New Products and Programs to Check Out at the 2015 AIA Convention

There is no bigger annual gathering of architects and design professionals in North America quite like the AIA National Convention.

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April 24, 2015 |
Bill O'Keeffe
Project: Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA; Architect: Schrader Group Architecture

Project: Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA; Architect: Schrader Group Architecture

There is no bigger annual gathering of architects and design professionals in North America quite like the AIA National Convention. This year’s event takes place in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center on May 14-16, 2015.  Here architects can earn LUs by participating over 300 workshops, seminars and tours, or see the latest innovations in materials and technology with nearly 800 exhibitors on the Expo floor. This year, architects can actually earn LUs by visiting different exhibitors through their Expo Chat program, where SAFTI FIRST is proudly participating in at Booth 1236.  Here’s how to goes:

  • Earn the first LU by meeting with four exhibitors for at least 15 minutes each.  Again, SAFTI FIRST will be at Booth 1236.
  • Earn additional credit in .25 increments for each 15-minute exhibitor chat.
  • Each attendee can earn up to 6 LUs total over the three AIA Expo days.
  • Take notes as you chat, so you can fill out your learning statement.
  • Collect a verification code from each exhibitor at the end of your chat.
  • Enter your verification codes online—through the convention app or your attendance record.
  • Complete the learning statement by June 1, 2015.
  • Check your AIA member transcript to confirm your LUs. The AIA will post credits to your transcript within 10 business days.

SAFTI FIRST is also hosting a happy hour on the Expo Floor on Thursday, May 14 at 4 pm. Stop by our booth 1236 for refreshments and to see our latest innovations in fire rated glazing, including:

SuperLite III-XL Butt-Glazed Wall

  • Fire resistive multilaminate that meets ASTM E-119 and ANSI/UL 263 with hose stream up to 2 hours. 
  • Transparent wall assembly with a maximum panel size of 6,975 sq. in. not to exceed 116-1/4” in height or width. 

GPX Architectural Series Framing with Sunshade Connectors

  • SAFTI FIRST engineered a connection that allows the structural elements of the GPX Framing System to support an integral sunshade system, instead of being hung in front of it. 
  • The framing covers were notched around the brackets to create a seamless connection.  The connection was also kept in front of the waterline to avoid a potential breach, keeping the system air and water tight. 

Project: Doolittle BART Station in Oakland, CA; Architect: ED2 International

SAFTI FIRST is also giving complimentary access to the Expo Floor so you can see all the exhibits at no cost.  To request a free pass, please send an email to Diana San Diego at dianas@safti.com.

See you in ATLAIANTA! 

Bill O'Keeffe | Clear on Technical Glass
SAFTI FIRST Fire Rated Glazing Solutions

About the Author: Bill O’Keeffe is the President and CEO of SAFTI FIRST Fire Rated Glazing Solutions, a leading USA-manufacturer of advanced fire rated glass and framing systems.  An industry veteran and innovator with over 45 years of experience in architectural glazing, he was first to introduce and manufacture clear, fire resistive glazing products in the US.  He is also a safety advocate who exposed the dangers of traditional wired glass, which lead to code changes and fire rated glass products that are safe, affordable and clear alternatives to traditional wired glass.  Today, Bill continues to develop building products that enable architects to create beautiful, safe and energy-efficient spaces with advanced glazing systems.

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