UMass Design Building: Elevating Mass Timber with Innovative Solutions

Completed in early 2017, the Design Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the first of its kind in the U.S. At four stories and 87,500 sf, this mass timber project features a glued-laminated (glulam) timber column-and-beam frame, mass timber lateral force-resisting system, hybrid cross-laminated timber (CLT)/concrete floor system, and unconventional cantilevered forms. This presentation will highlight two aspects of the project: the design process will be discussed by the principal architect and the construction and occupancy phases will be reviewed by an associate professor who was close to the process and now works in the building. From code approval through occupancy, this session will address the process and collaboration required to see this groundbreaking structure to fruition in a steel-dominated construction industry.

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Controlled and Connected Luminaires and Design Integration

This course reviews the components and uses of connected luminaires, their specification, and the standards and protocols involved in current lighting control applications. Further, this course reviews the emergence of the Internet of Things, and how it will impact future lighting control applications.  

AIA Course Number FP2018-D

 

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The Evolution of Fire Life Safety in Building Codes

This presentation will cover techniques for mitigating fire damage and reducing fire spread while describing how an understanding of code intent can be used to argue equivalent fire performance when wood solutions lie outside typical code-approved applications. Over the last 80 years, prescriptive height and area limitations have remained relatively unchanged in North American building codes while technological advances and fire service capabilities have improved considerably. Through an examination of historical code development and identification of the risk factors on which codes are based, we can set the stage for a re-examination of public perception with regard to combustible construction.

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Aspen Art Museum: Design and Construction of the Wood Roof Structure

The Aspen Art Museum, designed by architect Shiguru Ban, includes a long-span three-dimensional wood space-frame rook.
 

Ban’s charge was to create a wood space frame with spans of more than 50 feet and cantilevers of 14 feet, in a structural depth of 3 feet. The space frae was to have two planes of intersecting diagonal webs of curved meters that undulated up and down to touch the planes of the top and bottom horns with no visible connectors.
 

This case study presentation will describe the design and construction of the wood structure, including paths explored but not chosen for the final design.

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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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The Noise Around Acoustics

In this course we'll explore the changing world of acoustics

An evolution in the built environment is creating an increased need for sound control. Growing evidence shows that adequate acoustics can have positive, rippling effects on occupants. In this presentation, we will investigate how the changes taking place are translating to tangible benefits in corporate, education and hospitality spaces.

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How to Take a Course on The Continuing Architect

This one-minute video shows you just how easy it is to take a course on TCA. Give it a play, explore the intuitive User Interface and the many features that make TCA easier and more enjoyable than any other continuing education platform out there. And new courses are being added all the time!

Registration takes just a couple minutes - you only have to do it once to take any course at any time in the future - look over the course catalog, just click on a couple of course descriptions that look interesting to you to add them to your wish list, and start watching some really great videos. If you have any questions, just use the Contact Us link at the top of the page.

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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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Roofing Insulation and Cover Boards

Arguably, selecting insulation and cover boards is the most important decision when designing a roofing system because of the many benefits these products provide in terms of service life, building safety, and energy efficiency. This course explores the characteristics, advantages, and cautions of the primary insulation and cover boards on the commercial roofing market today, and then considers the installation methodologies that will optimize the building's energy efficiency.

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