This is an exciting time for general contractors, with an array of technological innovations presenting new opportunities for experienced contractors and aspiring entrepreneurs alike. Industry developments allow contractors to optimize their properties and enhance efficiency, but the quickly-changing nature of the construction industry necessitates the constant pursuit of new information. Several conferences supply this essential information through an enticing combination of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, off-site tours, and trade show booths. If you are looking to take your general contracting business to the next level in 2016, be sure to attend at least one of the trade shows highlighted below:
Build Expo USA
At Build Expo USA’s two events, attendees learn about everything from green construction to decorative concrete. A variety of exhibitors demo their products and services at the event’s trade show displays. Exhibitor categories include flooring, irrigation systems, drywall materials, roofing materials, concrete, and more. Karla Dennis, Lance Bachmann, Tom Woodcock, and other industry leaders will present educational sessions covering social media, sales negotiations, the role of association memberships in construction, and several other topics.
February 4-5 and March 9-10 2016
Los Angeles Convention Center and Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, Texas
Associated General Contractors Convention
The Associated General Contractors Convention has been alerting general contractors all around the world to breaking industry developments for nearly a century. The 97th annual AGC Convention promises to be an intriguing affair, with fifteen educational breakout session and a variety of networking events helping both established and up-and-coming contractors take their careers to new heights. Topics covered will include defining value in construction projects, succession planning, overlooked liability sources, and workforce development. A Technology and Construction Solutions Expo with an array of enticing pop up displays will be held in conjunction with the AGC Convention. Located in the Grand Hyatt’s Lonestar Ballroom, the expo will feature several special activities in addition to its numerous trade show booths.
March 9-11, 2016
Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Antonio, Texas
Construction Institute Summit
The proximity of Walt Disney World brings a unique perspective to the Construction Institute (CI) Summit. The 2016 edition of the event will feature the usual focus on technological innovation, risk management, and construction safety, as well as a presentation on Disney’s cutting construction innovations. The CI Summit’s many educational opportunities actually begin well before the official start of the event, with pre-conference workshops from the Safety Committee covering such important topics as crane safety and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. Attendees will also have the opportunity to connect with industry leaders while touring the Kennedy Space Center and the I-4 Ultimate makeover, which is destined to transform traffic flow throughout Central Florida.
March 9-12, 2016
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, Orlando, Florida
BATC Builders and Remodelers Show
An often overlooked segment of the construction industry, remodeling is examined in depth at the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) annual convention. Free to all Minnesota remodelers, builders, and architects, the event is also worth attending for general contractors based in other states. Minneapolis is currently a construction hot spot, and thus, the site of some of the industry’s most exciting advancements. The winner of the National Association of Home Builders’ Best Industry Trade Show Award, the BATC Builders and Remodelers Show features display booths detailing such industry trends as 3D printing, energy efficient housing, home automation, and more. Attendees can also learn more about commercial hardware, siding, drywall, and HVAC.
April 7, 2016
Convention Center Hall E, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Every Building Conference and Expo
The Building Owners and Managers Association is a top resource for general contractors hoping to expand their understanding of building management, building operations, leasing trends, energy consumption, and a variety of other topics related to commercial property management. BOMA’s goal is to keep members in the loop about exciting industry developments. This mission is accomplished every year at the Every Building Conference and Expo, where attendees learn how to improve efficiency, reduce operating costs, and optimize commercial assets. For 2016, the expo returns to the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, which hosted BOMA’s 2011 convention. Washington D.C. is the perfect location for a building expo, as the nation’s capitol has recently experienced an impressive transformation, spurred, in part, by its thriving construction industry.
June 26-28, 2016
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Washington, D.C.
The Engineering and Construction Contracting Association’s 48th annual conference is expected to sell out faster than previous events, as its smaller venue necessitates limited registration. The result will be a more intimate gathering of construction professionals. Keynote speakers and educational panels have yet to be announced, but past conferences have focused on differentiated management, risk assessment, and executive leadership. At the ECC Conference, attendees can gain valuable insights into the future of engineering construction while building personal connections with several of the industry’s most influential individuals.
September 7-10, 2016
JW Marriott Desert Springs, Palm Desert, California
IRMI Construction Risk Conference
The International Risk Management Institute (IRMI) Construction Risk Conference is a gathering of leaders from several disparate industries, who, for four days, choose to focus on risk management in the construction sector. The professionals who attend the IRMI Construction Risk Conference believe that risk in the construction industry can be minimized and managed, but not be eliminated entirely. Thus, it is important for general contractors to educate themselves on new means of handling risks related to project quality, contractor safety, brand reputation, and, of course, finances. At the IRMI Construction Risk Conference, attendees learn about the latest developments in risk management from insurance agents, brokers, and other industry insiders. Industry leaders from Zurich Construction, Liberty Mutual Insurance, and the Old Republic Construction Program Group are heavily involved with IRMI’s annual conference. Attendance at the event results in the satisfaction of Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) continuing education requirements.
November 6-9, 2016
Best Trade Shows for General Contractors
From Minneapolis to San Antonio and everywhere in between, an array of cities are hosting exciting construction conferences in 2016. These events serve as excellent opportunities for expanding professional networks, learning more about recent industry developments, and checking out technological advances at a multitude of trade show displays. Trade show attendance may be the key to achieving contracting success in 2016, so be sure to sign up for at least one of the aforementioned events.