeting (invitation only)

For more information on EIMA and its annual event, call (800) 294-3462 or go to the AWCI Web site at www.awci.org for complete AWCI/EIMA meeting information.

INTEX Expo

April 6-7, Paris Hotel, Las Vegas

At the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, April 6-7, the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry and the Ceilings & Interior Systems Construction Association will again host the INTEX Expo. This is the largest trade show serving the wall and ceiling industry. Attendees will see a great deal of new product launches and company news released at the show.

Approximately 120 exhibitors will be on hand to offer new technologies, products and tools to enhance your productivity and strategies to give you the competitive edge in your market. Meet with the manufacturers face-to-face to discuss their new product lines and company events.

The grand opening of the INTEX Expo is at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6. The show is open again the next day as well, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Both days will be held at the Paris Ballroom.

This annual event is held in conjunction with CISCA and AWCI’s respective programs, events and seminars.

Visit www.intexconstructionexpo.com for a complete list of exhibitors and more information.

Visit Walls & Ceilings’ Booth #426 to meet staff and for exciting information.

What to Expect in Las Vegas

Expect nice weather in Las Vegas in early April. Average temperatures for this month are highs of 69 degrees and lows of 47 degrees Fahrenheit.

Numerous shows and events take place daily in the city so be sure to check local newspapers and Web sites for complete listings.

Las Vegas is an excellent place for dining at all price levels. The Paris Hotel and Bally’s have upscale and budget dining, as well as numerous bars. Be sure to explore the host hotels, as well as walk up and down the Strip to see what interests you.

For more travel, entertainment and other information, visit www.vegas.com.

Northwest Wall and Ceiling Industries Annual Convention & Trade Show

April 14-16, Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia

The 2011 Northwest Wall and Ceiling Industries Annual Convention and Trade Show will be held April 14-16 at the Victoria Conference Centre of the Fairmont Empress in Victoria, British Columbia.

The exhibit hall hosts meal functions and special drawings for prizes during exhibit hours. There are no competing events during exhibit hours.

For more information on this event, visit www.nwcb.org.

Golf & Tours
The 2011 Convention Golf Tournament will be played at the Olympic View Golf Club in Victoria, starting with a tee time of 8:30 a.m. April 14. The course offers a balance of tree-lined holes, rolling terrain and changing elevations. The scramble golf event begins with a buffet style breakfast at the Olympic View Golf Course at 7:00 a.m.

The Butchart Gardens tour and lunch starts at 9 a.m. on April 14. This tour includes coach transportation from the Empress Hotel, time to visit the gardens and have a buffet lunch before returning to the hotel.

The Whale-Watching Adventure is an ideal family outing scheduled at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 14 and at 12:30 p.m. April 16. The watch is a search for Orca whales, sea lions and porpoises inhabiting the waters around Vancouver Island.

Convention Education Sessions

“Turning Contacts into Contracts: The Four Secrets of Creating Priceless Business Relationships”: Anna Liotta will teach the four steps taken by effective networkers to build profitable relationships for business and life.

“Opportunities are Ripe for Leaders Who are Ready-Leveraging the Lessons of Today to Optimize the Successes of Tomorrow”: Liotta also presents this session with insights on how the current economic state is part of natural progression and what tomorrow’s possibilities are. The presentation covers evolving social moods and generational trends that have implications for strategic planning, sales, marketing and the management of the workplace.

“The Perfect Interior Wall”: The NWCB’s Terry Kastner will head up a panel of experts discussing the possibility of the perfect interior wall or ceiling. The session will focus on the new generation of interior panels and what has proven to be the best way to finish them.

“Ramping Up the EIFS Industry”: Buck Buchanan, Jim Young and Brian Dunn discuss the future of EIFS and how to utilize opportunities in the new energy code. This session will discuss how to promote EIFS and best use the trends and changes in building design and construction.

“Creating Added Value to your Customers through Up-Selling”: Jake Gress teaches how to look at a business with the eyes of a customer. Attendees will learn how to see the difference between what a customer asks for and what he needs and how to satisfy those needs.

“Maximizing the Benefits of BIM”: Building information modeling is the process of generating and managing building data. This program, presented by Dan J. Gramer, is about improving and leveraging a business with the technology of BIM.

“Charting New Business: New World Materials for Old World Elegance”: This program features acrylic wall finishes and shows how using these products are an opportunity for contractors to expand their business. Raymond Christman will discuss both the technical aspects and a marketing business model.

Exhibit Hours

Thursday, April 14

6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. President’s Welcoming Party (reception)

Grand Opening of the Trade Show

Friday, April 15

8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Exhibit Breakfast


Saturday, April 16

8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Exhibit Breakfast


AIA National Convention and Design Exposition

May 11-14, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans

The American Institute of Architects 2011 National Convention and Design Exposition will be held May 11-14 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Convention activities, education and networking events will begin on Wed. May 11 and continue through Sat. May 14. There are more than 200 planned program offerings including preconvention workshops, theme presentations, continuing education learning units and expo education-all specifically designed to be convenient, plentiful and well rounded. The diversity of offerings from business planning to marketing and business development, from zero net energy design to building codes, allows you to enhance your knowledge of design, practice management and career development. Extending the learning opportunities beyond the convention center, AIA New Orleans will host a variety of educational tours that explore the soulful flavor of the city’s architecture-from historic and modern to recently restored. In just four days and in a single location, you can earn all of the CEUs you need for 2011.

Design Exposition

The Design Exposition is scheduled May 12-14. AIA Expo 2011 introduces you to more than 800 exhibitors so you can discover new products, technologies and services-professional resources that you can implement in your practice or project. You’ll have the opportunity to see and touch products, to get detailed information and to ask questions of the manufacturer representatives. The show will also house special display areas, educational opportunities, pavilions and association offerings.

The education experience also extends beyond the parameters of the convention hall. You can choose from more than 70 educational tours that allow you to earn learning units while visiting New Orleans’ landmarks.

A wide variety of special events offer plenty of opportunities to network, relax with colleagues and take time out from the business of the convention. Whether you come for the education, the experience or the opportunity to connect with colleagues, your participation in the AIA National Convention will be a memorable highlight of your professional year.

Since 1857, the AIA has represented the professional interests of architects. As AIA members, more than 76,000 licensed architects, emerging professionals and allied partners in design express their commitment to excellence and livability in our nation’s buildings and communities. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct that assures the client, the public and colleagues of AIA-member architect’s dedication to the highest standards in professional practice.

For the most up-to-date convention information and to register online, visit www.aiaconvention.com. For more information about the American Institute of Architects, please call AIA Information Central at (800) 242-3837.

PCBC Conference & Trade Show

June 22-24, Moscone Center, San Francisco

Online registration is now underway for the 52nd PCBC homebuilder conference and trade show, which will take place June 22-24 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

For more than five decades, PCBC The Show has connected the homebuilding industry with the ideas, inspiration and innovation to grow and thrive. From development through design and construction, this year PCBC has retooled itself to be an essential resource for builders, architects, trade contractors and other industry leaders.

PCBC features products-and the companies that create them-covering an extensive range of residential building materials from new home technologies to the explosion in green products.

“PCBC has a well-deserved reputation for innovation and providing new perspectives, but this year in particular we wanted to really home in on the big questions the leaders of our industry are struggling with,” says Linda Baysari, the senior vice president for conventions and meetings for the show. “To that end, we will have some of the industry’s brightest thinkers on hand to give builders and developers strategic insights to help them navigate their companies through these challenging times.”

Two years ago, show coordinators renamed the show “PCBC-Advancing the Art + Science of Community Building,” to reflect the show’s growing emphasis on the building community. In addition, conference programs were retooled and streamlined into the new PCBC Executive Conference, which is a two-day idea marketplace where the best and brightest in the business meet.

The Annual Golden Nuggets Award presentation will take place June 23.

PCBC The Show is sponsored by the California Building Industry Association. As the organization’s learning laboratory, PCBC encourages new and informed perspective, an open minded attitude and unwavering curiosity. We are people creating better communities.

For more information, visit www.pcbc.com or call (800) 956-7469.

Regional Shows

TLPCA/SCWCPA Annual Convention

The 59th Annual Texas Lathing and Plastering Contractors Association (now renamed the South Central Wall, Ceiling and Plaster Association) will be held June 22-25. This year’s show will be located at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio.

As of press time, no further information was available. Please call (817) 461-0676 or visit www.tlpca.org for more updated information.

FWCCA Annual Convention

This year the Annual Southeastern Florida Wall & Ceiling Contractors Association Convention and Trade Show will take place at the OMNI Hotel at Champion’s Gate outside Orlando, Fla. The Champion’s Gate facility is best known for its quality golf courses and natural habitat that is home to hundreds of Florida wildlife species. The two-day Trade Show runs from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 15 and from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 16.

In conjunction with this year’s show, there will be the Annual Golf Tournament on July 15 on the nationally renowned International Course.

The FWCCA is currently inviting industry manufacturers and service providers to participate in its annual educational forum. Manufacturers are encouraged to present a one- or two-hour program on either July 15 or 16 to demonstrate new products, technological updates, standard reviews, etc., with the Florida members. For information on this educational opportunity, contact the FWCCA Executive Vice President Janice Ficarrotto at (407) 260-1313 for details and booking information.

The show is open to all contractors and industry affiliates at no charge. However, there is a full convention registration fee for any individual wishing to take advantage of the entire three-day event, which includes educational classes, social networking sessions, President’s Reception, lunch in the exhibit hall and a fun Saturday night closing theme party. Golf is also open to all who wish to participate and registration forms for all events will appear on the FWCCA Web site. Visit www.fwcca.org for more information.

CLAPCA Convention

This year the Carolina Lathing & Plastering Contractors Association will hold two committee meetings. The first will be held on April 29, in Charlotte. The second meeting is scheduled Sept 22-23, details and location to be determined.

For continuing agenda plans and meeting details, check www.clapca.org.

CONSTRUCT 2011/TFM

September 13-16, McCormick Place, Chicago

CONSTRUCT, in conjunction with the 55th CSI Annual Convention, is for the industrial, commercial and institutional building team and the networking hub for thousands of professionals who design, specify, build and procure for successful project management. The show hosts the latest in industry technology, the newest products and most up-to-date solutions partnered with AIA/CES and CSI CEN accredited educational programming. The event will be held in Chicago’s Lakeside Center at McCormick Place. Educational programs are offered September 13-16 and the Exhibit Hall will be open September 14-16.

Projecting another increase in attendance after a 9 percent growth in verified attendance in 2010, the organizers of CONSTRUCT expect to draw thousands of decision-makers that source, specify and purchase billions of dollars per year in commercial building products and services. Dedicated to the building team, from conception, design and procurement through construction and operation, the 2011 event is a cost effective strategy for combining education with real world, practical product and service solutions for business success. For those that design, build, specify, engineer, renovate or operate in the built environment, the show provides the ideal environment for face-to-face, one-on-one time with experts. Participants can convene in one central place to attend the CSI Annual Convention, earn learning credits, share industry knowledge, continue current vendor relationships and find new business partnerships.

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore hundreds of exhibits on the show floor that supply practical, problem-solving solutions as well as find the latest trends in the New Product Showcase and sustainable solutions in the Green Pavilion.

Education Programs

The expert-led education program features in-depth, practical sessions designed specifically for the commercial building professional to attain and maintain certification. The show is a provider for CSI CEN, AIA/CES LU’s to meet various states’ requirements. The comprehensive program provides solid solutions and the latest industry knowledge for success the issues challenges and opportunities industry professionals face today and in the future.

Courses are offered in lecture, interactive or demonstrative formats. Fulfill annual education needs with more than 13 hours of education in the classroom, courses in the Education Pavilion on the show floor and the accredited Technical Tours. Three tours are planned to educate and inform; the Underwriters Laboratory, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House or Aqua Towers. The education hours do not compete with exhibit hall hours.

Networking opportunities include the welcome reception, the CSI Gala and a boat trip down the river to tour the skyline of Chicago. The event includes a student design competition, keynote speaker Jeanne Gang, Gang Architects, special guest speaker Cameron Sinclair, Architecture for Humanity and a full CSI program.

This four-day event was designed for you, the architect, specifier, engineer, and all construction team professionals in the built environment.

Online registration opens in June and discounted education packages and free exhibit hall admission is available through August 11.

For more information, please visit www.CONSTRUCTshow.com.

ICAA Annual Convention and Trade Show

September 22-24, Contemporary Resort, Orlando, Fla.

The 2011 Annual ICAA Convention and Trade Show will be held at the Contemporary Resort in Orlando from Thursday, September 22 through 24.

The ICAA Convention and Trade Show is the only national meeting for insulators. Suppliers and contractors from across the country convene to network, evaluate new technology and products, review federal legislation and explore industry trends and opportunities.

“The ICAA Convention gives insulation contractors the opportunity to catch up on the state of the industry and meet one-on-one with the manufacturers and suppliers who influence their businesses,” says ICAA President Daniel Austin (of Austin Co., Pineville, N.C.).

Exhibitors at the ICAA Trade Show represent leading insulation manufacturers and suppliers as well as those businesses that complement insulation contracting such as closet shelving, firestopping, health and safety equipment, infrared imaging systems and computer software.

Again this year, a championship golf course will host the ICAA Annual Golf Tournament.

This is ICAA’s 33rd Convention and Trade Show, and Executive Director Michael Kwart says, “ICAA is a leader in the insulation industry. The annual ICAA Convention and Trade Show focuses on the skills and resources that impact insulation contractors. Attendance at the convention is a chance to get a handle on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and a great business strategy.”

For more information, call (703) 739-0356 or visit www.insulate.org.

Greenbuild 2011

October 4-7, Toronto, Canada

The 10th Annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo will help redefine the future when it moves to Toronto November 4-7. The industry’s largest gathering of representatives from all sectors of the international green building industry will convene for the first time in Toronto for several days of extensive educational programming, workshops, a vast exhibition floor and ample networking events.

Following last year’s event in Chicago, Greenbuild 2011 will build on the excitement, inspiration and optimism generated from its ten-year run.

Returning this year are some of the programs that made Greenbuild 2010 so exceptional. In 2009, USGBC hosted the first ever green jobs fair at Greenbuild. This year, the job fair will be returning as local businesses will hold interviews and job seminars for Greenbuild attendees. The third-Annual Residential Summit will be bring together leaders in the residential green building industry for two days of informational sessions, networking and sharing of best practices.

Greenbuild provides green building professionals with an outstanding line-up of continuing education courses. Each year, a select group of highly qualified individuals evaluate courses submitted for review and choose a collection featuring sessions on all aspects of sustainable design, construction and operations practices for buildings and communities. The courses presented at Greenbuild offer a fresh perspective on the ever-evolving business of sustainability. Greenbuild is the ideal forum to pursue or maintain continuing education credentials, from the LEED Green Associate to the LEED AP specialty credentials.

A major feature of Greenbuild is the extensive exhibit floor, comprised of the latest in innovative products and services. This year will be no different, featuring more than 1,800 exhibit booths with experts on hand to answer questions and talk face-to-face about what they have to offer.

Green Building Community

There is no better place to explore the role of the green building movement in Canada than Toronto. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the city’s LEED certified buildings on the many green building tours offered in conjunction with Greenbuild.

As anticipation for Greenbuild swells, we look forward to meeting in Toronto and taking on current challenges and determining solutions. If the movement continues to focus on greening schools; building healthier, more efficient workplaces; creating opportunities for the green jobs market to flourish; there will be no end to what can be accomplished.

For more information on this show, please visit the U.S. Green Building Council’s Web site at www.greenbuildexpo.org.


METALCON International Conference and Exhibition

October 11-13, Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta

The 21st annual METALCON International is the one conference and exhibition that metal construction professionals look forward to each year. It’s their place to meet, to learn, to network and establish valuable relationships.

Themed “Constant Evolution,” the 2011 show marks 21 years of both the industry and the event. The show has a blend of product exhibits, a comprehensive education conference and several different live-action demos highlighting the latest field techniques and trends. This combination offers insight and ideas from a host of industry experts that helps build better structures around the world by strengthening field talent and growing businesses. The show has earned its reputation as “The One Event for Metal Construction Products, Technologies and Solutions” and remains the only annual conference and exhibition dedicated to the use of metal in construction.

The 21st METALCON International takes place Tuesday, October 11 through Thursday, October 13, 2011 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

METALCON is sponsored by The Metal Construction Association and supported by more than 100 related industry organizations and publications. Show times and details are posted at www.metalcon.com.

This annual one-of-a-kind show draws nearly 8,000 designers, builders, developers, contractors, fabricators and suppliers from more than 50 countries. Experts from 300 companies exhibit the latest products and technology and share their knowledge with attendees.

Green Themes

The beauty, sustainability and favorable environmental aspects of metal are demonstrated in several ways. Green Island, a special area of exhibits, features metal-related products that meet green building standards for recycled content, recyclability, durability and energy efficiency. Solar Bay is a pavilion focusing on the perfect combination of metal and solar. It combines product exhibits with educational forums and Solar Bay Live where world-renowned experts use full-scale mock-ups of a variety of solar technologies on metal roofs and walls to present live-action demos of tips and trade secrets about metal and solar technology.

Green building ideas and techniques are also part of METALCON’s comprehensive conference program. The conference offers continuing education credits and covers every other aspect of building with metal from the basics to the latest materials, tools, techniques, building codes, applications, cold-formed steel framing, alternative energy, business management and marketing. The complete conference schedule is available at, www.metalcon.com, where special pricing for early registration is also listed.

The education continues in daily live-action demonstrations presented by members of the Metal Construction Association. These industry experts bring to life the latest product applications, field techniques and trends that construction professionals are looking for to hone their skills and expand their businesses.

Visitors can also enjoy a quick view of what’s new in the industry in New Product Harbor, a tabletop area featuring a selection of the latest product introductions. More show news can be captured in the daily electronic news feed that sends updates from the show.

Since the annual event began in 1991, it has been known as the ideal venue to introduce and to discover new products and ideas for the use of metal in construction. The 2011 event proves it and continues the tradition of helping construction professionals from all over the world expand their businesses and help the environment through the use of metal.

For information about exhibiting or attending visit www.metalcon.com or call (800) 537-7765 or (617) 965-0055.

The Remodeling Show

October 12-15, Lakeside Center, McCormick Place, Chicago

The Remodeling Show is the only national remodeler-centric event bringing together the entire remodeling industry face-to-face annually. Launched in 1991 by the NAHB and then partnered with since 2001, this event has expanded to represent all facets of the remodeling community-kitchen and bath; home improvement; aging-in-place; sustainable remodeling as well as all the tools and services that go into executing these types of projects. Knowing the emphasis on education, from the show floor to the classroom, attendees schedule their projects around the Remodeling Show.

The Remodeling Show co-locates again this October with DeckExpo at the Lakeside Center, McCormick Place in Chicago. Conferences run October 12-15 and trade show

October 13-15.

The event features include: Tool Alley (new and improved this year Product Showcase featuring New, Cool and Green Products, Installation Clinics and numerous manufacturer-run Presenting Exhibits. The Remodeling Show will also feature its exclusive Kitchen & Bath Showcase placed adjacent to the Plumbing + Hydronics Expo.

The 2010 events had 318 total exhibitors, 35 percent of which were new attendees.

The Remodeling Show provides more than 12 hours of class instruction over a four-day period in multiple tracks to make sure you stay profitable. Most instructors are remodelers and building professionals and know what it takes to keep small, medium and large remodeling firms healthy. The class schedule is in its planning phase so be sure to check back in May for more details or follow developing news on Twitter @Remodeling_Show for the most up-to-date information and announcements.

Registration for both events is scheduled to open in May. For more information on attending, visit www.DeckExpo.com or www.RemodelingShow.com.

STAFDA Annual Convention and Trade Show

November 13-15, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio

STAFDA’s 35th Annual Convention & Trade Show will be held in San Antonio. With more than 700 booths expected this year, the STAFDA Trade Show has become the place to find intriguing new products and outstanding deals. Show hours will be Monday, noon to 6:00 p.m., and Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Distributors will see more than 35 different product categories from hundreds of vendors under one roof. Distributors should come prepared to place orders, take advantage of generous terms and show specials, and sign up for prize drawings (available only to attending distributors). They also have the chance to see new products, meet with supplier executives, and source new lines.

In addition to selling opportunities, associates can maximize show participation by increasing product awareness, strengthen customer relationships, locate new reps or OEMs and get feedback on policies, products, service and competition. The show allows rep agents the chance to meet with their principals and distributor customers while scouting for new lines.

Registration materials will be mailed to members on June 24 with online registration begins on June 27.

Last Year's Event

There were 4,215 STAFDA members who attended last year’s show in Phoenix. There were 765 booths at the trade show and the event offered exceptional educational sessions, enjoyable social events and General Session keynoter, Gov. Sarah Palin.STAFDA received media coverage on Fox News, Hannity, Wall Street Journal, CNN News, Anderson Coopers 360, the Drudge Report, and others.

If you’re a technology provider, we hope you’ll participate in STAFDA’s Tech & Consultants’ Fair. It’s one of the most inexpensive ways to receive solid, qualified leads. Please feel free to contact the STAFDA office with any questions at (800) 352-2981 or e-mail cusher@stafda.org.

Note: The STAFDA Convention & Trade Show is open to members only.

World of Concrete 2012

January, 24-27, 2012, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas

World of Concrete is an annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction industries. Featuring indoor and outdoor exhibits with the industry’s leading suppliers showcasing products and technologies, demonstrations and competitions and education programs.

This year’s World of Concrete 2011 returned to the Las Vegas Convention Center in January and launched a wide array of new products and equipment, presented an education and certification program and provided crucial networking opportunities for exhibitors and attendees.

This well-known industry show continued to build upon its reputation as the only annual international commercial construction trade show for the concrete and masonry industry with 48,554 professional registrants in attendance. The event also showcased more than 1,200 indoor/outdoor exhibitors in more than a half-million square feet of exhibit space.

For International Visitors

For the sixth consecutive year, World of Concrete participated in the 2011 International Buyer Program. World of Concrete Management and the U.S. Commercial Service worked closely in the global promotion of the show to bring international buyers and exhibitors together to expand business both domestically and overseas. As part of the program, more than a dozen delegations from all over the globe attended World of Concrete to network with other international visitors as well as connect with U.S. exhibitors interested in exporting goods and services.

For Concrete Professionals

For concrete professionals, there were several exciting events to attend. One event was the Concrete Construction Challenge, which included entertaining and inspiring challenges combining precision, speed and focus.

The Concrete & Polishing Luncheon & Forum provided concrete polishing industry professionals the chance to gather and discuss the importance of concrete polishing specifications. The sixth annual Women in Concrete Luncheon & Forum, brought together women working in the concrete construction industry to network and learn about topics that affect career and business specific to women in the industry.

Concrete Surfaces & Decorative Pavilion

The Concrete Surfaces & Decorative Pavilion featured the 9th Annual Artistry in Decorative Concrete, where leading artisans demonstrated the latest decorative concrete techniques, including stamped concrete patterns, chemical stain work, decorative finishes and much more.

For Masons

The popular Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 competition featured teams competing to lay a double wythe, 26-foot wall in just 60 minutes. This is the premier bricklaying event in the world and winners from regional competitions gathered at WOC to face-off in this action-packed arena-style event.

MCAA (Masonry Contractors Association of America) held its Annual Convention at WOC. MCAA had several educational sessions along with two exciting events; the International Masonry Skills Challenge and the Fastest Trowel on the Block Competition.

Making its debut at WOC 2011 was the SIA Scaffolding Safety Challenge, which guided attendees through scaffolding displays that had common mistakes that are routinely seen on jobsites and cited by OSHA inspectors.

Education Program

The 2011 WOC Education Program boasted tracks with more than 50% brand-new topics including sessions in concrete fundamentals, concrete production, concrete repair, decorative concrete, residential, green building, safety and risk management, technical updates and more. Additionally, WOC provided Certification and continuing education hours to get attendees the training they needed at the show.

Be sure to save the date for next year’s show, again at the Las Vegas Convention Center, held on January 24-27; Seminars January 23-27. For more information, visit www.worldofconcrete.com.

International Builders' Show 2012

February 8-11, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.

Approximately 40,000 builders, remodelers and other members of the home building industry crowded the aisles of the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show at the Orange County Convention Center this January. The nice weather provided this year’s IBS with another successful show that included many manufacturers displaying their latest products.

Members lined up at the Partnership Pavilion, a NAHB initiative on the show floor designed to match builders with financing sources. The program was launched to help serve an industry still stymied by a lack of available credit for new housing developments-as well as tighter restrictions on home buyer mortgages.

Builders and remodelers also attended educational presentations on design trends, energy retrofitting, marketing, low-income housing tax credits and more than 175 other topics.

Walls & Ceilings magazine was at this year’s show. Specific to the wall and ceiling industry, there were several trends the magazine saw. Among those, the green building boom has hit our industry. Whether it was cement, paint, wall systems, ICFs, etc., everyone claimed either a smaller carbon footprint or a more sustainable building product or technology.

Several years ago, there were only a few ICF or SIP manufacturers in attendance. This year’s show had a very large range of representation and as a growing industry, ICF and SIP systems seem to expand their message.

The next International Builders’ Show takes place February 8-11, returning again to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

Featuring more than 175 education sessions, 1,100 exhibitors and 500,000 square feet of exhibit space, the International Builders’ Show is the must-attend event for building-industry professionals next year.

Registration will open in August. For more information on this show, visit www.buildersshow.com.