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2015 Workshops

Just in time for license renewal season! Earn AIA continuing-education credits and stay up-to-date on industry issues with BSA workshops this summer.

The BSA is offering a series of professional workshops this summer on topics from code compliance to structural engineering to universal design. Members save 50 percent and have their credits reported on their AIA transcript. Register for any or all of these workshops below.

Thank you to our collaborative partners AKF Institute, JRT, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, and Kessler, McGuinness & Associates, LLC. 


*CANCELLED* Getting Access Right for Large Public Clients
July 21, 2015 | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston

Significant accessibility issues continue to be raised at both state and federal levels in public projects.  David Kessler from Kessler McGuinness & Associates, LLC will present an overview of the recently issued Justice Department’s “Title II Primer” and discuss strategies for architects and other design professionals to assist their governmental clients in meeting these obligations.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1LU/HSW.


*CANCELLED* Accessibility Construction Walk-Throughs
July 23, 2015 | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston

When it comes to delivering building projects that are fully compliant with federal and state accessibility regulations, producing a compliant set of construction documents is only half the battle.   David Kessler and Lisa Pilorz from Kessler McGuinness & Associates, LLC will discuss critical dimensions, acceptable tolerances, and common mistakes related to accessibility regulations during construction.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1LU/HSW.


The Four Barriers of the Building Enclosure
July 23, 2015 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
Register

One of the difficult challenges facing building enclosure designers is detailing critical interfaces  between various building enclosure assemblies and systems. This presentation first reviews the basic concept of the four barriers of the building enclosure, and then introduces design objectives for integration of the four barriers at roof/wall, window/wall and other interfaces, and discusses detailing concepts for various applications. Technical and practical limitations of various building materials used are discussed, and the potential consequences of inadequate detailing and construction are  illustrated through case studies. Matthew Carlton from Simpson Gumpertz & Heger leads this workshop.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1LU/HSW.


Fire Safety and Building Enclosures
July 23, 2015 | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
Register

Designers rightly focus on several building performance-related characteristics of building enclosures: thermal insulation and R-values, air barrier continuity, vapor transmission, bulk water penetration.  However, there are several fire safety-related building code requirements that should also play a role in designing an exterior wall. Joints in fire-rated exterior walls, joints at the floor slab edge/curtain wall intersection, and the use of flammable materials (insulation, cladding, or water-resistive membranes) all present design challenges when it comes to providing a system that is high-performing from a building science standpoint and also code-compliant. This talk will address the nature of such building code provisions and provide real-world solutions to achieve compliance. Brian Kuhn from Simpson Gumpertz & Heger leads this workshop.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1LU/HSW.


The Challenges of Lighting Design
July 27, 2015 | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
Register

We will discuss challenges with the lighting design and procurement process, from specifications to substitutions and packaging, identification of the gaps in the process that allow projects to derail and potentially jeopardize construction schedules, LEED credits and code compliance. As important as the energy goals are the visual needs of the users. Due to an aging workforce attention to the aged and partially sighted is increasingly relevant and no longer restricted to healthcare and assisted living facilities. Sara Fisher IALD from the AKF Institute leads this workshop.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1LU/HSW.


Lighting Design: Energy, Code and Health 
July 27, 2015 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
Register

Energy codes are striving to keep up with lighting technology and recent discoveries in human factors and neuroscience. A daylighting strategy can now impact the overall design of a building envelope. This seminar will explore the implications for architectural design of these developments, with specific emphasis on the role of codes in influencing light strategies in our buildings. Vernon Woodworth FAIA from the AKF Institute leads this workshop.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1LU/HSW.


Universal Design Series: Historic Preservation/Adaptive Re-Use
July 28, 2015 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
Register

Universal Design is an approach to design that engages the diversity of human ability as a fundamental design parameter.  Josh Safdie from Kessler McGuinness & Associates, LLC will present a series of 90-minute sessions that introduce the principles of Universal Design and demonstrate their application across different project types:

  • Multi-family Housing
  • Historic Preservation / Adaptive Re-Use
  • Residential Design

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1LU/HSW.


MA Code Requirements for Existing Buildings
July 29, 2015 | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
Register

The 9th edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code will adopt the 2015 International Existing Building Code (IEBC). This seminar will introduce the compliance options and likely MA amendments, with specific focus on the differences between the current (8th edition) requirements. Learn about thresholds for structural upgrades as well as fire protection systems installations and accessibility. Vernon Woodworth FAIA from the AKF Institute leads this workshop.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1LU/HSW.


MA Energy and Stretch Code
July 29, 2015 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
Register

The energy codes are changing once again in Massachusetts. Get ready with this comprehensive review of the new requirements in the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with MA amendments, as well as a new version of the “stretch” code, both of which are expected to be adopted as of January 1 2016. Vernon Woodworth FAIA and Don Vigneau AIA from the AKF Institute lead this workshop.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1LU/HSW.


Structural Fire Engineering: A Tool for Enhanced Design Freedom
August 4, 2015 | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
Register

In the U.S., the vast majority of structures are designed to resist fire exposure according to prescriptive methods in the building codes. This is not always the best approach for the designer though, and so designers are turning to the emerging field of structural fire engineering, where performance-based methods are employed to demonstrate that the structural fire protection system satisfies required performance objectives. This talk will review the basis for the approach, and provide examples on how structural  fire engineering can assist designers by providing opportunities to develop designs that are optimized for aesthetics, functionality, and/or costs. Kevin LaMalva from Simpson Gumpertz & Heger leads this workshop.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1LU/HSW.


Structural Finishes: Making the Visible the Best It Can Be
August 4, 2015 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
Register

When the structural system of your project is visually exposed, then specific material choices, details, and finishes become critical design decisions affecting the end result. We will review commonly used structural materials such as steel, concrete, and wood and will focus on various standard and more unique methods for their surface finishing, laying out the pros-and-cons of each, and using built projects as examples. Charlotte Bouvier and Rebecca Lubrano from Simpson Gumpertz & Heger lead this workshop.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1LU/HSW.


Universal Design Series: Residential Design
August 4, 2015 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
Register

Universal Design is an approach to design that engages the diversity of human ability as a fundamental design parameter.  Josh Safdie from Kessler McGuinness & Associates, LLC will present a series of 90-minute sessions that introduce the principles of Universal Design and demonstrate their application across different project types:

  • Multi-family Housing
  • Historic Preservation / Adaptive Re-Use
  • Residential Design

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1LU/HSW.


*CANCELLED* A Guide to Atrium Design and the Benefits of Fire Modeling
August 5, 2015 | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston

An atrium is an opportunity to add spatial interest to an interior. It is also an opportunity for smoke and fire to spread vertically throughout a building. This is why building codes prescribe smoke control systems for all atria. But the cost of these systems, when designed in accordance with prescriptive criteria, can be prohibitive. In this seminar we will describe the procedure and advantages of the performance-based approach to atrium smoke control design. Eric Montplaisir PE from the AKF Institute leads this workshop.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1LU/HSW.


Building Height and Area, Construction Type, and Podium Buildings
August 10, 2015 | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
Register

The building code limits the size of structures based on the uses present and the nature of the materials that make up the structural frame. This seminar will review the construction types as defined by the International Building Code, and will provide a review of the process for calculating maximum allowed height and area. An additional topic to be covered is the design of “podium” buildings, whereby two construction types are used in the same structure to maximize economy and life-safety. Jay Ierardi PhD, PE from the AKF Institute leads this workshop.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1LU/HSW.


Means of Egress and Interior Finish Requirements of the IBC
August 10, 2015 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
Register

If structure is the skeleton of a building, then egress is the arteries. Designers must make the egress work for the life-safety of the building occupants.  This seminar will describe minimum requirements for number of means of egress, exit capacity, and travel distance. Also covered will be the essential limitations on wall, ceiling and floor finishes, which are closely related to the design of safe egress. Jay Ierardi PhD, PE from the AKF Institute leads this workshop.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1LU/HSW.


*CANCELLED* Universal Design Series: Multi-Family Housing
August 11, 2015 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston

Universal Design is an approach to design that engages the diversity of human ability as a fundamental design parameter.  Josh Safdie from Kessler McGuinness & Associates, LLC will present a series of 90-minute sessions that introduce the principles of Universal Design and demonstrate their application across different project types:

  • Multi-family Housing
  • Historic Preservation / Adaptive Re-Use
  • Residential Design

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1LU/HSW.


New Window, Old Masonry: Contemporary Window Performance
in a Traditional Masonry Wall Opening

August 12, 2015 | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
Register

New England’s extensive stock of existing masonry buildings are prime candidates for re-use or rehabilitation in today’s green-minded society.  While the masonry material and configuration of these buildings often varies, their fenestration regularly consisted of punched openings with wood windows.  These windows were often poorly maintained, have been all or partially replaced with now-outdated infill windows, do not meet contemporary energy standards or air/water infiltration expectations.  Replacing these windows with new higher-performance contemporary windows can improve overall energy performance and occupant comfort; however, improperly integrating these new windows with the adjacent wall systems can limit these benefits and expose the masonry wall system to new potential problems. Through examples and analysis, this presentation will discuss now to integrate the wall thermal, air and vapor barriers; flashing configurations; potential energy savings; and factors in window and glazing selection. Nicholas Floyd from Simpson Gumpertz & Heger leads this workshop.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1LU/HSW.


Existing Building Upgrades for Aesthetics and Structural Capacity
August 12, 2015 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
Register

The extensive stock of existing buildings requires continual upgrades and modifications to extend their useful life. From project examples, we review architectural decisions that trigger structural-required upgrades, how a well-defined and combined architectural and structural strategy can benefit future planning and constructability, methods of presenting this strategy to achieve Owner and CM buy-in as relates to long-term project savings, and how these all greatly benefit by early team collaboration. Michael Tecci from Simpson Gumpertz & Heger leads this workshop.


*CANCELLED* Writing a Successful MAAB Variance
August 13, 2015 | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston

521 CMR – The Rules and Regulations of the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board – contain the accessible design provisions of the Mass. State Building Code.  Although it is always preferable to comply with these regulations, historic and existing conditions sometimes make it ‘impracticable’ to comply and a variance is required.  The key to a successful variance application is proving that compliance is ‘impracticable’ using the terms and graphics that allow the Board to act favorably.  Katherine McGuinness, from Kessler McGuinness & Associates, LLC and former Chair of the BSA Access Board, will discuss the process, goals, potential outcomes, and schedule for variances and advisory opinions. 

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1LU/HSW.


Introduction to the 2015 International Building Code (ALL DAY)
August 14, 2015 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Price: $200 for BSA members ($300 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
Register

For those who like their codes in big doses, this all-day seminar will cover the provisions of the latest version of the International Building Code, IBC 2015, in meticulous detail. An advantage of this approach is the opportunity to hear the code presented in a comprehensive, sequential manner, providing a guide for compliance during the design process. Vernon Woodworth FAIA from the AKF Institute and Jerry Tepe FAIA from JRT lead this workshop.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 8LU/HSW.


*CANCELLED* Introduction to the 2015 International green Construction Code
August 18, 2015 | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston

The IgCC is the first code to introduce mandatory requirements for sustainability  in building and site development. Learn the goals and methods of this unique document with an overview of the development process, chapter headings, and compliance options. Vernon Woodworth FAIA from the AKF Institute leads this workshop.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1LU/HSW.


*CANCELLED* Code Compliance for Existing Healthcare Buildings
August 18, 2015 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston

Healthcare facilities face unique challenges in terms of code compliance and licensing. This seminar will focus on how these challenges can be addressed in existing healthcare buildings. Building code, accessibility, and JCAHO requirements will all be addressed. Caitlyn Angelini PE from the AKF Institute leads this workshop.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1LU/HSW.


Curtain Walls for High Performance Structures
August 19, 2015 | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
Register

In addition to satisfying basic performance requirements, curtain walls installed in many high performance structures (health care and laboratory facilities, museums, etc.) are often required to meet more demanding performance requirements for durability, air and water penetration resistance, and thermal efficiency. To meet these demands, additional provisions that are above and beyond many curtain wall manufacturers’ standard details are often necessary. The presenters will discuss glass-and-metal curtain wall technology, including an introduction to “standard” systems and enhancements recommended for high performance facilities. Case studies and design examples will highlight the benefits of these enhancements, bolstered by the results of in-situ moisture testing and monitoring. Joshua Kivela and Derek McCowan from Simpson Gumpertz & Heger lead this workshop.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1LU/HSW.