Join us once a month for 30 minute 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 month we will focus on a different topic, drill down to the nitty-gritty details and at the end, hopefully you had a good time and learned something new.
We look forward to seeing you live in a session or watch on demand at your convenience, for great conversation and insight.
April 20, 2021
10am PT / 12pm CT
Topic: Durability and Low Maintenance Building Envelope Systems
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.
Topic: Climate Change, Carbon Reduction and Infinite Facade
The Squad 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, Architect at Wells Concrete and Doug Bevier, Product Manager of Facades at Clark Pacific
Topic: Understanding the General Contractor View of Prefabricated Facades
The Facade Squad dives into the viewpoints of general contractors when focusing on the complete building envelope when utilizing prefabricated solutions. The webisode will focus on a general contractor’s approach to a prefabricated building envelope, their relationship with the project 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 in their current construction project.
Peter Dupuis, Project Manager with Gundlach Champion
Cory Scheilder, AIA, Director of Architecture with Cedar Corporation
Keith Nichols, Architect with Quintus3D
Topic: Prefabricated Facades 101
We all know prefabrication is a better, smarter way to build but as a designer, where 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.
Topic: Design Materiality & Versatility Episode Two
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.
Topic: Collaborative Facade Design
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.
Topic: Sustainability and Facade Design
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
Topic: CSULA Case Study – An Approach to a Prefabricated Building Envelope
The first Facade Squad webisode of 2021 will feature guest speakers Gary Duncan of KPFF and Michael Bulander of HED to hear how they 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