Precast, prestressed concrete is a highly versatile, efficient and resilient material with applications on many types of projects. PCI Mountain States offers a number of accredited courses designed to educate building professionals on the possibilities, advantages and considerations of using precast concrete. Our courses range from a broad introduction to deep dives into specific issues like aesthetics, sustainability, building envelopes, schools, parking structures and more. Earn credits and learn about the ways precast can contribute to your next project. Courses are available in person or remote, via Zoom. Contact PCI Mountain States and schedule your course today.

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Course Offerings for 2021

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Level 1 – Introductory Program Number Authorized: LIVE19DHPP100

In recent years, there has been a drive toward high performance structures. Owners, occupants and communities expect the structures they inhabit to be comfortable, efficient, sustainable and durable. High performance design encompasses all of these elements and more. This presentation will explain what high performance structures are, and how precast concrete can help achieve your high performance project goals. The presentation also covers the basics of precast concrete, its applications, finishes, etc. In recent years, there has been a drive toward high performance structures. Owners, occupants and communities expect the structures they inhabit to be comfortable, efficient, sustainable and durable. High performance design encompasses all of these elements and more. This presentation will explain what high performance structures are, and how precast concrete can help achieve your high performance project goals. The presentation also covers the basics of precast concrete, its applications, finishes, etc.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define what high performance structures are and explain how these structures provide benefits such as increased health and wellbeing for the end user/client.
  • Discuss the user advantages and long-term physical and economic benefits of high performance design for improved safety, comfort, and indoor environmental quality.
  • Attendees will be able to explain the concept of resiliency and identify why it is important to the health, safety and welfare of the general public.
  • Attendees will learn how high performance building envelopes provide durability and multi-hazard protection for the public over a long life span.
Length: 1 Hour
AIA 1.0 HSW/LU
1.0 PDH
0.1 CEU

Level 2 – Intermediate Program Number Authorized: LIVE19AVP100

The aesthetics of a structure are very important, as it is what most people identify with. High performance materials should provide aesthetic versatility in order to efficiently meet a structure’s architectural requirements. Precast concrete provides incredible aesthetic versatility from providing multiple colors and textures, to developing shapes, forms and very ornate details. Precast can also simulate or be veneered with natural materials providing all of their beauty, but with the added speed, durability, many other benefits of precast. This presentation will provide an overview of the many finishes available with precast concrete, along with methodologies for achieving them. We will also discuss combining multiple finishes into single panels, veneers and embedded materials, selection of mix designs, approaches to achieving colors, proper specification, and procedures to ensure expectations are aligned.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the finish options of precast concrete
  • Describe methods to achieve color, form and texture
  • Explain how clay products and natural stones can be veneered to precast concrete to speed construction and reduce costs
  • Discuss the latest innovations in aesthetics and finishes
Length: 1 Hour
AIA 1.0 LU
1.0 PDH
0.1 CEU

Level 2 – Intermediate Program Number Authorized: LIVE20HPBPAC10

This session will provide an overview of advanced production techniques through the use of architectural precast concrete, including its composition, shapes and finishes along with the potential of Architectural Precast Concrete facades. Attendees will obtain a deeper understanding of the new categories for PCI’s Architectural Certification Program that are more specific to the various building market segments. These new categories ensure a high-quality product within each specified category, while aligning the designer’s expectations for the complexity of the project with the capabilities of architectural precast concrete.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the purpose and benefits of certification programs.
  • Explain the effect of a Quality Assurance program on quality, safety and the overall construction process.
  • Describe the basic differences between the various PCI Architectural Certification Categories.
  • Explain how to specify Architectural Precast Concrete using the appropriate PCI Certification Category.
Length: 1 Hour
AIA 1.0 LU
1.0 PDH
0.1 CEU

Level 2 – Intermediate Program Number Authorized:
LIVE20DSUP100 GBCI course number: 0920012331

Owners and occupants increasingly expect their buildings to operate at a high level over a long life cycle while also being conscious of their impact on the environment. This course will discuss considerations for the holistic design and construction of sustainable structures that perform efficiently and offer occupants and communities safe, healthy and useful spaces that can be effectively utilized over many years. We’ll examine LCA data and discuss ways precast, prestressed concrete can contribute to sustainable, durable, efficient and resilient buildings.

Learning Objectives:
  • Define sustainability and material life cycle and examine how these factors impact the long-term performance of a building and the health of its occupants.
  • Discuss LEED v.4, EPDs and LCA, and examine how holistic design can impact the health, safety and welfare of occupants and the community.
  • Learn ways that precast can contribute to energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality.
  • Understand the relationship between durability, resilience and sustainability.
Length: 1 Hour
AIA 1.0 HSW/LU
1.0 PDH
0.1 CEU
GBCI 1.0 CE hour

Level 2 – Intermediate Program Number Authorized: LIVE19CES100

A structure’s envelope has considerable impact on its overall performance, as highlighted by recent code changes. The envelope not only serves as a barrier between the outside environment and conditioned space, but also as a part of the aesthetic expression for the structure. It must also serve as a protective shield against environmental forces. High-performance building envelopes can help reduce the overall energy consumption of a structure throughout the structure’s life, and maintain and protect its interior environment and occupants.

This presentation addresses what high performance building envelopes are, as well as key elements to their performance. It will discuss how to use precast concrete wall systems to meet the latest code requirements such as continuous insulation and air barriers, and include topics such as moisture management, thermal mass effect and how to calculate effective R-values, integration with other building systems, and more. This session will also touch on the idea of resilience. A structure must be able to resist environmental forces, such as high winds and earthquakes in order to protect life and fulfill its intended purpose. Case studies are used to highlight information presented.

Learning Objectives:
  • Attendees will be able to identify the three basic types of precast concrete envelope systems and how each can be utilized to achieve optimum building performance, as well as benefit the health, wellbeing and comfort of occupants.
  • Attendees will be able to identify the three basic types of precast concrete envelope systems and how each can be utilized to achieve optimum building performance, as well as benefit the health, wellbeing and comfort of occupants.
  • Describe new envelope code requirements and how they can be applied to best provide healthy, high-performing interior spaces for tenants and the public.
  • Attendees will be able to explain the thermal mass effect and understand how to use it to create more energy efficient buildings that emphasize good indoor environmental quality with minimal environmental impact.
  • Describe and discuss heat, air and moisture management methodologies that are vital to combatting “sick building syndrome” and providing healthy buildings that support the comfort and wellbeing of those inside.
Length: 1 Hour
AIA 1.0 HSW/LU
1.0 PDH
0.1 CEU

Level 2 – Intermediate Program Number Authorized: LIVE21EWF100

For communities to thrive, the buildings and structures that make up that community must be able to stand up to disruptive events that might include earthquakes, fires and severe storms. This presentation will delve into ways precast concrete can contribute to buildings that protect lives, lifestyles and livelihoods. We will discuss strategies and share case examples.

Learning Objectives:
  • Define resiliency and discuss its important in designing for the future.
  • Discuss ways in which resilient design and sustainable design intersect.
  • Learn about ways that precast, prestressed concrete can be used in designs that protect occupants and are resistant to earthquakes, fires and storms.
  • Share case studies of safe, sustainable and resilient precast projects.
Length: 1 Hour
AIA 1.0 HSW/LU
1.0 PDH
0.1 CEU

Level 2 – Intermediate Program Number Authorized: LIVE2020PPL100

For communities to thrive, the buildings and structures that make up that community must be able to stand up to challenges presented by climate change, severe weather, fire, earthquakes, floods and other natural and human-caused disasters. This presentation will delve into ways precast concrete can contribute to buildings that protect lives, lifestyles and livelihoods.

Learning Objectives:
  • Define the concept of resiliency and discuss its important in designing for the future.
  • Discuss ways in which resilient design and sustainable design intersect.
  • Learn about ways that precast concrete can be used in designs that protect occupants and contribute to community health and resilience.
  • Discuss case studies of safe, sustainable and resilient precast concrete projects.
Length: 1 Hour
AIA 1.0 HSW/LU
1.0 PDH

Level 2 – Intermediate Program Number Authorized: LIVE19BHPK100

Educational Facilities are a vital part of the fabric of our society that directly contribute to what our future will be. These are places where future generations learn more than just math and science, they learn about people, life, and develop key life skills. Today’s schools are more than just buildings, they are interactive learning environments. They are gathering places. They are safe havens for a community. This presentation will discuss recommendations on how to design and build high performance schools, which provide energy efficiency, safety and resiliency, as well as reduce life cycle costs. Aesthetics, acoustics, schedule, and fire protection will also be discussed. Case studies will be used to highlight topics discussed.

Learning Objectives:
  • Attendees will be able to define what high performance schools are, and the benefits these structures offer to students, teachers, and the community.
  • Attendees will be able to define what high performance schools are, and the benefits these structures offer to students, teachers, and the community.
  • Attendees will be able to identify key considerations in the design of high performance schools, and understand how appropriate design of educational facilities benefits students, teachers, and the community.
  • Explain the basic approaches to high performance school design using precast concrete, and how those approaches can be used to create durable, high-performing buildings that support the safety, health and learning of students.
  • Attendees will also learn about material considerations that help control costs, maximize quality, reduce maintenance, and meet sustainable design goals for educational facilities that serve their communities at a high level for many years.
Length: 1 Hour
AIA 1.0 HSW/LU
1.0 PDH
0.1 CEU

Level 2 – Intermediate Program Number Authorized: LIVE19HPPS100

Parking structures have changed a lot over the past decade. Today’s parking structures have to be built sustainably, reduce operational and maintenance costs, last longer, and have more stringent aesthetic requirements. In many cases, they have to be high performance structures exceeding standard expectations. This presentation will explain what a high performance parking structure is, as well as how to design and build them utilizing high performance precast concrete. The latest innovations and design methodologies, including connections, proper detailing and maintenance will be discussed. Aesthetic options and versatility will also be presented.

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the primary attributes of a high performance parking structure
  • Discuss the latest innovations in parking structure design
  • Explain the differences in various structural systems for parking structures
  • Describe proper maintenance procedures for parking structure
Length: 1 Hour
AIA 1.0 HSW/LU
1.0 PDH
0.1 CEU