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AWCI is Moving, 2007 Academy

AWCI Is Moving

Update your address books; AWCI is moving next month!

By Dec. 1, AWCI headquarters will be located in a larger, newer office building just a block away from its current location. The move was brought about by the need for more space, but it also shows a bright financial picture and future for AWCI.

There was a time in the late 1980s and early 1990s that AWCI owned its headquarters building, but a downturn in the economy made it necessary to sell that building. At that time, it was fiscally better for AWCI to rent office space than it was to own. But times have changed, and AWCI has now bought 7,700 square feet of new office space in the mixed-use building in the heart of Falls Church, Va., just a few miles from Washington, D.C.

The purchase has been a long time in the making. A minor construction issue with the base building delayed the closing date, but with AWCI members on hand to help advise and build out the new space, things are now very much on schedule for the late-November move.

AWCI Past President Ken Navratil, who is with J&B Acoustical in Ohio, was instrumental in the selection of the interior’s look—everything from light fixtures to carpet type and color to furniture selection. Another past president, Mikel Poellinger of Poellinger Inc. in Wisconsin, loaned the support of his staff in helping to design the office layouts at the new AWCI headquarters. And of course AWCI’s manufacturer members donated materials (a full list of donors will be published later).

So update your address books with this new address:

513 W Broad St., Ste. 210
Falls Church, VA 22046-3216

The phone and fax numbers, as well as AWCI’s Web site URL and staff e-mail addresses, will all remain the same.

AWCI’s Academy 2007 Will Be in San Antonio, Texas

Academy 2007 will be held Feb. 1–3, 2007, at the El Tropicano Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. This is the meeting designed for those in the industry who are looking to improve their skills in specific areas in an intensive two- or three-day program.

The first program, Steel—Doing It Right, is the popular three-day education program that follows in the footsteps of EIFS—Doing It Right, minus the certification. The second, Project Management for Project Managers and Superintendents, is a two-day program that centers on the 10 goals that consistently lead to success. Case studies in drywall and ceiling installations will be presented as well as lecture, discussion and problem-solving exercises.

AWCI’s Academy 2007 will also feature tabletop exhibits from pertinent manufacturers, and other events that will provide networking opportunities.

You can sign up for either program on AWCI’s Web site ( . Register prior to Jan. 5, 2007, to save $50 on your registration fees.

Questions? Contact Lee Morris, AWCI’s meetings and trade show manager, at (703) 538.1610 or

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