AWCI's Annual Convention: Education

Attendance at the following education sessions on Wednesday and Thursday mornings is included in all AWCI or CISCA Full registrations or if you register separately for the Education Sessions.

Wednesday, March 29, 7:30 a.m.—9 a.m. - Professional Development

Speed Bumps on the Critical Path: Best Practices for Delay Claim Preparation, Defense and Avoidance

This session will define various types of delay claims, explain how to prove or defend against damages, and identify best practices to minimize GC/owner delay claims. The session will also cover documenting and preparing affirmative delay claims when a job is delayed through no fault of thesubcontractor.

Rich Capriola, Esq.

Rich Capriola, Esq., is a partner with the Atlanta law firm, Winter Capriola Zenner, LLC. Capriola has extensive experience representing subcontractors and owners and in all manner of construction issues including delay claims, liens, bonds, negligent and defective construction, prompt-pay claims and related construction litigation, arbitration and mediation. He is licensed in Georgia, New York and Washington, D.C., and through association with local counsel has represented clients across the country.

Eric B. Coleman, Esq.

Eric B. Coleman, Esq., is a construction litigator with the Atlanta law firm, Winter Capriola Zenner, LLC. Coleman serves as a board member for the construction section of the Atlanta Bar Association. His clients include owners, general contractors and subcontractors, both large and small. Coleman’s practice focuses on resolution of construction disputes, including delay, nonpayment and defective-construction claims through mediation, arbitration and litigation.


Wednesday, March 29, 7:30 a.m.—9 a.m. - Professional Development

The ABCs of Lathing & Plastering: Focus on the Fundamentals

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This session will focus on up to five specific areas to control during installation, citing the ASTM requirements and how to best comply in the field. No secrets will be revealed, just important reminders to mitigate problems.

Mike Boyd

In 2002, after 40 years successful experience as a plaster and drywall subcontractor, Mike Boyd formed Boyd Consulting Group to serve architects, building owners, developers, property managers, general contractors, exterior wall subcontractors, attorneys, insurance companies, real estate agents and homeowners. He is a Certified EIFS Inspector as certified by AWCI, the Exterior Design Institute and the Moisture Warranty Corporation.

Christopher K. Little

Christopher K. Little, CDT, CSI, is senior product manager with ClarkDietrich Building Systems. Little is assistant chairman of the AWCI Lath & Plaster Committee, a member of ASTM C11 and C15, C1063 (lath installation), C847 (lath materials) committees and a member of the Construction Specification Institute. He is credentialed as a Certified EIFS Professional with AWCI, a LEED-Green Associate with USGBC, a Construction Document Technologist with CSI and an ACI 530 Structural Masonry Specialist with FC&PA. He has written articles for many industry publications.


Wednesday, March 29, 7:30 a.m.—9 a.m. - Professional Development

Don’t Let Your Wall Designs Go Up in Smoke! A Look at CFS Framed Wall Limiting Heights while Integrating Fire-Resistant Performance Requirements

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One of the fundamental attributes of a cold-formed steel framed gypsum board partition is its inherent fire-resistive properties. Another attribute is the ability to maintain a project’s critical wall thickness requirement by altering steel stud thickness and spacing. The common tool to accomplish this task is the published limiting height table. However, like many a design process, there is a balancing act between differing requirements. In this case, it’s the balance between structural capacity and fire resistance. This session will explore the structural principles that are used to develop limiting height tables and define key terms that are often used. Next we will look at what is required to maintain fire resistance with an emphasis on conflicts.

Patrick W. Ford, P.E.

Patrick W. Ford, P.E., is a principal of Matsen Ford Design Associates, Inc., a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin and in numerous other states, and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Institute of Steel Construction. He has also served as a subcommittee member of the American Iron and Steel Institute as well as AWCI, and is a past president of the Light Gauge Steel Engineers Institute (now the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute).

Robert Grupe

Robert Grupe is the director of technical services for AWCI. He spent more than 38 years with United States Gypsum where he held various technical and management positions. Activities included product and system design and technical consultation to the AEC community. He currently is a consultant to the construction community where he has worked on several large scale international construction projects. He has authored numerous articles and given presentations on fire, sound and environmental issues as they relate to wall and ceiling assemblies.


Thursday, March 30, 8 a.m.—9:30 a.m. - Professional Development

Land Mines and Gold Mines in Specifications, Codes and Engineering Requirements

Every three years, new versions of the building codes are introduced. While some states adopt new codes immediately, others wait, review and often add their own requirements and deletions. Local municipalities will sometimes pile on even more addenda, making a code-compliant assembly in one jurisdiction not meet code in another. Keep your company ahead of the engineering and code “learning curve” by making sure you and your staff are up to speed on the latest requirements. Hear case studies about how some contractors have proactively worked with their code enforcement agencies for less painful inspections, and how others have used innovative techniques to get non-traditional materials and methods approved. Attendees will learn why some specification statements are “land mines” and others are “gold mines,” and they will understand the difference between performance specifications and prescriptive specifications and how to use both to their advantage.

Don Allen

With over 25 years of drywall industry experience, Don Allen is director of engineering for Super Stud Building Products, Inc., and chairman of AISI’s Education Committee. Having served over nine years as technical director for both the Steel Stud Manufacturers Association and the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute, Allen has seen firsthand how some contractors have thrived and others have failed because of ambiguities and changes in the code. Allen has participated in the development of the International Building Code, and ASTM and American Iron and Steel Institute standards. Allen is a Registered and Board Certified Structural Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional.


Thursday, March 30, 8 a.m.—9:30 a.m. - Professional Development

Virtual and Augmented Reality to Reality

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This session looks into how virtual and augmented reality technologies are influencing the design and construction process, and how these technologies were utilized on multiple projects by converting Revit 3D models coupled with gaming technology and presented in virtual reality format with Samsung Gear VR goggles. You will be able to virtually walk through the design process from the perspective of the owner, archtect, general contractor and subcontractor.

Danielle Dy Buncio

Danielle Dy Buncio is the co-founder and president of VIATechnik, a construction and engineering services firm transforming the construction industry through virtual design and construction by blending global human capital with cutting-edge construction technologies. The firm’s innovative and landmark projects have included everything from a point cloud BIM of one of the world’s largest breweries to the creation of a virtual “gaming” environment of a nuclear power plant. Prior to founding VIATechnik, Dy Buncio worked for general contractors in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sydney and Chicago. As a civil engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional, she has extensive commercial building, heavy civil and marine construction experience.

Andrew Price

Andrew Price is a project designer and the in-house BIM/VR expert at Hunter Douglas Architectural, with a decade of experience. Prior to joining the Hunter Douglas team, he was the senior project coordinator for SmartBIM, LLC and oversaw the BIM content development division, developing highly parametric and intelligent models for the leading manufacturers to be utilized by the AEC industry.


Thursday, March 30, 7:30 a.m.—5 p.m. - Optional Education 2017

Capitalize on your education! AWCI is offering attendees an opportunity to increase their knowledge by attending a Doing It Right seminar on March 30. These seminars (exterior envelope, gypsum and stucco) were developed for owners and upper and middle management—project managers, foremen and estimators.

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Course break from 10 a.m.—1 p.m. for lunch on your own and walking the trade show floor.

Exterior Envelope —Doing It Right®
Gypsum—Doing It Right®
Stucco—Doing It Right®

Your registration for a Doing It Right seminar includes a complimentary trade show pass to visit the Intex Expo on March 29 and 30. Register by Feb. 28, 2017, to receive the Early Bird Discount of $265 for AWCI members and $325 for non-members. Registration fees after Feb. 28, 2017, are $300 for AWCI members and $360 for non-members.

Exterior Envelope—Doing It Right®

Even though energy codes have been in place for several years now, they continue to be a source of confusion to architects and contractors as they design, bid and install exterior walls. The International Energy Conservation Code® has made these exterior wall systems more complex to design and construct. The new code’s continuous insulation requirement combined with ever changing ASTM and ASHRAE construction standards are presenting major design and construct challenges. Today’s architects need to know how to design to meet the IECC requirements. They must also provide solutions when details aren’t always available. This forces contractors to struggle with constructing exterior assemblies with cladding over multiple inches of continuous insulation and highly complex air and water barriers.

This program will clarify the subtle but significant differences between the IECC and ASHRAE 90.1 and how that relates to LEED initiatives. Moisture migration and heat transfer are the fundamental elements that drive the codes and standards, and they too, can be confusing. Codes, standards and building science link to high performance wall systems, which are substantially more sophisticated than what was designed and built just a few years ago. Sophisticated high performing wall systems rely heavily on proper detailing and installation. This course starts with codes and standards, discusses the underlying building sciences, and ends with information for the job site with a goal to make a project successful.

Robert Grupe

Robert Grupe, director of technical services for AWCI, spent more than 38 years with United States Gypsum Company where he held various technical and management positions. Activities included product and system design and technical consultation to the AEC community. He currently is a consultant to the construction community where he has worked on several large scale international construction projects. He has authored numerous articles and given presentations on fire, sound and environmental issues as they relate to wall and ceiling assemblies.

Gypsum—Doing It Right®

This seminar is based on industry standards and best practices for the installation of gypsum board systems. Developed under the guidance of an expert oversight group made up of contractors and manufacturers, a few of the topics covered include codes and standards, design issues, types of gypsum systems, red flags and solutions, finish systems and project management/quality control.

Michael Logue

Michael Logue worked for 13 years as director of technical services for the Western Wall and Ceiling Contractors Association before applying his full efforts to growing his consulting firm, Michael M. Logue and Associates. MMLA is a wall and ceilings consulting firm that serves architects, contractors, builders, homeowner and developers. Structa Wire Corp. in Vancouver, B.C., utilizes Logue’s expertise as a commercial construction technical consultant where he provides technical and field assistance to contractors and architects.

Stucco—Doing It Right®

This seminar is based on ASTM C926 and C1063 and covers the application of portland cement-based plaster applied to metal and solid bases. Developed under the guidance of an expert oversight group made up of contractors and manufacturers, some of the topics covered include codes and standards, substrates, design considerations, materials, weather concerns and limitations of material/stress control/cracking.

Michael Logue

In 2002, after 40 years successful experience as a plaster and drywall subcontractor, Mike Boyd formed Boyd Consulting Group. His company serves architects, building owners, developers, property managers, general contractors, exterior wall subcontractors, attorneys, insurance companies, real estate agents and homeowners. He is a Certified EIFS Inspector as certified by AWCI, the Exterior Design Institute and the Moisture Warranty Corporation.


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