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ASHRAE/AHR Expo Float POSSIBLE Move of Show Dates

Aug. 26, 2020
Decision is NOT FINAL. Moving the AHR Expo and ASHRAE Winter Conference to March will be based on survey and state/city regulations. COMMENTS REQUESTED.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has issued a letter to members regarding the POSSIBILITY of moving the AHR Expo show and ASHRAE Winter Conference, from January 23-27, 2021 to March 15-17, 2021.

Below is the letter to members, from Charles E, Gulledge, III, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, and 2020-2021 ASHRAE President.

The Society is continuously monitoring the potential impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on these January 2021 events, with the safety and welfare of the ASHRAE community our highest priority. Our present plan remains to hold the January Winter Conference and AHR Exposition as scheduled.

We recently have been presented with the possibility of delaying the 2021 Chicago AHR Expo from Jan. 23-27 to March 15-17. While no one can predict the evolution of the pandemic, an additional seven weeks may make a difference in our ability to conduct the exposition. No decisions have been made, but a survey of AHR Expo exhibitors is being conducted to ascertain exhibitor appetite for shifting the dates to March. 

I wanted you to be aware of this information even though potential impacts on the 2021 ASHRAE Winter Conference and possibly the 2021 June Annual Meeting in Phoenix due to shifting the AHR Expo to March are still being studied. We will keep you informed as these options are explored. Evolving restrictions on gatherings from the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago and even by the Hilton Palmer House Hotel are other important factors as we study these options. 

The Society plays an important role in helping to mitigate the impact of the pandemic, particularly as building owners re-open buildings. Convening the Winter Conference and AHR Expo will help bring experts together to discuss the role HVAC systems may play in helping to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 in buildings. 

Your comments regarding the 2021 AHR Expo are welcomed and encouraged. Please send them to [email protected]