"Building More Environmentally Responsible" was the theme of the 30th Building Contractors Association (BCA) Construction & Design Expo, held March 7-8 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind. The BCA show — one of the Midwest's premier construction trade shows — featured numerous activities to educate builders and designers about the processes of creating buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.
In partnership with the Northeast Indiana Green Build Coalition, two full days of workshops were offered on green build topics. Professionals from around Indiana came to Fort Wayne to present programs on a variety of topics, including LEED, construction recycling, green material specifications, and green heating and cooling.
Thousands of people attended the show, which featured over 175 exhibitors — many of whom showcased green materials and services.
The Building Contractors Association is a membership organization comprised of northeast Indiana-based commercial contractors and the companies who supply materials and professional services to them. BCA's 2007 officers are Steve Stewart, Stewart, Brimner & Co. — president; Holly Hunter, Hamilton Hunter Builders — 1st vice president; Phil Sheets Jr., W.A. Sheets & Sons — 2nd vice president; and Tad Marsh, Zumbrun Construction — treasurer.
Other members serving on the BCA board of directors are Kevin Beach, Shambaugh & Son; Jim Beckstein, Mill Supplies Inc.; John Brogan, BZW Master Painters; Dan DeVries, Rosema Construction; Rick Dommer, Interior Products Supply; Mark Hellinger, CME Corp.; John Kiessling, Hagerman Construction; Joe Kinder, Tecton Corp.; Michael Kinder III, K& H Construction; Jim Lemberg, Tile Interiors; John Riley, Martin Riley Architects/Engineers; Ron Roberts, Schmidt Electric; and Jay Snyder, Moss Building Products.
Lori Harvey is BCA's executive director.