If there was a theme among exhibitors at this year’s American Institute of Architects National Conference on Architecture, it might be “solutions.” Several companies focused on ways to not only provide a product for their customers but to work with them to provide a package of systems and solutions to meet their needs for specific projects.
The Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope® exhibit focused on helping architects design spaces for all areas where people interact and engage. For example, one OBE project, Lisle Elementary School in Lisle, Ill., is classified as an arboretum thanks to the amount of greenery and greenspace it features, along with ample glazing products.
The company also featured new products and developments. These include the Terra Swing Access Door, which is designed and engineered for mid- to high-rise multi-family applications. It meets ADA performance requirements with an ADA sill and operating force. In addition, OBE highlighted its recent integration with Graham Architectural Products, which allows it to address the historical renovation window segment.
C.R. Laurence (CRL) was also at the show and showcased a variety of new developments. One of its biggest displays was a 3-foot-by-12-foot Blumcraft glass door with a panic device, something not typically found on a door of that size.
CRL also featured its Palisades series movable glass wall system, which includes folding and sliding options. The sliding system has an option for automation along with a sensor that prevents it from closing when movement is detected.
Kawneer, which sponsored the opening night Block Party on the show floor, focused on education. The company exhibited in a learning lounge and offered continuing education on the show floor. According to Angela Naphin, marketing director, some of the big trends they’re seeing include more interest in modular construction, thermal performance, triple glazing, and increased education and healthcare projects.
Naphin said they spend time partnering with architects, particularly on unique custom jobs.
“We will work together to create the system that will work best for that building,” she said.
Frameless Hardware Co. (FHC) was also at the show with a number of glazing products. The company’s newest product is its ML 100 Magnalink, which feels like a panic device, but has a magnetic switch at the top. Furthermore, the company’s Steincraft 8600 frameless glass entrance system now has a panic device option and an anti-pinch guard. FHC also featured foldable doors, railings and more.
The AIA Expo ends today, and sessions and tours close tomorrow. This afternoon, former President Barack Obama will be the event’s closing speaker. Stay tuned to USGNN™ for more news and updates from the show.