What’s on the inside counts, too. One architectural design event in Philadelphia this week is working to prove just that.

NeoCon East 2015 opened today at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. In its 13th year, the exposition and conference focuses on commercial interiors in markets that include workplace, healthcare, education, public space, hospitality, retail and government.

The show is not short of glass and glazing, as several companies in the industry are on the scene.

Mike Nicklas, business development manager at J.E. Berkowitz LP, says his company looks forward to the new venue for the show, as the Philadelphia location may attract a larger and broader group of attendees from the New York City and Boston areas.

He says his company is featuring its heavy glass fabrication capabilities to meet the “high-precision needed” for the interior glass portion wall systems.  “We will also be featuring our own glass wall systems,” he says.

Roxanne Laverty, marketing coordinator at Goldray Industries, says her company is interested in seeing the trends of colors, styles and textures that the show highlights.

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Her company is showing its latest products, including one of its upcoming wall system designs called “Hugo,” as well as an assortment of simulated materials. “We have recreated the look of stone, wood and fabric on different types of glass,” she says.

Other fabricators exhibiting include New Jersey-based companies McGrory Glass and GGI. BK Glass Sales, which serves the mid-Atlantic region, is on the show floor, as is Clarus Glassboards, a company based in Texas that designs glass dry erase boards and architectural systems for the workplace.

“We were excited to have NeoCon East in Philadelphia this year,” says McGrory engineering director Jim Gulnick. “There was a significant turnout with a lot of buzz from architects and designers from Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, New York and more.”

Gulnick says McGrory’s booth was active with interest in customizable marker boards, writable walls and accessories. Other popular topics with designers were projectable and magnetic active surfaces, as well as X-ray options for healthcare, according to Gulnick.

Interior glass wall manufacturers also have a presence at the show, with companies like Nana Wall, Haworth, Nxtwall and Transwall exhibiting. This year’s event marks the first time it features a dedicated architectural wall system section.

Meanwhile, Nathan Allan Glass Studios is showing its decorative glass capabilities, as is Carvart, which is displaying its C1 Collection of 12 etched architectural glass patterns in seven-foot-tall panels. According to the company, all 12 designs are named after Brooklyn neighborhoods where it started its manufacturing 20 years ago. Marvin Windows and Assa Abloy are exhibiting as well.

According to event organizers, NeoCon is focused on highlighting “forward-thinking offerings,” ranging from smarter materials and less obtrusive products for hospitals to furnishings that “promote wellbeing and transition beyond the nine-to-five for a more dynamic way of working.”

In addition to the show floor, the event also features seminars and presentations. NeoCon East runs through Thursday.