CONSTRUCT 2017: Knowledge today, innovation tomorrow

Friday, September 15
7:30 a.m.−8:30 a.m.
F01−What is a Building Enclosure?
Joseph Lstiburek
What happens when the inside gets into the thing separating it from the outside? Worse, what happens when the outside gets into the thing separating it from the inside? Do you let the inside out and the outside in, or kick them both back? Do you let the outside in…or kick it back? The answer depends on many factors, including materials, interior environmental loads, exterior environmental loads, and energy flow. Join Dr. Joseph Lstiburek, dubbed the “dean of North American building science” by Wall Street Journal, for this entertaining and practical presentation about the building enclosure.

F02−Architecture Disrupted: Transforming an Evolving Industry
Bradford Prestbo and Gerard Gutierrez
We are departing from a model in which architecture is commodified and our focus is on a discrete structure or site. Instead, we are becoming social problem-solvers, actively understanding and shaping cultural, environmental, and economic spheres. The future of our profession relies on us transitioning from narrow technical experts to broad social thinkers and doers. The industry needs to expand beyond a conventional fee-for-labor business model and be more entrepreneurial by seeking other revenue streams, such as product design, software development, acting as an incubator, and taking equity stakes in projects.

F03−Biophilic Design: Incorporating Natural Elements into Your Design
Kim Loftis
Biophilic design is the incorporation of various natural elements using techniques to improve occupant health, employee productivity, and overall interior environment. This session features case studies and supportive data to show how commercial, educational, and medical building projects can benefit, using solutions from water features and daylighting solutions to acoustic treatments and analogs of nature in elevated visual planes.

F04−The Accessible Restroom: Why Doesn’t ADA Just Give Me the Solution?
Daniel Hargreaves
Public restrooms are one of the most critical building amenities because they must be responsive to a wide range of human needs and also provide service to people with an equally wide range of abilities. This program takes an in-depth look at designing an accessible restroom, including putting together all the components in ADA, while addressing the current code.

F05−Acoustics and Noise Control in Building Design
Jason Ehrlich
This session simplifies acoustics and noise control theory, breaking down sound frequencies in an easily understood manner, with sound clips for illustrating reverberation levels. Acoustic strategies will be presented for common building types where noise control is often required, and treatment considerations will be discussed for rooms with different acoustic design goals.

8:45 a.m.−9:45 a.m.
F06−Conflicting Expectations: Understanding Standard of Care Provisions
Joshua Flowers
How can service providers talk to their clients about reasonable expectations for errors and omissions? This session addresses risk management best practices related to the standard of care on design and construction projects, including negotiating standard of care provisions in industry standard agreements and client-drafted forms, insurance and compliance issues, and current research on setting client expectations for projects.

F07−She’s a Specifier, He’s a Product Rep: Different Roles, Same Goals
Cherise Lakeside and Eric Lussier
While specifiers do not buy building products, their overall influence on a project is undeniable. This session explores the different perspectives on what product reps do right and wrong before, during, and after a sales call, as recognized by an architectural specifier and an experienced rep. Discussion of specifications, sales practices, substitutions, social media, and communication techniques will take place to improve the architectural sales call for both sides.

F08−Avoid Catastrophic Estimating Errors Through a Proactive Construction Quality Program
Corey Zussman
Being proactive and anticipating the issues leading to common construction failures is key to getting it done right the first time—in the field, on the original construction set, and at the originally estimated cost. This session explores a proactive quality program that starts at the schematic and design development stage, while describing common construction and what is needed to build successfully, through several detailed failures or near-misses from past projects.

F09−LEED v4: Market Transformation in Action
Emma Hughes
LEED is the world’s most widely used green building certification. Its latest version includes many updates that have left practitioners grappling with how to specify and evaluate products and technologies. Participants will learn the major updates and explore the various changes made to the way building products and materials are evaluated.

F10−Roofing: Where the Building Touches the Sky
Joseph Lstiburek
Flat roofs, sloping roofs, shingle roofs, membrane roofs—do you vent or do you not vent? Do you need an air barrier or not? Do you need a vapor barrier or not? What happens with metal roofs? Ice dams? What happens when you have a pool? How about an ice rink? Questions, questions, and questions—Dr. Joseph Lstiburek has the answers.

Welcome Receptions

On Tuesday, September 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., Union Station Brewery offers fun, food, and beverages for those attending CONSTRUCT for the first time. There is no cost to attend the Tamlyn-sponsored event, but registration is required and limited to 200 people.

On Wednesday, September 13, the CSI Welcome Reception—sponsored by BSD, Informa, ClarkDietrich, PPG Paints, and Roxul—takes over the Rhode Island Convention Center’s ballroom from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Your ticket gets you a sit-down, family-style New England clambake dinner, along with two drinks, live entertainment, special prize drawings, and more. Proceeds from a fundraising event will be divided between the Rhode Island School of Design and the CSI Foundation.

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