The shorter hours of the convention this year (10-4) made it hard to see everything in one day, but on a positive note, most manufacturers I spoke to said they were very pleased with the traffic to their booth. One manufacturer even said that she had more traffic today than she had in the last two AIA shows put together - a sign of not only a good host city, but perhaps that architects are shopping for products once again.
Here are a few things I saw while out and about at the show - keep an eye on future issues of Record for more coverage soon.
A demonstration of the new Genius Window system by Deceuninck that features a thermal-activated ventilation system and an interlinked dual sash window.
The outer window opens automatically at the same time as the inside window, creating an air gap that works as an effective thermal barrier.
Centria has a model of the Washington Monument in their booth made of Formawall Dimension Series panels.
YKK launched their new YUW 750 XT unitized wall system in a dramatic unveiling ceremony.
Stacy Einck-Eckberg, brand communications project manager with Andersen Corp., demonstrates the company's Verilock home security system developed with Honeywell, which integrates the alarm sensor into the handle of the window itself.
All photos by Rita Catinella Orrell