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FMA Spring Conference
The Fenestration Manufacturers' Association (FMA) Spring Conference will be in Jacksonville, Fla., this year at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville-Riverfront. The association warns that there will be no discussion of product prices, sales territories or bidding procedures because the purpose of this meeting is to conduct FMA's business. Aside from that, FMA invites you to learn and have fun with a line up of educational sessions with industry experts and plenty of opportunities for networking and leisure.

On Monday, April 23, there will be a board of directors meeting at 3 p.m. (by invitation only) and registration opens the following morning at 8:30 a.m. On Tuesday, there will be various committee meetings, followed by cocktails and a beach luau with entertainment by Prince Pele's Polynesian Review.

Wednesday you can learn about everything from what's new in fasteners and housewraps to lessons in product liability. Optional networking opportunities include: fishing, golf at the Queens Harbour Country Club, horseback riding and a Mayport Naval Station tour. On Thursday, you can learn about bridging the gap between science and real world applications with Joseph Lstiburek, Ph. D, P. Eng., Building Science Corporation and Team FMA: 2007 Codes and Standards for South Atlantic and Gulf Coasts at 10 a.m.

At 11:15 a.m., there will be a general membership meeting about the competitive advantages associated with FMA. For more information, contact: Dick Wilhelm at 850/294-7963 or Becky Buice at 850/402-2954.

AIA National Convention and Design Exposition
The American Institute of Architects is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a National Convention and Design Exposition, May 3-5 in San Antonio, Texas. The event boasts more than 250 continuing education programs, 60 tours, 40 events and 800 exhibiting companies for any and everyone connected to the building and design community.

The theme of this year's convention is Growing Beyond Green and the AIA aims to raise awareness by offering opportunities to incorporate environment-friendly and sustainable principals. The AIA has integrated environmental concerns into discussions with vendors, hoteliers, convention center staff and other service providers. Educational sessions have gone paperless and the association urges attendees to offset travel emission by participating in a carbon balanced traveler program, use public transportation or simply walk to the convention center. Saturday, May 5, former Vice President Al Gore, will wrap up AIA's themed presentation. Additional speakers will explain how changes in science and technology affect our lives and world and will discuss opportunities for the near future.

AIA invites you to stop by the association's booth (AIA150) and view its 150 Best Buildings exhibit in honor of its 150th anniversary. AIA Expo 2007 will feature more than 200 thousand square feet of gadgets, products, services, technology, ideas and innovations.

All first-time architect and associate members who join before May 5 may attend the convention free of charge.