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SGH Boston 2018 Seminar Series—Seminar 3: Best Practices for Lasting and Safe Podium Construction Design

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    Free and open to the public

Presented by Joshua B. Kivela, P.E., and Nathan B. Wittasek, P.E., CFEI, LEED AP, CASp

Join us for the third seminar in our 2018 series, hosted by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger at Atlantic Wharf in Downtown Boston.

Podiums are popular building features because they allow owners to maximize the number of stories in a structure, increase unit density, and lower construction costs. These designs—typically consisting of noncombustible, combustible, or limited combustible construction over one- and two-story Type I concrete platforms—blur the lines between residential and commercial-grade construction, creating “light commercial” buildings often disguised as more robust commercialgrade structures. In this presentation, we will highlight changes to the ninth edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code related to podium-style construction and explore best practices for durable and safe design.

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand why podium construction is in high demand.
  • Identify beneficial provisions and limitations related to implementing building code requirements for podium construction.
  • Recognize key differences between residential, light commercial, and commercial grade construction and varying approaches to podium construction in use today.
  • Discuss how durability and economics play a role in selecting structural and building enclosure components for podium projects.

For those who qualify, 1.0 LU/HSW is available.

5:30–6:00 pm Registration and refreshments
6:00–7:00 pm Presentation and discussion
7:00–7:30 pm Cocktail reception

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