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Course Descriptions- AIA Orlando Conference & Expo

Thursday, September 15th, 2022

12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sheraton Orlando North 

600 N Lake Destiny Rd, Maitland, FL 32751




Inclusive Playgrounds: Designing Spaces to Bring Children & Communities Together

Presented by: Top Line Recreation (1) HSW

Play is more than fun and games—it is an essential component in helping children develop critical physical, mental, emotional, and social skills that lay the foundation for adulthood. Inclusive play breaks down barriers and builds community through fostering understanding of our similarities and differences. This course discusses how play impacts child development and describes the options and considerations for designing an inclusive playground that benefits all children and the community.


2 PM


Roofing Wind Speeds

Presented by: Compass Sales Group (1) HSW

In the industry there is a need to sort out the confusion between building codes, uplift rated assemblies,

and warranties by explaining what each offer and how they should be considered. To understand the

building code, we need to review how uplift is determined and the industry’s accepted rating method of

roofing assemblies for comparison. After understanding the code criteria, discussion will focus on how

roofing warranty wind speed coverage is regarded by the industry and building code will be reviewed for



3:30 PM


Design for Disassembly Virtual Tour

Presented by: SHIFTT (1) HSW

Manufactured construction supports customized prefabricated solutions for interior spaces. It’s innately sustainable and Designed for Disassembly. The key is technology. Real-time, interactive 3D software integrates with CAD, Revit, and manufacturing software, bridging the gap between the client design team and the manufacturer. This results in high-performance interiors that keep their value over time. Especially suited to projects where cost, quality and schedule certainty are of the essence, this type of construction promotes safety at the project site and can be specified to contribute to better indoor air quality. It also offers environmental sustainability, design control, and the ability to integrate technology seamlessly into the space.




High Performance Passive Fire Protection Solutions

Presented by: Global Fireproof Solutions (1) HSW

The ICC International Building Code (for new buildings) and International Fire Code (for existing buildings) outline the fire resistance and allowable flame spread and smoke development characteristics of building materials used for structural and interior finishings, based on location and occupancy type. This course provides an overview of the most current Code Compliant Intumescent Fireproofing and Fire Retardant (Passive Fire Protection) Solutions for structural steel, structural lumber, engineered wood, firewalls, interior furnishings, fabrics, plastics and fiberglass.




1PM – 3PM


Advanced Accessibility Compliance - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly – Or Why Did I Do That???

Presented by Larry Schneider – 2 HR Advanced Florida Building Code

This Advanced Building Code course addresses the specific requirements of the Florida Accessibility Code for Building Construction and the ADA. The course will instruct attendants in the common errors that have and are occurring in construction relating to accessibility issues.  There will be an update as to what the Federal Access Board and the Department of Justice is looking at as it relates to requirements for accessibility. When the course has been completed attendant will have a better understanding of the applicable accessibility requirements and the areas to be watchful of.


3:30 PM


Reducing Embodied Carbon

Presented by: TLC Engineering Solutions (1) HSW

Sustainable buildings are crucial to the future of the human race and societies at large. The embodied carbon (EC) content of buildings in their structures and systems can be a tremendous contributor to the Global Warming Potential (GMP) of a building as a final product. There are numerous decision points in the process of visioning and designing a building at which the ED content can be reduced dramatically, enabling us to build with far less impact on global warming than is currently the case. EC will be defined and the sources of  EC in buildings from a structural engineering and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems perspective presented. The discussion will include recent research on buildings and embodied carbon, focusing on increasing sustainability. Presenters will demonstrate how engineers, architects, and owners can leverage their roles and the available tools to reduce the EC content of their buildings. Includes options for EC reduction and contributions of Architecture 2030 and the SE 2030 challenge.


4:30 PM


An Overview of Architectural Structural Deck: A Functional Focal-Point for Modern Aesthetics


Presented by: Epic Metals (1) HSW


This course will go into detail on long-spanning metal floors and roof decking. The deck profile has unique architectural aesthetics as well as acoustical that will be shown throughout the presentation. Lastly, this course will cover architectural screens.






1:00 PM


Building Enclosure Control Layers Fundaments


Presented by: Terracon


This course covers the basics of building enclosure control layers: how roofs, walls, and below-grade systems manage heat, air, bulk water, and vapor. Implications of the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code with respect to the building enclosure will be reviewed with specific attention on continuous air barriers, continuous insulation, and window to wall ratio.



2:00 PM


Concrete Waterproofing and Protection


Presented by: Pecora Architectural Weatherproofing (1) HSW


Following a brief review of concrete ingredients, work results and sustainability the course examines causes of concrete deterioration and effective concrete protection via epoxy coatings, waterproof traffic coatings, and water repellants. For each protective treatment, relevant standards, salient characteristics, selection criteria, and drawing and specification consideration are discussed. Participants will come away with knowledge of how to extend the useful lifecycle of new or existing concrete structures.




3:30 PM


Designing with Metal Ceilings

Presented by: Rockfon (1) HSW


The most common suspended ceiling in use today is the white acoustical ceiling found in most commercial spaces. As Architects and Designers seek ways to add interest to spaces such as lobbies, libraries and retail spaces, metal ceilings are becoming more common in construction projects on their own, or in conjunction with other ceiling materials. Metal ceilings offer a wide range of colors and finishes; they aid in acoustics, and they are available in many sizes and styles. This presentation will introduce the participant to common metal ceiling systems, while covering design considerations such as panel type, size and finish among other things. The presentation will end with common considerations for specifying a metal ceiling.




4:30 PM



Using Aluminum Extrusions to Create Sustainable Facades

Presented by: Longboard Architectural Products (1) HSW

This CEU will introduce you to extruded aluminum cladding – what it is and its various internal and external applications. We will talk about the materials and processes required to make powder-coated aluminum cladding - including how it can help minimize environmental impact, increase energy efficiency and help projects earn LEED credits. We’ll also address health and safety with respect to the manufacturing, powder coating and installation of aluminum cladding, share how wood finished aluminum cladding can enhance buildings and make them more inclusive and healthy environments and discuss the fundamentals of aluminum cladding systems including the basics of installation and the various component pieces and applications. Lastly, we will share some case studies from various residential and commercial projects.




2:00 PM

Design Awards Submission: Tips & Best Practices

Presented by: AIA Orlando (1) LU


Join representatives of the Design Awards Committee to learn about the logistics of how to submit a project to the Design Awards, what is required in a submission, and best practices for making your submission as strong as possible.


3:30 PM


Rust Prevention 101

Presented by: Rust Oleum (1) HSW

During this one-hour presentation, we explore the rusting process and how it relates to structural integrity, life-cycle, and safety. We review rust prevention strategies, surface, preparation, and specific coating types.


4:30 PM

Architectural Powder Coatings

Presented by: Sierra Pacific Windows (1) HSW

This presentation will help you better understand powder coating, how it differs from liquid and it’s history. The powder-coating application process and how it works to conserve resources and to a healthier and more sustainable facet of the building industry will be discussed. Lastly, architectural applications and testing relating to powder coating and how this technology increases durability and reduces waste will be touched upon.


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