Framing the Future in Indianapolis

Framing the Future — the 2011 Frame Building Expo in Indianapolis, scheduled for March 2–4, will help attendees identify and seize business opportunities in the post-frame market while learning about the latest innovative construction and management practices to increase worker productivity and efficiency.

The three-day event at the Indiana Convention Center is designed for post-frame builders and crew members; suppliers and manufacturers; building-materials dealers; design and code professionals; and students in engineering, architecture or construction management.

The expo will feature more than 30 hours of education — along with exciting activities and exhibits from more than 120 post-frame industry suppliers and manufacturers offering the latest tools and products on the market.

The Indianapolis Marriott Downtown is the host hotel for this year’s expo. Most conference activities including the trade show and educational sessions will take place at the Indiana Convention Center; preconference and hospitality functions will be held at the Marriott. Connected via skywalk, the convention center and hotel are steps (or a short drive) away from numerous restaurants and other Indianapolis attractions.

The following are highlights of the 2011 show as of late December 2010. Please see your show program book (given out at show registration) or the NFBA website for specific and updated information about times and locations of the events described.

Tuesday, March 1
A preconference Post-Frame Diaphragm Design Course (8 a.m.–3 p.m.) will serve as an introduction to structural design of post-frame building systems for engineers and architects. The instructor is Harvey Manbeck, PhD PE, Professor Emeritus at Penn State University, NFBA Technical Advisor and member of the Rural Builder Hall of Fame. Participants should have a basic understanding of structural mechanics, wood structural design and the provisions of the National Design Specifications for Wood Construction. The course covers the conceptual and theoretical basis for diaphragm design, including the Rigid Roof Method and the computer-aided Diaphragm and Frame Interaction design method. Participants should bring laptop computers or handheld calculators. Please note that additional fee and preregistration are required.

Wednesday, March 2
The first official day of 2011 Expo will feature the Opening Session and NFBA annual Business Meeting, where attendees can learn how NFBA has served its members during the past year regarding initiatives to expand the post-frame market. Other Wednesday highlights include morning and afternoon educational breakout sessions in under the categories “Construction Practices,” “Sales/Marketing,” “Business Operations,” and “Management/Leadership/Motivation.”

The 2011 Frame Building Expo trade show floor will be open Wednesday from Noon to 6 p.m. and feature demonstrations by exhibitors. From 8 p.m. to midnight, Plyco Corporation will host its annual hospitality event.

Thursday, March 3
The second day of the 2011 Expo will begin with the keynote presentation by motivational speaker Michael Broome entitled, “A Humorous Look at Personal and Professional Success.”
Another Wednesday highlight is the annual NFBA Awards Luncheon, which recognizes recipients of the NFBA Building of the Year awards, the Rural Builder Hall of Fame presentation and other association awards (please note the preregistration is required for this event). Other events include morning and afternoon breakout sessions, demonstrations on the trade show floor, the Expo’s annual screw-driving competition and an evening hospitality event sponsored by Wheel Corrugating.

Friday, March 4
The 2011 Expo’s final day begins with the annual and multi-denominational Christians in Construction Breakfast, featuring the always popular group, The Needhams. Other Friday events include morning breakout sessions, more demonstrations on the trade show floor, the annual nail-pounding competition and the grand prize drawing for free attendance for two to the 2012 Frame Building Expo in St. Louis.

The 2011 Frame Building Expo in Indianapolis is geared to meet your education and product needs. Whether you’re a company owner, salesperson, crew person, engineer or project manager, you’ll find a wide variety of educational sessions that will help you grow and succeed in your business.

To register to attend or for more information, please visit the NFBA website at, or call NFBA headquarters at 800-557-6957.

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