3:30-5:00 | Learning Labs
Four Ways to Optimize Prefabricated Building Enclosures
Speakers: Peter Babaian, Rebecca Herkes
Prefabricated building enclosure systems continue to increase in popularity because they can help project teams streamline construction schedules, reduce construction costs, and improve assembly quality—but only if properly selected, designed, and specified. One of the key challenges in optimizing the value of prefabricated wall panels is selecting a strategy early in the design phase to appropriately set the expectations for material selection, joint detailing, performance criteria, and testing. In this session we’ll synthesize the wide range of prefabrication approaches into four strategies that vary from the most field-intensive to the least field-intensive. We’ll also compare the advantages and drawbacks of each strategy and summarize the key design and specification considerations. Attendees will be able to evaluate the overall impact of prefabricated exterior wall systems on their project and select an optimal strategy.
- Compare the four different strategies for prefabricated/modularized construction in the building enclosure industry.
- Evaluate the potential advantages and challenges of prefabricated construction.
- Specify systems that are suited for a specific prefabrication strategy.
- Optimize prefabrication through early coordination and the evaluation of performance criteria.
Real-World Applications for UniFormat® Project Specifications
Speaker: Elias Saltz
Some architects have heard of UniFormat® and preliminary project descriptions (PPD), but few have actually written UniFormat® project descriptions or specifications or experienced the benefits this tool provides both early in the project and throughout the entire design process. Uniformat® is a standardized means of organizing, classifying, and describing building systems as collections of assemblies rather than individual components. Designed by estimators as a tool to assist in conceptual early-phase cost estimating, its true power emerges when used as a design decision-making tool and as a repository for documenting the owner's project requirements. This session will give you hands-on experience writing PPDs and help you understand the value of UniFormat® and PPDs beyond the "preliminary."
- Use UniFormat® to communicate design decisions.
- Document project design and performance requirements using UniFormat®.
- Formulate assembly and component descriptions suitable to a project's level of development.
- Transition from writing UniFormat® to MasterFormat® specifications without losing any critical project information.
Parapet Perplexities: Water, Air, Thermal & Vapor Control
Speakers: Jennifer Keegan, Jason Conley
The parapet is so much more than the intersection of roof and wall. It’s also the junction where building aesthetic meets structural performance, air and moisture management, energy efficiency, construction trade sequencing, and operational maintenance. Each of these perspectives is critical for the long-term performance of the building, but they are often at odds with one another. At such a critical interface, proper parapet detailing, installation coordination, and execution are paramount. In this session, we’ll guide you through these concepts using a full-scale mockup of several different parapet constructions.
- List the requirements to manage moisture, air, vapor, and thermal continuity.
- Achieve compliance with code requirements.
- Outline design and specification requirements to set achievable performance.
- Develop critical details blending form and function.
The Product Rep Roundtable
Speaker: Casey Robb
Ready or not, our role as product representatives is changing as the construction industry advances further into the realm of electronic information. Today, many A/E firms no longer have in-house specifiers, and while many are outsourced to independent practitioners, others are relegated to lesser-experienced architects, leading to poorly coordinated documents. Good product reps help architects and specifiers find proven design solutions—particularly those who tend to rely on electronic information as a substitute for knowledge exchange. This workshop will explore what the internet can't tell you and discuss the difference between information bites and actual knowledge transfer. Join with leading reps and peers as we share innovative ideas and learn best practices from each other. Let's shape the product representative of the future.
- Identify opportunities to increase engagement and knowledge exchange between product representatives and architectural representatives.
- Define critical success factors of the professional architectural representative and identify realistic vs. unrealistic objectives.
- Implement creative new approaches to the practice of product representation.
- Develop new methods for gaining access to design professionals and other desired clientele.