Top 12 Conferences for General Contractors in 2022

The last two years have been rough, but it’s time to get back out there and go to industry events again. In 2022, most conferences for general contractors are going forward in person, with virtual options available for some. 

It’s a more than welcome excuse to get out of the home office. The industry is still facing challenges, but it’s growing again, which makes it a great time to go to events, network, and establish yourself on the cutting edge. 

We’ve listed the 12 contractor conferences that you should consider attending in 2022 in this article. Keep reading to learn more about what each convention brings to the table.


Top 12 Conferences for General Contractors in 2022

1. ABC Convention 

Location: San Antonio, Texas

Dates: March 15-17, 2022

The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Convention is a merit shop construction event in San Antonio. 

Highlights include the National Craft Championship, where competitors demonstrate skills and safe work practices, and the Construction Management Competition, which involves competing teams working on a project. The National Excellence in Construction Awards will also be presented.

The ABC Convention is a great opportunity for networking and celebrating with your peers.


2. AGC Convention

Location: Grapevine, Texas

Dates: March 28-31, 2022

The AGC Annual Convention is an event where contractors can learn about topics like financial management, job site productivity, technology and innovation, safety, and more. 

There are three days of educational sessions and an expo with over 100 exhibitors. Plus, the Construction Safety Excellence Awards will be judged and announced.


3. World of Modular

Location: San Antonio, Texas or virtual

Dates: April 25-28, 2022

Modular Building Institute (MBI) has been holding this modular and offsite construction industry event for almost 40 years. 

The conference includes educational talks, networking sessions, an expo, and a golf tournament. 

If you choose to attend virtually, you can download the World of Modular app, attend sessions, see the digital exhibit hall, and live chat with other attendees and exhibitors.

4. Groundbreaking Women in Construction

Location: San Francisco, California

Dates: May 12-13, 2022

Groundbreaking Women in Construction (GWIC) is aimed at helping women expand their presence, influence, and career success in the construction industry. 

The broad range of topics includes changes in the industry, technology development, and social issues. 

In 2021, GWIC was a virtual event. You can still purchase on-demand access to those sessions.

5. ENR FutureTech

Location: San Francisco, California

Dates: June 8-10, 2022

Engineering News-Record (ENR) holds its FutureTech conference to explore emerging technologies that enhance construction productivity, profits, and safety. It’s aimed at business and technology leaders — the people with the power to make decisions and purchases. 

At ENR FutureTech, you can see demonstrations of the newest tech (maybe you’ll learn more about data analytics in construction), network with other leaders, and learn how other firms are changing the ways they build.

6. AIA Conference on Architecture 2022

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Dates: June 22-25, 2022

At the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference, you can learn from some of the biggest names in architecture.

The AIA Conference moves to a new city each year, allowing attendees to experience the local architecture. This year it’s in Chicago. There are over 75 architect-led tours available that give conference-only access to firms, projects, and buildings. There are also over 90 seminars about industry topics.

7. LCI Congress

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Dates: October 18-21, 2022

The Lean Construction Institute (LCI) Congress states that its goal is “transforming the Built Environment through Lean implementation.” Each annual congress has a different theme. 

This year’s program is still being finalized, but we know that the theme is “Lean Gumbo: The Right Ingredients for Project Success.”

8. Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

Location: San Francisco, California

Dates: November 1-3, 2022

Greenbuild bills itself as the premier event for the green building and green spaces industry. This year it’s being held in conjunction with the Industrialized Wood-Based Construction Conference (IWBC), produced by Forest Economic Advisors.

We don’t have the conference schedule for Greenbuild yet but expect a wide variety of sessions on recent projects, innovations, and social issues. There’s also an exhibit hall featuring green materials and new technologies.

If you’re interested in the theme of this conference but won’t be able to attend, Greenbuild also hosts virtual events throughout the year.

9. London Build 

Location: London, UK

Dates: November 16-17

London Build is one of the biggest construction conferences in the UK. It’s the winner of the Best Brand Expansion at the Exhibition News Awards and a finalist for the Best Trade Show in the UK at the AEO Awards.

London Build features over 500 speakers and hundreds of exhibitors. There are also networking events like Women in Construction and Diversity in Construction, as well as entertainment and celebrity guests. 

If traveling to London isn’t in the cards, you can attend one of the 10 digital events hosted by the same organizer, including London Build Online, in May 2022. Or watch May 2021’s London Build Online on-demand.

10. The Buildings Show

Location: Toronto, Canada

Dates: November 30 - December 2, 2022

The Buildings Show is an exposition, conference, and networking event for the design, architecture, construction, and property management industries. 

Last year, the show provided a hybrid experience, allowing people to attend in-person or online. Registration for this year hasn’t opened yet, and the details of the 2022 show are still unclear, but you can watch the 2021 sessions on-demand.

11. World of Concrete

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Dates: January 16-19, 2023

The World of Concrete event has already happened in 2022, but it’s never too early to start thinking about 2023. 

The conference serves the concrete and masonry construction industries. There are exhibits of equipment, tools, products, and services as well as educational seminars.

12. NAHB International Builders Show

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Dates: January 31 - February 2, 2023

Another early 2023 event to put on the calendar is the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders Show. 

This conference for the residential construction industry includes product launches, talks, demonstrations, and workshops. 


Conclusion 

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