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Online Registration is Closed.

ONSITE Registration Opens at

7:00 AM on Tuesday, October 18.

ALA/CSI Members: $140

Non-members: $170

Product Show Only is FREE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALA Architecture Conference & Product Show
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

 

Seminar Schedule

 

Keynote Address
7:45 AM -
9:15 AM

1.5 LU

The Economic Outlook for the U.S. and Midwest
by William Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic
Advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
 

This seminar promises to be a dynamic discussion on the economy of where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. From the “Great Recession” of 2008 and 2009, Mr. Strauss will explain business cycles, factors influencing inflation, current conditions and the outlook for manufacturing and construction. He will look at the performance of the overall macro and regional economy with specific attention paid to key economic sectors and indicators. A Q&A session will follow.
 

Product Show
9:15am - 4:00pm

 

Session I
10:30am - 12:00noon

A1 - Getting to Net Zero Energy with Masonry by Brian Trimble

1.5 LU/HSW/SD

 

Description:

Net zero energy buildings are becoming more common, but is there truly a way to achieve this when designing masonry structures? Listen to an expert on masonry and energy analysis provide methods to reduce your building's energy use. The ideas of passive cooling and thermal mass will be reviewed along with insulating techniques of various masonry wall assemblies, including areas that are thermal bridges. Various case studies will be shown.

 

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will: 1. Learn what it takes to get a building down to net zero energy. 2. Be able to assess the impacts of passive cooling and heating on a building and other more traditional techniques to reduce energy usage. 3. Be able to use newly learned energy efficient strategies in their next project. 4.View various case studies of projects that have used techniques presented to reduce energy usage.

 

Presenter Bio:

Brian Trimble, PE, LEED AP presents almost 100 seminars a year to various groups, including local, regional and national organizations. Brian has presented at the ALA conference in the past with co-worker Leroy Danforth.

 

B1- Working Toward Seamless – ADA/IBC Accessibility Guidelines by Kimberly Paarlberg

1.5 LU/ HSW 

 

Description:

New Federal accessibility requirements, the 2010 ADA Standard for Accessible Design, will be mandatory after March 15, 2011. Given the high coordination efforts between the US Access Board, ANSI and the ICC; this level of local enforcement represents a new paradigm in the federal equivalency for facility access. This presentation addresses the coordination efforts, including both the successes and the areas still needing attention.

 

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, participants will be better able to: 1. Identify the most significant differences between the 2010 ADA Standard and the IBC. 2. Explain the differences between the current and previous edition. 3. Identify changes in organization and requirements. 4. Identify the applicability of design, plan review and inspection requirements.

 

Presenter Bio:

Kim Paarlberg is a Senior Staff Architect for the International Code Council and has worked for ICC for over 15 years. She is the secretariat for the code changes for Means of Egress and Accessibility in the International Building Code. Kim answers questions for architects, designers and contractors on the provisions in the codes and referenced standard. She develops and provides training on the codes. She is a licensed architect in the state of Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois with a Masters in Structural Engineering.

 

C1 - Nation's 1st LEED Silver Dorm & Recreation Center by Brian Bock and Mike Hudson

1.5 LU/HSW/SD

 

Description:

A 200,000 square foot complex on a college campus that serves a dual purpose (a 230-room student dormitory on the outer perimeter, surrounding a 50 foot tall NCAA regulation indoor track) is the first LEED-Silver certified building of its type in the country. Key features include total precast components with unique double-finish, massive geothermal & radiant heating systems, hybrid underground storm water tanks and extensive use of recycled materials. Construction costs and actual in-service operational costs will be shared.

 

Learning Objectives:

1. Design & construction considerations for combining two buildings into one structure. 2. Utilizing and optimizing precast systems as a total building approach. 3. Integrating geothermal and radiant flooring systems to achieve maximum energy-efficiency. 4. Evaluating value engineering principles to achieve a viable project within financial constraints. 5. Sustainable & innovative materials & practices to eliminate on-site construction costs and waste and to maximize LEED rating. Presenter’s Bios: Brian Bock is Vice President Sales & Marketing, Dukane Precast for 10 years. Previously Brian was the National Account Executive for the Portland Cement Association for 16 years, giving more than 150 presentations across the country. Mike Hudson is Vice President Business Operations, North Central College. Mike is responsible for the construction, operations and maintenance of all of the buildings on campus at this 150-yr old college. He is extremely well versed in HVAC systems, geothermal systems and radiant heating.

 

D1 - Curved Surfaces: Modeling and Design By Chuck Mears

1.5 LU/HSW

 

Description:

This course will better inform the designer on basic and advanced curves and surfaces. It will explain the different techniques that are useful for understanding and designing curved surfaces. The designer will also discover different methods that are available to bring 2D plans into 3D state to better communicate and dramatically improve visual communication with clients.

 

Learning Objectives:

1. A review of basic curved surface design 2. A look at more advanced methods of designing curved surfaces. 3. Learning some techniques useful for understanding, designing, estimating, and fabricating simple and compound-curved surfaces for today’s architecture. 4. Discover how the quantity, quality, and complexity of curved surfaces has increased dramatically following increased competence in 3-D computer aided design, programs.

 

Presenter Bio:

Chuck Mears, AIA is the CEO and owner of Radius Track Corporation, a Minnesota based company focused on innovative technologies and products serving the curved cold-formed steel framing industry. Chuck is the inventor and patent holder of the Track Bender™ tool. He also developed the CNC system which couples geometric algorithms with mechanical design technology to create abstract shaped steel studs and track. Chuck has a Business degree from The College of William and Mary and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from the University of Minnesota. He is a board certified Architect in the state of Minnesota. Chuck blends his diverse business knowledge with his hands-on experience to encourage a practical understanding of the latest innovations in the curved steel framing industry. 

 

Lunch

12:00noon - 1:15pm

 

Session II
1:15pm - 2:45pm

 

A2 - Civil Site Design for Sustainability by John Witte and Stacy Snapp

1.5 LU/HSW/SD

 

Description:

This seminar will outline the techniques and practices in designing your site for sustainability, specifically site planning and stormwater management. The seminar will describe the use of best management practices for site development including permeable pavers, pervious concrete, rain gardens, wetland basins, and also incorporate building architecture into the site design for a holistic approach to civil site sustainability.

 

Learning Objectives:

1. Outline the options available for incorporating best management practices on your site and the pros and cons of each option. 2. Learn how to design stormwater best management practices for your site. 3. Learn how local ordinances are affecting site design, specifically in the implementation of Best Management Practices. 4. Learn sustainable approaches to building design and insight into the building aspects of LEED site-related credits. Presenters Bios: John Witte is a professional Engineer licensed in the States of Wisconsin and Illinois and is a Senior Project Manager at Wills Burke Kelsey Associates Ltd. John holds a Master of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Marquette University and has 15 years of experience in civil engineering. Stacy Snapp is a licensed architect and LEED AP BD+C professional with hands-on experience with the LEED templates and documentation process. Stacy holds a Master of Architecture degree from Judson College and 8 years of experience in the industry. Stacy currently is an Architect at Williams Architects.

 

Presenters Bios:

John Witte is a professional Engineer licensed in the States of Wisconsin and Illinois and is a Senior Project Manager at Wills Burke Kelsey Associates Ltd. John holds a Master of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Marquette University and has 15 years of experience in civil engineering.

 

Stacy Snapp is a licensed architect and LEED AP BD+C professional with hands-on experience with the LEED templates and documentation process. Stacy holds a Master of Architecture degree from Judson College and 8 years of experience in the industry. Stacy currently is an Architect at Williams Architects.

 

 

B2 - Working Toward Seamless – ADA/IBC Accessibility Guidelines by Kimberly Paarlberg

1.5 LU/ HSW

 

Description:

New Federal accessibility requirements, the 2010 ADA Standard for Accessible Design, will be mandatory after March 15, 2011. Given the high coordination efforts between the US Access Board, ANSI and the ICC; this level of local enforcement represents a new paradigm in the federal equivalency for facility access. This presentation addresses the coordination efforts, including both the successes and the areas still needing attention.

 

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, participants will be better able to: 1. Identify the most significant differences between the 2010 ADA Standard and the IBC. 2. Explain the differences between the current and previous edition. 3. Identify changes in organization and requirements. 4. Identify the applicability of design, plan review and inspection requirements.

 

Presenter Bio:

Kim Paarlberg is a Senior Staff Architect for the International Code Council and has worked for ICC for over 15 years. She is the secretariat for the code changes for Means of Egress and Accessibility in the International Building Code. Kim answers questions for architects, designers and contractors on the provisions in the codes and referenced standard and develops and provides training on the codes. She is a licensed architect in the state of Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois with a Masters in Structural Engineering.

 

C2 - Court Decisions on Liability & Building Codes with Kelly Reynolds

1.5 LU/HSW

 

Description:

This is a program on court decisions that effect design professionals and resolving the problems. We will discuss liability, recent court decision, board of appeals process and unlawful code enforcement.

 

Learning Objectives:

To understand the intent and rationale of building codes vs. court decisions and how they affect the design professional.

 

Presenter Bio:

Kelly Reynolds is president of a technical building and fire code consulting firm specializing in plan review, code interpretations, field inspections, and seminar instruction. Kelly represents design professionals and municipal governments nationwide on building, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, fire and life safety by identifying and resolving specific technical code issues.

 

D2 - Avoiding BIG Problems on Small Projects with Eric Singer and Melissa Roberts

1.5 LU 

 

Description:

Once friendly and generous clients now battle shrinking budgets. But smaller projects do not necessarily mean smaller claims. Come hear the stories of Max and Minnie, two architects competing with wildly different approaches to small project risk management. Join us for this must-see and yes, even entertaining: Where the Wild Things Are, Avoiding BIG Problems on Small Projects.

 

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will: 1. Learn how to apply a basic risk analysis checklist to any given contract form 2. Examine the risks associated with eliminating site observation services 3. Be able to describe the characteristics of the 4 methods for increasing a limit of liability on a Professional Liability policy 4. Be able to list 5 deal breaker contract provisions 6. Be able to relate the risk management risks and rewards of hiring independent contractors vs. employees. Eric Singer concentrates his practice in construction law, with emphasis on the representation of architects, engineers, contractors, owners, and lenders. Since 1984, Melissa Roberts has been helping Euclid Insurance's architecture, engineering and land surveying clients avoid claims, manage their risks and purchase professional liability insurance.

 

Presenter Bios:

Eric Singer concentrates his practice in construction law, with emphasis on the representation of architects, engineers, contractors, owners, and lenders. Since 1984, Melissa Roberts has been helping Euclid Insurance's architecture, engineering and land surveying clients avoid claims, manage their risks and purchase professional liability insurance.
 

Session III
3:30pm - 5:00pm

A3- Building Distress - Recognize the Indicators by Timothy Schap

1.5 LU/HSW

 

Description:

Building defects are a growing concern in the industry. Ideally, potential defects are identified prior to construction or remedied in the field prior to occupancy and subsequent damage. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Come see the consequences of bad design, poor construction, and lack of maintenance to a building envelope.

 

Learning Objectives:

1. Common facade building materials such as Sealants, EIFS, Brick, Stone, Stucco, and Fenestrations 2. Building defect indicators 3. Consequences of poor design, construction, and lack of maintenance 4. Experience some challenges I have encountered during some facade restoration projects.

 

Presenter Bio:

Tim Schap, AIA is the Chief Operations Officer for Construction Process Solutions, Ltd., providing property condition and defect assessment, standard of care analysis and review of program and design issues. In addition, Mr. Schap provides project representation and management, facility assessment, scheduling and estimating, claims management and analysis, dispute resolution support, operational audits and evaluations services on a wide range of projects including hospitality, educational, retail, multi-unit residential, stadiums, penal institutions, office buildings, medical facilities, universities, water/waste water, theaters/ museums/ aquarium, laboratories, warehouse/ distribution, and manufacturing/ processing.

 

B3 - Taking the Pulse: Insights on Claims Trends with Dan Buelow, Tom Harkins and Bob Stanton

1.5 LU/HSW

 

Description:

This program provides insights on claims trends as well as actions that can be taken by the design professional to prevent claims.

 

Learning Objectives:

1. Trends based on project types. 2. Review trends based on design disciplines. 3. Look at current claims trends in the design/construction market. 4. Discussion of methods to attacking the potential of having a claim asserted against your firm. 5. Discuss the role of the design professional in avoiding these issues and ensuring the public safety. Presenter’s: Dan Buelow, Tom Harkins and Bob Stanton of Willis A&E.

 

Presenter Bios:

Dan Buelow is the Managing Director of Willis A&E, a leading national and international specialty brokerage division of Willis North America exclusively dedicated to providing insurance and risk management solutions to Architects and Engineers.  Dan and his staff of A&E insurance specialists represent over 500 design firms including some of the largest firms in the country.  Dan has published numerous articles on risk management topics important to the design and construction community and speaks frequently at A&E national and regional association events.  Dan has been recognized as “Power Broker of The Year” by Risk and Insurance and has his BA from the University of Minnesota.

 

Tom Harkins, Vice President of Willis A&E, is a professional liability specialist. In addition to advising his architect, engineer and land surveying clients   regarding  their insurance and risk management needs, Tom also delivers continuing education seminars, both association sponsored and in-house. Tom also reviews client contracts for insurability issues, assists with client negotiations and heads up Willis A&E’s marketing department.

 

Robert Stanton, CPCU, ARM, RPLU, Vice President for Willis A&E, is the Client Advocate and Risk Management Specialist responsible for assisting clients in   contract review, risk management recommendations and claims advocacy.  He has over 30 years of claims experience and in the last 15 years has specialized in the area of Architect & Engineers professional liability claims and risk management. Bob has extensive experience in both the writing and presenting of risk management seminars for clients and associations. 

 

 

C3 - What We Need to Do to Save our Profession... by Karen Pitsley

1.5 LU

 

Description:

Group discussion: How to educate the public on the value of an architect’s services? Should a stamp be required on all projects requiring a permit? How can we start selling our services as the intellectual property they are, instead of the commodity they are perceived? Does architecture have a future and what does it look like?

 

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify current issues of the value of an architect's services. 2. Learn about the current solutions being offered by different organizations. 3. Discuss how each individual architect has the knowledge and ability to help change our industry. 4. Learn how to sell services as an intellectual property rather than a commodity.

 

Presenter Bio:

Karen Pitsley, AIA, is the president and owner of Transforming Architecture LLC, the first and only franchise opportunity for registered architects. Karen started Transforming Architecture in 2009, which is based on her Architectural firm, Residential Reflections ARCHITECTS, LLC. She has over fifteen years of experience and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Maryland, School of Architecture. She earned her architectural registration in 2001.

 

D3 - Keys to a Successful BIM Adoption by David Webster & Dwane Lindsey

1.5 LU 

 

Description:

This interactive seminar will be packed with best practices and tips for successfully planning and implementing a Building Information Modeling process. Whether you are considering BIM adoption or you are well on your way there will be useful information as industry experts share their BIM consulting experiences.

 

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will be able to: 1. Fully understand and explain the difference between traditional drafting practices and a BIM process 2. Understand and describe the need for considering and planning for a BIM adoption 3. Understand the basic requirements of a successful BIM adoption 4.Understand many best practice techniques in building information modeling.

 

Presenter Bios:

David Webster joined MasterGraphics in 2007 specializing in the AEC industry. David calls upon his knowledge and experience of industry standards and practices as well as Autodesk software expertise to consult, train and support a wide variety of AEC clients. Prior to MasterGraphics, he worked in AEC firms for more than 20 years as an office director, project manager and designer, as well as a CAD standards manager.

 

Dwane Lindsey joined MasterGraphics in 2005 specializing in the AEC Industry. Dwane calls upon his knowledge of industry standards and practices as well as Autodesk software expertise to consult, train, and support a variety of AEC clients.

 

 

Online Registration is Closed.

ONSITE Registration Opens at 7:00 AM on Tuesday, October 18.

ALA/CSI Members $140, Non-members $170.

Product Show Only is FREE.