Clean Buildings Expo is an all-new trade show for the commercial cleaning industry that took place in March at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. The focus of the Clean Buildings Expo is unique from other expos in the industry in that it specifically provides educational information and product details to in-house cleaning managers, executive housekeepers, facility managers, and principals in building service contractor (BSC) firms. This year, the expo was co-located with the National Facilities Management & Technology (NFMT) Show, and was created as a joint venture by Trade Press Media Group and ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association.
An estimated 1,200 attendees were present this year for the show’s debut. The designated space for the Clean Buildings Expo was nestled against the side of the NFMT Show, and was discernible numerically within the grand hall based on the specific booth numbers that correlated to the Clean Buildings Expo rows. At one opening within the boundary limits, there was a gray, fabric blockade that had a single entrance where an employee of the convention center scanned passes of attendees as they came and went throughout the hours of the expo. The other opening consisted of a stairway that led to the floor above where, similarly, an employee stood watch for passes to scan. Upon exiting her presence, one was led to an escalator that guided attendees to a row of rooms that were dedicated to the educational sessions of the Clean Buildings Expo.
Along with the educational sessions held in the rooms above the expo hall floor, there were also presentations made by experts in the field within and during the expo.
Curated by ISSA and Trade Press’s media brands Facility Cleaning Decisions, Contracting Profits, and CleanLink.com, the educational sessions of the expo featured subject-matter experts from a range of stakeholders in the cleaning industry that included BSCs, in-house cleaning executives, industry consultants, and associations. There were more than twenty-five sessions in total throughout the expo that addressed issues such as best-in-class operations, staffing, management strategies and cleaning technologies.
Along with the educational sessions held in the rooms above the expo hall floor, there were also presentations made by experts in the field within and during the expo. Across from the cafeteria-style eatery at one wall of the expo, these presentations were held near bathrooms that were blockaded in order to allow for easy access that did not impede the respectful conversation of each presentation. Such conversations were audible on overhead speakers for the ears of of those who were having a seat at one of the round tables nearby; seats that were generally being used for dining, resting, and some merciless note-taking.
The educational sessions of the expo featured subject-matter experts from a range of stakeholders in the cleaning industry that included BSCs, in-house cleaning executives, industry consultants, and associations.
The first day of the expo was by far the busiest, with the second day gaining speed after lunch. There were about sixty exhibitors that were situated over several rows, allowing for the wanderings of attendees to be jubilantly rewarded as attendees meandered among the displays. Clean Buildings Expo was a resounding success for those who attended to gain more knowledge of the current happenings of the cleaning industry and those who exhibited in order to meet new potential customers and make new connections.
By Alana Hippensteele, Editor of American Cleaning & Hygiene Magazine