Before putting hammer to nail on a major buildng project, make sure you have the building block skills in place that will assure your efforts are successful. This series of workshops listed below focuses on the technical and planning know-how critical to getting your project off the ground. A discounted tuition covers the entire series. Or you can take one or two of the workshops at regular price.
Course start time: Monday, 9am
Course end time: Friday, 5pm
Math for Builders (Nov. 12-13, 2012)
This will be an intensive but fun and useful exploration of the value of math in building construction and in everyday life. We will review mathematical basics and explore applications of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry in design and construction to make the confusing understandable and the difficult do-able. We will investigate everything from the tables on a framing square to the Pythagorean theorum; the elegant geometry of moldings, stairs and roof systems to the use of a scientific calculator; the Platonic solids to the golden mean. And we will learn how to create our own spreadsheets to automate the mathematical functions. For students with prior knowledge of design and construction.
Introduction to Structural Design (Nov. 14-15, 2012)
This course, intended for designers and builders, will examine the structural principles inherent in residential construction. Structural design at the residential scale is primarily about choosing appropriate materials and framing systems, ensuring that there is a complete load path, and paying careful attention to the details of construction – topics well within reach of even the mathematically-challenged. We’ll also cover basic engineering calculations and use of design aids for sizing typical structural elements such as joists, rafters, wall studs, and footings. The emphasis will be on stick framing, but we’ll also consider concrete, masonry, steel, traditional post-and-beam, and structural insulated panels. This course won’t make an engineer of you, but it will help you address common structural conditions and recognize when you need to seek expert help. Familiarity with algebra, geometry, and use of a high-school level scientific calculator is assumed.
Codes, Costs & Contracts (Nov. 16, 2012)
No matter the level of your involvement in the design and construction/renovation of your home or project, codes, estimating, and contracts are sure to be in the mix. This workshop is designed to walk homeonwers and builders through the maze, including acting as general contractor. The course will give an overview of the process, including dealing with officials, the role and importance of good construction documents, estimating, the bidding process, contract models, and construction management.
- Competency Level: Varies
- AIA credits: 35 -- Qualifies for HSW and SD requirements.