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Las Vegas Trade Shows: International Parking Institute #IPI2015

IPI is the International Parking Institute, and the IPI Conference & Expo is the world’s largest educational and networking event for parking and transportation professionals. Thousands of attendees gathered for four days of meetings, keynotes, leadership discussions, networking, awards, special events, tours of parking facilities — the definition of a thrill? You haven’t lived till you’ve experienced one of these tours of parking facilities — and an exhibit hall with more than 250 exhibitors. A revolution is driving the parking industry thanks to new approaches in the design, management, and operation of public and private parking. Smarter approaches to parking can improve urban mobility, reduce congestion and enhance sustainability. Government officials, architects, urban planners, transportation officials, suppliers, consultants, and economic decision-makers were all there to feed their magnetic tickets into the slot. Hey, sir, excuse me… sir… sir? You cannot park there… #IPI2015

New Orleans: International Roofing Expo – IRE – NRCA

IRE – NRCA?  Well, the IRE part is the International Roofing Expo, and the ‘R’ in NRCA is also about roofing.  Show records were broken, with 465 companies occupying 1,178 booths and filling a biggest-ever space of nearly 120,000 square feet.  In that space was a wide range of multi-dimensional manufacturers, distributors and representatives of all sizes displaying  products, services, technologies and innovations in roofing materials and related products.  Specifically geared towards those involved in the development, management and direction of the commercial and residential roofing industry, the conference tackled topics at the forefront of the industry wish-list and worry-list… topics such as Workplace Safety, Leadership and Management, Green Building,  Legal, Human Resources, Money Matters, plus Sales and Service.  Roll in Technical, and the multi-track educational program included 44 sessions in all, at which the leading industry experts presented the newest information and best practices.  And all “under one roof”!  (Roof, geddit?)   #RoofingExpo

Las Vegas: World of Concrete

A few more photos from #WOC2015

Las Vegas: World of Concrete

We love the idea of a “World of Concrete”, the show title conjuring up mental images of whole vast landscapes made from sand and cement, with concrete trees interspersed between the concrete buildings….  But seriously, 674,000+ net square feet of indoor & outdoor exhibit space and over 1,400 exhibitors make WOC a pretty serious affair, the industry’s only annual international event designed specifically for commercial concrete and masonry professionals.  The outdoor exhibit areas alone, including the popular Artistry in Decorative Concrete, make this expo worth the visit.  Targeted areas of the show floor focused on areas of the industry such as the Producer Center, Technology for Construction, WOC General and Material Handling, World of Masonry, Concrete Repair & Demolition, Surfaces & Decorative, WOC General, and Outdoor.  Delegates could see, touch and test the latest products under real-world jobsite conditions.  All in all there were some pretty “concrete advantages” in attending….  #WOC2015

Chicago: AHR – International Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigerating

Yes, you could probably accuse this group of “blowing hot and cold”, since AHR International is after all the Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigerating show.  This event broke records, with over 60,000 attendees flocking in from 140 countries (that’s hot countries as well as cold ones), and an astonishing eleven acres of exhibits from 2,000 companies, representing every segment of the HVACR industry.  Sectors catered for included air-conditioning, refrigeration, heating equipment, ventilation systems, instrumentation and controls, building automation, energy-saving and renewable energy equipment, filters, humidifiers, plumbing, tools, and the software products that make all those things hum along in tune with each other.  Awards-wise, there were 10 categories of competition: building automation, cooling, green building, heating, indoor air quality, plumbing, refrigeration, software, tools & instruments, and ventilation.  So the competition was, um, heating up?  Cool it….  #AHRExpo

Check out this “cool” video our client made about their IceBank energy storage tanks.

Denver: ASLA: American Society of Landscape Architects – ASLA

ASLA is the American Society of Landscape Architects.  ASLA is THE national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in 49 professional chapters and 72 student chapters, all dedicated to leading the stewardship, planning, and design of our built and natural environments.  The Society does this through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship.  Landscape architecture encompasses the analysis, planning, design, management, and stewardship of landscape. Types of projects include: Conservation, Gardens and Arboreta, Historic Preservation and Restoration, Interior Landscapes, Landscape Art and Earth Sculpture, Monuments, Parks and Recreation, Reclamation, Streetscapes and Public Spaces, Therapeutic Gardens, Urban Design and Water Resources.  Therapeutic gardens?  You never heard of therapeutic gardens as a cure for what ails ‘ya?  Take two arboreta and call me in the morning….

Chicago: Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo

Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo sounds like a Healthcare gathering, but is actually all about the folks who design, provide and build the buildings in which healthcare services end up being provided.  So what kind of folks would those be?  Architects, facility managers, engineers, interior designers, construction professionals and healthcare owners, those kind of folks.  What do folks like that talk about?  A sample:  “As our industry sees potential shifts to smaller, decentralized facilities and a greater emphasis on connectivity for patients and caregivers, we are forced to examine the trends in healthcare and the trends in healthcare design as one single movement”.  Connectivity meant meeting opportunities with more than 200 companies in the Exhibit Hall.  Trends meant educational experiences with conference sessions presented by speakers representing the upper echelon of thought leaders, trend setters and industry authorities.  Oh, and patients?  If you build it, they will come….