Learn@Lunch Programs

PCMA offers ten Learn@Lunch Programs that are presented in your office. You provide the venue, PCMA provides a quality lunch and an AIA approved educational program in one hour or one and half hour formats. Contact Us to schedule your Learn@Lunch.

* Programs Added June 2018

PCMA, in partnership with PCI, regularly updates its Learn@Lunch programming. Please check back frequently for our latest Learn@Lunch opportunities.

Our Learn@Lunch Menu

Program Number Authorized:

LIVEDHPP Credit: 1.00 HSW

1. Define high performance structures.

2. Discuss the advantages and long-term benefits of high performance design.

3. Describe how precast concrete contributes to design versatility, energy efficiency, and long-term building performance.

4. Explain the concept of resiliency and how high performance design incorporates it to provide multi-hazard protection.

Continuing code changes, increasing sustainability requirements, and a robust economy are just some of the factors increasing demand for high-performance structures. However, high performance is not business-as-usual.

The concept of 'high-performance' encompasses sustainability; however, it goes beyond a 'this-or-that' approach by requiring optimization of all relevant attributes for a project on a life cycle basis. This presentation will explain what high performance structures are, and how precast concrete can help you achieve your high performance project goals. The presentation also covers the basics of precast concrete, its applications, finishes and design solutions.

Level 2 - Intermediate

Program Number Authorized: LIVE17HPPS100

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:

1. Describe the primary attributes of a high performance parking structure

2. Discuss the latest innovations in parking structure design

3. Explain the differences in various structural systems for parking structures

4. Describe proper maintenance procedures for parking structure

Level 2 - Intermediate

Program Number Authorized: LIVE16CES100

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:

1. Describe the three basic types of precast concrete envelope systems

2. Describe new envelope code requirements

3. Explain thermal mass and how to use it to create more energy efficient buildings 4. Discuss moisture management methodologies

Length: 1 Hour AIA 1.0 HSW/LU 1.0 PDH 0.1 CEU

Level 2 - Intermediate

Program Number Authorized: LIVE16AVP100

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:

1. Explain the finish options of precast concrete

2. Describe methods to achieve color, form and texture

3. Explain how clay products and natural stones can be veneered to precast concrete to speed construction and reduce costs

4. Discuss the latest innovations in aesthetics and finishes

Length: 1 Hour AIA 1.0 HSW/LU 1.0 PDH 0.1 CEU

Learning Units: 1.0 HSW LU Professional Development Hours: 1.0 After you have completed this educational program you will be able to:

  1. Identify the different precast concrete systems used when designing school buildings
  2. Discuss how different Precast/Prestressed components are used in school designs
  3. Explain the properties of precast concrete school buildings
  4. Use the aesthetic features of precast concrete to create structures that meet the unique needs of schools
  5. Understand the precast concrete design process

Level 2 - Intermediate

Program Number Authorized: LIVE15BHAF100

Health awareness and athletic competition have become increasingly more important throughout the past years. We see expansions of professional sports teams, new extreme sports being introduced, old facilities being rebuilt, and a growing demand for new facilities.

For example, the athletic facility market is expected to grow by 15% or more over next couple of years. Furthermore, these structures have increasing requirements to design and built for high performance and provide flexibility, functionality, and durability. This presentation will provide an overview of today's high performance athletic facility design using precast concrete systems, as well as include recommendations to optimize designs. Topics discussed will be highlighted with case studies.

Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss the basics of athletic facility design.

2. Describe the key considerations of high performance design relative to athletic facilities

3. Describe the various elements used in precast concrete athletic facilities.

4. Explain how to maximize the value of using precast concrete systems in athletic facilities.

Length: 1 Hour AIA 1.0 HSW/LU 1.0 PDH 0.1 CEU

Level 2 - Intermediate

Program Number Authorized: LIVE15PCRH100

In this program, participants will learn the basics of using precast/prestressed concrete in single-family and multi-family housing. Topics discussed include: acoustic properties, fire safety, indoor environmental advantages of concrete, maintenance needs, speed of construction, and outdoor environmental properties.

Learning Objectives:

1. Utilize the precast concrete design for sustainable housing.

2. Identify structural concepts, including enclosure systems, used with precast concrete housing design

3. Design efficiencies into precast concrete structures through the use standard design systems.

4. Identify the design resources available to aid in designing single and multi-family housing using precast products.

Length: 1 Hour AIA 1.0 HSW/LU 1.0 PDH 0.1 CEU

Level 2 - Intermediate; This is a 1 1/2 hour program.

Program Number Authorized: LIVE17SBD150

After this presentation, participants will understand the following concepts:

(1) The key to sustainable building lies in long-life, adaptable, low-energy design.

(2) The earth’s resources are best conserved if the service life of a building is prolonged.

(3) Using precast concrete in buildings conserves energy and resources during and after construction because of the following characteristics of precast concrete:

            (a) The materials used in precast buildings are natural, renewable, and                      locally available.

           (b) Water and materials used in precast buildings are often recyclable                      and recycled.

           (c) Indoor and outdoor air quality are improved in precast buildings                          because less (or no) VOC-based preservatives and paints are                              required, and because of the thermal mass qualities of precast                            concrete.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand High Performance Building principles using precast concrete systems.

2. Understand precast connections and how to create designs with adaptability and deconstruct-ability in mind.

3. Understand how to integrate the structural system with other building systems.

4. Discuss sustainable principles and how it relates to concrete.

Length: 1.5 Hours AIA 1.5 HSW/LU 1.5 PDH 0.15 CEU

Learning Units: 1.0 HSW LU PDH

 After you have completed this educational program you will be able to:

1. Discuss precast concrete characteristics, advantages and benefits, typical construction methods and construction applications

2. Understand precast applications and uses

3. Review typical precast building components

4. Learn about the manufacturing processes that give precast concrete its consistent high quality

5. Gain insight on technical considerations including connections, construction and erection

6. Understand the precast manufacture's role in assisting the design team with its goals.

7. Access industry resources available to designers of precast structures

Level 2 - Intermediate Program Number Authorized: LIVE16HLC100

This course instructs participants about hollow-core products and 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.

After this program, participants 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.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand fabrication techniques, erection procedures and transportation considerations for precast Hollowcore plank and wall panels.

2. Understand design and detail for precast products including connections and economical layout considerations.

3. Understand High Performance Building principles using precast concrete systems.

4. Understand how to integrate the precast structural system with other building systems.

Level 2 - Intermediate Program

Number Authorized: LIVE14DISP100

After this course, participants will be more familiar with how precast concrete systems allow an industrial structure to meet the demands of heavy use and dynamic production advancement. Additionally, the program explores the use of precast concrete components for specific industrial, retail, and manufacturing applications that take advantage of precast concrete's fire-resistance and long roof span capabilities.

Participants also discover benefits to the designer and owner in terms of increased durability, flexibility of design, high quality of manufactured products, versatility, high-performance, durable materials and speed of construction because precast components can be erected quickly once they arrive at the site.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify and discuss the different industrial applications for precast, prestressed concrete systems

2. Discuss High Performance attributes of Precast concrete systems in Industrial structures

3. Explain the benefits of using precast, prestressed concrete in industrial structures

4. Make an informed material choice for your next industrial building design

Length: 1 Hour AIA 1.0 HSW/LU 1.0 PDH 0.1 CEU

Level 2 - Intermediate

Program Number Authorized: LIVE14HPTS100

The concept of 'high-performance' encompasses sustainability, and goes beyond a single criteria approach by requiring optimization of all relevant attributes for a project on a life cycle basis. This presentation will introduce how high performance is being applied to special purpose and routine highway structures in the transportation industry.

It will provide an overview of how precast/prestressed concrete is being used to meet long lasting, low maintenance, accelerated constructed and low cost requirements for bridges and pavements. The presenter will briefly discuss where engineers can learn more about the basic concepts and detailed methodologies related to design and preservation of these ever changing transportation facilities.

It will also introduce some of the newest innovative systems and designs being used throughout the United States for simple and complex structures.

Learning Objectives:

1. Define what high performance concrete transportation structures are.

2. Discuss the advantages and long-term benefits of high performance design as they relate to concrete transportation structures.

3. Describe how precast concrete contributes to design versatility, efficiency, and long-term performance of transportation structures.

4. Discuss some of the newest technologies in the transportation industry.

Length: 1 Hour AIA 1.0 HSW/LU 1.0 PDH 0.1 CEU

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Executive Box Lunch

The Executive Box Lunch takes advantage of the internet by providing real time presentations through Go-To-Meeting®. When you need the information or continuing education points right now, the Executive Box Lunch can be up and running in minutes. You provide the venue, PCMA provides the lunch, then you sit back in the comfort of your office and learn what you need to know about precast prestressed concrete and its applications.

Seminars

PCMA of Texas offers a variety of 1/2 day and full day seminars ranging in topics from parking garage design consideration to architectural design programs. Watch our upcoming events page for the latest offerings from PCMA.