Strategic Development and Business Basics:  Crafting a Business Plan that Creates Opportunities

New architects often aspire towards the day when they can open their own firms. For that to come to fruition, however, years of experience are not enough. Sound business development strategies are also needed to achieve the goal of opening a firm.

This course will teach budding architects strategic opportunities for business development, including marketing strategies to develop new opportunities, learning how to build alliances with outside sources, and understanding the importance of superior customer service. The course will impart how to develop and maintain a competitive edge.

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Designing for a Lifetime: How to Specify Timeless and Trendy Products (Print Course)

This course will provide architects and designers with knowledge that will enhance their ability to identify key trends in kitchen design and product specification. Specifying products for clients that are both timeless and trendy drives client satisfaction and enhances the project portfolio.

By examining feedback from industry experts regarding the future of kitchen design, this course will demonstrate how to effectively incorporate space planning, appliances, connectivity, and technology into the project.

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Space Planning for a New Generation: Using BIM Software to Understand and Accommodate the Millennial Market (Print Course)

The way that people live is evolving, and it is important that AEC industry professionals are able to adjust their designs to better serve a new generation.

This course will help designers cater to a younger generation that is interested in maximizing smaller spaces, bringing elements of nature into urban settings, and communicating with technology.

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Understanding Wood – How Next-Generation Designers and Artists Impact the Global Forest Ecosystem (Print Course)

Social responsibility should be at the forefront of every designer’s practice, as their designs impact raw material use, land development, and the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants.

This course will discuss one natural resource that is facing a significant threat from exploitation and development: the global forest ecosystem.

We will discuss how building product manufacturers can offer material alternatives that do not further dwindle the world’s endangered wood species. We will also dive deep into a collaborative project between an engineered surfaces company, Interlochen Arts Academy, and visiting artists to return a pine plantation forest to its native state while studying ecology, creating art, and educating a future generation of artists.

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3D Printing Automates Precast Concrete Fabrication Process in Large Mixed-Use Development (Print Course)

Precast concrete is a widely used prefabricated component used to lower costs, speed construction, and increase safety. This course will examine precast concrete and explore a case study where 3D printing technology was used to fabricate precast concrete forms for concrete panels on a large mixed-use project in Brooklyn, NY.

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Precision and Performance with Manufactured Stone Veneer

Manufactured stone veneer is an inspirational design element, born from innovative technology and creative solutions. Also known as MSV, manufactured stone veneer is a lightweight, non-load bearing building material used as a decorative wall covering for exterior or interior surfaces in both residential and commercial construction.

Manufactured stone veneer products adhere to any structurally sound surface and require a simple installation process of lath, scratch coat, mortar, and grout. Each color and texture uses a blend of Portland cement, lightweight natural aggregates, and iron oxide pigments. Even on close examination, manufactured stone looks and feels like natural stone.

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Metal Building Envelope Design Best Practices: Advantages and Benefits of Horizontal Insulated Metal Panels (Print Course)

Horizontal IMPs are two single skin metal panels on either side of a factory-foamed-in-place core. There are two membranes, exterior and interior, and the foam core. The exterior membrane functions as the water, air, and vapor control layer. The interior membrane provides another layer of air and vapor control, and the foam core provides a layer of thermal control.

IMPs can be used in any climate or environmental condition, making them adaptable to many building design projects across different climate zones.

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The Business Case for Building with Wood (Print Course)

Increasingly, building owners and design professionals are turning to wood construction to satisfy all of these industry, market, and regulatory demands and challenges. Long valued as a building material for its performance and cost advantages, today’s building owners are choosing wood to satisfy these and other value propositions, from environmental sustainability and resilience to creating distinctive buildings that appeal to the next generation of employees and apartment dwellers, all while meeting tight budgets and construction timelines.

This course looks at how wood construction can contribute to process efficiency, sustainability, and marketability.

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Wood and Evolving Codes: The 2018 IBC and Emerging Wood Technologies (Print Course)

Increasingly, designers, builders, and building owners are turning to one of our oldest building materials: wood. Valued for its versatility, low carbon footprint, and aesthetic qualities, not to mention its cost performance, wood has long been a preferred choice for constructing durable structures that are resilient in the face of hazardous conditions.

This course will look at how recent innovations and subsequent code changes are expanding the use of structural wood in nonresidential buildings.

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Welded Wire Reinforcement used in Cast-in-Place Concrete Construction

There are many advantages to using welded wire reinforcement in cast-in-place concrete construction. By using welded wire reinforcement on a project, contractors can save significantly on reinforcement placement time and costs associated with labor force allocation without compromising the designer’s structural intent.

By the end of this course, you will understand the value of welded wire reinforcement in cast-in-place concrete construction and how to bring it into the design process effectively. This information will provide you with a keen understanding of the downstream detailing methodology leveraged by the fabricator.

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