Angie Tennyson

Leadership at the AIA National Convention

Last week, we attended and exhibited at the 2013 AIA National Convention and Expo in Denver, Colorado.  The Mile High city, located 5,280 feet above sea level is a vibrant metropolis, full of excitement in the streets, culture and art, sunny skies, and an assortment of locally crafted beer.

Entrance to AIA Convention 2013

Entrance to AIA Convention 2013

Artwork at the convention center. Steel-and-fiberglass big blue bear, titled “I See What You Mean,”

Artwork at the convention center. Steel-and-fiberglass big blue bear, titled “I See What You Mean,”

50-foot Dancer of Denver

50-foot Dancer of Denver

We began the week by attending some important events such as the Building Science and Performance Networking Reception, where we reconnected with members of the Building Enclosure Council (BEC), while meeting new contacts who seek to achieve higher performance buildings.

Building Science and Performance Networking Reception

Mr. David Altenhofen presented the progress of the AIA’s Technical Design for Building Performance Knowledge Community (TDBP) and his involvement in the formation of this group. This is a step in the right direction, as the TDBP promotes architects as leaders, guiding them to further developomet of technical design and the evaluation of high performance building. Find out more about these initiatives to promote building science and high-performance design with the AEC community at: http://network.aia.org/tdbp/Home/

Growing Interest in Isokorb

The AIA National Convention brings thousands from the AEC community together to share, explore and connect ideas. This is Schock’s third year exhibiting at AIA National, and this year’s conference resulted in the most attendees interested in Isokorb thermal breaks. Many attendees claim they were looking for a solution to thermal bridging some years back, and they are excited to see a solution in the market.

We saw a great example of Thermal Bridging Architecture on the way to the convention center. They could use some thermal breaks.

Thermal bridging architecture

Thermal bridging architecture

Thermal Bridging Architecture.

Thermal Bridging Architecture.

Updates from AIA

We covered the AIA event through social media via Twitter, Instagram photo updates and a few vine videos. Our booth was a simple but effective set up, which included two floor models- the concrete slab connection at one corner, and the steel beam connection at the other corner. The floor models completed the explanation of Isokorb, with a visual conclusion to the story.

Seems Adam is trying to photobomb.

Seems Adam is trying to photobomb.

During the convention, we also presented the Executive Summary on the latest research by Morrrison Hershfield, Concrete Thermal and Whole Building Energy Performance of Thermal Break Technology for Concrete Balconies in High-Rise Multi-unit Residential Buildings.

Concrete balconies

Ebi handing out the Executive Summary to the Morrison Hershfield report.

In addition, we released press and a video on the installation at Chelsea Green in New York, and announced an iconic project, the Tower at PNC Plaza, which will include Isokorb thermal breaks in the 32-story building, in Pittsburgh, PA.

The team did a great job of managing a busy booth at the show, answering inquiries and serving coffee and treats. Many contacts have asked for a presentation of our course Structural Thermal Breaks for Canopies, Beams and Balconies. The team is busy contacting the leads and continuing to educate on Isokorb thermal break solutions.

All in all, the show was a success.

General Colin Powell

The week ended with a gathering of attendees to learn lessons in leadership from General Colin Powell.

I will end with a quote from his newly released book, It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership., “The role of the leader is to put their followers in the best environment, as they are the ones who get it done.”


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