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Top 11 North American Building & Construction Trade Shows

As New Yorkers continue to dig out of a snowy winter and spring, the construction, architecture, engineering and building maintenance professionals have their eyes set on the annual Buildings NY Show, the AIA Conference, and other national architectural and construction industry events throughout the country.

There is no better place for the Building NY and AIA shows to be hosted this year as NY has projected over $150 billion in construction spending over a three-year span.

The Buildings NY show has grown considerably over the years. While the expo offers certification classes, no-cost accredited education, keynote speakers and the opportunities for attendees to network with over 6,000 building industry professionals, attendees will also experience the offerings of over 400+ suppliers. Many of these suppliers introduce new products covering the 45,000 square feet within the Javits Center in New York City. State of the art innovation technologies, cost reducing products and services as well as AIA session for continuing education are amongst the offerings.

New York is also the hot spot this year for the AIA Conference on Architecture – American Institute of Architects as well. 2018 is the first time in over 10 years the AIA conference has taken place in New York. With over 23,000 attendees and over 800 manufactures, the show is being held in the iconic city of amazing architecture, old and new. This show is the place to be for all in the industry!

To help you decide where you need to be seen in the year ahead, we offer the following list of large, upcoming sector events:

  • AIA Conference on Architecture – American Institute of Architects
    Dates: June 21-23, 2018 Location: New York, NY
    Get ready for three immersive days of what’s new and now in architecture and design, hosted in one of the most iconic cities in the world. At A’18, some of the most creative architects, designers, and firms will share how they’re creating their own blueprint and making a difference in cities of every size all over the world.
  • BuildingsNY
    Dates: May 8-9, 2018 Location: New York, NY
    BuildingsNY is the largest gathering of NYC-area building owners, facility and property managers, engineers, safety and energy professionals, developers and architects – delivers a broad range of solutions for building and maintaining smart, efficient buildings. The show features over 6,000 building industry professionals and over 400 suppliers.
  • Pacific Coast Builders Conference – PCBC
    Dates: June 27-28, 2018 Location: San Francisco, CA
    No other event in the homebuilding industry draws more influential builders, provides more opportunity for quality connection, engagement and dialogue, or brings together richer intersections of capital, whether human, intellectual or financial.
  • International Woodworking Fair – IWF
    Dates: Aug 22-25, 2018 Location: Atlanta, GA
    IWF is the largest showcase of machinery, materials, supplies, and services in the Western Hemisphere for woodworking and related industries. Reps from furniture manufacturing, cabinetry, architectural woodworking, material processing and other related industry professionals from all over the globe regularly attend this large show.
  • International Pool Spa Patio Expo – PSP
    Dates: Oct 31-Nov 2, 2018 Location: Las Vegas, NV
    If it pertains to outdoor living, you’ll find it at the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo. While maintaining its position as the largest exhibit of pool and spa products, the PSP Expo has expanded to include products like BBQs, outdoor structures, casual furniture, lighting, and more.
  • Greenbuild International Conference & Expo
    Dates: Nov 14-16, 2018 Location: Chicago, IL
    Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Greenbuild International Conference and Expo provides the opportunity to visit with more than 750 suppliers and top manufacturers of the latest green building equipment, products, services, and technology available in today’s market.
  • The Buildings Show
    Dates: Nov 28-Nov 30, 2018 Location: Toronto, ON
    The Buildings Show provides an unforgettable experience as North America’s largest event for products, services, educational programming and professional networking. Celebrating their 30th Anniversary, the organizers are proud to host such a spectacular event where the design, architecture, construction and real estate sectors meet.
  • World of Concrete
    Dates: Jan 22-25, 2019 Location: Las Vegas, NV
    The concrete and masonry industries don’t stop. That’s why you give it your all every day. WOC was introduced to the commercial construction industry in Houston, Texas in 1975, and boasts more than 1,500 exhibiting companies and 58,000 registered industry professionals in more than 745,000 net square feet of exhibit space.
  • Buildex, Construct & Design Northwest
    Dates: Feb 13-14, 2019 Location: Vancouver, BC
    BUILDEX Vancouver is Western Canada’s largest tradeshow and conference for the Construction, Renovation, Architecture, Interior Design and Property Management industries. With over 600 exhibits, and more than 80 educational seminars BUILDEX attracts over 14,000 attendees annually.
  • The International Builders’ Show – IBS – NAHB
    Dates: Feb 19-21, 2019 Location: Las Vegas, NV
    The NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) is the largest annual light construction show in the world, every year attracting 60,000 visitors from 100 countries. IBS brings together more than 1,500 top manufacturers and suppliers from around the globe in 570,000 net square feet of exhibit space, showcasing the latest and most in-demand products and services.
  • Kitchen/Bath Industry Show & Conference – KBIS
    Dates: Feb 19-21, 2019 Location: Las Vegas, NV
    KBIS, in conjunction with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies. KBIS is the voice of the kitchen and bath industry and has been for 50 years. KBIS will host 600+ leading brands in the kitchen and bath industry, including over 100 NEW companies, spanning across two halls.


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Kristin Bay
About the Author

Kristin Bay is the Director of Sales at Skyline New York in Hauppauge, New York. Since 1995, Kristin has been reducing operating expenses and increasing the return on investment for her clients, while meeting objectives and exceeding budget expectations by creating designs and events to communicate their message.

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