Opportunities in Indy
A Preview of CONSTRUCT2009
by Katie Hodge
The phrase “two for one” takes on a whole new meaning with CONSTRUCT2009 on June 17-19. Entrance to the show will also allow you to peruse Today’s Facility Manager’s (TFM) Show as well. The shows will be co-located in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis and are an ideal educational and networking opportunity for industry professionals. CONSTRUCT2009 also takes place adjacent to the 53rd CSI Annual Convention, which runs June 15-19.
The educational programs offered this year vary in topic and presentation. Featuring more than 100 different programs, CONSTRUCT2009 and TFM are sure to have something for every attendee, including those focused on glass. The programs have been divided into different categories such as process/performance, leadership and change, standards, sustainability, emerging technology/building science and
PhD Dennis O’Shaughnessy from PPG Industries will be presenting “Global Megatrends and Next-Generation Architectural Glass,” which is a part of the emerging technology/building science track. This seminar will focus exclusively on the new technologies that are available within the architectural glass industry. The science of these new technologies and the reduction of energy consumption will be incorporated, as well as many other current issues facing the future of architectural glass. Be sure to catch this seminar Thursday, June 18, from 10-11:30 a.m. All of the sessions have been scheduled around the trade show floor hours so that there is no conflicting timing. For more detailed information on this session and many more you can visit
Taking Care of Business
One of the features of the show floor will be a variety of specialty areas or pavilions. The Green Pavilion will display environmentally friendly products and the companies that manufacture them. Next door to the Green Pavilion will be the Education Pavilion, which will feature informational classes and demonstrations. You will also find the New Product Pavilion, Technology Pavilion, Lighting Pavilion, Metal Pavilion and the Internet Center for your interest and convenience. But you may find yourself making a beeline for the Glass Pavilion area, sponsored by USGlass Magazine, which will feature glass products and equipment. You will be able to visit the
USGlass Magazine and Architect’s Guide to Glass at booth #2544 in this area, along with other companies that support the glass industry.
Throughout the show you will see quite the array of companies exhibiting, and glass and related products will have a presence across the floor. You can expect to find exhibitors such as Firestone Metal Products, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, Ready Access, C.H.I. Overhead Doors, Carl Stahl DecorCable, Door and Hardware Systems Inc., Johnson Screens and many others. PPG Industries, at booth #3160, will display its high-performing Solarban 70XL glass. Representatives from C.R. Laurence Co. Inc., who can be found in booth #3060, can answer questions about the new features added to their dry glaze TAPER-LOC™ system. The new and improved system boasts extended reach blades for fascia mount or recessed base shoe and a fast seal glazing gasket. At booth #4055, DORMA Group North America representatives will be available to discuss the company’s new exit hardware system. This system features a normal push-bar while still remaining compatible with glass doors. This combination of functionality and aesthetically pleasing appearance are worth the visit to the
Registration is now open online for the show. If you register before May 15, 2009, you can receive discounted education packages and free exhibit hall admission. To register for CONSTRUCT2009 or just find more information you can go to
Summer in the City
Besides business as usual on the show floor and in the classroom, CONSTRUCT2009 will offer participation in the Indianapolis Chapter CSI 21st Annual Bud Reed Memorial Golf Outing on Tuesday, June 16. This will take place at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course, which was voted one of America’s Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest. This unique golf course features four holes that are actually located within the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Registration for the golf outing is $115 and includes green fee, cart, driving range balls, drinks from the beverage cart and the opportunity to win prizes. If golf is not your sport of choice, let CONSTRUCT take you out to the ballgame to see the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field on Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m. It’s only $25 to attend and enjoy the game from the Victory Field Party Terrace at the Suite Level. Seating is limited so you will want to make sure you register early.
While you are in the area you might want to check out some local attractions such as the Indiana State Museum, which consists of glass, steel, brick, limestone and sandstone solely from the state of Indiana. For the sports fan, Indianapolis is the home to the NCAA Hall of Champions and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. The city also boasts many great restaurants and shopping.
If you want to get some fresh air, but still stay focused on the task at hand, CONSTRUCT2009 is offering technical tours in the area. On Tuesday, June 16, there will be a technical tour of the Indianapolis Museum of Art with lunch sponsored by LinEl Signature. You will learn more about the museum’s 2005 renovations, which produced a new entryway, new gallery space and underground parking with a green roof. This tour will be taking place directly before the golf tournament so you can still do both. There also will be a tour of the city of Columbus, Ind., on Saturday, June 20, at 8 a.m. Columbus is ranked 6th in the nation in architectural innovation and design and offers plenty to observe for the glass industry professional.
Katie Hodge is an assistant editor of USGlass magazine.
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