AIA National Convention and Design Expo: Why Metals Love Buildings and Vice Versa

Here at MetalMiner, we’re gearing up for three days of design and specification excellence at the American Institute of Architects Annual Convention and Design Exposition. AIA14 will feature speakers such as famed architect Jeanne Gang, FAIA, the woman who designed Aqua – a project I am quite familiar with – and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. It will also feature more than 800 exhibitors of design tools and every type of building product imaginable.

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Aqua, Jeanne Gang’s first skyscraper.

Architects are important to the metals world because they are the ones who specify what products make up much of a building and they work hand-in-hand with structural engineers on the steel frame, concrete or heavy timbers used to hold the structure up. It’s true, too, that without architects our world would be a pretty dull, if functional, place.

Thanks to evolving construction procurement technologies, quantity take-offs and product specification are becoming easier than ever and the systems showcased on the AIA14 show floor, such as Reed Insight and McGraw-Hill Sweets are allowing today’s architects to more accurately specify building products and deliver more accurate cost projections.

Thanks to 3D building information modeling you can even extract quantities directly from your 3D model to quantity take-off programs to get model-accurate quantities and costs.

If you’re interested in how design and construction are changing, what technologies are making design and construction projects more efficient, or just want to see some of Chicago’s beautiful architecture from an AIA-sponsored tour, swing by McCormick Place this weekend and experience AIA14.



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