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Workshops - Facades+ Chicago

Choose 1 of 4 Sessions for an In-depth dialog with leading architects, fabricators, developers and engineers

Facades+ workshops feature an intimate class size and hands-on learning to create an environment conductive to innovation and creative problem-solving. Learn crucial skills & tools to advance your practice.

Workshop Schedule

  • 12:30 Complimentary Networking Lunch
  • 1:15 Afternoon Workshops Begin
  • 3:15 Networking and Refreshment Break
  • 5:00 Workshops End
Pick 1 from 4 Sessions to Best Match your Interests.

Lunch and Afternoon Refreshments are included for this afternoon of learning with the AEC Industry’s Best.

Sessions(Pick 1 from 4 Sessions)

Materials, Systems & Applications

Materials, Systems & Applications Sessions bring together leading manufacturers who are driving materials and design research. This session will offer three 1-hr deep-dives into the material, applications, and product innovations from a select group of our Methods+Materials Exhibitors.

1. Understanding Perimeter Fire Barrier Systems in the Modern Age: Maintaining Integrity in Today’s Complex Designs

Presenters: Aaron Alterman, STI Firestop

Workshop Description
Fully understanding the role and value of perimeter fire barrier systems in today’s ever changing and complex designs cannot be overstated. Small panel sizes, flush sill heights, curved and angled designs, exposed anchors, and steel backpan designs have made a difficult situation even more critical. As the industry changes almost on a monthly basis, understanding how to maintain the integrity of a non-rated curtain wall system for up to 4 hours is critical in the design phase to eliminate costly changes, delays, and compromised life safety requirements during construction.Key topics covering codes, new ASTM testing requirements, the growing concern for “connection protection”, and an in depth review of the 4 most common issues during construction will be discussed in detail incorporating PowerPoint & video.

Topics for Discussion:

  • Welcome
  • Understanding new code requirements
  • Importance of UL testing for perimeter fire barrier systems
  • Designing for success:
    Key design points on standard aluminum frame designs
    Understanding the complexity of unitized backpan designs
2. Daylighting Challenges: Advances in Smart-Tinting Glass Technologies

Presenters: Jeffery Glick, Halio North America

Workshop Description
This AIA-approved course explores the benefits of daylighting, the obstacles to achieving a truly daylit space, daylighting management strategies, and the latest technologies making it possible to achieve the daylighting for which a building has been designed while still meeting increasingly stringent energy efficiency and sustainability standards.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the human productivity, wellness, and energy benefits associated with daylighting, and how building codes and rating systems have responded.
  • Explain the challenges to optimizing daylight in the built environment.
  • Recognize the opportunities and limitations afforded by the currently available devices & solutions for mitigating glare and reducing solar heat gain.
  • Explain the newest technological advantages in smart-tinting glass and its ability to optimize daylighting and color rendering while achieving maximum energy efficiency.
3. Reduction in Energy Consumption Drives Sustainability =
Ventilated Facade Systems

Presenters: John Penta, Fiandre Group

Workshop Description
For years, covering a building façade has been an important challenge at Graniti Fiandre to overcome the fundamental characteristics of ceramic tile that will outperform other cladding material such as natural stone, wood, aluminum and or prefabricated concrete systems. In addition, there is no secret that indoor air quality has a significant effect on the occupants of a building. Having said this, porcelain tile ventilated façade systems that incorporate the open joint rain screen system are fast emerging of choice for buildings across a variety of commercial and/or residential sectors today. Fact, ventilated façade systems are playing a key role for sustainable building envelopes especially since reduction in consumption is now driving sustainability.

A system with a naturally ventilated wall cavity has an 80-year plus-life expectancy and helps to eliminate potential for “sick-building syndrome,” a common to closed cavity walls. When a VFS is installed, moisture is removed from the areas with structural steel studs which eliminate corrosion in the structural wall.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the ventilated facade system as a sustainable building product and why installing a VFS will make the building a more energy efficient thermal regulator.
  • Understand the aluminum curtain wall sub-frame system, the differences between visible – vs – invisible undercut anchoring systems and, understand how the three anchoring systems transfer the load of the tiles onto the aluminum sub-frame.
  • Appreciate the ease of installation and the benefits of its low maintenance characteristics.
  • Appreciate the benefits for the deflection of rain and moisture within the cavity of the VFS.

Impact of Fenestration on Building Envelope Performance

Mario Gonçalves UL CLEB
Dennis Anderson UL CLEB

Workshop Description
Windows and metal & glass curtain walls generally represent as much as 50% to 100% of the exterior cladding of large buildings and are a determining element in the performance of the vertical building envelope. They are often an important architectural feature of a building and represent a significant portion of the overall cost of a new building. As a determining element in the performance of the vertical building envelope, they must be air and water tight, prevent condensation from occurring on the interior surfaces and resist wind load and other exterior forces acting on the building envelope.

The energy efficiency of buildings are a key technological and economic challenge facing the construction industry and new energy code requirements will necessitate changes to the design and construction of fenestration products, particularly metal and glass curtain walls. The current minimum prescriptive requirements for windows remain well within attainable limits, leaving room for improved performance. However, the thermal performance requirements for the non-vision portion of metal and glass curtain walls are expected to have similar performance to that of opaque walls. Given the effect of framing, attaining such thermal performance is currently practically impossible with the current construction methods and materials, forcing designers towards considering alternative approaches. Considering that most of the energy lost through the vertical building envelope will be through the weakest component, the overall thermal performance will depend largely on the thermal performance of the fenestration, particularly when opting for the maximum window-to-wall ratio permitted through the prescriptive compliance path.

This presentation shall focus on the impact of fenestration on the overall thermal performance of the building envelope and highlight key design considerations for improved overall thermal performance.

Re-Purposing and Re-Positioning Buildings via Facade Renovations

Edward Peck, BatesForum
Alloy Kemp, Thornton Tomasetti
Yugene Cha, Krueck + Sexton
Amy Preston, Tishman Speyer

Workshop Description
How can aging buildings compete for tenants with the new and innovative buildings of today? They typically can’t; they routinely become tenant feeders to new buildings that focus on modern innovations and amenity driven program. To combat this, building owners are getting creative and investing in strategic renovations that reimagine the overall image to retain and attract new tenants and increase the value of their asset. Critical to these renovations are the upgrade and modernization of key facades and primary entrances changing the user’s experience and market position of the asset.

Learn how selected projects reimagined the public spaces and experience with structural glass integrations, creative lighting and the introduction of a modern material palette to reposition a building within the changing landscape. This seminar will include viewpoints from architects, façade experts and building owners related to detailed façade renovations. The challenges and benefits of these projects will be discussed to develop a better understanding for what one should consider when evaluating future renovation investments.

Mind the Gap: Achieving Enclosure Innovation Through Integrated Design

Silvia Prandelli, Walter P Moore
Sanjeev Tankha, Walter P Moore
Marc Zimmer, Frener and Reifer
William Emmick, Studio Gang

Workshop Description
Contemporary building skins require architects, engineers and contractors to collaborate to fulfill the design intent while meeting commercial constraints and performance requirements. This workshop will explore how different parties of the enclosure industry can work together bridging the gap between design and construction and more traditional contractual relationships. Participants will learn how traditional project roles can be revised to deliver innovative, add value solutions.

Mid-America Club

Friday, September 21st
Mid-America Club
200 East Randolph Drive, 80th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601

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LondonHouse Chicago
85 E Upper Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60601

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31 minutes to 1 hour $16.00
4 hours to 12 hours $30.00

Early Bird $16.00
In Between 5am-9:30am
Out Between 2pm - 7pm
Monday – Friday

Single or Double rate: $229/night plus tax & incidentals.

To make your hotel room reservation, Book Online or call (844) 571-1941, and use group code CHI.

The special rate ends August 30th.