As 2018 quickly comes to a close, construction industry professionals are planning what the coming year will look like for their companies and careers. Attending trade shows and conferences arguably is one of the best ways to gain knowledge about improved ways of building and doing business, offering attendees educational sessions, hands-on demonstrations, jobsite tours, networking opportunities, and unparalleled access to exhibitors promoting their products and services.
Here is a list of the construction industry's biggest events, in chronological order.
World of Concrete
World of Concrete draws nearly 60,000 industry professionals each year, and the 2019 event will feature more than 1,500 exhibiting companies and a robust lineup of educational sessions as well as various events, tours and demonstrations.
World of Modular
This annual event focuses on modular building, which is gaining market share as a delivery method, and will bring together hundreds of professionals for networking, educational sessions and displays of new products related to the latest trends in modular.
Long Beach, California
The Associated Builders and Contractors will be building on the momentum it had relaunching its convention in 2018 with an extensive array of presentations and networking opportunities.
Nearly 100 years old, this convention will include more than a dozen educational breakout sessions and keynote presentations, and products and services from more than 125 companies in the AGC Equipment, Technology & Construction Solutions Expo.
Construction Financial Management Association Annual Conference & Exhibition
General sessions, mini-conferences, breakout sessions (including advanced sessions), dawn peer groups, and social and networking experiences all address the challenges that construction financial managers face daily.
Geared toward business and IT leaders in the AEC field, this event features sessions on emerging technologies for boosting productivity, profitability and safety as well as networking opportunities.
American Institute of Architects Conference on Architecture
This annual event for architecture professionals that also can be useful to those in the AEC industry offers a plethora of educational sessions and a sizable show floor of product and service vendors.
The National Association of Women in Construction Annual Conference
Designed for all women in construction, this event offers keynotes and panels on industry diversity and awareness, leadership training and opportunities to network with fellow women in the business.
PlanGrid Construction Summit
More than 1,000 professionals are expected to attend this event to network with peers, hear presentations from construction industry experts and discover new uses and best practices for PlanGrid software.
Dozens of educational sessions, keynote addresses by well-known speakers, an onsite Innovation Lab and new product demonstrations are some of the highlights of this conference that attracted more than 3,000 professionals to its 2018 event.
National Harbor, Maryland
Dedicated to commercial building teams that spec and source building products, Construct offers attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest products for design and construction as well as network with peers.
Design-Build Conference & Expo
Attracting thousands of attendees each year, this event features hundreds of exhibitors and educational sessions for those who are new to the delivery method as well as design-build experts.
This event attracts about 10,000 professionals from construction, manufacturing, architecture and engineering for learning, networking and knowledge sharing, and includes the pre-conference Connect & Construct summit the day before the conference kicks off.
Greenbuild International Conference & Expo
Claiming to be the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, this U.S. Green Building Council-sponsored annual event attracts AEC industry leaders and frontline professionals who work in sustainable building worldwide.