Webinar Series

We invite you to join Wells Concrete in attending our complimentary one-hour accredited continuing education webinar series.

September 2, 2020 | 11:00 AM

Thermal Testing and Performance in Precast Wall Systems Speaker: Ed Muehlberg and Emily Lorenz

This presentation reviews testing options for determining the thermal properties and performance of materials and assemblies, include a review of recent thermal test results and how they apply to current energy codes. Participants will learn about the benefits of thermal mass (thermal inertia) and how these benefits are recognized in national energy codes. This presentation will provide an overview of prescriptive and performance paths of these energy codes. Additionally, the reduction of the R-value of concrete panels with metal thermal bridges that pass through the insulation will be explained. Attendees will learn:

  • Review of thermal terminology
  • Review of ways to determine thermal performance
    • Hot Box Testing and Results
    • WUFI Model
    • Therm Model
  • Prescriptive vs Performance path
  • Benefits of Thermal Mass in Precast

Simplify the Building Envelope with Infinite Facade  Speaker: Dan Stenzel

A discussion on simplifying building envelope design with the Infinite Facade, a single source building envelope solution.

  • How a single source solution envelope reduces risk for both design teams and owners
  • Target Value Design process – meeting the project’s vision to the budget
  • Strategies to consider for prefabricated envelope systems
  • Design Options and Considerations

The building envelope is the most difficult part of the building to design; reasonably so, as design teams are expected to meet client and aesthetic expectations while meeting performance standards and regulations.

Designing Total Precast Office Buildings.  Speaker: Dan Parker

Total precast systems can be used on many types of commercial applications beyond parking garages, including but not limited to office buildings. This presentation will address what a total precast concrete structure is, how a total precast structure can benefit a project, and what components are used to construct a total precast structure. Participants will learn about precast applications and uses and gain insight on technical considerations.

December 9, 2020 | 11:00 AM CST

Precast for Schools and FEMA, Storm Shelters. Speakers: Gary Pooley and Curt Gear

Educational Facilities are a vital part of the fabric of our society that directly contributes to what our future will be. These are places where upcoming 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. Participants will learn how to design and build high performance schools, which provide energy efficiency, safety and resiliency, as well as reduce life cycle costs. This discussion includes information on FEMA – 361 and ICC-500 guidelines while exploring available alternative design options for Hardened Construction volumes within a school building. The attributes of precast concrete will be presented, demonstrating how these qualities are inherent to the design and construction of safe and efficient storm shelter facilities.

March 10, 2021 | 11:00 AM CST

Designing Parking Structures and Maintenance Schedules. Speakers: Gary Pooley and Mike Troje

Parking structures have changed a lot over the past decade. Today’s parking structures must be sustainable, reduce operational and maintenance costs, and have more stringent aesthetic requirements. This presentation will explain what a high-performance parking structure is, as well as how working with your precaster to develop maintenance plans will significantly increase the life span of the structure along with mitigating large expenditures for repairs throughout the life of the structure.

March 17, 2021 | 11:00 AM CST

Sealants 101 Speakers: Mike Troje and John King

Sealant solutions provides simple precautionary measures to ensure that buildings are sealed and long lasting. This presentation will explain the importance of sealing nearly any horizontal or vertical surface including parking lots, driveways, commercial floors, precast joints, CMU joints, and dissimilar material joints. The presentation will explain how successful joint sealing requires meticulous design, precise sealant selection for your specific application, and painstaking application.

Attendees from each webinar will be submitted to PCI, which is a registered provider of education with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Council of Examiners of Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES), the Florida Board of Professional Engineers (FBPE), and the International Code Council (ICC). Their quality education programs offer Learning Units (LU) to architects and Professional Development Hours (PDH) to engineers. They keep all attendance sheets on file for a minimum of 3 years.