Courses Available Through Select Institute Members

Courses listed below are only available through select Institute Members

 

Architectural Stone Fabrication Plant Tour

Architects and designers will participate in a 3-hour advanced tour of an active stone fabrication plant. Participants will gain an understanding of how natural stone can be transformed from raw material into natural stone cladding, flooring, and other architectural elements using state of the art equipment & techniques. Participants will realize the inherent sustainable properties of natural stone products, ideal for use in projects with green building and sustainable design intended philosophies.  Participants will also gain an understanding of the safety and conservation techniques while touring a natural stone production facility in full operation. Participants will also get a chance to tour an indoor and outdoor architectural stone gallery & showroom.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the many natural stone formations and how their inherent sustainable qualities apply to architectural design and green building.
  2. Analyze specialty stone plant equipment, including technologic advances for improved efficiencies and operator safety to gain a deep understanding of how architectural stone & natural thin veneer are produced.
  3. Visualize how the plant contributes to natural resource conservation by utilizing recycled water and natural resources.
  4. Advanced understanding of the wide range of design and application possibilities available today with natural stone especially because of the latest technology available.

Program Length: 180 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: MIABSI-ALA-T, 3 LU/HSW
  • LACES Course Number: NSI-AS-T HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute member firm Alamo Stone Co.

 

Bluestone: Geology, Quarrying, Production and Material Types.

Bluestone used in landscape design goes beyond simple paving. This program will describe the qualities of bluestone and best practices associated with its quarrying, fabrication, and installation in support of sustainable design. Differences in material types, color and texture variances will be explored. Participants will become aware of the natural stone industry’s advocacy for social, economic and environmental responsibility while producing and providing this valued landscape material for landscape architectural use.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Distinguish the environmentally responsible and sustainable qualities of bluestone; especially as they align with GREEN building philosophies and LEED construction objectives.
  2. Identify the most effective quarrying processes for Bluestone in support of regulatory standards and ethics; while optimizing resource management, waste reduction, environmental preservation and economic growth.
  3. Recognize best practices for cutting, extracting, and fabricating natural stone; and highlight the importance of investing in quality equipment, advocating employee safety, and promoting the strategic use and reuse of water used while preparing bluestone for architectural landscape utilization.
  4. Determine and define installation patterns and strategies proven to enhance the aesthetics of retaining wall and patio projects that will withstand the test of time.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: MIABSI19, 1 LU/HSW
  • LACES Course Number: MIABSI19 HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute member firm Lurvey's Landscape Supply.

 

Building Enclosures | Design Considerations and Lessons Learned

This course offers attendees with enough information to be able to detail transitions between different building enclosure systems as well as requirements to address while detailing such transitions.  The course also offers insight between discrepancies that have been found between design and delivery.  Discrepancies can occur due to unanticipated field conditions, sequencing/scheduling, installation challenges, or others.  These discrepancies sometimes pose potential performance issues and even safety hazards. In addition, this course offers insight on advancements in building enclosure design using simulations and advances engineering techniques.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Detailing system transitions.
  2. Warning signs during installation.
  3. Design advancement in facade technology
  4. Building code requirements overview of glass railing systems.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSICDC5, 1 LU/HSW
  • LACES Course Number: NSICDC5 HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute member firm Curtainwall Design Consulting.

 

Building Envelope Condition Assessment - General Overview

This one hour class will teach architects how to: reference industry standard documents regarding general condition assessment of building façade components (stone, fenestration and other); inspect, evaluate and report safety considerations as outlined by ASTM E2270; use proven standards for code compliant installations; discuss the potential pitfalls of shortcuts in design and installation. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Reference industry standard documents regarding general condition assessment of building facade components (stone, fenestration and other)
  2. Reference inspection, evaluation and reporting of safety considerations as outlined by ASTM E2270
  3. Demonstrate the use of proven standards for code compliant installations
  4. Discuss the potential pitfalls of shortcuts in design and installation 

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: MIACDC3, 1 LU/HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute member firm Curtainwall Design Consulting.

 

Cast Stone vs Limestone

This is an informative presentation with a Q&A session. It will educate the limestone industry, specifiers and architects, on the challenges of using "cast stone" and the advantages of using limestone. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a short primer on cast stone – what is it and how is it fabricated?
  2. Learn about the various considerations for choosing cast stone and limestone.
  3. Understand the focus on service life and long term durability – highly favorable characteristics of limestone vs cast stone.
  4. Learn about the differentials in testing requirements for proper material.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: MIASM1, 1 LU/HSW
  • LACES Course Number: MIASM1, 1.0 HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Sturgis Materials.

 

Chemistry of Adhesives Used in the Natural Stone Industry

Participants will be exposed to the large variety of products used for fabrication, installation, and restoration applications within the natural stone industry.  The various chemistries will be discussed, with a focus on the advantages and limitations of each.  The process whereby one chooses a particular product for a specific application and substrate will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Relate the chemistry and appropriate physical properties of available structural adhesive and aesthetic repair materials used in the fabrication, installation,  and durable repair of natural stone and masonry structures.
  2. Distinguish between the many varieties of adhesive and patching chemistries, with emphasis on identifying the relative strengths and weaknesses of each;  and stress awareness of the various safety, environmental, and transportation hazards associated with each type of material. 
  3. Recognize best practices for fabricating, adhering, and patching natural stone and masonry materials, highlighting the importance of selecting the appropriate materials for the application, and ensuring sustainable ideas for employee and owner/end-user safety.
  4. Learn the appropriate techniques for surface preparation to ensure the proper care and performance of the adhesive or patching compound

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: MIABSIBON1 LU

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Bonstone Materials Co.

 

PowerPoint presentation providing insight into critical design considerations for building façade/building enclosure systems.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will understand the differences between barrier wall, barrier wall with secondary water control, rain-screen, and pressure-equalized rain-screen design methods
  2. Participants will learn the relationship between wind speeds, design wind pressures, and water head developed under wind pressure.
  3. Participants will be exposed to cavity wall construction and effective methods for air/water control in cavity wall construction.
  4. Participants will be introduced to primary AAMA and ASTM methods of field quality testing of building façade systems.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: MIABSICDC4, 1 LU/HSW
  • LACES Course Number: MIABSICDC4, 1.0 HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Curtainwall Design Consulting. 

 

Dimensional Cut Limestone - Origin to Order

Comprehensive presentation explaining origin, formation, characteristics and performance of natural limestone products including comparison to synthetic stone and highlighting beneficial green attributes for design.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Explain the origin, formation, characteristics, and performance of natural limestone.
  2. Recognize the differences between natural limestone and synthetic or cultured stone materials.
  3. Explore the green design attributes of natural limestone.
  4. List steps in the stone selection process including an overview of specification resources and understanding of sample drawings, to how it needs to be ordered, approved and fabricated for timely delivery.

Program Length: 90 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: VS0311_14, 1.5 HSW LU
  • LA CES Course Number: VS0311_14, 1.5 HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Valders Stone.

 

Enclosure System Transitions

This course offers a look at the types of building enclosure systems and the design of between them. It addresses best practices design and details of how to transition air barrier, vapor retarder and water barrier lines between typical enclosure systems.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify basic air water and vapor types and strategies.
  2. Recognize the variables involved designing and detailing transitions between systems.
  3. Utilize transition type knowledge in designing building envelopes.
  4. Ensure safety by using these best practices.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: MIACDC2, 1 LU/HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Curtainwall Design Consulting.

 

Fabrication of Natural Stone - Processing that Meets Design Specifications

This course is to observe an operating quarry with an overview of granite geology and composition. Understand fundamentals of quarrying granite by viewing an extraction operation that results in commonly used material. Witness how employing industry best practices support sustainable operation goals toward social, economic and environmental responsibility.

Learning objectives:

  1. Show the machinery and use of each throughout the various aspects of how natural stone is fabricated to design specifications.
  2. Understand the purpose and process of shop drawings and see examples of carry through from selection through fabrication.
  3. Identify some commonly specified cuts and applications of natural stone and illustrate the variety of finishes available.
  4. Understand how fabricated natural stone is prepared for installation, packaged and processed for shipment.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: MIABSI-CS2, 1 LU/HSW
  • LA CES Course Number: MIABSI-CS6, 1.0 HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Coldspring.

 

Hot Fluid Applied Rubberized Asphalt Roofing

While establishing the history of bituminous roofing products, this course focuses primarily on the basic principles of HFA (hot fluid applied) rubberized asphalt utilized in flat and low slope roofing conditions. Additional topics include HFA roofing’s regional significance in the Washington DC area, the benefits of HFA roofing, and HFA’s unique qualities. Lastly, information regarding quality assurance and field observations for HFA roofing will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Establish the history of bituminous roofing products.
  2. Examine the benefits and regional significance of HFA roofing, including pertinent code requirements for Washington DC
  3. Determine appropriate situations for the use of HFA roofing systems.

  4. Analyze quality assurance and field observation techniques HFA roofing.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSICDC7, 1 LU/HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through select Institute Member Firm Curtainwall Design Consulting.

 

How to Create Value for Owners Using Natural Stone in Landscape Applications

In this course, participants will receive education through case study examples on creating value for owners of landscape projects using natural stone. Participants will learn how to bring their vision to reality with the selection and specification of stone that maximizes the material’s benefits. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to identify opportunities for incorporating stone into a project, while keeping budget in mind and providing owners with an enduring, environmentally sustainable solution. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define ASTM testing procedures and values relative to stone types and understand comparative performance values by stone species.
  2. Develop an understanding of natural stone quarrying and fabrication and how they relate to finished materials and piece sizes.
  3. Explore various stone applications and the possibilities that exist with using natural stone.

  4. Identify the three basic geological stone formations and distinguish their inherent physical characteristics as they relate to architectural stone use.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: MIABSI-CS3, 1 LU/HSW
  • LA CES Course Number: MIABSICS3, 1.0 HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through select Institute Member Firm Coldspring.

 

Introduction to Kansas Limestone

This course will focus on Kansas limestone. Attendees will learn about the attributes of natural stone and its relevance in sustainable design. They will learn about the origin of limestone and the physical properties of limestone. Harvesting and fabrication techniques will be shared. Achievement of desired design effect through use of texture, color and shape will be discussed. Industry questions about cleaning, anchoring, matching existing stone work and installation procedures will be covered.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the attributes of natural stone and their relevance to sustainable design.
  2. Learn how Kansas limestone is formed and gain knowledge as to the physical properties of limestone, how it is harvested and fabricated.
  3. Utilize natural Kansas limestone through an understanding of how its shape, texture, and color achieve the desired design effect.
  4. Acquire information about Kansas limestone such as how to clean, how to match existing stone structures, anchoring methods, and common installation procedures.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSI-USS-1, 1 LU/HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm U.S. Stone Industries.

 

Natural Limestone Landscaping

From source to installation, learn how to specify, order and apply natural limestone materials in landscaping applications.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the origin, formation, characteristics, and performance of natural Limestone.
  2. Review some of the unique products fabricated from natural Limestone.
  3. List the steps involved in the natural Limestone selection process.
  4. Understand and perform commonly used calculations and formulas to properly order natural Limestone products.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: VAL311_14, 1 LU/HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Valders Stone & Marble.

 

Natural Limestone Outcroppings

An illustrative overview of natural limestone outcropping origin, formation and uses, including material calculation and sustainable attributes for its use in landscape design.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the origin and formation of natural Limestone and Limestone outcroppings.
  2. Review the quarrying and selection process of natural Limestone outcroppings.
  3. List applications of natural Limestone outcroppings including calculation of materials needed for intended use.
  4. Explore the sustainable attributes of natural Limestone and Limestone outcroppings especially in landscape design applications.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: VAL211_14, 1 LU/HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Valders Stone & Marble.

 

Natural Stone Characteristics: Protection, Maintenance & Restoration

This one-hour seminar will give a working knowledge of where natural stone comes from, how it is formed, how it is extracted, and how it is processed. It also teaches techniques for protecting, maintaining, and restoring different types of natural stone in various applications. Knowing the key characteristics of various stone types will help members of the design community properly specify natural stone and the care procedures associated with maintaining its beauty and functionality over time.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a basic understanding of common natural stone types and how their unique characteristics affect their performance in various applications.
  2. Learn about different ways natural stone is processed and how this affects its performance.
  3. Learn about different products and techniques used to protect, maintain and restore natural stone.
  4. Reduce potential job complaints and unnecessary callbacks by properly specifying stone and the care procedures associated with its application.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: MIA06, 1 LU/HSW
  • LA CES Course Number: MIA06, 1.0 HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Miracle Sealants.

 

Natural Stone: From the Ground Up

This session will explore the production of natural stone while advocating the sustainable attributes of its use for today’s building design and construction. It will highlight natural stone quarry process & reclamation best practices, with an overview of the most effective methods for cutting, extracting, and fabricating natural building stone for architectural use. It will also illustrate the importance of proper masonry installation techniques and the benefits of cutting edge technology for efficiency, safety, and environmental responsibility.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Determine the sustainable and environmentally responsible attributes of natural building stone; in support of LEED construction objectives and long-term GREEN building philosophies.
  2. Identify different quarrying processes and best practices in alignment with regulatory standards and ethics; optimized resource management; waste reduction; and environmental preservation while promoting overall economic growth.
  3. Evaluate the most effective methods for cutting, extracting, and fabricating natural building stone; and highlight the importance of investing in technology, quality equipment, employee safety, and the strategic use and reuse of limestone-infused water while preparing natural building stone for architectural projects.
  4. Distinguish between two typical applications/installations used in natural stone masonry – full and thin veneer, and recognize product selection processes/patterns with respect to historical accuracy and sustainability.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: MIABSIAlamo1, 1 LU/HSW
  • LA CES Course Number: MIABSIAlamo1, 1.0 HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through select Institute Member Firm Alamo Stone Co.

 

Natural Thin Veneer Stone

This course will cover the basics of natural thin veneer in today’s building market. Participants will learn what thin veneer stone is and understand the misconceptions through proper education. Participants will also gain knowledge of natural stone qualities, benefits, and differences from natural stone to manufactured while conforming to design constraints issued by LEED requirements.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe quarrying and fabricating best practices that demonstrate the natural stone industry’s advocacy for social, economic and environmental responsibility.
  2. List the cost-saving benefits to the design and building markets in utilizing natural thin stone veneer, that also achieve comparable aesthetic results to full stone veneer applications.
  3. Identify the sustainable attributes of natural thin veneer stone that support green building philosophies.
  4. Contrast the physical and performance characteristics of natural thin stone veneer compared to manufactured stone products to correctly specify the appropriate material for the proper installation need.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSI-EST-1, 1 LU/HSW
  • IDCEC Course Number: 107170, Subject Code: 5.3, 0.1 HSW CEU
  • LA CES Course Number: NSI-EST-1, 1.0 HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through select Institute Member Firm Edwards Stone.

 

This course will clarify the difference between geological and commercial identification of stone to reduce confusion and potential misuse of stone, teach how to, given the type of stone and either its weight or size, calculate its size or weight from its density, and will enable you to identify six major finishes on a surface of fabricated stone by touch and sight.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discern the difference between geological and commercial identification of stone.
  2. Recognize the common use and misuse of stone type names in different industries to decrease unrealistic expectations of the stone.
  3. Given the type of stone and either its weight or size, calculate its size or weight from its density.
  4. Identify six major finishes on a surface of fabricated stone by touch and sight.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: MIABSI_Mar1, 1 LU/HSW
  • LA CES Course Number: MIABSI_Mar1, 1.0 HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through select Institute Member Firm Marenakos Rock Center.

 

"Pulling Back the Curtain" on Architectural Cut Limestone

This one-hour class is designed for architects and designers to gain a full understanding of architectural cut limestone.  We discuss quarry locations and show how the stones are cut and extracted. Gain an understanding of how limestone is fabricated and its unique application opportunities to enhance your design plans.  Also, learn to identify challenges in the bidding process to ensure accurate pricing and cost effective projects.

Learning Objectives:

  1. What to know about Limestone in the Design Stage and Customization
    • Recognize how to scale design according to block size
    • How to interpret limestone applications
    • ASTM testing and specification example
    • How to classify "Green" limestone
  2. Identify Challenges in the bid Process and how to make your Design more Cost Effective
    • How to create accuracy in pricing projects
    • Integrate alternate cost effective cuts for same look
  3. Apply Best Practices to Drafting Process
    • Best practices in architectural drawings and the transformation to shop drawings, tickets, and patterns
    • Best practices with changes and field verification
  4. Production to Delivery advances for your design

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: MIABSI18, 1 LU/HSW
  • LACES Course Number: MIABSI18, 1.0 HSW
  • NKBA: 0.1 CEU

NOTE: This course is only available through select Institute Member Firm Continental Cut Stone.

 

Quarrying Natural Stone - Selection to Extraction

This course is to observe an operating quarry with an overview of granite geology and composition. Understand fundamentals of quarrying granite by viewing an extraction operation that results in commonly used material. Witness how employing industry best practices support sustainable operation goals toward social, economic and environmental responsibility.

Learning objectives:

  1. Recall the geologic region of the granite formations and its quarrying history
  2. Understand the composition of granite deposits with explanation of standard extraction methods, fabrication capabilities, and common uses in building and landscape design applications.
  3. Examine the fundamentals of extracting, cutting, staging and transporting granite by viewing the quarry site and surrounding facility operations.
  4. Observe how efforts of quarry reclamation support natural stone industry best practices and sustainability goals.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: MIABSI-CS7, 1 LU/HSW
  • LA CES Course Number: MIABSICS5, 1.0 HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through select Institute Member Firm Coldspring.

 

Restoration Products & Techniques for Natural Stone & Masonry

Participants will be exposed to many various techniques and options for materials used today to better demonstrate the repair, restoration, and replacement of natural stone structures.  Through the use of multiple case histories, the course will provide examples of stone types, various sizes of repair, and how anchorage requirements are determined for interior versus exterior applications.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Relate the chemistry and appropriate physical properties of available structural adhesive and aesthetic repair compound materials used in the responsible fabrication and durable repair of natural stone and masonry structures.
  2. Distinguish between the many varieties of adhesive and patching chemistries, with emphasis on identifying the relative strengths and weaknesses of each;  and stress awareness of the various safety, environmental, and transportation hazards associated with each type of material.
  3. Recognize best practices for fabricating, adhering, and patching natural stone and masonry materials, highlighting the importance of selecting the appropriate materials for the application, and ensuring sustainable ideals for employee and owner/end-user safety.
  4. Present specific case histories and projects where installations and restorations have been successfully utilized through defined installation patterns and strategies proven to enhance the historically valued aesthetics of stone that ensure the durability of natural stone and masonry structures.  

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSIBON2, 1.0 HSW LU

NOTE: This course is only available through select Institute Member firm Bonstone Materials Co.

 

Sandstone and Limestone Quarrying: Behind the Scenes

This one-hour class is designed for construction industry professionals desiring to gain a full understanding of natural stone as a building material. Learn more about the various natural stones (limestone, sandstone, and travertine). Obtain information about common quarrying techniques in a limestone and sandstone quarry. Learn more about the fabrication process and finishing methods. With this understanding, you'll enhance your ability to select the right stone, fabrication technique, and finish for your project.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify different quarrying processes. Evaluate the most effective methods for cutting, extracting, and fabricating natural building stone; and highlight the importance of investing in technology, quality, and equipment.
  2. Obtain a better understanding about how the mineral composition and formation of stone affect its performance as a building material.
  3. Gain a better understanding of the process and production of natural building stone from the quarry to the project. Learn the various faces, colors, and finishes of natural stone.
  4. Gain knowledge about stone fabrication and finishing methods. Understand the resources available that are relevant to natural stone.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: NSI-Semco-1, 1 LU/HSW
  • LA CES Course Number: NSI-Semco-1, 1.0 HSW
  • IDCEC Course Number: 106934, Subject Code: 5.3, 0.1 General CEU
  • NKBA: 0.1 CEU

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Semco Stone.

 

Solar Reflectivity of Construction Materials

This course offers a look at Solar Reflectivity of Construction Materials. It addresses solar control technologies, modeling tools, and building orientation. A case study is also included to showcase 'best practices' to address solar reflectivity.

Learning objectives:

  1. Identify the basic characteristics solar reflection
  2. Recognize the variables involved in sun-tracking and solar glare
  3. Utilize solar reflectivity knowledge in designing a building
  4. Reduce the risks caused by solar glare

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: MIACDC, 1 LU/HSW
  • GBCI Course Number: 910000265, 1.0 CE
  • LA CES Number: ASLA6, 1.0 HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Curtainwall Design Consulting.

 

Stone Cladding Technologies: Getting it Right the First Time

Find out what stone cladding technologies exist and explore key factors for "Getting it right the first time." Is the selected material and anchoring system suitable for your application?

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review various types of cladding & see examples of cladding projects including a case study on the University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center.
  2. Learn what key factors are important to ensure your project is done right the first time including:
    • Material Selection
    • Structural Integrity & Back up
    • Shop Drawings
    • Anchor Design
    • Anchors
  3. Find out about the codes and regulations in place to monitor anchor design and spacing.
  4. Discuss essential items for designers, other factors affecting design, and why testing is important for safety.

Program Length: 60 minutes.

  • AIA Course Number: MIAPE, 1 LU/HSW
  • GBCI Course Number: 920000094, 1.0 CE
  • LA CES Course Number: NSIPE, 1.0 HSW
  • OAA (equivalency with AANB, AAPEI, MAA, NLAA, NWTAA, SAA, and others): 1 credit hour of structured learning

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm PICCO Engineering.

 

Stone in Design: A Collaboration: Working with Stone Firms in the Early Design Phases

This course is intended to instruct attendees about the use of stone in projects as well as defining the key elements in the design process.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop an understanding of when and why stone elements should drive the design intent of the projects.
  2. Understand the importance of project team interaction with stone specialists.
  3. Identify the importance of the stone design process including needs assessment, stone selection, suitability, as well as BIM and stone design.
  4. Develop an understanding of the importance of quarry and fabrication plant tours to view materials in their natural setting and have a better idea of surface finishes as applied to finished materials.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  •  AIA Course Number: MIABSI-CS6, 1 LU/HSW
  •  LA CES Course Number: MIABSICS3, 1.0 HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Coldspring.

 

Thin Veneer Fabrication & Installation

This program will provide an overview of the qualities of natural thin stone veneer and the best practices associated with quarrying, fabrication, and installation in support of sustainable design philosophies.  Participants will acquire insight about the natural stone industry’s advocacy for social, economic and environmental responsibility while outlining how natural thin veneer stone is processed for shipment and delivered ready for installation as a valued and durable architectural building material.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the sustainable qualities and environmentally responsible attributes of natural thin veneer; in support of LEED-intended construction and long-term GREEN building objectives.
  2. Distinguish between the most effective quarrying processes for optimizing alignment with the highest regulatory standards and ethics; while advocating resource management, waste reduction, environmental preservation and economic growth.
  3. Recognize best practices for cutting, extracting, and fabricating natural stone; and highlight the importance of investing in quality equipment, employee safety, and the strategic use and reuse of stone-infused water while preparing natural thin veneer for architectural projects.
  4. Determine and define installation patterns and strategies proven to enhance the historically valued aesthetics of stone and ensure the durability of natural thin veneer applications.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  • IDCEC Course Number: 105925, Subject Code: 5.3, 0.1 HSW CEU
  • AIA Course Number: MIABSI17, 1 LU/HSW
  • LA CES Course Number: MIABSI17, 1.0 HSW

NOTES: This course is only available through Institute Member Firm Connecticut Stone Supplies.

 

Tour: Kansas Limestone Quarrying and Fabrication

Participants will receive an intensive and hands look at how Kansas Limestone is harvested and fabricated. The quarry portion of the tour will include an overview on how the stone is located. Participants will see how the stone ledge is processed. From the channels being saw cut to heavy equipment extracting the raw blocks from the stone ledge. After removal from the ledge the material will be processed in to blocks that can be transported to the fabrication facility. There will also be an explanation of the reclamation process that returns the harvested area back to its original condition. The participants will then travel to the production facility. The entire fabrication process will be covered with explanations and demonstrations of all processing equipment. Water reclamation and complete utilization of raw materials will be covered.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the limestone formation and how it differs from other formations.  Observe the safe harvesting of the stone.
  2. Analyze how the quarry recycles water and how the quarried land is returned to its natural condition thought implementation of a documented reclamation program.
  3. Understand how specialized fabrication equipment is used to produce slabs, blocks, architectural building stone and thin veneer in an efficient, accuate, and safe manner.
  4. Gain an understanding of how excess and scrap materials are re-purposed to allow for maximum utilization of raw materials.

Program Length: 240 minutes

  • AIA Course Number: USS160IT, 4 LU/HSW

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm U.S. Stone Industries.

 

Using Natural Stone in Today’s Architecture: Stone Design and Architecture

This course will focus on the architect’s sampling process, surface finishes, graphics, basic stone detailing, BIM object libraries, and will touch lightly on anchoring systems. The objective is to provide an understanding of available finishes, and design tools available to architects as they begin the design process and progress toward contract drawings. Consideration will also be given to budget pricing and cost implications of various design options.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine and compare various finishes for stone applications and how they can impact site design (ex. aesthetics, safety, environmental impacts, etc).
  2. Recognize quarry range and background color and how it can impact project design.
  3. Explore anchoring systems, basic detailing, and BIM libraries for stone project design. Understand how they can impact construction and performance.
  4. Analyze pricing and budget considerations for standard stone details.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  •  AIA Course Number: MIABSI-CS4, 1 LU/HSW
  •  LACES Course Number: MIABSICS2, 1.0 HSW
  •  IDCEC Course Number: 101870, Subject Code: 5.3, 0.1 General CEU

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Coldspring.

 

Using Natural Stone in Today’s Architecture: Stone Formation to Fabrication

This course is an introduction to commercially available natural stones (Granite, Limestone, Sandstone, and Marble) as used in dimension stone production. Geology, as it relates to each stone type, will be provided to aid in understanding each stone type’s physical properties. Stone harvesting and fabrication will be discussed to educate and provide insight into quarry and production techniques that contribute to successful architectural projects (understanding quarries, color, and natural markings as they relate to natural stone, etc). ASTM Testing procedures and relative values will be discussed in relation to the stone categories considered. Also discussed will be piece size and thickness as it relates to the use of each stone type and the effect of quarry type and technique.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the three basic geological stone formations and distinguish their inherent physical characteristics as they relate to architectural stone use.
  2. Define ASTM testing procedures and values relative to stone types and understand comparative performance values by stone species.
  3. Develop an understanding of natural stone quarrying and fabrication and how they impact finished materials and piece sizes.
  4. Explore various stone applications and how they can be used to develop different building and landscape designs.

Program Length: 60 minutes

  •  AIA Course Number: MIABSI-CS5, 1 LU/HSW
  •  LACES Course Number: MIABSICS1, 1.0 HSW
  •  IDCEC Course Number: 101882, Subject Code: 5.3, 0.1 HSW CEU

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Coldspring.

 

Wine & Stone

Red or white, sweet or dry?  The Wine & Stone presentation was developed as a unique way to show attendees what factors make stone hard or soft, veined or patterned, etc.  For example, nutritionally restricted limestone soil gives more acidity to the wines grown there. Mineral composition also comes into play when talking about the characteristics of stone. Marbles are composed primarily of calcium carbonate which makes them less resistant to chemicals such as acids and bases. Find out more interesting facts that determine the characteristics of wine & stone! 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Find out how formation and mineral composition affect the characteristics of natural stone as a building material.
  2. Compare and contrast similar types of stone. 
  3. Learn how to create appeal for natural stone by telling the interesting stories about how and why they look and perform differently than each other. 
  4. Learn how climate and soil factors affect the flavor and acidity of wine.

Program Length: 90 minutes

  • IDCEC Course Number: 104506, Subject Code: 5.3, 0.1 HSW CEU
  • AIA Course Number: MIA01, 1 LU/HSW
  • LA CES Course Number: MIA01, 1.0 HSW

NOTES: This course is only available through Institute Member firms.

 

Working Effectively and Efficiently with Quarries Limestone and Sandstone

This course explains the geological makeup of Limestone and Sandstone. We discuss quarry locations and show how the stones are cut and extracted. It also goes through the process of fabricating the stones and will teach participants how to distinguish between packaging and shipping methods.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to state the composition and general properties of the stone types presented
  2. Participants will be able to distinguish the general processes involved in quarrying the stone types presented
  3. Participants will be able to explain how stone is cut and/or extracted from the ground and fabricated
  4. Participants will be able to distinguish between different natural stone packaging/shipping methods

Program Length: 60 minutes

  •  AIA Course Number: MIABSI16, 1.0 HSW LU
  •  LACES Course Number: MIABSI16

NOTE: This course is only available through Institute Member firm Salado Quarries.

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