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Knowledge Fair Programs

Schedule  (See Courses for full course names)

Time Start   Time End     Session A                                                                               Session B

8:00                8:30           Registration Breakfast Sponsored by Pinnacle Measurement Systems

8:30                9:30           Innovations in Masonry/Concrete Products     Waterproofing Problem Solving       

9:40              10:40           Is Your Website Helping Or Hurting                 Sustainable Roofing/Pavement 

10:50            11:50           2017 Florida Energy Code 6th Edition             Open Air Steel Structures

11:50              1:00           Lunch  Courtesy AIA Fort Lauderdale

1:00                2:00           Specifying Paint: Tools & Technologies           Geotechnical Engineering 

2:10                3:10           Aluminum Fenestration Coating Options         New Benefits of Designing with BIM

3:10                3:25           Break Sponsored by Sherwin Williams

3:30                5:30           Florida Accessibility Code and ADA Accessibility Standards for Facilities




Waterproofing Problem Solving Using PMMA

Ignacio Bernal


This course will discuss the history of PMMA resins and its attributes and various uses.  Attendees will learn the  chemistry and advantages of liquid applied PMMA systems and explore how PMMA membranes can solve common roofing and waterproofing issues.  Lastly, the course will discuss the versatility of PMMA systems beyond roofing and waterproofing.

Aluminum Fenestration Coating Options 1LU/HSW  

Jack Redden



This class will compare the options between liquid and powder applied coatings as it relates to the fenestration industry. After completing this course, participants will be able to … • Understand the differences between liquid applied and powder applied coatings. • Understand how the AAMA specifications works for the aluminum coatings industry • The importance of pretreatment to aluminum extrusions prior to coatings being applied • See the Pros and Cons for liquid coatings and powder coatings.


Specifying Paint: Tools & Technologies for Commercial Projects 1LU/HSW

Glenn J. Remler



Color...sheen...product type...project certification...special properties...environmental standards...what do you need to consider when selecting coatings for your commercial projects? This course will help you understand which types of paints will provide the best outcome for your project, as well as the knowledge you need to ensure the coatings you select in the planning and design phase are specified in the construction manual and finish schedule.

2017 Florida Energy Code 6th Edition 1LU/HSW

Bernardo Cardenal, PE




The  objective of the course is to present the Florida Energy Code 2017 to the design professional working in Florida. These course unveils the structure and rationale behind The IECC Florida Energy Code 2017 and teaches the attendees how to navigate the various pathways to compliance, incorporate best energy conservation practices and avoid the possible mistake on appling the code. The course translates the code into plain English, and includes practical  information about documentation requirements and progress inspections.


Innovations in Masonry & Concrete Products and Their Effects on Sustainability and the Environment. 1LU/HSW

Ed Weinmann


Recent innovations in a variety of concrete and masonry products/systems that reduce the carbon footprint, increase energy efficiency, reduce labor and materials, improve storm-water management, and more will be demonstrated in this presentation. 

We will describe the production process of cement and concrete and explain how its production impacts greenhouse gas emissions.  Attendees will also understand the usefulness of cement or aggregate replacements such as fly ash and Pozzotive ground glass pozzolan, learn the thermal performance characteristics of integrally insulated masonry and requirements of the IECC and understand how certain masonry systems can reduce the labor and material investments in your projects.   The attendees will also learn how water infiltration through permeable surfaces is affected by their design and how that affects maintenance.


Is Your Website Helping Or Hurting Your Architecture Firm? 1LU

Bryon McCartney
Chief Creative Strategist


What role should your website play in your architecture firm? Ask yourself this question: If your website was an employee, would you promote it, demote it, or fire it? Be honest, would you even recognize it if it passed you in the hall?
After reviewing and testing the architecture firm websites of more than 350 Florida AIA members, we’ve discovered some alarming findings: The majority are not following basic best practices, many are poorly designed, and too many are still using obsolete, decades-old technology. This adds up to websites that create negative experiences for potential clients, future employees, and industry partners.
In this course, you’ll learn how to evaluate your website, and what steps you can take to make it a valued contributor to your business development efforts.

Open Air Steel Structures 1 LU/HSW

Brad Fritz
Business Development Manager


This program will discuss the benefits of working with a specialty manufacturer to design and fabricate open air steel structures.  Learn about how to leverage design expertise not found in the conventional design approach by partnering with a specialty manufacturer. Understand the difference between specialty manufacturers and conventional steel fabricators. Learn about ways to reduce the scope, saving time and money, yet still achieving the design intent.

The New Benefits of Designing with BIM   1LU/HSW

Jon Sage


Building information modeling (BIM) is an intelligent, digital, model-based process of design, where a building is created using one system of computer models instead of separate sets of drawings. Although BIM is not a new concept or technology, its adoption has skyrocketed over the past decade, and continuous advancements have dramatically improved the productivity, safety, creativity, and collaboration that can be fostered and supported by the BIM-enabled process.     Improve productivity, safety, creativity, and collaboration with the new tools and enhanced functionality now available.

Geotechnical Engineering and its Application to Retrofitting Buildings  1LU/HSW

Roger A. Archabal, PE,

Principal/Vice President


The first part of the course will explain the process of geotechnical engineering studies, including developing the program, determining how many tests are needed and their depths, how the field information is taken for use in design, and preparation of the reports. The second part of the course will explain how we use the information obtained from geotechnical engineering studies to evaluate the required work for retrofitting the foundations of old buildings and how we evaluate the capacity of existing foundations.

Sustainable Roofing and Pavement Solutions 1LU/HSW

Daniel Pena

Roofing Specialist



In this course, we will define the key attributes of sustainable roofing and pavement within a long-term design view. The design professional will learn about sustainable roofing and pavement benefits, including extended roof/pavement life and reduced heat island effect. We will access applications and installations of sustainable roofs, and pavement applications, in terms of best practices, performance, and contribution to a more sustainable built environment.

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