2014 AIA Convention: Chicago, IL
For the first stop on the agency’s summer road tour, Kleber & Associates was back in Chicago for the 2014 American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention and Expo. This year’s theme was “purpose” — a challenge to industry professionals in attendance to exercise leadership and engage the public for designing a more sustainable world.
With over 450 convention programs and nearly 800 exhibitors, the AIA Convention and Expo featured various eight specialty pavilions with a focus on concrete, stone & tile, composites, lighting, metals, software & technology, wood and sustainable energy. At the center of the Convention and Expo was continuing education- a chance for architects to earn as many CEU credits as possible throughout the three day event.
Companies such as Feeney Architectural Products, Residential Elevators, ClimateMaster, Cardinal Shower Enclosures, Dri-Design, Old Castle Architecture and Earthcore were among the exhibitors displaying stand-out products for unique design and sustainable living.
Feeney, Inc, a leading manufacturer of high quality stainless steel and aluminum architectural products and railing systems, was featuring Lightline® Canopy/Awning products. Lightline canopies combine stainless steel, aluminum and acrylic components into modern, striking designs— both visually and functionally attractive. Sold in easy-to-order, fast-to-assemble kits, Lightline canopies are the ideal addition to a new or existing space.
Elevating the standard of living, Residential Elevators, Inc. (REI) highlighted various options for in-home elevator systems, including the Luxury Lift LLT 950- Variable speed traction residential elevator. Quiet, smooth and reliable, the advanced system provides dependable vertical transportation in the home. The benefit of the Luxury Lift Traction Elevation is that REI has developed a technology without the need for a spate machine room, saving square footage in the home.
For more than 50 years, ClimateMaster has serviced the needs of the commercial and residential construction industry worldwide with a comprehensive line of water source and geothermal heat pumps. A geothermal heat pump is an electrically powered device that uses the natural heat storage ability of the earth and/or the earth’s groundwater to heat and cool and occupied space. Like a refrigerator, a geothermal heat pump simply transfers heat from one place to another.
Cardinal Shower Enclosures
Cardinal Shower Enclosures was featuring a wide-array of both sliding door and swing door enclosures, for both residential and commercial applications. The Skyline Series sliding door enclosure was sure to make a bold impression, with large exposed wheels holding the sliding door. Available in both 3/8” and ½” glass, and with three or four wheels. Much like the increasing trend of interior “barn-style” doors, the Skyline Series is sure to fit the bill for design elegance in the home, as well as luxury commercial spaces, such as hotel resorts.
Dri-Design’s meticulous engineering has developed a 100 percent recyclable, pressure equalized rain-screen and architectural metal wall panel system that attaches to nearly any substrate without the use of clips or extrusions. A one-of-a-kind standout at the show was Dri-Design’s architectural panels with imaging technology. Using a variety of custom perforations to create images, Dri-Design imaging can be used to make a statement.
Brand new from Oldcastle® is InsulTech™, an insulated concrete masonry system. InsulTech ICMS is a complete thermally broken insulated masonry process which includes a full complement of masonry units. The new product offers high thermal efficiency in an innovative design, combining a pre-assembled structural masonry unit, molded EPS insulation insert and thin veneer face.
Isokern is always an eye-catcher and stand-out in the industry. Developing products to contribute to a cleaner environment, the Isokern GreenTech Solution from Earthcore reduces particulate emissions by up to 80 percent and is the first modular masonry fireplace to qualify under the EPA Voluntary Wood-Burning Fireplace Program. The GreenTech Solution can be easily installed in a matter of minutes by adding their exclusive Catalytic Combustor to any Isokern Magnum or Standard Series fireplace.