AIA Exhibitors Focus on Partnerships and Solutions – Architects Guide to Glass and Metal

If there was a theme among the exhibitors at this year’s American Institute of Architects National Conference on Architecture, it might be “solutions.” Several companies have focused on ways to not only deliver a product to their customers, but also work with them to deliver a set of systems and solutions that meet their needs for specific projects.

If there was a theme among the exhibitors at this year’s American Institute of Architects National Conference on Architecture, it might be “solutions.”

The Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® exhibition aimed to help architects design spaces for all areas where people interact and engage. For example, an OBE project, Lisle Elementary School in Lisle, Illinois, is classified as an arboretum thanks to the amount of greenery and open space it features, as well as numerous glazing products.

The company also presented new products and developments. These include the Terra Swing Access Door, which is designed and engineered for medium to high rise multi-family applications. It meets ADA performance requirements with an ADA threshold and operating force. In addition, OBE highlighted its recent integration with Graham Architectural Products, which allows it to address the historic retrofit window segment.

CR Laurence (CRL) was also present at the show and presented a variety of new developments. One of its largest displays was a 3-by-12-foot Blumcraft glass door with a panic device, something not typically found on a door of this size.

CRL also introduced its Palisades Series Movable Glass Wall System, which includes folding and sliding options. The sliding system has an automation option with a sensor that prevents it from closing when movement is detected.

Kawneer, who sponsored the Block Party opening night at the show, focused on education. The company exhibited at a learning fair and offered ongoing training at the fair. According to Angela Naphin, Director of Marketing, some of the major trends seen include increased interest in modular construction, thermal performance, triple glazing and an increase in education and healthcare projects.

Naphin said they spend time partnering with architects, especially on unique custom work.

“We will work together to create the system that will work best for this building,” she said.

Frameless Hardware Co. (FHC) was also present at the show with a number of glazing products. The company’s latest product is its ML 100 Magnalink, which looks like a panic device, but has a magnetic switch at the top. Additionally, the company’s Steincraft 8600 frameless glass entry system now has a panic exit device option and pinch protection. FHC also featured folding doors, railings and more.

The AIA Expo ends today, and sessions and tours end tomorrow. This afternoon, former President Barack Obama will be the closing speaker for the event. Stay tuned to the USGNN™ for more news and updates from the show.