Precast Concrete Storm Shelters - AIA 1.0 LU/HSW

Delivered on 05/21/2020

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Webinar Description: 

This one-hour program is intended for professional designers and engineers. The attributes of precast concrete will be presented, demonstrating how these qualities may be applied to the design and construction of safe and efficient storm shelter facilities. The versatility and resiliency of precast concrete will be further highlighted by a video demonstration, and a series of case studies.  We will Introduce the basic requirements of a FEMA 361 Storm Shelter.  Information will also be discussed looking at the unique problem that tornadic and cyclonic weather systems pose for structures. Precast concrete, as a material and as a system, will be presented including particular applications of precast concrete systems used to resolve spatial needs while meeting the requirements for FEMA Storm Shelters. Practical applications of precast concrete FEMA 361 buildings will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

1.     Introduce the requirements for a FEMA P-361 Storm Shelter

2.     Identify the components of a precast concrete structure

3.     Discuss precast concrete characteristics and advantages

4.     Compare materials and their utility and sustainable benefits


Dave Robertson, Vice President – Sales for Prestressed Casting Co. in Springfield, Missouri

Dave began his career with Prestressed Casting Co. and has continued to work for Prestressed Casting Co. for 32 years.  In that time he has served both on the design side of the company as a Project Coordinator and Drafting Manager and on the project development side as a Technical Advisor, Estimator, and currently serves as Sales Manager.  Dave has extensive experience in the application of FEMA 361 and ICC500 requirements to commercial precast structures, and has been involved in the development of over 150 FEMA projects during his career. 

The Role of Precast Concrete in Resilience-Based Design - AIA 1.0 LU/HSW

Delivered on 05/07/2020

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Webinar Description: 

This course will provide an introduction to resilience-based design, as it is distinguished from and compliments traditional green design.  Participants will learn how to measure the social and economic benefits of resilience and communicate to clients the importance of selecting resilient structural systems and materials.  The course will focus on particular resilient properties of precast concrete systems and highlight case studies where precast concrete systems have achieved resilience ratings through the US Resiliency Council Building Rating System.  This course is intended for architects, engineers, builders, material suppliers and decision-makers within the building community.

Learning Objectives:

1)     Instruct how to communicate the importance of resilience in the built environment and how it is both different from and compliments green design.

2)     Provides tools for quantifying the performance of buildings in natural hazards along the dimensions of safety, repair costs, and recovery time.

3)     Identify strategies to select structural systems and materials, focusing on precast concrete, that are particularly well-suited to high performing, resilient design.

4)     How to provide clients with benefit-cost and return-on-investment analytics to promote the selection of resilient structural systems and materials.


Evan Reis, SE

Executive Director

US Resiliency Council

High Performance & Resilient Precast Educational Facilities - AIA 1.0 LU/HSW

Delivered on 04/23/2020

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Webinar Description: 

The evolving construction industry, recent code changes, increasing sustainability requirements and challenging economy are just some of the factors increasing demand for safe, healthy, high performance educational facilities. Today’s schools are more than just buildings; they are interactive learning environments. They are gathering places. They are safe havens for the community. This presentation will discuss recommendations on how to design and build high performance, sustainable and resilient schools, with reduced life-cycle costs. The benefits of prefabrication and off-site construction will be identified in the context of precast/prestressed concrete architectural and structural building solutions. And case studies will highlight high performance attributes - including optimization of numerous versatile, efficient, and resilient building applications.

Learning Objectives:

1)     Define high performance structures and identify key attributes and benefits of high performance and sustainable learning environments educational facilities.

2)     Explain basic approaches to high performance and resilient school design using precast concrete. 

3)     Promote the concept of functional resilience and its importance in educational facilities.

4)     Learn how prefabricated, integrated architectural and structural precast concrete design solutions contribute to life safety features including: fire safety, storm resistance, acoustics and indoor air quality.

5)     Share how off-site construction and prefabricated manufacturing with natural, low-embodied energy materials contribute to life cycle design, accelerate construction, reduce site disturbance and waste, reduce transportation of materials and provide easier coordination of trades.

6)     Describe concepts to control cost and quality, reduce maintenance, and meet sustainable design goals.


Peter I. Finsen, FPCI, Assoc. AIA

Executive Director & CEO

Georgia/Carolinas PCI, A Chapter of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute

Thermal Mass, Energy Codes, and Precast Concrete

Delivered on 04/09/2020

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Mass walls in combination with insulation can save energy in buildings. This presentation describes the benefits of thermal mass (thermal inertia) and how these benefits are recognized in national energy codes. An overview of compliance paths of these energy codes is presented. The degradation of the R-value of concrete panels with metal thermal bridges that pass through the insulation is also described.

Credits: 1 PDH or AIA LU

Learning Objectives: 1. Identify why mass walls save energy.
2. Learn the heat capacity requirements for mass walls in energy codes.
3. Determine how thermal mass provisions are presented in national energy codes.
4. Learn how metal thermal bridges that penetrate the insulation in a mass wall degrade it's R-value.
Presenter: Emily Lorenz, PE

Emily Lorenz, PE, is an independent consultant in the areas of LCA, EPDs, PCRs, green building, and sustainability. She serves as an engineer in the areas of green structures and practices, energy efficiency, thermal properties, and moisture mitigation. Lorenz also specializes in green building code and standard work and advocacy.

Precast Concrete Parking Structures

Delivered on 03/26/2020

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Please join the local chapters of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) in attending this free AIA-CEU approved education webinar on the versatility of incorporating precast, prestressed concrete in the design and construction of parking structures.

This one-hour program is intended for professional designers. Basic parking planning strategies and garage types will be discussed. The qualities of precast concrete most suitable to the design and construction of parking structures will be presented.

CEU Credits: 1.0 AIA LU

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the different precast concrete systems, advantages, and construction methods used in parking garages.
  • Understand precast applications and uses
  • Review typical precast components
  • Learn about the manufacturing processes that give precast concrete its consistent high quality
  • Gain insight on technical considerations including connections, construction and erection
  • Understand the precaster’s role in assisting the design team
  • Access industry resources available to designers

Our presenter is Mr. Paul Todd, Principal of Todd Architecture in Denver, Colorado.

Paul Todd holds Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Illinois. 

He has thirty-six years of experience in residential, governmental, and commercial projects, involving both new construction and rehabilitation of historic structures, including:

  • over four million square feet of total precast concrete structures
  • the first LEED™-certified office building in Colorado, and
  • the first total-precast concrete LEED™-certified structure in the country.

He is a licensed architect and LEED™-accredited professional.

Architect's Toolbox - Precast / Prestressed Hollow-Core Concrete and How it is Made

Delivered 12/11/2019

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Join PCI West and attend this timely upcoming webinar.  AIA-CEU credits will be available for participants

This course instructs participants how to design and build utilizing hollow-core floors and walls. Participants also learn about the inherent fire resistance of hollow-core, a major life-safety consideration. Participants will be able to identify the different precast, prestressed hollow-core concrete systems. Explain the benefits of using precast, prestressed hollow-core concrete with owners and other designers.

Learning Objectives:

In this webinar the participant will be able to:

  • Identify the different precast, prestressed  hollow-core concrete systems.
  • Explain the benefits of using precast, prestressed hollow-core concrete.
  • Discuss the benefits of using hollow-core concrete with owners and other designers.
  • Discuss the basics of hollow-core concrete floors and walls.

Our presenters for this webinar are:

Erin Pratt, SE - Structural Engineering Manager for Clark Pacific and PCI West Producer Member

Farshad Mazloom, PE - Engineering Manager for Kie-Con, Inc. and PCI West Producer Member