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  • L&L: Changing the Language of Polished Concrete

    Jan 31, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (PT)
    Changing the Language of Polished Concrete; Succeeding at Architecturally Exposed Structural Concrete (AESC)   In the construction world, accurately articulating polished concrete’s structure, form, and esthetics is crucial to success, yet not enough members of the project team are fluent in the material’s language. Design professionals and contractors speak differently about polished concrete, and it could even be argued they do not view the material’s end function the same way. Their approaches to communication vary because of how they approach their respective roles in construction and are offset sufficiently that the path to clear instruction is lost and the owner, sold on polished concrete is instead given a less sustainable grind and seal . However, using quantifiable language for all project team members is possible and the outcomes are even better than you think.   Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:   Critique current practices for modern polished concrete construction and evaluate its impact on our planet with an overview of carbon emission rates and related environmental impact.   Describe new polishing curing technologies, and explain their real-world applications in construction, and how their implementation has affected material consumption, facility maintenance and initial construction costs.   Design and specify polished concrete with higher resiliency (sustainability) and shortened construction schedules using quantifiable, easy benchmarks as a foundational model.   Overcome language obstacles between designer and constructor and promote best design practices successfully to produce polished concrete assemblies that have a smaller economic, material and carbon footprint.   Chris Bennett , CSI is a construction sustainability expert with millions of square feet of floor finishes and slab construction under his belt. He has developed concrete and flooring specifications for Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA), Adidas, Liberty Property Trust, and others. He has lectured and trained at Universities, CSI/CSC events, and trade shows across North America speaking most recently at Construct in Long Beach California. Chris recently served on the National Master Specification (NMS) overhaul group for the Canadian Government and is co-author of A New Concrete Glossary: A Guide to Architecturally Exposed Structural Concrete (AESC ) with Keith Robinson, FCSC, FCSI, Bill DuBois, John Guill, FCSI, and Rae Taylor, PhD. Chris has recently expanded his efforts in sustainability and entered the alternative transportation market with the firm Five at Heart where he serves as Head of Sales in North America.   Selected Articles and Media: https://www.constructioncanada.net/changing-the-language-of-concrete-communicating-clearly-with-the-project-team/   https://www.constructionspecifier.com/rethinking-concrete-proactive-methods-and-materials-for-the-21st-century/   https://www.constructionspecifier.com/renaissance-of-roman-concrete-cutting-carbon-emissions/   https://prezi.com/cms/conferences/construct/
    Portland, OR, United States

  • Spring CDT Study Class

    Feb 6 - Apr 3, (PT)
    Are you interested in furthering your professional education and providing better services to your clients? Then get CDT (Construction Documents Technologist) certified in the spring of 2019 with the support of the Portland’s CSI Chapter. We offer classes with experienced instructors to help you understand the material needed to pass the exam. CSI professional credentials are evidence of proven knowledge, education, and experience with construction documents. Holding a certification demonstrates professional commitment, credibility and reliability to employers, colleagues, and clients. This nine-class series is useful for anyone in the A/E/C industry who is interested in understanding the process, roles/responsibilities, and project delivery from cradle to grave. This class is also beneficial as an additional resource to the textbook for preparing for the CDT exam. Through CSI’s Certification Program, you can develop a conceptual understanding of the entire construction process. The CDT exam (Construction Documents Technologist) is the foundation course for all construction individuals. Studying for the exam will help you learn about contractual relationships and documents organization/procedures. Getting CDT certification means that you understand how a project unfolds from conception to delivery and you understand the documentation involved. Candidates can have any level of experience in any discipline in the built environment.   Classes begin February 6 th at the offices of PAE Engineering.  SOMETHING NEW THIS YEAR: PAE has graciously agreed to let us use their technology so we can also offer this series via live webinar for those that have a difficult time making it to the class (product reps who are traveling, live out of the PDX area, etc.)  While physical attendance is always best so you can ask questions and collaborate with other attendees, we recognize that this is difficult for some. All classes will be held from 6pm to 8pm on the following dates: Wednesdays – February 6, 13, 20, 27 – March 6, 13, 20, 27 – April 3   Something to Consider: Become a Portland CSI Member!  The difference in costs for Member vs. Non-Member more than cover a Portland CSI Membership.  Why not get certified AND have access to incredible industry education and events all year long.  Trust me, you will thank me later!
    Portland, OR, United States

  • Industry Forum 2019

    Mar 14, 3:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PT)
    Portland Industry Forum - attended by hundreds of designers, engineers, contractors, product representatives and project owners, the Industry Forum is an afternoon of information and a stimulating look at what’s new and innovative in the building and construction industry. 5x10’s –Five ten-minute (hence “5 x 10”) presentations by students and professionals on innovation in the building design and construction. Speed Education (in partnership with AIA Portland) – Gain valuable knowledge and earn 1.5 HSW CEU’s in this fun fast paced educational event. Learn the latest need-to-know product information, grow your resource library, and make new connections with up to 6 vendors… all in one 90 minute session. Keynote Address – Our Keynote Speaker this year is Adèle Naudé Santos, FAIA, ARCUK, an architect and planner whose career combines professional practice, research and teaching. Her work is widely known for design excellence. Ms. Santos has won international design competitions, published work in journals world-wide, and has worked in cultures as diverse as Japan, Africa and the United States. Ms. Santos will focus on her most recent professional practice and academic efforts in the realm of housing and affordable communities.
    Portland, OR, United States

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