Guide to Top 2023-24 Construction Conferences & Events

The last few years have been tough on the construction industry, requiring businesses to rapidly adapt to changes in the supply chain and industry demands — while also handling struggles with finding workers or maintaining schedules. Customer expectations have changed, too, which is why it’s important to stay up to date on the latest technologies and industry trends. 2023 is going to bring a whole new season of challenges.

Fortunately, 2023 has plenty of exciting events and learning opportunities for people in all sectors of the construction industry. We’ve collected several of the most popular events for you to consider adding to your schedule for next year. 

Top 2023 Construction Events & Conferences

This list is organized chronologically. If you’d like to have your event added to the list, please reach out to us.

AED Summit (Chicago, Illinois)

January 10-12, 2023 

Each year, the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) Summit brings together heavy equipment professionals to discuss trends and opportunities in the industry. The 2023 AED Summit will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, Illinois. 

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World of Concrete (Las Vegas, NV)

January 18 – 20, 2022

The 2022 World of Concrete (WOC) theme is all about grit, designed to reflect the tenacity and determination construction professionals demonstrate every day on and off the jobsite. This year’s event features training and techniques in concrete and masonry, countless exhibits from original equipment manufacturers, and educational certification seminars. You’ll also have the opportunity to network and engage with over 60,000 global industry professionals from each segment of the industry. Online registration is required because no in-person registration will be available.

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NAHB International Builders Show (IBS) (Las Vegas, NV)

January 31 to February 2, 2023

IBS is an ideal stop for any builder involved in commercial construction and is a homebuilder’s premier event. This year it is being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will feature over 100 education sessions, nine education tracks, and over 900 exhibitors. 

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The Big 5 International Building & Construction Show (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

February 18-21, 2023

The Big 5, a global hub for construction, is a key platform event that helps align companies around the world with Saudi Vision 2030 — a goal for a new, vibrant landscape throughout the Kingdom. The event has showcases, new products, new customers, networking opportunities and more all centered around KSA’s $900B construction market. Those who showcase and resent may help their brands — over 1,000 government stakeholders attend, along with the addition of local distributors and contractors. 

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NATE UNITE (Orlando, Florida)

Feb 20 – 23, 2023

Are you a NATE member? If so, check out the NATE UNITE convention.

When you want to hone your skills in tower erection, service, and maintenance, you won’t want to look any further than the NATE UNITE conference. This three-day conference gives you a chance to learn more from experts in your industry. Take advantage of educational, marketing, networking, and business development events for each segment of your industry.

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CI & CRC Joint Conference 2022 (St. Louis, MO)

March 2 – 4, 2023

The ASCE Construction Institute Summit will take place in St. Louis, Missouri, for its second annual event. The three-day event invites construction professionals and stakeholders from around the country to discuss trends, developments, and innovative practices in the construction industry. 

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Conexpo Con/Agg (Las Vegas, NV)

March 14-18, 2023

 

Do you want to see all North America has to offer in construction equipment and ideas? The Conexpo-Con/AGG is all about helping your business move to the next level. Designed for all construction industry professionals, the Conexpo-Con/AGG will give you the chance to network, learn how to improve your business with over 150 education sessions, and discover the latest technologies in construction. There are over 1,800 exhibitors in 2.7 million square feet.

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ABC Convention (Orlando, FL)

March 15 – 17, 2023

Wrap up your first quarter of 2023 in Orlando, Florida, with the ABC Convention being held in beautiful Kissimmee, Florida. Hosted by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the conference brings people in from all over the country thanks to its value. It has a construction management competition, National Excellence in Construction® Awards Gala, and educational opportunities. Network with the best at the event of the season.

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CMAA Focus (San Antonio, TX)

March 10-12, 2023

CMAA Focus 2023 will take place in San Antonio, Texas, welcoming in speakers who will focus on in-depth information on must-know industry topics like financing, contracts, leadership, regulatory issues, workforce issues and others. This is one of two key gatherings offered by CMAA each year. 

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AGC Convention (Las Vegas, Nevada)

March 13-16, 2023

The annual AGC Convention is brought to you by the Associated General Contractors and has its registration open now. This event has moved to Las Vegas, NV, in 2023, and provides contractors of all sizes and markets with the opportunity to learn more and gain an advantage. Make new industry connections, prepare for disruptions and protect your business interests with more information from this convention. 

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Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference (Seattle, Washington) 

March 15-17, 2023

The 2023 Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference is taking place in Seattle in 2023. This conference is the nation’s best resource for networking and build resources in the water and wastewater sector. There are four conference tracks this year that you can take advantage of.

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Design-Build for Transportation/Aviation Conference (Seattle, Washington)

March 13-15, 2023

There are four tracks of education and general sessions available at this year’s Design-Build for Transportation/Aviation Conference in Seattle, Washington. The nation’s best design-build resources, along with networking opportunities, are available for anyone working in the aviation or transportation sectors when they come to this event. 

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World of Modular 2023 (Las Vegas, Nevada)

March 29- April 1, 2023

This year, the World of Modular Annual Convention and Tradeshow is taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, giving you the opportunity to meet with hundreds of industry leaders to learn more about the trends that may affect your business. The show has been running for 40 years, providing professionals in the commercial modular building industry an event during which they can exchange ideas, network and more.

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LCI Lean in Design Forum (Chicago, Illinois)

June 21-22, 2023

The LCI Lean in Design Forum is back in 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. This year’s convention will host a number of experienced Lean practitioners, educational sessions and interactive learning roundtables. Professionals have the opportunity to network and meet others who have the same passion they do for the most effective project delivery on every build.

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Groundbreaking Women in Construction 2023 (GWIC) (San Francisco, CA)

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May 11-12, 2023

Hosted by ENR, Groundbreaking Women in Construction (GWIC) is taking place in-person and has a simple three step theme: Be Inspired, Feel Empowered, Get Connected. The two-day conference focuses on women and their organizations in the industry. The conference focuses on developing leadership skills, sharing and learning about industry trends, expanding your influence and realizing career success.

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ENR FutureTech (San Francisco, CA)

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June 5-7, 2023

This in-person event is the premier event for connecting construction tech, engineering, and architecture leaders during two impressive days of networking and learning at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco. The welcome reception takes place on the first day, June 5, and expands into a series of interactive and thought provoking sessions presented by the best of the best in the industry. This year, learn more about enhancing your profits, safety on site, and productivity.

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AIA Conference on Architecture 2023 (San Francisco, California)

June 7-10, 2023

Discover everything you need to know about the latest trends and activities in architecture during this four-day conference. The AIA Conference on Architecture is going to be held in the Bay Area of San Francisco in 2023, welcoming people from across the country to explore more through seminars and networking opportunities.

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SMACNA Annual Convention 2023 (Phoenix, Arizona)

October 15-18, 2023 

The trade show at the SMACNA (Sheet Metal, Air Conditioning National Association) Annual Convention will take place at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge in 2023. This is the premier event for the association, allowing professionals to learn more about upcoming trends and activities in their respective roles. This is one convention that is great for networking and meeting other expert professionals with shared interests in maintaining quality and excellence in the sheet metal and air conditioning industry.

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Autodesk University (Fall 2023)

Ready to connect with industry professionals in your field? Do you want to learn more about using technology in construction? You can’t go wrong when you attend Autodesk University. Attend in person to take part in educational sessions and connect with industry professionals in architecture, engineering, design, manufacturing, media, entertainment, and construction. Plus, connect with Autodesk employees directly and get more information about using Autodesk products in your daily workflows. 

Meet experts, unlock key insights and improve your business over the course of this multi-day conference. AU 2023 dates and location will be announced shortly, but while you wait, you can check out last year’s sessions.

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CMAA Annual Conference (Washington, D.C.- National Harbor)

October 29-31, 2023

CMAA’s annual conference, CMAA2023, is a flagship event taking place this year in Washington, D.C. The conference has a comprehensive exhibit hall, breakout sessions, plenary sessions, and is the host of the Industry Recognition Awards. Get ready to see the award winners of the Person of the Year, Project Achievement Awards and other individual honors.

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NECA Show (Philadelphia, PA)

September 30 – October 2, 2023

Located in Philadelphia in 2023, NECA invites all qualified electrical professionals to discover new technologies, equipment, products, and solutions at this, the largest industry event in all of North America. There are talks with top executives, discussions about industry trends, and more to provide opportunities for growth. 

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Lean Construction Institute Congress (Detroit, Michigan)

October 24-27, 2023

The Lean Construction Institute Congress will be held in October 2023 in Detroit, Michigan, focusing this year on Lean challenges and successes over the last several years. The themed event for 2023 is: “The ABCs of Lean: Transformation Through Actions, Best Practices and Coaching.” Some of the topics that will be covered include transforming procurement and production, transforming field execution and safety, and transformation preconstruction and design.

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Equip Exposition (Louisville, Kentucky)

October 18-20, 2023

The Equip Exposition will take place once again in Louisville, KY, during October 2023. The exposition is based at this time so manufacturers can showcase all their latest, newest lines of products. Industry professionals can see over 1,000 expositions contained within over 675,000 square feet of the Kentucky Exposition Center. There is also an outdoor demonstration area, so you can see everything the manufacturers have to offer working in their natural state.

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Greenbuild (Washington, D.C.)

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September 26-29, 2023 (Expo: September 27-28)

Presented by The U.S. Green Building Council (USGCG), Greenbuild is returning again in 2023, this time in Washington, D.C. There are over 200 educational sessions combined with another 400 industry speakers and keynotes discussing sustainability, networking and more. On-demand sessions are available after the event (2022’s are available now).

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25th Annual Lean Construction Congress (Detroit, Michigan)

October 24–27, 2023

The LCI Congress is held annually with a focus on Lean transformation in the built environment through Lean implementation. The 25th annual event will take place in Detroit, Michigan on October 24th through the 27th, 2023. The theme hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s safe to say that there will be plenty of networking opportunities, knowledge-sharing events and experiences that you’re going to enjoy. Check out the website to stay updated on this event that you don’t want to miss.

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London Build 2023 EXPO (London, England) or London Build Online (London, England, virtual)

November 15-16, 2023

London Build is an award-winning exposition and construction show that is the best of the best in the United Kingdom. This expo is supported by the London Chamber of Commerce and is attended by 250 or more exhibitors as well as other industry professionals including architects, housing associations, government, contractors, and others. Get updates about next year’s event to stay up-to-date and plan for your next event.

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The Buildings Show (TBD)

TBD for 2023

For 34 years, this event has been a way for the Canadian building industry to connect. The Buildings Show brings together the most innovative industry leaders and products, has informative roundtable discussions and panels, and unites everyone in the Canadian building industry in one place. This is a fantastic opportunity to expand your horizons and learn more about the latest changes and industry best practices or to exhibit your own products to build up business opportunities.

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Level up at these top construction events

New trends and tech are always hitting the scene in construction. As we focus on meeting demand and making our work more efficient, now is a great time to network and start learning with events all over the country. 

Take some time to review the events that apply to your work, and consider attending to help move your career forward. If your employer needs a little convincing to support your travel and time away, here’s how to approach your boss with a request to attend these construction events.

Alexa De La Parra Ramirez

Content & Communications Coordinator, Autodesk Construction Solutions

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