AIA 2007 Underway in San Antonio
than 24,000 people are expected to take part in this year's AIA
Show, which opened today in San Antonio. Green design and LEED are
hot draws for architects and suppliers walking the show.
Meghan Ryan, a sales manager for Dorma's Glas Division, said her
company is offering several interior glazing products to help architects
achieve their green and LEED goals.
"We're seeing a push to present a full package of interior
glass systems," she said. "Architects are intrigued by
the possibilities of what we can do for them."
One Dorma product on display is the Visur interior glass wall system,
a demountable system available in 3/8- and ½-inch glass.
Another s the Deubl, an all-interior door system that fits into
any standard drywall opening.
"We can use doors to bring in more light," Ryan said.
Dorma also has options for those looking for a little more creativity
and design. Last fall it acquired the German glass company Mame,
which makes a line of decorative glazing, now available through
Dorma. "There's a huge interest in this," Ryan said. "Architects
want that custom look without the custom price."
A few feet away from Dorma, Kawneer is displaying a variety of
glass products to meet many design trends, including LEED and sustainability.
"What we're looking at is how to make it [LEED] easier for
the architects," said the Karen Zipfel, director of marketing.
"We're trying to make it easier for them to know about our
products and how they fit into LEED."
Kawneer is also presenting a series of Expo Education presentations
at the show. These 15-minute sessions at the company's booth are
focusing on thermal barriers in aluminum fenestration systems, achieving
LEED strategies with Division 8 and curtainwall design and selection.
"They listen to the presentation and then take a test and
it's all monitored by AIA," Zipfel said.
Kawneer's booth is also highlighting the company's various product
categories, including hurricane resistance and energy efficiency,
as well as several others related to curtainwall, windows and openings.
ACH's Cindy Coulter was optimistic, not only that the show would
be a strong successful one, but also about the recent news of ACH's
pending sale announcement.
"It's exciting," Coulter said. "We will no longer
be part of an automotive company and we will become a glass company.
So we're optimistic and enthusiastic."
The AIA Show runs through Saturday. Check out USGNN tomorrow for
more show news and updates.