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SPARC: 2020 Procrastinator Workshop

With all the noise and distractions this year, it is easy to forget that AIA members and other registered architects still need to fulfill their continuing education requirements.  Even if you have remembered, please join us on Thursday October 22 for the AIA Seattle Procrastinator’s Workshop.  This is a new continuing education event sponsored by the AIA Seattle Small Practice and Residential Committee (SPARC) where you will earn Continuing Education Credits while hearing from industry experts on a wide range of topics. Presenters include representatives from Cosentino, SAFTI First, GAF, K2 Stone, and Guardian Glass. The event is free for AIA Seattle Members and $10.00 for others.

This program features several sessions, with only one registration. In order to receive credit (5 LU|HSW) for this session, you MUST be present at the beginning of the session, and the return from lunch break, noted below. As with other AIA Seattle programs, AIA members will have credit logged on their behalf, and non-members will receive a certificate of completion.


**Registration for this program is now closed.**

Please note in your registration if you need to be contacted for accommodations to fully participate in this virtual event.

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize Utracompact Surfacing (UCS): what defines this class of materials, its manufacturing process, maintenance characteristics, and environmental impact.
  • Discuss the selection criteria for UCS including color, texture, format, design flexibility; and proper rainscreen design and installation using UCS material.
  • Review the history of fire-rated glass from wire-glass and ceramics to clear, high performance solutions; and understand the difference between fire-protective and fire-resistive glazing and how the IBC distinguishes between the two applications.
  • Describe multi-function fire-resistive glazing products providing additional performance features such as hurricane, blast, ballistic, and forced entry using case studies.
  • Identify the foundational elements involved in determining wind loads on a building and differentiate between load side and resistance side and how each is presented within the roofing industry.
  • Describe the similarities and differences between three versions of ASC 7 and roofing industry-developed methods to determine loads.
  • Discuss and identify the most common types of natural stone building materials and the differences between natural and manufactured stone materials
  • Understand stone supply chains in global markets and their impact on the building industry.
  • Discuss key criteria in selecting glass types for exterior facades including performance, maintenance, and aesthetics.
  • Review the common varieties of glass types and glass coatings; how each differs in performance and appearance; and how fabrication techniques can provide additional glass customization and code compliance.


8:45-9:45 Session 1 Cosentino
9:55-10:55 Session 2 SAFTI First
11:05-12:05 Session 3 GAF
12:05-12:50 Lunch Break
12:50-1:50 Session 4 K2 Stone
2:00-3:00 Session 5 Guardian Glass

Session Information

Cosentino (presented by Steve Gest, Architectural & Design Sales Manager, Cosentino – Seattle)
Course Title:
Exterior Cladding Innovation: Rainscreen Design with Ultracompact Surfacing
Course Description: Modern construction has come to understand that a façade, as part of an overall building envelope, is not only a visual statement, but also an important influencer in the protection of a wall’s structural components, the energy efficiency of the building, and the health of its occupants.  This course explores a unique surfacing material known a ultracompact surfacing (UCS) and evaluates its mechanical properties, technical characteristics, and aesthetics to illustrate its endless design potential in exterior cladding, façade, and rainscreen applications.

SAFTI First (presented by Tim Nass, VP of Sales at SAFTI FIRST)
Course Title:
Innovative Design Applications Using Advanced Fire Rated Glazing
Course Description: Architects have always pushed the limits of what building products can do, and fire rated glazing is no exception. This program shows how fire rated glazing has evolved from small door lites and openings using wired glass and ceramics to floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall, multi-tasking fire resistive glazing systems. Case studies showing these innovative design applications in real-word settings will be used to show participants how architects continue to push the boundaries of what fire rated glass can do.

GAF (presented by Benjamin Meyer AIA NCARB LEED AP, Roofing & Building Science Architect)
Course Title:
Wind Design for Low Slope Roof Systems
Course Description: Wind design of roof systems can be complicated. Let’s face it, there’s math involved! The latest version of ASCE 7 has only added complexity to the design process. This presentation will focus on understanding the design process laid out in ASCE 7-16, as well as discuss the similarities and differences between the three versions of ASCE 7 (-05, -10 and -16). Changes to ASCE 7-16 influence related wind design methods. This presentation will also discuss updates to FM’s wind design process and the requirements within their related Loss Prevention Data Sheets (e.g., LPDS 1-28 and 1-29).

K2 Stone (presented by Avery Bishop, K2 Stone)
Course Title:
Natural Stone Building Materials in Modern Architecture
Course Description: Today’s architects are continually looking to incorporate sustainable building materials into modern structures. Organic materials such as natural stone can provide a very unique texture and durable finish to architectural features. Sometimes it can be difficult to communicate your architectural vision to stone suppliers because of industry specific terminology around quarrying techniques, product types, fabrication and finishing methods. Our course will provide you with a full understanding of natural stone as a building material and its architectural capabilities

Guardian Glass (presented by Bryce Given, Architectural Design Manager Provinces and States of AB, AK, BC, OR, WA)
Course Title:
Principles of Glass Selection for Facades: From Rendering to Reality
Course Description: This presentation discusses the foundations of the glass selection process and explores the aesthetic options available to meet your projects’ design and performance requirements. With a focus on the Pacific Northwest market, we’ll examine commonly specified glass types for both commercial and residential construction and compare similar products across manufacturers. We will also look at optimizing cost/sf while reducing waste, and clarifying the glazing supply-chain and terminology.

Thanks to our presenters for their support!

Multicolored sponsor names and logos on white background: Cosentino, GAF, Guardian SunGuard Advanced Architectural Glass, K2 Stone, SAFTI First Fire Rated Glazing

This program is presented by AIA Seattle’s Small Practice and Residential Committee. Contact Member Engagement Manager, Connor Descheemaker, with any questions or concerns.


October 22, 2020
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Event Price
Class Credit


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