Chapter Trade Show is a Huge Success

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This year's Chapter Trade Show and Education Day was a huge success, with the most vendors in memory and a large crowd of attendees.  The programs covered a wide range of topics, focused on new and recent construction in the New York metropolitan area. There was a presentation by SHoP Architects on the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, and one by the team of Diller+Scofidio and Gensler on the new Columbia University Medical and Graduate Education Building. The keynote presenter was Anthony Ciorra, New York District Chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who gave an overview of current and planned projects around the New York area related to recovery efforts from 2012's Hurricane Sandy. There was also a presentation by the team of Perkins Eastman Architects and STV Architects on their Avenues School project in Chelsea, and a Specifier's Round Table, in which the specification writers for the featured projects of the day discussed the challenges they face in providing projects' written documentation in a fast-paced, highly competitive bidding environment like New York's.

Over 50 vendors were on hand to provide access to their technical expertise and to show their new products to the architectural community. Tabletops were lively with people making new contacts, renewing old ones, and exchanging vital construction information. There was a spectacular new printed guide to the Trade Show floor and to the programs being presented throughout the day. Attendees who visited a certain number of venues were eligible to enter the door prize drawing, in which some pretty amazing prizes were awarded!

 This year the Trade Show asked for a $10 donation from each attendee, which will be turned over to the South Street Seaport Museum for their Sandy Recovery project. A little more than $1,000 was collected.  The Chapter Board of Directors has decided to match that contribution with an additional $1,000 to further the recover effort at the Museum.