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Design Automation for Prefab Construction

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Noon-1pm
Free and open to all. BYO Lunch.
RSVP to events@aiaeb.org.

1 CES LU

For architects, prefab design can box you in.  Many modular systems are inflexible and can be hard to work with to meet the desired design intent.  In addition, manufacturing limitations often result in a lower quality look and feel. Fortunately, there is a new way to design for prefab – a cloud-based design automation engine for mass-customization, enabling architects to quickly configure and finish permit-ready building designs.

Join Project Frog for a presentation on this new tool that puts architects back in the driver’s seat and features:  instant structural validation of a Type-V core and shell building kit, flexibility to meet a wide array of design needs, seamless integration with Revit, the ability to deliver portfolio-worthy projects in a fraction of the time of stick-built, and the ease of working in the cloud.

Learning Objectives:

After completion of this course, participants will understand how design automation for prefab construction can help solve typical design challenges in Type V commercial construction, including specific strategies for:
1. Instantly validating structural design across various CA seismic conditions and geographies
2. Achieving better daylight autonomy in prefabricated buildings
3. Meeting building flexibility demands for challenging programs like activity-based learning, and
4. Integrating model outputs within a Revit-based workflow

My Architecture: COTE Top Ten

A Monthly Program

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
5:30pm-7:30pm
Early registration (by March 27): Free AIA members and employees of chapter member firms / $10 Guests. Late registration: $10 Members / $15 Guests. At the Door: $20 all.
Click here to register.

1.5 CES LUs

The AIA COTE (Committee on the Environment) Top Ten Awards is the industry’s best-known awards program for sustainable design excellence. Each year, only ten innovative projects earn the prize for setting the standard in design and sustainability.

The Exploratorium (EHDD), Jacobs Hall at UC Berkeley (LMS) and West Berkeley Library (HED) are all 2016 COTE Top Ten winners, and we’ve asked the CLIENTS to come talk about these award-winning projects from their point of view. Join us for our monthly program as a selection of owners and clients from these projects present and discuss how the architecture and design of the project affects, supports, advances and represents their work and the mission of their program. A wine and cheese reception follows the panel presentation.

Speakers:

The Exploratorium: Located in San Francisco, the Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art and human perception. The museum creates tools and experiences that help attendees become an active explorer: hundreds of explore-for-yourself exhibits, a website with over 50,000 pages of content, film screenings, evening art and science events for adults, and much more.

  • Heidi Dolamore, Director of Library Services, City of Berkeley, on the West Berkeley Library and Elliot Warren, Deputy Director, City of Berkeley, on the West Berkeley Library

West Berkeley Library: Part of the Berkeley Public Library System, the West Berkeley Library is the first Net Zero Public Library in California. In 2016 they became a recipient of the prestigious COTE Top Ten Award.

  • Emily Rice, Director of Programs & Operations, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation is UC Berkeley’s interdisciplinary hub for learning and making at the intersection of design and technology. From their home in Berkeley’s College of Engineering, they extend broadly across campus, serving as a welcoming hub: engineers, artists, and makers of all kinds can gather and collaborate.

ADA/MCE Day: March 31, 2017

MCE/ADA Day: Accessibility for California Architects

Friday, March 31, 2017
8:30am-3pm
Cost: $110 AIA Members / $150 non-members.
Includes coffee and lunch.

Click here to register. 

5 CES/HSW/MCE LUs

This ADA/accessibility presentation on public accommodations pertinent to California architects provides the full five hours required by the CAB for licensure renewal. This month’s topic is barrier-free multifamily/residential design.

Presenters: Erick Mikiten, AIA (Mikiten Architecture), Marcial Chao, AIA (Pyatok) and Mark Schneider, AIA, CASp (Endelman & Associates).

Learning Objectives: Forthcoming

Design Detail Disasters

a CSI East Bay & RCI Northern CA event. Co-sponsored by AIA East Bay

Friday, April 21, 2017
8:30am-4pm  doors open at 8am
1405 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Registration Fee (all proceeds to benefit CSI and RCI):
Early Bird Sign Up: $175
after 3/15/17: $200
after 4/15/17: $225
Students: $30

Complimentary breakfast, box lunch and afternoon snacks will be provided

Click here to register.

6 CES/HSW LUs    6 RCI CEHs

Morning Schedule and Program
8:00AM- 8:30AM Registration

8:30AM- 9:30AM Ann Coleman – Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Small Design Error Causes Big Disaster
Wood-framed medical office building case study of six-year old building with chronic water infiltration since construction. The roofing was identified as the original source and replaced. Six years of investigations and remedial repairs for additional leakage missed the small, but easily overlooked, design error that led to widespread wood deterioration. With the involvement of a proactive and highly motivated owner, the building was repaired and involved parties settled their differences within a year.

9:30AM- 10:30AM Paul Goetz – Aquatech Consultancy, Inc.
Moisture Management: It Should Be So Simple, So Why Is It So Hard?
Some construction mistakes take years to manifest, while others become apparent in a very short time. Water intrusion, in the form of liquid or vapor, is responsible for close to 70% of construction defect litigation. Why is it so hard to do it right the first time? Is there a common thread to the leak issue? Are the errors committed by the usual suspects? Who are the usual suspects? Paul will discuss three projects that soon after completion exhibited moisture problems. Two of the projects, a multi-unit vacation resort and a single family residence, ended up in litigation. The moisture problems in the third example, an apartment building, was addressed by the builder.

10:30AM- 10:55AM Morning Break

10:55AM- 11:55AM Gerson Bers – ABBAE
Public Enemy #1: Pre-formed Metal Form Edges For Elevated Wood Framed Pedestrian
Decks
For nearly 30 years, ABBAE’s forensic and design teams have identified and corrected damage to wood framed pedestrian deck structures caused by the use of the prefabricated concrete edge form generically known as “Con-Form”. “Con-Form” edges are a convenience for placing concrete at the edge of an elevated deck, but create havoc with waterproofing assemblies. This presentation describes what a “Con-Form” edge is, how it is typically used, damages resulting from improper waterproofing conditions created by “Con-Form” edges, and several approaches to correctly detailing exposed wood frame pedestrian deck edges.

Afternoon Schedule and Program
11:55AM- 12:35PM Lunch Break

12:35PM- 1:35PM Annie K. Lo, AIA, LEED AP – Walker Restoration Consultants
Plaza Appearance and Membrane Adherence
Annie Lo will provide an overview of a plaza project for a major housing complex in San Francisco, which is going through a second waterproofing remediation. Design concepts related to the landscaping layout, waterproofing system, expansion joints, and overall phasing from the original construction and first remediation will be evaluated and discussed with the audience. Walker’s repair concept and details will be shared for the current remediation, as well as approximations of construction costs that could have been avoided had the original design and previous remediation been approached differently. Challenges presented by the existing plaza deck configuration and unforeseen conditions during the construction will also be assessed as factors that impacted the design details and the remediation budget.

1:35PM- 2:35PM Joe Pinon – RDH Building Science, Inc.
Designing for Rain Exposure: Example Lab “Tested” Systems and Details that Failed
A structural engineer would never design a column or beam without first understanding the actual loads that the member will experience in-service. Unfortunately, building enclosures (e.g., facades, roofs, below-grade waterproofing, and windows) are too often selected from a catalog, website, or based on an ASTM test, without first understanding the actual loads the system or detail will experience in-service, or the differences between its in-service exposure and how it was tested. In this presentation, Joe Piñon will show examples of lab “tested” systems and details that failed in-service due to not accounting for the actual rain exposure and load in the design. Example failures include a rainscreen façade installed on an inclined wall, Code approved low-slope vented roofs and cement plaster exterior walls, custom window systems, and flashing details that create weak links in what might otherwise be a design that works.

2:35PM- 3:00PM Afternoon Break
3:00PM- 4:00PM Jeff Chen, AIA, LEED AP, Phillip Kelleher, AIA, Erica Reynolds –
McGinnis/Chen
Avoiding Weak Design: The Architect’s Responsibility
In 1987, Rosenberg McGinnis was retained by Milton Meyer & Co. to investigate on-going leaks at Five Fremont Center. The leaks had been investigated and repaired a number of times since 1983, less than a year after construction began. The report prepared by Rosenberg McGinnis documents their independent observations and recommendations. What started out as a simple observation of water leakage turned into a litigation case spanning a length of ten years. This presentation will uncover the architect’s responsibility to avoid weak points in the original design in order to elude unneeded headache after the project is over.

About the Presenters:

Ann Coleman, Associate Principal and Unit Manager, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Ann Coleman is a building enclosure consultant for new and distressed enclosure systems—for laboratories, hospital buildings, museums, and office buildings. Ms. Coleman applies her project experience and professional interests to technical presentations and publications including topics related to common causes of construction defects, building reuse, historic and new cast stone, concrete floor slab moisture issues, fenestration, waterproofing, and construction detailing.

Paul Goetz, President, Aquatech Consultancy, Inc.
Paul Goetz has over 35 years of practical and diverse waterproofing and construction experience in the areas of project management, contracting, specification preparation, estimating, and forensic consulting. For ten years, he was the president of one of the Bay Area’s largest waterproofing, industrial seamless-flooring, and specialty roofing companies. He is recognized by his peers, developers, and architects as an authority on waterproof design, material selection and detailing.

Gerson Bers, Principal, ABBAE
Gerson Bers is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park where he received a B.S. in Physical Sciences. Mr. Bers is a LEED Accredited Professional and is a DOE certified WUFI ORNL instructor in hydrothermal analyses. He has more than 30 years of building technology consulting experience with special emphasis on design of new and remedial building enclosure system design as well as investigating and resolving moisture infiltration issues for occupied facilities. Mr. Bers is responsible for planning and executing forensic investigations and assists in preparing and reviewing findings reports and remedial repair construction documents and cost estimates. Mr. Bers has provided both expert and percipient testimony for construction defect litigation from both plaintiff and defendant perspectives.

Annie K. Lo, AIA, LEED AP, Director of Restoration, Walker Restoration Consultants
Annie Lo is the Director of Restoration in San Francisco and Northern California for Walker Restoration Consultants (WRC). Together with Walker Parking Consultants founded in 1965, WRC has 18 offices and provides building envelope, waterproofing, restoration, and structural engineering services throughout the U.S. As a licensed Architect with a degree from Columbia University and a background in historic preservation, Annie has presented technical topics at AIA, RCI, APT, ABAA, and CPF.

Joe Pinon, Principal and Senior Building Science Specialist, RDH Building Science, Inc.
Joe Piñon, M.S., P.E. (CA) has extensive experience in design, analysis, rehabilitation, commissioning, architectural plan peer review, and construction contract administration for a variety of building enclosure systems and components used in commercial, residential and institutional construction across the United States. Joe has broad knowledge of industry building science best practices, as well as national, state, and local building codes on the performance standards relating to energy efficiency, and moisture control. Joe is an engaging and skilled speaker, having presented many of his published works at conferences and client training sessions throughout the country.

Erica Reynolds, PE – McGinnis/Chen
Erica Reynolds, P.E. has 5 years of experience in Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Construction Administration and Project Management on a variety of structures. Along with technical experience, Erica has an extensive educational background with Masters and Bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Structural Engineering. She is experienced in the production of Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, product and code research, and Construction Administration. She conducts field surveying and inspections.

Phillip Kelleher, AIA– McGinnis/Chen
Phillip Kelleher has 10 years of architectural industry experience including 7 years of building envelope experience with MCA. He has extensive knowledge in all aspects of job production including architectural design, waterproofing design, construction documents, and construction contract administration. He conducts and manages field investigation, testing and inspections. He is currently managing our services for new construction projects in the SF Mission Bay, multi-building high-tech campuses in the Silicon Valley and various urban in-fill residential high-rises in the SOMA district. Along with technical experience, Phillip has an extensive educational background with Master Degrees in both architecture and structural engineering.

Jeff Chen, AIA, LEED AP– McGinnis/Chen
With experience accumulated over 34 years of professional practice specific to a wide range of exterior building envelope projects with MCA, Jeff Chen brings a high level of technical and design expertise. He is a recognized specialist consultant in building envelope design and peer review for new construction, and an experienced architect in problem solving and remedial design for existing problematic buildings. Jeff Chen’s expertise in solving waterproofing problems in the building envelope includes below-grade waterproofing, plaza and deck waterproofing, windows and skylight assemblies, curtain walls, EIFS, masonry wall, rain screen assemblies, and occupied and unoccupied roofs.

Learning Objectives:

forthcoming

The Concept of Co-Housing for Aging-In-Place

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Noon-1pm
Free and open to all.
Location: Swan’s Market Co-Housing Community Room (2nd Floor), 930 Clay St., Oakland

1 CES LU

North America’s 50th Co-housing Community is preserved in the 1917 Swan’s Market building in the historic Old Oakland neighborhood of Downtown Oakland. Swan’s Market is a mixed-use building comprised of restaurants, retail, offices, services, housing, and co-housing. Come see and hear about the concept of co-housing and its applicability as a model for aging-in-place.

We will be graciously hosted by residents Michael Coleman, AIA and Sandra Coleman, Hon. AIAEB, and guest speaker, Raines Cohen who is the Northern California Regional Organizer with Co-housing California.

PLEASE NOTE:

Our March meeting will be a special meeting location and field tour. Enter Swan’s Market Co-Housing at: 930 Clay St, Oakland, CA 94607 or 538 9th St. Oakland

Enter through courtyard at either address on Clay Street or 9th Street and proceed to co-housing community room, 2nd level. See red star on map for entry point. We hope to have people to direct you once in the courtyard. The location is easily accessible from the 12th St. downtown Oakland BART station.

1st-floor

 

 

Leveraging Revit To Make Presentations & Models Attractive

A Revit User Group

Thursday, March 16, 2017
11:30am-1pm
Free and open to all. Lunch provided by Ideate.
Please click here to register.

1.5 CES LUs

This presentation will show some of the ways in which you can use Revit to create attractive presentation drawings in both rendered and non-rendered views. We will look at how to apply a museum board and basswood look to a rendered view, create sketchy-line views, add background images to views, and have an in-depth look at materials & assets and why they are critical for Revit drawings and presentations.

About the Presenter:

Sash Kazeminejad, AIA, LEED AP, ACI, BCI – AEC Senior Application Specialist
Sash is a registered Architect and LEED Accredited Professional who holds a Master of Architecture from Montana State University. Sash’s experience includes project management, BIM management, and design for architectural firms in California, Montana, and Oregon. As an Autodesk Certified Instructor, Sash provides Revit Architecture training and solutions for AECO firms.

The Future of Employee Healthcare Benefits

an AEBL program; co-sponsored by AIA East Bay

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
11:30am-1:30pm
$30 AIA and AEBL Members/$50 Non-members; includes lunch
Click here to register

1.5 CES LUs

Many companies are being faced with yearly changes to their healthcare benefit plans, which directly affects their profitability. This creates a large number in the expense column that management, human resources, and benefits managers are constantly trying to minimize, while maximizing quality benefits. Firms are caught between passing costs on to employees and trying to absorb the increasing premiums, making the decisions about health benefits ever more important in relation to total compensation and its effect on recruiting and retention.

Join AEBL, the AIA East Bay, and a panel of industry experts during this dynamic lunchtime session as we discuss the ever-changing healthcare market. Find out what others in the A/E/C are doing to stay on top of this frustratingly fluctuating trend.

We will also take a look at what the future might hold…if our new president will repeal, replace, or amend the Affordable Care Act, and how that will affect healthcare benefits for companies and employees.

 

Information Modeling’s Role in Sustainable Design Decisions

This event has been postponed. We will notify you when we reschedule.

Friday, March 17, 2017
Noon-1:30pm
Lunch provided by Vectorworks, Inc.
Please RSVP by 10am March 16 to events@aiaeb.org

1.5 CES LUs

Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Site Information Modeling (SIM) applications provide us with the necessary tools to carry out well-designed and well-planned projects that save both time and money. These same BIM and SIM tools can also be used to help make informed decisions and create responsible, sustainable designs. This presentation will look at case studies of both architecture and landscape architecture projects that utilized intelligent BIM objects and tools to achieve low-impact, sustainable designs.

About the Presenter:
David DenglerAs a Regional Account Manager, David Dengler promotes the Vectorworks brand through consultative sales, marketing, promotion, education, and outreach across California. He also conducts CEU presentations and enables educational institutions to bring the Vectorworks platform into their classrooms. David is well suited for the task because he possesses extensive CAD software experience, including first-hand knowledge of Vectorworks software and its rendering capabilities. He has used Vectorworks professionally since 1996. Before joining Vectorworks Inc. in 2013, David was a designer with Adler Display. Prior to that, he founded his own company and developed apps for iPhone/iPad. He has worked as a project designer/manager with various architectural firms in California for over 15 years where he completed both residential and commercial projects. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand BIM and SIM workflows.
  • Learn how designers can benefit from using a BIM application.
  • Discover what tools are available to make sustainable design decisions.
  • See how designers are achieving success with intelligent tools and applications.

Tiny Prefab Housing by Avava Systems

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Noon-1:30pm
Free AIA Members / $3 Guests
Brown Bag Lunch (BYO Lunch)
Location: AIA East Bay, 1405 Clay St., Oakland

1.5 CES LUs

SFF Host:  Maggie Maiers, AIA

Join us for a presentation from Patricia Carpentieri, AIA of Avava Systems, a prefabricated housing company in Berkeley.  She will discuss housing needs from a planning perspective and how prefab buildings can be part of the solution. Avava Systems provides high quality, sustainable homes that are assembled on site in 4-6 weeks, for a fixed price.  This requires some unique departures from conventional ideas of construction. 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this presentation, attendees will…

  1. Be able to identify at least three new innovations to traditional building materials.
  2. Be able to state three areas of conservation that prefabricated housing can offer.
  3. Be able to state a pro and con of prefabrication regarding design and construction.
  4. Be able to state a pro and con of prefabrication regarding energy efficiency.

Tour: Blu Homes Factory & Model Village

SOLD OUT

Thursday, February 16, 2017
9-11am
1245 Nimitz Ave., Vallejo, CA 94592
$5 Members & Employees of Chapter Member Firms/$10 Guests

This tour is sold out. Please request a spot on the wait list by contacting events@aiaeb.org.

1.5 CES LUs

 

Blu Homes makes modern, green, prefab houses right here in the East Bay, but not for long. This is your last chance to see assembly-line home building before they move out of state! 

During World War II the historic building that houses Blu Homes was used to manufacture submarines. Much of Mare Island was abandoned and in disrepair – including the old factory – until Blu Homes rehabilitated it to turn into their home-producing factory. The space contains several unique features which are still used today, such as cranes from 1939.

After the tour of the working factory we’ll move on to the Model Village to explore the end products.