On August 10 & 11, Dallas Market Hall buzzed with interior designers, architects, facility managers, real estate professionals, contractors, design students and other essential industry members catering to the built environment when it hosted METROCON17 Expo & Conference.
The event, which is the largest not-for-profit, self-produced, volunteer-driven, design specification-focused regional expo and conference in the USA, attracted individuals from 35 states besides Texas, as well as four Canadian provinces.
This year marked the event’s 15th anniversary, which the Committee of 22 dedicated volunteers celebrated, along with two other milestones:
- For the first time, five associations joined forces to plan and execute a more expansive METROCON for their members and beyond: the Texas & Texas Gulf Coast Chapters of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers); the Dallas Chapter of CSI (Construction Specifications Institute); the Dallas Chapter of NEWH (The Hospitality Industry Network); and the Texas Chapter of USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council).
- Companies secured 53 event sponsorships, more than any other year in the event’s history.
With the five partnering associations working together to create such a valuable opportunity for the region, METROCON is symbolic of what is happening with the industry in terms of the increasing need for multi-disciplinary collaboration within the built environment.
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