New Orleans, one of the most interesting cities in America, was the host city for the AIA Convention last week.
The New Orleans central business and hospitality district has mounted a remarkable resurgence from the devastation of hurricane Katrina. The construction industry hopes that the enthusiasm of the AIA Convention and its Expo is a precursor for a resurgence in the construction industry from the devastation of the last several years of economic challenges.
I saw new developments in existing products.
Reynobond® with EcoClean™ was debuted by Alcoa. They have developed a paint system for Reynobond that helps clean itself and the air around it.
Metal Composite Material panels, like Reynobond, have become the “go to” product for designers that want to accomplish challenging geometric shapes on buildings. Because of the super flat and shiny surface that can be obtained with these panels, keeping them clean in a modern environment has been a challenge. The ability of this product to help clean itself makes a great product even better.
In addition to the increased aesthetics, it helps clean the air of pollutants. Alcoa estimates that 10,000 SF of Reynobond with EcoClean has the air cleaning power of 80 trees.
I did not see many really new products.
One exception was an innovative use of a silicone elastomeric fabric mounted into a frame of aluminum extrusions. This system is capable of developing some very unusual exterior facades that can take advantage of challenging geometric shapes, light control, color and texture.
I met with optimistic and innovative people.
The unpublished allure of any trade show or associational gathering, for me, is the people with which you are able to interact. While your day-to-day business is often consumed with problems, a gathering of like minded, optimistic people gives you a real, not imagined, boost from which you become convinced you can do better things. This meeting re-confirmed that for me.
When the opportunity presents itself during this year, force yourself to get out and see something new or to reacquaint yourself with optimistic people. Their natural habitat is a trade show where everything is possible.
Special Thought for the Week – A great international trade show that happens every two years is Batimat. It happens this year from November 7 to November 12. By the way, it is in Paris, so handle this expertly with your spouse. www.batimat.com
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Ted S. Miller