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2020 BEC Conference

| JW Marriott - Nashville, TN

Join us for the 24th annual Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Conference, being held for the first time in Nashville, Tennessee! The theme of this year's event is Glazing 2020: Advanced. Innovative. Complex. Don't miss this unique program and the content that will prepare your business for new successes in the new decade.

UPDATE: The JW Marriott is nearly sold out. Scroll to the Hotel section below for nearby alternatives.

View the pre-registration list
as of February 24, 2020

Event Information

JW Marriott
201 8th Avenue South
Nashville, TN

Schedule (Subject to Change)

1:00pm - 8:00pm
Registration Desk Open

Tabletop Display setup also begins.

6:30pm - 8:30pm
Welcome Reception

sponsored by AGC Glass Co.

7:30am - 6:00pm
Registration Desk Open
8:00am - 10:30am
Installing Committee Meeting | Continental Breakfast

Open to all.

Continental breakfast included, available beginning at 8:00 am

Join us for a meeting of the NGA Installing Committee, beginning at 8:30 am. Discuss issues timely to the glazier community and have hands-on time to work on specific Installing Committee task group activities. View the agenda.


10:00am - 12:00pm
Tabletop Display Open
11:00am - 12:00pm
Lunch with Unitized Glazing Systems case study

sponsored by YKK AP

12:15pm - 12:30pm
General Session: Greetings & Introductions
12:30pm - 1:30pm
General Session: State of the Industry

As the head of Apogee Enterprises—parent company of businesses including Viracon, Harmon and EFCO, among others—Joe Puishys provides a unique perspective on the glass and glazing market, offering his insights on the opportunities, economics and challenges companies across the supply chain face today.

1:35pm - 1:40pm
Take 5 Presentation - Messe Dusseldorf

As the world’s leading trade fair in the glass industry, glasstec will be the global meeting place for about 1,280 exhibitors from 50 countries and 42,000 visitors from 120 nations. The trade fair will cover the full spectrum and entire value chain of all facets of glass as a material.  Exhibit categories will include glass production and production technology, glass processing and finishing, glass products and applications, tools, replacement/space parts, auxiliary equipment/fitting, measurement/testing/control technology and software as well as contracting, consulting, engineering and services.  As in the past, Messe Düsseldorf North America will again organize a North American Pavilion, co-sponsored by the National Glass Association (NGA). The exhibits will be complemented by a wide-ranging ancillary program with special shows and conferences.

1:40pm - 2:30pm
Navigating the Technology Landscape

Along with the growth in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and delegated design come a variety of issues for contract glaziers. In this panel discussion, learn why these technologies are increasingly important, what misunderstandings surround them, and how to address the challenges they present.

David Bailey, Hastings Architects
Nick Bagatelos, Bagatelos Architectural Glass Systems
Jim Smith, JE Berkowitz
Max Perilstein, Sole Source Consulting

2:35pm - 2:40pm
Take 5 Presentation - Erdman Automation

A look at Erdman's various machines that can allow for greater automation in curtain wall production.

2:40pm - 3:40pm
Understanding the Mind of an Architect

Ever wondered ‘what was the architect thinking’ when looking at the specifications? Here’s your chance to find out. Learn about what architects expect from the glazing community in this candid discussion addressing some of our industry’s most common questions.

George Feathers, Terracon
Jacob Johnson, Harmon, Inc.

3:30pm - 4:15pm
Beer Break | Tabletop Displays Open
4:20pm - 4:25pm
Take 5 Presentation - Guardian Glass

This presentation will highlight glazier project work utilizing Guardian Glass. It will focus on our partnerships over the years and will set the stage for our new glazier program coming in 2020.

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Keynote Presentation by Jim "the Rookie" Morris, sponsored by Guardian Glass

Jim Morris’s meteoric rise from 35-year-old high school teacher to flame-throwing major league pitcher in three months made cinematic history with the release of The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid.

Chasing your dreams, keeping your promises, maintaining your integrity and surrounding yourself with supportive people are themes across Jim Morris’s presentations. Don’t miss this session to hear about the man that inspired one of the “five greatest baseball films ever made.”

5:30pm - 6:30pm
Tabletop Reception
7:30am - 2:00pm
Registration Desk Open
7:45am - 8:30am
Breakfast | Tabletop Display Open
8:45am - 9:00am
General Session: Greetings
9:05am - 9:10am
Take 5 Presentation - Glass and Metal Craft

Over the last 50+ years, Glass + Metal Craft has institutionalized a process that mitigates the glazier’s risk and cost by taking on complex architectural systems, proactively identifying and managing problems, and ultimately delivering the project time and cost-effectively. G+MC has integrated design, engineering, and glass and metal fabrication within one U.S. facility. All projects are supervised by a dedicated management team that follows a project from concept to installation, and are delivered by a logistic system that kits all components to speed installation.

9:15am - 10:15am
With Every Reward Comes Risk

Learn about the risks associated with delegated design, how to protect yourself against unfavorable contract terms, how to manage insurance risks, and other legal concerns in a panel discussion with top legal experts in the glass industry.

Vic McConnell, Smith Cashion & Orr

10:15am - 10:45am
Communications Break | Tabletop Display Open
10:50am - 10:55am
Take 5 Presentation - ArmorGuard

Protecting your project, margins and reputation one job at a time.

11:00am - 12:00pm
Navigating the New World of Delegated Design

Hear from contract glaziers on their experiences using delegated design when working with different size architect firms, on different size projects, with different scopes of delegation. How did delegated design present an opportunity to grow their business? How can a subcontractor best approach delegated design? Get these answers and more.

Roberto Bicchiarelli, Permasteelisa
Jake Gaddis, United Architectural Metals
Steve Siciliani, Woodbridge Glass
Jeff Haber, W&W Glass

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch | Tabletop Display Open
1:05pm - 1:10pm
Take 5 Presentation - Viprotron

Claims are expensive and reduce supplier´s image. Depending on the reject causes it is highly necessary to implement an objective quality improvement system. Starting in cutting to avoid that defected glass goes down the value chain, during the process to allow a "best quality" approach of all single glass components or an effective final control to avoid surprises at the customer´s goods entry. All that will be objectively supported by different scanners in different places of the production.

1:15pm - 2:00pm
Why Bird-Friendly Glazing Matters Now More than Ever

From the Nascar Hall of Fame building to NYC’s recent legislative efforts, bird-friendly glazing continues to make headlines. What are the drivers for this glass technology? What are the voluntary codes and standards in play? How is it showing up in municipalities, and in lawsuits? Learn more about where and why bird-friendly glazing matters now more than ever.

Dr. Christine Sheppard, American Bird Conservancy
Dan Piselli, FXCollaborative Architects LLP

2:05pm - 2:10pm
Take 5 Presentation - Vitro Architectural Glass

Four major industry trends are conspiring against glazing contractors and glass fabricators as they try to meet critical-path milestones for large and/or complex building projects. They are increased demand for glass in general (i.e. diminished availability); increased demand for customized glass configurations and designs; compressed delivery schedules; and more complex curtain wall/building envelope designs. This Take 5 presentation will cover all aspects of Vitro Glass' enhanced scheduling and delivery reliability program, including eligibility guidelines, success stories and other details on how it helps glazing contractors and glass fabricators achieve customer satisfaction and project success through on-time delivery of critical-path architectural glass products.

2:10pm - 3:10pm
Glass in Architecture

A global perspective on design trends.

Alex Bachrach, Publisher, Architectural Record
George Feathers, Terracon
Chuck Gannaway, Hastings Architecture
Dan Piselli, FXCollaborative Architects LLP

3:15pm - 3:30pm
Closing Remarks

Thank you for attending! Mark your calendars for March 2021 when we'll be back in Las Vegas to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the BEC Conference!

Pricing Information

Member Installing Company                        $500.00
Non-Member Installing Company                   $900.00
Member Mfr/Supplier/Other                           $800.00
Non-Member Mfr/Supplier/Other                   $1,400.00

Find instructions on how to register multiple people for the event.

BEC Conference Registration Cancellation Policy: 
Cancellation will be effective upon receipt by the Association of a written notice of cancellation. BEC Conference registrants may receive a refund according to the following schedule. All cancellations will be charged a $50 processing fee. 

1. Registrants canceling on or before February 3, 2020 shall receive a full refund minus the $50 processing fee. 
2. No refunds will be made after February 3, 2020. All refunds will be processed within 30 days. 


Tabletop Display

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Conference Hotel

The JW Marriott is nearly sold out. Please consider the list of nearby hotels provided below.
JW Marriott hotel, Nashville

JW Marriott
201 8th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203

Alternative Hotels [view on a map]
  • Cambria Hotel Nashville Downtown | 118 8th Ave South | 615/515-5800
  • The Westin Nashville | 807 Clark Place | 615/248-2800
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville Downtown | 310 4th Avenue South | 615/277-5000
  • Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville Downtown | 300 Korean Veterans Blvd | 615/259-7881

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