CONVERSATIONS WITH THE FACADE SQUAD
Join us monthly for conversations on all things facades. We promise this won’t be boring, just two guys that love to talk about facades, materials and design.
Every webisode will focus on a different topic, drill down to the nitty-gritty details and at the end, hopefully you had a good time and learn something new.
We look forward to seeing you in the sessions (don’t worry video will be optional) for a great conversation.
- Learn something new about facades
- Be part of a great conversation
- Collaborate with other design professionals
- Have fun | laugh a little
DURABILITY AND LOW MAINTENANCE BUILDING ENVELOPE SYSTEMS
April 20, 2021 | 12:00 PM CST
The Facade Squad discusses the importance of durability when it comes to specifying requirements for prefabricated building envelope products. From a recent study, initial cost was one of the most influential factors in building facade material selection over the next five years, but that does not necessarily translate to low cost. Stakeholders emphasized that long-term maintenance and durability is also of the utmost importance and the Facade Squad will dive into how achieving these factors comes with using premium materials that maintain their aesthetic and performance characteristics throughout the lifecycle of the building. Approved for .5 CEUs.
CLIMATE CHANGE, CARBON REDUCTION AND INFINITE FACADE
May 18, 2021 | 12:00 PM CST
This presentation reviews what climate change is in regards to technical metrics, how carbon emissions plays a role those metrics, and what goals are being set to help reduce carbon emissions. Participants will learn about the details and benefits of the Infinite Facade light weight precast system and how it differs from traditional precast spandrel cladding. This presentation will provide data on the energy use benefits of Infinite Façade compared to other traditional exterior cladding systems. Additionally, there will be a review of the Life Cycle Assessment done on Infinite Façade and how it compares to other more traditional materials and their impact the environment. Approved for 1 CEUs.
Guest Speakers: Ed Muehlberg and Doug Bevier
UNDERSTANDING THE GENERAL CONTRACTOR'S APPROACH TO PREFABRICATED FACADES
March 23, 2021 | 12:00 PM CST
In March, the Facade Squad dives into the viewpoints of general contractors when focusing on the complete building envelope while utilizing prefabricated solutions, our guest speaker is Peter Dupuis of Gundlach Champion. The webisode will focus on a general contractor’s approach a prefabricated building envelope, their relationship with the owner, and the design team collaboration process. The speakers will also look at current industry trends and recent feedback from owners on the prefabricated solution recently installed their current construction project. Approved for .5 CEUs.
- Peter Dupuis, Project Manager with Gundlach Champion
- Cory Scheilder, AIA, Director of Architecture with Cedar Corporation
- Keith Nichols, Architect with Quintus3D
Hear how our guest speakers approached the design with a prefabricated building envelope for the new Student Housing East project on the CSULA campus. The team will discuss their “must haves”, challenges and their vision.
Guest Speakers: Gary Duncan from KPFF and Michael Bulander from HED
The guys will discuss with our guest speaker how to design for the long term and taking material obsolescence into account. We will take a crack at separating myth vs. reality and how to choose the best solution for your next project.
Guest Speaker: Evan Reis PE, SE – Executive Director of USRC
Collaborative design takes on a whole new meaning with prefabricated systems. The guys will discuss our approach on designing for prefabrication and how to achieve your aesthetic vision on budget.
Let's face it, as architects we shape the skyline and nothing is worse than every building looking the same. We will discuss how to design with terracotta, brick, metal panel, tile or a combination of materials to help change the view.
We all know prefabrication is a better, smarter way to build but where as a designer do you start? We will chat about how to approach a prefabricated building envelope, what to consider and how it can make you a facade superstar.
A discussion on simplifying building envelope design with the Infinite Facade, a single source building envelope solution. Discover how a single source solution envelope reduces risk for both design teams and owners. Learn strategies to consider for prefabricated envelope systems along with design options and considerations.
Infinite Facade extends the benefits of a single source for a complete building envelope system to owners and design-build teams in markets across the U.S.
Infinite Facade™ redefines how owners and design teams approach the facade system. It is a single source solution for a complete building envelope that meets or exceeds code requirements, utilizes a standard frame and connections, while giving design teams complete flexibility.
Research has shown that the building envelope is one of the most complex aspects of design and reasonably so, as design teams are expected to meet client and aesthetic expectations while meeting performance standards and regulations. Infinite Facade™ solves these issues.
Wells Concrete and Clark Pacific announced a partnership to form Facades Consortium Group LLC and the nationwide availability of Infinite Facade, a complete prefabricated building envelope system and single-source solution that simplifies building envelope design. Driven by increasing demand for lightweight wall panel systems, the partnership will accelerate the research, development and evolution of the Infinite Facade system.
Wells is committed to keeping the design community up-to-date on new precast technologies and innovations while continuing to develop interest in designing sustainable structures. We welcome clients, designers, association groups, and students to register for our continuing education presentations or educational plant tours.