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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, McGuiness & Associates, LLC. Additional workshops will be added in the coming weeks.


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
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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
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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.


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
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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
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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.


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
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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
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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 Lerardi 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
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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 Lerardi PhD, PE from the AKF Institute leads this workshop.

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
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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.


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
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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.


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
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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.