Design Firm Management Series: Staying in Front of Your Customers: Advertising

The program will discuss how architects, designers, and other professionals can get a better understanding of the market today in regards to servicing their customers with advertising. You will gain a better understanding of the different types of advertising tools to keep your services forefront to your customers.

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Resilient Design in Metal Building Roof and Wall Panels

This course explains why severe weather events are causing designs, standards, and codes to be revisited. Resiliency in architecture is explained and the reasons resilient buildings suffer less downtime and provide improved performance under extreme conditions are enumerated. While resilience generally means better prepared for adverse conditions and better able to handle and survive them, this course will drill down into the many facets of resilience that include planning and material selection, to provide a better understanding of performance of materials and systems under stress.

AIA Course Code PacClad2018-D

 

Supplemental Reading Material: You will be required to download a supplemental PDF entitled "Voluntary Resilience Standards- An Assessment of the Emerging Market for Resilience in the Built Environment." The entire document is an exceptional current reference on the state of resilience codes, resilience standards, community planning and specific building lifecycle threats. For purposes of supplementing the course's video content, please reference the codes and standards section starting on Page 25.

 

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Kitchen Planning for the Generations

Appliance technologies and the kitchen's place in the home have changed drastically over the past twenty years. Modern kitchens have grown in size and are now the heart of the home for entertaining, dining and working. Many times there are several people cooking at the same time. Given these scenarios, it is important to consider the entire range of users, from young children to the elderly. In this course we will discuss how kitchen planning can serve the needs of three generations, from Generation Y (aka Millennials) to the Baby Boomers. We will focus on how these groups differ in their vision of how a kitchen should function, style preferences, appliance requests, acceptance or integration of technology into the space, and universal design.

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Successful Application of Destratification Fans

This course will review the science behind stratified air, components and uses of destratification fans, their specification, and the standards and protocols involved in air movement applications.

 

(Please note: The Case Study is a technical paper intended to be a part of the course. Please download upon enrolling.)

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Selecting the Best Sports Floor for Your Facility

The health, safety and performance of athletes is greatly affected by the playing surface. Standards for the dynamic relationship between a sports floor and athletes demonstrate that sustainable maple hardwood flooring offers exceptional accommodation of forces while enhancing play. This course also discusses key selection considerations used for material specification of a natural wood or synthetic sports and activity floor, and describes a variety of basic subfloor and surface configurations for maple floors. The Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association (MFMA) - manufacturers, sport floor contractors, distributors and allied product manufacturers who subscribe to established quality guidelines - is the authoritative source of technical and general information about maple flooring and related maple and synthetic sports flooring systems.

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The Secrets for Successful Renovations (RFC0718)

Manufacturer sponsors providing content expertise include:
Assa Abloy, Eden Valders Stone, Extech, Legrand, and St. Cloud Window.

This article focuses on five specific challenges commonly faced during renovation projects: 1) updating the physical security provided at interior door openings, 2) incorporating more power, communications, and A/V access points, 3) increasing the presence of daylight in the interior, 4) using a less absorbent limestone to replace existing limestone or add new limestone accents to a façade, and 5) specifying the narrow sightlines necessary to replicate historic windows, while providing modern day structural, thermal, and acoustic performance. 

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