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Case Study: Center for Environmental Studies at Bishop O’Dowd High School

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Free and open to all. RSVP to

1.5 CES LUs

Susi Marzuola, AIA of Siegel and Strain Architects discusses the 2017 AIA East Bay COTE Sustainable Design Honorable Mention winner, The Center for Environmental Studies at Bishop O’Dowd High School. Please note: this is a presentation at the chapter office, not a design tour.


Designers & Contractors: Working Together for the Prosperity of the Project

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Free and open to all. Lunch provided by Ideate.
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1.5 CES LUs

At this month’s Revit user group, you will hear Victor Castillo, BIM project manager at Modulus Consulting, present case studies and provide lessons learned from his time working in the design and construction industries, exploring ways to improve interoperability between each side’s Revit models.

About the Presenter: 

Victor Castillo – For the past four years, Victor has worked for Modulus Consulting, providing a range of BIM consulting services for designers, contractors, and owners. Before joining Modulus, Victor spent seven years at HDR Architecture as a drafter and designer serving the healthcare, higher education, and science and technology sectors.

SB 827: Examining Effects in Transit-Rich Neighborhoods

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Free AIA Members/employees of chapter member firms / $10 guests; After 4/22: $10 AIA Members/employees of chapter member firms / $15 guests
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1.5 CES LUs

Please join AIA East Bay to learn about SB 827, a bill before California’s State Senate which would supersede local zoning to increase the extent and density of development near transit. If passed, the bill would increase by-right building heights within one-half mile of rail stations. Allowable building heights would vary depending on the distance to train stations. To illustrate, new buildings within a 1/4 mile could reach 55 feet by-right. Farther out but within a 1/2 mile, building heights could be 45 feet.

We will examine SB 827’s implications on neighborhood form and explore planning opportunities as we hear from experts conversant in public policy, urban economics, and building and city design typologies.

The presentation will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.

Speakers include:

Laura Foote Clark, YIMBY Action
Kelan Stoy & Kuan Butts, Urban Footprint
Sujata Srivastava, Strategic Economics
John Ellis, Mithun

Moderator: Jay Castle, Assoc. AIA, Meshwork Organization

Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design

Thursday, May 17, 2018
$20. Lunch Provided by Woodworks.
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Due to their high strength, dimensional stability and positive environmental performance, mass timber building products are quickly becoming materials of choice for sustainably-minded designers. This presentation will provide a detailed look at the variety of mass timber products available, including glue-laminated timber (glulam), cross laminated timber (CLT), nail laminated timber (NLT), heavy timber decking, and other engineered and composite systems. Applications for the use of these products under modern building codes will be discussed, and examples of their use in U.S. projects reviewed. Mass timber’s ability to act as both structure and exposed finish will also be highlighted, as will its performance as part of an assembly, considering design objectives related to structural performance, fire resistance, acoustics, and energy efficiency. Other topics will include detailing and construction best practices, lessons learned from completed projects and trends for the increased use of mass timber products in the future.

Speaker: Janelle Leafblad, Regional Director, WoodWorks

Masonry Design and Construction: Lessons Learned

Friday, March 30, 2018
Free and open A/E/C industry professionals.
Space is limited. Click here to register.


Join us for breakfast and masonry education as we review case studies and share many of the lessons learned throughout our years of west coast masonry design and construction.

This session uses a case study format to highlight ten commonly made masonry construction, detailing and design mistakes.  These mistakes can lead to on-going building performance issues throughout the course of the building’s life.  Topics include material understanding, moisture and movement issues, field testing, supervisory methods and constructability. This program is sponsored by the International Masonry Institute.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this program, attendees will…

  1. Gain an understanding of cavity wall components and construction codes.
  2. Gain an understanding of tolerances and inspection guidelines.
  3. Be able to identify at least three quality control mistakes.
  4. Learn at least four commonly made masonry construction mistakes.

Construction Disasters Symposium 2018

A CSI East Bay / RCI Northern California / AIA East Bay Program

Friday, April 20, 2018
Cost: Early Bird (before 4/1): $195; After 4/1: $220; After 4/15: $245; Students: $30
Cost includes breakfast and box lunch.
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8am- 8:30am: Registration

8:30am- 9:30am
Joe Pinon & Erin Andes, RDH Building Science, Inc.
Learning from Stucco Failures: The Importance of Drainage & How Changes in the Energy
Code are Complicating Stucco Installations

In this presentation, we will explain the building science behind cement plaster and why, due to energy code improvements, it is more difficult for the cement plaster to perform well now than it was in the past. We will use case studies to highlight the significance of controlling water intrusion, air leakage, heat loss, and condensation risk. We will discuss various failure types including cracks, water intrusion, corrosion, and complications caused by continuous insulation. We will also apply the lessons learned and show how to use the concepts of drainage and control layers to improve assemblies and detailing.

9:30am- 10:30am
Chris Nelson, Technical Roof Services
Water Intrusion Damage in a Supercomputer Facility

Damage investigations and subsequent repair recommendations originated from the designers and contractors failure to properly address the detailing and installation challenges, including the inter phase of the roof expansion joints and base of the curtain wall to prevent water intrusion. Furthermore the expected seismic movement was inadequately accommodated and did not provide floor to floor fire protection. The project required extensive interior protection, coordinating with worried computer scientists, cutting and redoing the bottom of the curtain wall, installing a fire blanket lower in the joint, installing a properly shaped and sized expansion joint, providing adequately sized and configured sealant joints, providing functioning weeps, some roof repairs and finally passing the required water tests.

10:30am- 10:55am: Break

10:55am- 11:55am
Dean Larsen & Ivan Chak, Larsen/ Zienkiewicz, Inc.
Lessons Learned in Moisture Related Problems – Three Project Case Studies

The presentation will focus on three separate project case studies where moisture related problems
occurred in the roof, walls, or waterproofing. The first case study involves internal air pressurization, vapor retarder, and air barrier design with respect to roofing and walls. The second case involves hygrothermal performance of an insulated roof on an industrial facility. The third case study reviews exterior expansion joint integration with waterproofing. Each case study will include a review of the failure mechanism, recommendation for repair, and new design.

11:55am- 12:35pm: Lunch Break

12:35pm- 1:35pm
Mike Hilliard, AIA, Hilliard Architects
Accessibility Disasters Will Crush You and Empty Your Errors and Omission Insurance

Accessibility disasters can crush the lives of alternately enabled people who are denied access to public accommodations or housing. Accessibility disasters will also empty a design professional’s Errors-and omissions insurance policy limits and cost the professional a substantial amount of unpaid time dealing with litigation. The “win-win” solution is for everyone in the construction industry to become aware of the requirements for accessibility so that our built environment becomes more accessible to the alternately enabled. Accessibility regulations and their enforcement are extremely complex. This one hour presentation will give you an understanding of the complexity of both regulations and their enforcement.

1:35pm- 2:35pm
Gary Weaver, Atlas Consulting, Inc.
Death by a Thousand Cuts – Failures in Quality Control and Quality Assurance, Where
Contractors, Owners, and Their Inspectors Don’t Inspect

A review of simple systematic failures on three new construction projects, each valued at more than 50 million dollars and all with disastrous results:
1) Sprayed polyurethane foam and coating.
2) Conventional insulated built-up roofing.
3) Fluid-applied air barriers and metal wall panels.

The specifications on each project failed to provide robust inspection protocols but the Contractors, their Sub- Contractors, and full time compliance with the construction documents, applicable code requirements, manufacturer’s installation independent QA Observers all failed to coordinate in providing guidelines and the industry standards necessary to provide a weather resistant assembly.

2:35pm- 3pm: Break

3pm- 4pm
Phil Dregger, PE, RRC- Pacific Building Consultants
Hurricane Maria – Tips for Investigating Not So Obvious Wind Damage

When a roof covering is hanging off the edge of a building, you don’t need a rocket scientist to tell you that it has been damaged by the wind. But what about a roof that is still in place but has a few holes and funny looking “humps”? Is it wind damaged, and perhaps more importantly how extensive is the wind damage? This presentation will review several roofs in Puerto Rico where wind damage was not so obvious but more extensive than originally thought.

The Program is Sponsored By:

2018 Fellows: Emily Marthinsen, FAIA and Laura Hartman, FAIA

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Early registration (by March 26): Free AIA Members / employees of chapter member firms; $10 guests. Late registration: $10 AIA Members / employees of chapter member firms; $15 guests
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1.5 CES LUs

Celebrate the achievements of our 2018 Fellows Laura Hartman, FAIA and Emily Marthinsen, FAIA! In addition to a reception, Laura and Emily will present an overview of recent projects.

Click the links below to read the first page of Laura and Emily’s submittals:

Laura Hartman, FAIA

Emily Marthinsen, FAIA

Low Carbon Architecture: COTE

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Free and open to all.

David Arkin, AIA, will be giving a brief presentation and leading a discussion of Low Carbon Architecture—in particular example, incorporating photosynthetic and rapidly renewable resources. David is Chair of the Embodied Carbon Network’s Renewable Materials Task Force and Director of the California Straw Building Association (CASBA).

YAF Tour: Moscone Convention Center Expansion

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Location: San Francisco, Exact meeting location to be announced to registrants
Cost: $3 AIA members; $5 guests, registration required. Note: this tour is open only to licensed young architects. Space is limited
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1.5 CEs LUs

Daniel Zweig, AIA, of SOM, leads a tour of Phases 2 & 3 of the Moscone Convention Center Expansion. The completed expansion will result in approximately 525,000 square feet of new and repurposed space. Phase 3, currently under construction, extends the Phase 2 conference halls and providing two bridge connections to Moscone North over Howard Street.

Setting Up Vectorworks Document Files

Northern California Vectorworks Users Group 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Free and open to all.

1.5 CES LUs 

An encore our first meeting of 2018 — more from our group will share how their practices organize and structure Vectorworks document files.  Again, we will be reviewing and discussing a variety of layer and classing systems, document templates, resource organizations, work spaces, and the like.

About the Presenters:

Paul Majka, Principal, Paul Majka Architect Inc., is a seasoned professional in Architecture with about 15 years of experience with Vectorworks, and is currently running an architectural practice in San Francisco.

Learning Objectives:
After completing this program participants will be able to…

  1. Learn how others have developed layer and classing systems to suit their workflow.
  2. Understand how to structure template files to maintain consistency and optimize efficient design and documentation.
  3. See how others have customized their workspaces, and set-up saved views to enhance efficiency.
  4. Learn about different systems for organizing resources to speed location and selection.