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ABO’s BuildingsNY/ GreenBuildingsNY 2011 Keynote Speaker Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz Exciting New Innovations at the Largest Real Estate Show in the Northeast W ith signs and signals of a real estate recovery changing from green to red and back on a daily basis, it’s hard to get a read of where we’re heading. But if the buzz at ABO’s BuildingsNY/ GreenbuildingsNY 2011 at the Jacob Javits Center on March 30 and 31 was any indication, the real estate industry is coming back to life for sure. Ribbon Cutting With Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz and ABO Executives and Members Launched by a ribbon-cutting ceremony and standing-roomonly Keynote Address Wednesday morning March 30 by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the show drew 5,000 building industry professionals and featured a dozen more exhibitors this year than last. The show saw a 14 percent increase in overall participation this year over last. Attendees included participants in the elite “Top Buyers Program,” representing 14 out of the top 15 buildings in New York, including the Empire State Building, Trump Tower, Museum of Natural History, Guggenheim Museum, Grand Central Terminal, Lincoln Center and UN Headquarters. The Top Buyers represent billions of dollars of spending on construction projects. “The floor was humming,” recalls Suzanne K.H. Mecs, Director of Membership of AIA New York, the founding Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, an exhibitor at BuildingsNY for nearly a decade. AIA held court this year at the show’s first-ever Architectural Design & Technology Showroom. “There was a steady flow,” reports Steve Saitas, Regional Account Executive at ArchiTrek, a company offering a web-based (“cloud”) document management system for architects and builders — another company operating within the Architectural Showroom. “People kept coming and coming for the two days. I didn’t take lunch.” The aim of the Architectural Design & Technology Showroom, which will be expanded and improved in future BuildingsNY shows, is to provide an innovative, technologically advanced networking lounge for architects to connect with building owners, engineers and contractors. Firms in the Architectural Pavilion included: Microdesk, a national company offering a comprehensive range of services utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM), virtual design and construction software; Trespa International BV, a world leader in the development, production and delivery of high-performance panels for exterior cladding, decorative facades and interior surfaces; Radiant Complete, provider of radiant heat and alternative energy solutions; and many more. Mecs is particularly interested in working with builders and owners, she says, “on sustainability issues and the benchmarking and the follow-up commissioning process. We’re trying to make sure that architects and building owners are talking at an early phase to understand how they can help each other in the process that is so critical to the city.” Sustainability is a major and growing component of BuildingsNY/GreenBuildingsNY. In addition to hosting exhibitors offering a vast array of energy conservation products and services, the new Conference Program presented mini-courses on such topics as: How to stay profitable, including two full days of business management courses; creative strategies for managing continued on page 18 Spring 2011 | 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABO Developments - Spring 2011

ABO Developments - Spring 2011
A Letter from the Executive Director
In Memoriam: Nick LaPorte Remembered
Vision 2020: Redeveloping NYC's Waterfront
Built to Last
ABO Industry News Update
Index of Advertisers/Advertisers Dot Com

ABO Developments - Spring 2011