Volume 24, Issue 5 - September/October 2010

AIA Continuing Education Update

Structural System Details

urtainwall and glazing systems have evolved tremendously over the years. Today, one of the trends that continues to grow in popularity among the architectural community is the transparent, all-glass façade. To help provide a better understanding of such systems, a number of companies offer AIA continuing education courses.

Exposed Structural Systems and Long Span Glass FacadesEnclos Corp.
Learning Units: 1
This course provides education about designing and creating structural glass and long span glass facades. Participants will learn to identify and compare seven different structural systems used in the support of long span glass facades; list at least four of the relevant evaluation criteria used in comparing different structural systems; identify and compare three different glass systems for applications in long span glass facades; define an optimum delivery strategy for an innovative long span facade solution; and propose a long span facade solution in response to given project parameters.

Structure and Structural Glass 08 Perkins & Will Inc.
Learning Units: 1
Those taking part in this course will take away knowledge about the analysis and engineering for structural glass with an emphasis on long span structural solutions. The presentation includes case studies of a variety of structural solutions including the Toronto Performing Arts Center, which course organizers say promotes architectural transparency and reduces structural steel utilization.

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