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A New Season

A few weeks ago we turned our clocks forward, experienced the spring equinox and entered the new season—a season associated with rebirth, renewal and re-growth. I may be prematurely or overly optimistic, but it appears that we very well may be entering into a corresponding change within the construction economy.




Like the change in seasons, however, changes in the building climate may vary from one time zone to another. But it is ringing true with people I have met in my home state of Ohio and folks in other regions working in various facets of the business, that there are many more opportunities now than there were a few months ago. Of course the competition is tough and will most likely continue to be, but design firms are hiring, the lid on private lending has loosened, and there are more positive indicators than negative ones in the economy overall.




For most of my adult life now, I have also associated spring time with AWCI’s Convention & INTEX Expo, which to me has always been an annual source of renewal and rejuvenation for the coming year with the many opportunities it presents. As this is the convention issue for AWCI’s Construction Dimensions, my wife Cassie and I would like to welcome all attendees and exhibitors to what will surely be an exciting and beneficial week for individuals and companies.




For those of you who couldn’t make it to the convention, bear in mind that it isn’t the only AWCI event where you can recharge your batteries, learn what is new and what is working well in other parts of the country. The association has plenty to offer between now and this fall, including our webinars, the many Doing It Right® sessions and especially the Industry Executives’ Conference & Committee Week scheduled Sept. 13–17, at the Coeur d’Alene Resort & Spa in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.




In addition to being the 2010–2011 president of the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry, Allen is vice president of Compass Construction in Columbus, Ohio.

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