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  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of sustainable design and the creation of healthier environments in reference to architectural paints. Included are discussions regarding the components of paint; VOC’s, independent testing methods and standards; categories of LEED®; and specification of paint systems for today’s designer.


  •  1 hour

    The growth of electric vehicles (EVs) and the behavior of EV drivers are increasing the demand for electric vehicle charging stations. This education course explains the different types of charging available and their suitable applications. It discusses the planning and installation considerations for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE)


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  •  1 hour

    Description/Purpose: 1. Examine the evolution of water-resistive and air barriers (WRB-AB) in commercial building envelopes 2. Introduce new, all-in-one, integrated gypsum sheathing + WRB-B systems as alternatives to traditional water and air barrier systems Learning Objectives: Recognize the function of water-resistive barriers and air barriers in a building envelope/enclosure Understand the advantages and/or disadvantages of various WRB-AB systems available Discern the differences between all-in-one (integrated sheathing + WRB-AB) systems versus traditional WRB-AB systems Identify the dissimilarities between two methods of all-in-one systems available in the marketplace today Design for labor, material and installation time savings in future building envelope projects


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  •  1 hour

    This one-hour session will included topics ranging from industry issues, such as enhanced roofing system design options to trends within the market including ANSI/SPRI ES-1 for metal edging, ASCE 7, and the International Building Code, as well as roof system warranties. This presentation will focus on the role single-ply membrane plays in today’s roofing market and its impact on tomorrow’s roof system performance.


  •  1 hour

    To gain knowledge on the future of masonry mortar, this interactive seminar has attendees participating in hands on demonstrations illustrating the quality of factory produced mortar compared to the inconsistencies associated with site mixed mortar. Participants will also discover the requirements necessary to achieve consistent colored mortar, every time. Now architects and specifiers can be assured that the products they specify are manufactured to exceed all applicable ASTM standards.


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  •  1 hour

    : A presentation on the benefits of using preblended stucco products in the construction of a stucco wall system. The seminar also covers jobsite delivery systems that increase product consistency and manpower productivity as well as contribute to cleaner, “greener” jobsites. The attendees will also be participating in hands-on demonstrations that illustrate the quality of factory produced stucco compared to the inconsistencies associated with site-mixed stucco.


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  •  1 hour

    Attendees will learn what types of applications and the benefits of moisture vapor barrier coatings. We will review floor surface preparation steps including how to achieve a clean and flat substrate. This class will teach the attendees how to determine if the substrate is of adequate dryness and remedy a damp substrate. Case History studies will show which applications are best suited for moisture vapor barrier coatings.


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  •  1 hour

    Learning Objectives: -Tile Selection -Terminology -Surface Preparation -Radiant Heat Flooring


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  •  1 hour

    Learning Objectives: -Explain the characteristics of various grout types, including their composition and related ANSI standards -Compare the positives and negatives of grout types in terms of their performance and maintenance requirements -Explain the features and benefits of pre-mixed, flexible urethane grout and the factors involved in its use, and -Discuss the important criteria for selecting the proper type of grout for your project


  •  1 hour

    Learning Objectives: -Learn the types of various classifications for Glass Tile per the new ANSI 137.2 standard -List floor preparation steps including how to achieve a clean and level substrate -Review which physical testing of glass should be considered as the most important for selections -Review the Re-cycled content classifications for glass tiles and other important characteristics -Determine the proper installation methods for setting and grouting the various glass tiles


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  •  1 hour

    Learning Objectives: -Identify various types of hybrid formulations -Specifications -Green aspect of hybrid products -Advantages versus silicones and polyurethanes


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  •  1 hour

    This course is designed to help the architect or designer better understand the benefits and special considerations for and of using Hybrid and other composite materials in construction.


  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of the required design elements of an accessible, ADA compliant locker or personal storage area, with a focus on ease of use, style, lock management, and applicable 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design


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  •  3 hour

    This inaugural legacy project will be facilitated by local architect, Ian Niamath, and artist and engineer, John Hofman. The intention is to record highlights of Nanaimo’s built form by quick sketching open to all delegates, and to the public, on a uniform set of papers, in whatever medium you wish! Check in at the Festival of Architecture 2016 Info Desk in the Diana Krall Plaza on Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 pm to get your official event sketch papers and get your sketch on! Bring your favourite pencils or paints to maximize your enjoyment observing and jotting down your impressions of the downtown Nanaimo’s cityscapes and their occupants. Your submitted sketches will be stored in the Nanaimo Archives, and may one day be on display as we compare and contrast, and reflect upon local sights that inevitably change with time.


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  •  1 hour

    Provides an overview of the critical properties that require consideration when specifying Underslab vapor barriers and moisture/gas barriers, as well as discussions on the basic installation guidelines to help insure a successful installation.


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  •  3 hour

    "Pre-registration for sites required for festival delegates only: Due to the logistics of this activity, there will be a maximum of 300 participants, and a limited number of registrations at each of the six sites throughout downtown Nanaimo. Site registration is required at time of registration. Please visit the Charrette page for more information on each of the sites to determine which you would like to help inform. Please note: Participants will receive bagged lunches, delivered to Diana Krall Plaza by noon. "


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  •  1 hour

    This course is a combined educational presentation about resinous terrazzo and seamless flooring. Resinous terrazzo seamless flooring industries are mature and rapidly growing markets. Today’s architects/designers are increasingly incorporating both of these materials, terrazzo and seamless, in combination to assist in budget and schedule of today’s building projects.


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  •  1 hour

    PVC is one of the most diverse products in the building industry and one of the most misunderstood. This presentation will help to better understand why PVC is one of the most versatile and modifiable thermoplastics. With all the different formulations, types, reinforcements and construction, knowledge of this product type will assist the specifier in creating better specifications.


  •  1 hour

    Implications of Aboriginal Title on Canadian Governance: How our approaches will need to change


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  •  2 hour

    "With the role of architecture expanding into the realm of social and environmental responsibility, architecture today is the responsibility not only of architects but also of other custodians of our community. All must work together to make architecture that will withstand the test of time. Speakers will address the political, social and cultural factors that influence successful implementation of design ideas and the creation of meaningful architecture that connects with its community. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and take part in the discussion."


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  •  3 hour

    "Dialogue. “People freely and creatively exploring issues, listening deeply to each other and suspending their own views in search of the truth. People in dialogue have access to a larger pool of knowledge than any one person enjoys. The primary purpose is to enlarge ideas, not to diminish them. It’s not about winning acceptance of a viewpoint, but exploring every option and agreeing to do what is right.” In this Plenary Dialogue, our panel will explore “Architectural Connexions” that shapes the places where we live and work while responding to social and cultural heritage and the environment. Big cities were once small. Small towns sometimes grow larger. History can be a wonderful teacher. The successes and failures of our cities can provide foundations for creative and new ideas that explore ways to initiate responsible and livable communities. The audience will have the opportunity to participate in the dialogue which will generate ideas for the following day’s charrette."


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  •  6 hour

    "The Comox Valley has a dynamic and exciting history ranging from 80 million year old marine reptiles and earth shaping glaciers to bustling turn of the century coal mines and pioneer farming and logging. The Comox Valley, and it’s towns of Courtenay and Comox, are located an easy drive, just over an hour north of Nanaimo. More information on the history of the Comox Valley is available at discovercomoxvalley.com Architectural Highlights of this tour include completed works: Vancouver Island University – Deep Bay Marine Field Station – 2011 SAB Award Winner Architect: McFarland Marceau Architects Native Sons Hall – Built in 1929, Vernacular architecture Comox First Nations Administration Building – Build 2015, First Nations architecture Filberg House – built in 1960 Architect: Arthur Erickson Filberg Lodge – built in 1930’s, Vernacular architecture & landscape SELECTION OF THIS TOUR IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE REGISTRATION PROCESS"


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  •  6 hour

    Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is located 1.5 hours south of Nanaimo, and internationally renowned as the “City of Gardens”, for it’s some 1500 hanging baskets that adorn lampposts through the city each summer. Victoria is home to Francis Rattenbury’s Neo-Baroque Parliament Building’s and The Fairmont Empress Hotel, a National Historic Site of Canada. More information on Victoria is available at tourismvictoria.com Architectural Highlights of this tour include completed works en-route to Victoria: Brentwood College Architect: Merrick Architecture & Christine Lintott Architects View Royal Fire Hall & Public Safety Building Architect: HCMA Reliable Controls Annex – CaGBC LEED-Platinum Certified Architect: D’Ambrosio architecture + urbanism Architectural Highlights of this tour include completed works in Victoria: Dockside Green, Phase 1 – CaGBC LEED-Platinum Certified Architect: D’Ambrosio architecture + urbanism The Atrium Building – RAIC/CaGBC National Award of Excellence for Green Architecture, LEED Gold Certified Architect: D’Ambrosio architecture + urbanism Selkirk Waterfront Development & Master Plan – including CaGBC LEED Gold Certified and CaGBC LEED Gold Certification pending buildings Architect: Urban Design Cooperative/ deHoog D’Ambrosio Rowe Architects; D’Ambrosio architecture + urbanism Additional Highlights, both tourism and historic are: Parliament Buildings Architect: Francis Rattenbury The Fairmont Empress Hotel Architect: Francis Rattenbury CPR Steamship Terminal Architect: Francis Rattenbury Craigdarroch Castle Architect: H.H. Richardson PLEASE NOTE: Due to the number of sites on this tour, some sites will be seen from the exterior only or viewed from the coach. SELECTION OF THIS TOUR IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE REGISTRATION PROCESS


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  •  3 hour

    Take a short bus-ride to experience several significant architectural projects in Nanaimo. Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Emergency Ward Innovation inspired a highly functional facility with extraordinary indoor environmental quality. Each of the five patient care zones has a landscaped courtyard, bringing calm, and life-world connection to a typically high-stress environment. Operable glazed walls in the psychiatric emergency and intensive care lounges fold open to courtyard gardens. A three-phase thermal labyrinth, exterior automatic solar shading and natural and displacement ventilation combine to achieve the lowest energy use of a hospital in BC. Vancouver Island Regional Library Nanaimo North Branch Architect: Low Hammond Rowe Architects Inc. Uplands Walk Social Housing Architect: Low Hammond Rowe Architects Inc. Project Green Rock After stopping at the Buzz Coffee shop, one can walk around several commercial/ industrial buildings in proximity with shared bioswales that have public signage about the details. Buildings include: TD Canada Trust Bank, Country Grocer, McDonalds, The Buzz Coffee House, Moksha Yoga Studio, Green Rock Liquor Store, McGregor Thompson, Arbutus Distillery, bioswales, (all nearby!) SELECTION OF THIS TOUR IS REQUIRED THROUGH THE REGISTRATION PROCESS


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