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  • Laminated glass is a favored material for indoor and outdoor projects. Increasingly, photography and other digital images are popular choices for incorporating design elements into the glass. While it can be difficult for designers to source appropriate imagery, new online design tools that use vector graphics solve this problem and provide designers with virtually unlimited choices for including visual imagery in architectural glass. This course looks at how vector graphics are used in architectural design by exploring where, why and how they’re incorporated into a variety of materials, manufacturing processes and applications. Next, it explains what vector graphics are and how they differ from raster images. The course then examines how vector graphics are used in architectural laminated glass. It ends with project examples.


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  • Selecting materials and finishes is an integral part of specifying site furniture products. This course reviews typical conditions inherent to outdoor environments, along with the potential impact on materials, products and installed projects. A range of materials commonly used outdoors, including wood, metal, concrete and glass, is examined against a selection framework that compares conventional materials with high-performance options, and considers material durability, performance, aesthetics, and environmental impact. Examples of outdoor products incorporating materials that balance these diverse criteria while offering tremendous design potential are also examined.


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  • Roof top paver systems have become an integral part of commercial roofing that not only improves the energy efficiency but also increases the life expectancy. Roof top pavers provide a durable surface protecting the roofing system from thermal shock, UV degradation and impact. In addition to these benefits, roof top pavers also add the ability to increase the useable square footage of a structure by providing a durable pedestrian surface on roof decks.

  • This program begins with a brief summary of the evolution of stormwater management beginning with conveyance and transitioning to water quantity management, and most recently stormwater treatment. Stormwater Control Measures using Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure design that can accomplish all of these objectives are now desired in many municipalities that deal with flooding or have environmentally sensitive waterways. This presentation will compare surface-based BMPs to manufactured treatment system options, and highlight Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement (PICP) as a viable solution to address conveyance, water quantity and quality objectives. A summary of the academic and industry research to date on using PICP for water treatment will be presented, along with strategies for combining the benefits of PICP with manufactured treatment systems.

  • • summarize the performance benefits of modular bathroom cabinets and vanities • discuss available bathroom lighting options and how to select the right lighting for the intended purpose • describe some of the features that address personalization, convenience of use, maximization of storage, and versatility of organization in a cabinet and vanity • name possible design options in modularity, finishes, and frames that meet a variety of space requirements and style preferences • list the factors that should be considered when designing a bathroom that will meet a client’s needs and preferences


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  • This presentation provides an introduction to permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) systems. An overview of the problem with impervious surfaces and the advantages of Low Impact Development, specifically stormwater infiltration practices through pavement surfaces. The presentation addresses designing for hydrological and structural requirements, and reviews required details. The design approach discussed is based on the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute’s PICP design manual. Specifications and maintenance requirements are reviewed along with information on winter performance. Several project case studies illustrate the construction process.


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  • This presentation provides an introduction to permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) systems. An overview of the problem with impervious surfaces and the advantages of Low Impact Development, specifically stormwater infiltration practices through pavement surfaces. The presentation addresses designing for hydrological and structural requirements, and reviews required details. The design approach discussed is based on the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute’s PICP design manual. Specifications and maintenance requirements are reviewed along with information on winter performance. Several project case studies illustrate the construction process.

  • This program will provide an overview of how interlocking concrete pavement systems can be applied to commercial projects to enhance the value, performance and pavement life cycle costs. The presentation addresses how pavers can aid in defining themes, character and space through creative patterns, and explains how paver systems work. Site conditions that impact paver performance are highlighted, including issues related to access, safety, specifications, and construction details. Finally, the program concludes with a discussion on sustainability and attributes that pavers offer commercial installations.

  • This presentation covers best practices for designing, specifying and building segmental retaining walls (SRWs) as developed by industry since it’s start. The purpose of this session is to promote a zero wall failure initiative by educating the designers and specifiers in best practices related to segmental retaining walls.


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  • This program will provide an overview of Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil – Integrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS), a bridge design concept being promoted by the Federal Highway Administration to accelerate construction time and offer significant cost savings for the construction of local, county and state bridges. Segmental Retaining Wall (SRW) facing elements, along with geosynthetic reinforcement material, is proving to be a viable solution for a majority of the bridges known to be structurally deficient and in need of replacement across our nation. The presentation addresses the design concept, key materials, specifications and important construction details. A case study example illustrating the construction sequence is also provided

  • This program will address the use of Direct-Anchorage installation methods for segmental retaining wall (SRW) applications. The presentation identifies site conditions that require innovative construction solutions to stabilize soil or rock conditions, and explains how tieback, soil nailing and anchorage system can be utilized. An overview comparing top-down construction techniques with traditional bottom-up methods for SRW applications is also reviewed


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  • This program will address the latest innovative solutions for using Segmental Retaining Walls (SRWs) to address challenging site access conditions. The presentation reviews the characteristics of gravity wall and reinforced wall systems and introduces a new solution for utilizing SRWs in conditions where room for reinforcement is not available. The use of structural backfill and newly developed aesthetic facing systems can be used to create gravity wall structures. Installation details, the proper construction sequence, and specifications are also addressed.


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  • This program provides a brief overview of Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement (PICP) systems and then focuses on the long-term surface infiltration performance of these effective stormwater control measures. Mechanisms for sedimentation and clogging of PICP joints is discussed along with a review of ASTM C 1781 testing procedures. Total Suspended Solids (TSS) removal efficiencies and current research on variables that contribute to hydraulic performance of PICPs are discussed. The presentation concludes with information on surface infiltration maintenance and restoration methods including a review of available cleaning machines. PICP maintenance costs and inspection checklists are also reviewed.


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  • One of the most exciting developments in outdoor living is the arrival of ¾” thick porcelain outdoor pavers. The concept began to spark interest in 2012 and is continuing to grow in popularity. Outdoor porcelain pavers have the same benefits as regular porcelain –being frost-resistant, skid-resistant, durable and easy to clean – combined with incredibly high breakage loads (up to 2,000 pounds) creates the perfect solution for gardens, terraces and high traffic outdoor areas. Outdoor porcelain pavers can be dry laid onto grass, gravel, dirt and sand – or onto terraces and roofs using raised supports – without grout, adhesives or specialized workers, making installation incredibly easy


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  • This program address the issues that are hindering the Landscape and construction industry. It will take a hard look at what trends are growing and what areas of landscape construction should be concentrated on. This program will also focus on how to face the construction obstacles by using products that are production, time saving, and profit orientated.


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  • In many urban watersheds regulators are adopting green infrastructure solutions for stormwater management. Retrofitting impervious pavement with materials designed to infiltrate stormwater is one obvious solution. The use of permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) in parking lots and driveways has grown significantly in the last decade. Dozens of publications have demonstrated the runoff and pollutant control benefits these systems provide. However, parking lots and driveways cover relatively small areas within an urban watershed. Some municipalities now recognize that municipal roadways and alleyways can be designed to handle vehicular traffic while also functioning as a stormwater control measure using PICP. This presentation will describe how PICP systems are designed and constructed. Examples will illustrate the keys to properly constructing and maintaining these effective stormwater management systems. An update on the Southeast Atlanta Green Infrastructure Project will be provided highlighting how Atlanta converted six miles of impervious roadway to PICP to reduce flooding and combined sewer overflows. The presentation will conclude with lessons learned related to utilities, roadway slopes, and maintenance.


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  • This program will address the basic concepts about segmental retaining wall (SRW) systems. The presentation will address the history of reinforced earth structures and summarize the site conditions that impact SRW performance and design. Installation details, the proper construction sequence, and specifications are also addressed.

  • Presents key advances in materials technology that create the opportunity for interior space designs to play an important role in reducing the risk of infection transmission within healthcare and allied environments.


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  • This course discusses the importance of bathroom design. There is now a new way to design both the bathroom and the traffic within the bathroom. A deep analysis was done from a third party in looking as various types of how to have sustainable deigned hand dryers to be used in revolutionary designed bathrooms.

  • This course provides inspiration to address the luxury homeowners who seek a custom, spa-like retreat that allows them to create a personalized, multi-sensory experience right in their own master bathroom.


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  • Where do you start when specifying sustainable sectional and rolling overhead doors? At the end of the this course, participants will be able to: 1) Assess the green milestones that can be achieved in building product manufacturing; materials, packaging, shipping, delivery and supplier processes. 2) Recognize the sustainable attributes that architects should look for. 3) Identify the LEED categories and points that contribute to making your projects more sustainable. 4) Explore the design potential by studying an award winning LEED Gold project.


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  • Paints provide both a decorative and protective barrier on substrates. Paints performance is influenced by the quality of the ingredients, and by specifying the correct product and finish for the application. This program discusses the components of paint, paint finishes, and the latest paint technology and their impact on performance.

  • Color is a strong and integral part of both our natural and built environment. People experience color in different ways and in different settings often reacting subtly or overtly to its impact. In particular, people in healthcare settings who are vulnerable, healing, or aging have been understood to be influenced by colors used in interior design. It is not surprising then that a fair amount of research and inquiry has been undertaken on the use, role, myths, and impact that color can have on people in healthcare settings. By learning from these studies and applying the knowledge gained about the role that color plays in healthcare environments, designers can create spaces that better meet the needs of patients, staff, visitors, and other users. In addition, some of the misunderstandings and myths about color in healthcare environments can be cleared up to clarify what really does or does not impact people in the context of the built environment.


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  • In this course, we explore a cutting edge technology, called Ultracompact Surfacing. The audience will gain insight into how this surfacing material possesses similar characteristics of natural stone while providing unmatched durability and design flexibility. We will also explore its optimal use as cladding in a rainscreen application, as well as other options for material use.

  • This program will review the features and benefits of polyethylene based synthetic roofing material as well as compare this type of material to other types of high end roofing material. The program will also include the methods and conclusions of testing synthetic roofing material and well as go over the green features of these types of materials

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