Healthcare Building Expo at the 2008 Commercial Construction Show — scheduled for June 3-5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando — brings more than a prime opportunity to see the newest products and services, update professional skills and network with industry peers.
This year, as the economy continues to fluctuate unpredictably, many healthcare companies are tightening their budgets amid escalating construction and labor costs, leaving little leftover for extras over and above mandatory travel. However, the Expo is one of the most affordable industry events in 2008.
For a healthcare executive, architect or engineer who just wants to attend the show, a $100 registration fee opens the door. Morning seminars and the Tuesday Healthcare Summit cost slightly more, but offer in-depth coverage of cutting-edge topics for the healthcare market.
“Healthcare Building Expo is one of the most competitively-priced events available for healthcare professionals right now,” said Shannon Powers-Jones, editor of Healthcare Building Ideas. “At Healthcare Building Expo, an architect can attend the show and earn 10.5 continuing education units from AIA at a cost of less than $800.”
The show can be even more affordable for these three groups — four or more attendees from the same healthcare company, architecture or engineering firm can take advantage of attractive group-rate discounts.
In addition, this is the first year that the event will be held in Orlando, after having been located in Baltimore and Chicago.
“We want to move the show to various parts of the country and Orlando is a prime destination for trade shows and vacationers alike,” said David Corson, president of D&D Communications Group LLC. “Early June is a good time to visit Central Florida — school's out for most students and the weather is very enjoyable at that time of year.”
The convention center and show hotels are located on the popular International Drive, which is adjacent to many Orlando-area attractions and just a few minutes from Disney World.
The activities begin on Tuesday with the Healthcare Summit and run through Thursday afternoon.
This year's event will include:
* Healthcare Summit luncheon speaker: This year's Healthcare Summit will include an interactive luncheon speaker as well as a new topic for the event.
Chester Elton, co-author of the popular book The Carrot Principle will speak at lunch at the Tuesday Summit. Attendees will also receive a complimentary copy of his book.
The Summit's topic for this year is Put the Brakes on Rising Construction Costs. Speakers at the limited-seating event include healthcare executives from LifePoint Hospitals and Texas Health Resources, and architects from HKS.
* Commercial Kitchens Pavilion: For the first time, this special area of the show floor will feature the newest products and services for commercial kitchen design and construction. The area is sponsored by Commercial Kitchens magazine, a semi-annual supplement to Healthcare Building Ideas.
* Seminar Topics: Among the usual offering of new topics in the seminar program, several cutting-edge sessions should be popular, including Building Information Modeling, Cost-Effective Energy Conservation, New Trends in Patient Safety, Preventative Maintenance to Predictive Maintenance, The Design-Build Approach, Best Project Management Practices and more.
* Healthcare Executive Reception: A first at Healthcare Building Expo, this private reception for healthcare executives only will be held June 4, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Rosen Centre Hotel prior to the show's popular Casino Night Event.