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Illinois and Wisconsin AIA presentations

Arcspec knows how important it is for Architects and Interior Designers stay educated and updated. That’s why we offer AIA, HSW, and IDEC learning opportunities to architecture and design firms. Take part in one of our in-person Lunch & Learns and have lunch catered while you learn about the latest architectural products. If your firm is not currently meeting in person, our office can put together a Virtual Learning Opportunity where our rep would present to your team online. Simply select the course you are most interested in and submit your request for a presentation to our team.


Architectural castings are a durable, economical interior and exterior finish option with a broad range of applications that offers unlimited design freedom.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

• Identify and recognize the characteristics of architectural castings as an alternative to traditional concrete, stone, and gypsum materials
• Investigate the design potential and innovative opportunities to incorporate architectural castings made from GRG, GFRC, FRP, and Cast Stone
• Assess the functional contributions of architectural castings as they contribute to green and sustainable design
• Formulate an assessment of the relevant cost saving considerations when specifying and designing with

Course # K1904C

Credit: AIA/HSW or IDCEC 1 LU

Participants will learn:

• Designer and Owner needs for commercial interior doorways
• The pitfalls of traditional doorways and doorway protection
• Industry guidelines and standards for performance
• Doorway design solutions to Increase durability
• Specification tips to ensure longevity and quality

Course # DOORS 2019

Credit: AIA/HSW 1 LU

Course Overview

Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) has become a top priority in a time when our awareness of health, safety and well-being is more acute than ever. Ceiling baffles are one technology that provide a broad range of solutions that consider IEQ and sustainability goals. In commercial buildings dedicated to retail, transportation, and office space, especially, the need for flexibility and customized technology has created some challenges and led to opportunities for innovation that are holistic in approach and cutting edge in design. This course explores some of the newest baffles, provides insight into the benefits of customization, and discusses how to specify for materials, finishes and designs that address trends and challenges and meet or exceed project goals.

Learning Objectives

 At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

– Discuss how the acoustical aspects of ceiling baffles contribute to the well-being of occupants.

– Describe new design trends that create problems with sound reverberation, negatively impacting occupant comfort.

– Explain how ceiling baffles are manufactured and the attributes that contribute to lower, costs, shorter lead times and better sustainability.

– List how ceiling baffle systems integrate with other indoor environmental quality (IEQ) elements, contributing to occupant health and safety of occupants.

Credit: AIA/HSW 1 LU

Participants will learn:

• Understand the definition of hospital acquired infections (HAI).
• Identify contributing factors to HAI’s
• Have awareness of the mortality rate associated with HAI’s.
• Have awareness of the financial impact HAI’s have on the community and our healthcare system.
• Understanding preventions and solutions that can lessen the impact of HAI’s.
• Case Studies

Course #1


Participants will learn:

• What are entrance flooring systems and why are they needed?
• How to reduce maintenance costs and slip/fall accidents
• How to properly design and integrate EFS into your design/building
• Environmental considerations with a focus on LEED® and Cradle 2 Cradle
• Making a great first impression

Course #EFSPR02

Credit: AIA/HSW 1 LU, 1 GBCI, 1AAHID

Participants will learn:

• Expansion joint cover information
• Key issues & new products relating to today’s requirements
• Types of building movements & how to address each through proper design and product selection
• Fire barrier types & options
• How to select the right cover for your project
• Cradle to Cradle Certified™ information

Course #EJCPR3

Credit: AIA/HSW 1 LU

Learning objectives:

• Describe the kind of damage that occurs to building interiors, including what types of buildings wall damage is more likely to occur.
• Discuss wall protection options which help to ensure safety for building occupants and longevity of the building interior.
• Define the different wall protection applications, including how to seamlessly incorporate them into a space to maintain aesthetics.
• Summarize how wall protection products contribute toward satisfying LEED® V4 credits as well as other green building program requirements.

AIA Course #ACROV5

IDCEC Course #CC-10122

Credit: AIA/HSW 1 LU


Learning objectives:

• Describe the many product choices and options available in fiber cement panels
• Summarize the test standards met by high performing fiber cement panels
• List the components of a ventilated rainscreen system and identify how each contributes to reliable thermal performance and reduced energy consumption
• Discuss the fiber cement panel life cycle which makes it an excellent choice for sustainable design
• Discuss steps of preliminary design with fiber cement panels and how the ventilated facade system should be planned with drawings, especially the sub framing and panel layout

Course # 404000001

Credit: AIA/HSW 1 LU

In this session, Architects, Engineers, and Designers who work with exterior cladding systems will receive an introduction to pultruded fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites and their characteristics as structural building materials. Using this information, session participants will be able to demonstrate how FRP girts can be used for a cladding support structure and simultaneously create a thermally efficient wall. Participants will be able to define continuous insulation (CI) systems per ASHRAE 90.1 and differentiate FRP CI systems vs. traditional steel girt systems. Finally, participants will be able to obtain the necessary design resources to integrate FRP CI systems in future projects. The session will be taught by those highly experienced in the field of girt systems and exterior cladding.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

• Describe the beneficial characteristics of pultruded fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites used as building materials, including how this will impact the user’s experience living/working in the building.
• Identify the relevant codes and standards that apply when using FRP as a building material and discuss their application in common architectural designs.
• Demonstrate how FRP girts can be used for a cladding support structure and simultaneously create a thermally efficient wall, and specifically address how this benefits occupants of the building.
• Obtain and utilize the necessary design resources to integrate FRP CI systems in future projects to foster increased efficiency and longevity of structures for building owners and occupants.

Course # SW1020GIRT

Credit: AIA/HSW 1 LU

A brief introduction of stainless steel and its advantages and applications in the architectural world. An in-depth look at the complex stainless steel coloring process known as Light Interference Color(LIC). LIC is an electrochemical process to color stainless steel without the use of dyes or pigments. The process uses various acids and electricity in order to grow a chrome oxide (chromate) layer on the stainless steel. The thickness of the chromate acts like a prism creating the changing color that we see on the surface of the metal. The perceived color-changing is caused by the natural physics of light interference; from different angles, the light waves are perceived by a viewer as revealing a different color from each angle. This coloring process is unique and completely different from traditional painting, anodizing or coating processes.

Learning Objectives:

Evolution of metals in construction + architecture

• Introduction to basic metals and different alloys
• How metal has changed architecture and the ways buildings are designed and constructed

Understanding LIC and the process

• The process of coloring stainless steel using the electrochemical coloring process.
• Explanation of how color is achieved on stainless steel
• What colors are offered with LIC coloring methods
• What makes this process unique from other coloring methods

Application and Limitation

• Size limitations
• Exterior façade and roof applications
• Decorative and performance material
• Pros and Cons of LIC stainless steel

LIC Characteristics and the effect of viewing angles, light conditions, and material finish on color

• LIC stainless steel is an ever-changing product that will always appear different
• What can affect the look and feel of the colored stainless steel; Material with intention of adding to constructibility and simplicity.

Course # AIAMF10124

Credit: AIA/HSW 1 LU

This program uses case studies to highlight why Phenolic Architectural Panels are an excellent exterior façade option. Product Longevity & Durability increase life cycle resulting in fewer resources consumed over the life of the product. Teaches techniques to minimize waste in the design and use of phenolic rainscreen cladding which reduces product waste. Presentation highlights Phenolic panels made of FSC® certified wood and bearing a Declare label which can contribute toward satisfying the
requirements of certain LEED® v4 Materials and Resources credits. The presentation covers how the physical properties of phenolic panels are derived, testing and how proper detailing can keep projects on budget.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

▪ Describe how multiple objectives can be met with phenolic rainscreen panels
▪ Understanding how material tests can increase the scope of application
▪ Explain how maximizing product yield will reduce waste. Efficient detailing will expedite installation and minimize cost
▪ Describe basic Rainscreen Principles. Explaining how Energy Efficient rainscreen designs reduce energy needs.

Course # SW205

Credit: AIA/HSW 1 LU

In this presentation, we will discuss options available for fiber cement cladding and how fiber cement can positively contribute to aesthetic, performance, budget and sustainability goals. We’ll discuss updates to energy and building code, and the advantages and disadvantages for different methods of attaching fiber cement through continuous insulation (CI). Fire and combustibility testing required for assemblies with fiber cement will also be covered and what wall assembly components or project specifics invoke the requirement for testing.

Learning Objectives

• Understand the differences between different kinds of fiber cement claddings, including available texture and coating options, and identify ways in which fiber cement can contribute to sustainability goals.
• Discuss the lifetime costs of fiber cement and other cladding materials.
• Describe updates to energy code as it related to the exterior wall assembly and the advantages and disadvantages to different attachment methods for fiber cement through continuous exterior insulation.
• Explain what types of fire tests are required by the code for facades with fiber cement, including walls with exterior insulation

Course # T207D

Credit: AIA/HSW 1 LU

Designing a building façade, whether commercial, residential, new, or retrofit, can be both artistically  enjoyable and technically complex. With an array of impressive characteristics, sintered stone helps create lighter, stronger, more durable, and more sustainable buildings. This course will demonstrate why Sintered Stone is a product of choice as it can provide the artistic appeal, technical performance, and sustainability for green construction to satisfy the wide range of needs for successful and stunning façade design.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Identify and recognize the code compliant characteristics and beneficial environmental properties of sintered stone facades.
  • Investigate the manufacturing process of sintered stones and the suitability of the product to both interior and exterior building applications.
  • Assess the functional contributions of sintered stones as they contribute to green and sustainable building design.
  • Specify quality control based on updated relevant standards for sintered stone facades for green and conventional buildings.

Course # 092002627

Credit: AIA/HSW 1 LU

This course will introduce the learner to digital printing’s impact on the cladding industry. We will then review various methods of producing unique finishes on traditional, recyclable cladding materials and compare those options.  Finally, we will review how using these types of material can contribute to the overall sustainability of your projects.

Learning Objectives:

• Define Sustainability and recognize the three pillars of sustainability: Economic, Environmental, and Social.
• Relay the benefits of HD Printing as a finish on recyclable materials.
• Distinguish between modern siding options utilizing advanced finishing methods.
• Relay how to optimally design with HD printed material with intention of adding to constructibility and simplicity.

Course # DZ1000

Credit: AIA/HSW 1 LU


This program focuses on translucent FRP panel skylights and wall systems – their general construction, design attributes, and benefits when used in a variety of different building types. We’ll review their unique properties and examine the benefits of daylighting to health, happiness and productivity, green building techniques in general. The program also touches on the best applications for translucent daylighting systems, related industry issues and how to make an informed decision when evaluating different daylighting methods and glazing materials.

Course # KLA-MI-202101

Credit: AIA/HSW 1 LU

Participants will discover why the integration of daylighting into your design is so important and how it contributes to a healthier indoor environment. This course focuses on the key characteristics of both successful and unsuccessful daylighting strategies, and what defines a high-performance polycarbonate multi-wall daylighting system. In addition, the course will review different translucent technologies including removable options and quad-glazed systems, and also gain insight on testing and standards.

Course # KLAAD202001

Credit: AIA/HSW 1 LU