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MechoSystems is the world?s leading designer and manufacturer of manual, motorized, and automated solar-shading systems for the architectural and design communities. The company provides contemporary WindowManagement® solutions for today?s design challenges. Products are designed to meet the challenges of sustainability, WindowManagement, and healthful materials. To contact representatives and distributors worldwide, visit

The reThink WOOD initiative is a coalition of interests representing North America's wood products industry and related stakeholders. We share a passion in wood and the forests they come from. Innovative new technologies and building systems have enabled longer wood spans, taller walls and higher buildings, and continue to expand the possibilities for wood use in construction.

Representatives from funders and partner associations such as the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, Forestry Innovation Investment and the Softwood Lumber Board develop and implement program objectives in coordination with key delivery agents such as U.S. WoodWorks, American Wood and the Canadian Wood Councils.

AISC The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC's mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information.

The Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer is fitted with a HEPA filiter that removes 99.9% of bacteria from the air used to dry hands. 

Powered by the Dyson digital motor, the Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer creates a high speed sheet of unheated air to scrape hands dry in just 12 seconds, using up to 80% less energy than warm air hand dryers. The machine is the only hand dryer with the Carbon Reduction Label from the Carbon Trust, helping organizations save money and reduce their carbon footprint.

The Dyson Airblade™ hand dryer is the first and only hand dryer to be certified hygienic by the National Sanitation Foundation*, and is certified by HACCP International for use in food handling facilities.

Florida Tile Since 1954, the employees of Florida Tile, have committed ourselves to producing the best tile in the industry. We have consistently taken the lead as innovators by implementing new technology, delivering high quality products, providing the best service we can offer to our clients and protecting our indoor and outdoor environments.

From being the first to build a floor tile plant in the United States, to pioneering the Monoporosa process for single-firing large format wall tile, we continue to improve our production process. We promise to go the extra mile to show our commitment to quality, value and beauty for your home or business. This promise reflects the ideas we strive to maintain every day. From our home in Kentucky, we manufacture 95% of our tile lines which contain 40% recycled content. We are dedicated to keeping our local environment as pristine as we can and having met the standards for GreenGuard Certification, we strive to protect indoor air quality as well as our precious natural resources. From all of us here, we present to you the finest tile products available in the industry today.

GRAPHISOFT® ignited the BIM revolution with ArchiCAD®, the industry first BIM software for architects. GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as the revolutionary GRAPHISOFT BIM Server™, the world's first real-time BIM collaboration environment, and the GRAPHISOFT EcoDesigner™, the world's first fully integrated building energy modeling application. GRAPHISOFT's innovative solutions have fundamentally changed the way architects around the world design and collaborate.

SIAFS, or Structural Integrated Accessible Floor Systems, was founded in 2001 in response to the increasingly widespread use of access flooring in building wide applications.  In addition to continual product development since that time, SIAFS has been patented in Japan, Canada, USA, and Western Europe.  SIAFS has won product design awards in competitions held by Architectural Record and Architectural Products Magazine.

Sloan is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial plumbing systems and has been in operation since 1906. Headquartered in Franklin Park, Illinois, the company is at the forefront of the green building movement and provides sustainable restroom solutions by manufacturing water- and energy-efficient products such as flush valves, electronic faucets and soap dispensing systems, sink systems, and vitreous china fixtures for commercial, industrial and institutional markets worldwide.
Turner Construction Company provides building services to clients who value diligence, resourcefulness and innovativeness in a partner. We maintain a network of offices, in the United States and around the globe. With $8 billion in annual construction volume, we rank first or second in the industry's major market segments. We are employing lean construction practices to drive efficiency on our projects to eliminate redundancy and waste, enhance collaboration and improve project outcomes for our clients. We are also committed to green building and sustainability in our offices as well as on our job sites.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring people to discover why design matters. The Chicago Architecture Foundation pursues this mission through architecture tours, exhibitions, panel discussions and youth and adult education programs. For further information visit or call 312.922.3432. Find us on Facebook: and Twitter:

Guardian Industries is a diversified global manufacturing company with leading positions in float glass, coatings and fabricated glass products.

Guardian SunGuard advanced architectural glass allows architects to build with light in a variety of colors and performance levels with a range of light transmission options and excellent solar control. The latest Guardian Glass innovations for architectural exteriors include SunGuard PVGU, a building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) product and SunGuard EC, an electrochromic glass. Guardian SunGuard high performance glass products help reduce a building’s energy costs and increase occupant comfort.

American Institute of Architects Based in Washington, D.C., the AIA has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857. With nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for our members in service to society. For more information visit

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is the world’s leading resource for professionals focused on the design and construction of tall buildings and future cities. Based at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the not-for-profit group facilitates the exchange of the latest knowledge available on tall buildings around the world through events, publications and its extensive network of international representatives. Its free database on tall buildings, The Skyscraper Center, is updated daily with detailed information, images and news. The CTBUH also developed the international standards for measuring tall building height and is recognized as the arbiter for bestowing such designations as “The World’s Tallest Building.”

The Skyscraper Museum Located in New York City, the world's first and foremost vertical metropolis, The Skyscraper Museum celebrates the City's rich architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its successive skylines. Through exhibitions, programs and publications, the Museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence.

Society for Marketing Professional Services represents 6,000 marketing and business development professionals from architectural, engineering, and construction firms. SMPS is supported by 3,600 firms, encompassing 80% of Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms and Top 400 Contractors. SMPS is the only organization dedicated to creating business opportunities in the industry.



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