Design & Construction Week Succeeds At Orlando Venue
Design & Construction Week, the co-location of the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show and National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show, featured award ceremonies, interactive showcases, networking events, and learning opportunities.
The Fourth Annual DCW took place Jan. 10-12 in Orlando, Fla., where roughly 80,000 home builders, remodelers, developers, designers, and their trade partners talked to suppliers and saw demonstrations at the event, which spanned the west, north, and south halls of the Orange County Convention Center. Early, unverified estimates report a 15% increase in attendance over the previous year, marking the fourth consecutive year of attendee growth.
“We are encouraged by the growth in the housing sector last year, and by the fact that builders increased inventory by 10% in anticipation of future business,” said Robert Dietz, chief economist of the National Association of Home Builders. “NAHB’s forecast calls for continued upward momentum this year, with housing starts expected to rise 10% over the course of 2017.”
Exhibit space grew from about 500,000 square feet in 2016 to 569,000 square feet this year, and the number of exhibitors grew from 1,400 to more than 1,500 on the show floor and in the outdoor exhibition areas.
KBIS 2017 created new destinations on the show floor to further enhance the attendee experience. The Discovery District served as a center for exploring unique and potentially undiscovered brands and products new to KBIS. Also new for 2017 was the Student Lounge, sponsored in part by Ferguson and created to afford students a space to unwind during KBIS. The lounge was home to this year’s Tiny House Challenge competition and also provided an opportunity for student networking.
IBS featured many new experiences, including more hands-on interactive learning experiences from the new Builder Clinics and Tech Bytes sessions, the CEDIA Smart Home Pavilion, the NAHB Meeting of the Members, and an inside look at how high performance works at the new Building Performance Lab. Thousands of building professionals attended the more than 160-plus educational sessions in eight tracks that covered the breadth of the entire building industry.
Peyton Manning, DCW’s opening ceremony keynote speaker, kicked off the event with a full house. The hall was overflowing, and his speech had to be streamed into another conference hall. He shared his thoughts about his career and what it takes to be a leader.
“Your personal goals should align with your team goals,” Manning said. “Leaders have to be all-in or all-out. Strong leaders must focus on three things: themselves, their team, and the competitive landscape. Take on new challenges one week at a time. I encourage you to be led by your dreams.”
In addition to the show floor and education sessions, there were a number of events that allowed for networking, including NKBA’s Certification + Design Courses, Signature Kitchen Suite’s Champaign and Cupcakes kickoff, NKBA’s 30 under 30 introductions, Kitchen and Bath DesignBites, Smart Technology in the Kitchen + Bath Edition, the Young Pro Party, and the “Beers & Cheers for Trade Careers” event.