Property Issues in the Spotlight at BuildingsNY
Thousands of New York City (NYC) property professionals — architects, building owners, developers, managers, real-estate agents and others — filled the Javits Center on May 8-9 for BuildingsNY. Showcasing the latest in building technology, more than 400 suppliers and vendors presented offerings for everything from business services to waterproofing — and, of course, elevators.
The event included a curated education program offering dozens of free, accredited sessions that covered such topics as energy efficiency, sustainability and health and safety issues. The implications of new and evolving technologies, such as wireless communications and fuel cells, were also discussed, as were industry trends, emerging codes and laws, and incentive programs. Guests were invited to take part in CityHall@BuildingsNY, a series of topical seminars and information tables — presented and staffed by representatives of municipal agencies — that offered insights into city regulations and how to resolve compliance and violation issues.
Several elevator companies with strong presences in the NYC market were among the businesses occupying booths at the expo, which has enjoyed increasing popularity over its 30-plus years. On hand were Fujitec, thyssenkrupp, Champion Elevator, Nouveau Elevator and Liberty Elevator. This was one of the largest contingents of elevator companies at BuildingsNY in years, with most company representatives saying their goal in attending was to add customers to their service portfolios.
There were two feature areas on the expo floor. One, by power company Con Edison, focused on solutions for energy savings. The other was the “Tech Tank,” an area featuring information-technology professionals discussing innovations and solutions for building owners. There were no elevator companies represented here, but it might be a good place for tech-oriented manufacturers — such as those making controllers and safety equipment — to present their products and services at future expos.
The 2019 BuildingsNY is set for April 2-3. For more information, visit www.buildingsny.com.