Rochester, NY - Tuesday May 2, 2023

Rochester, NY

Event Date
Tuesday May 2, 2023

7:30 am - 5:30 pm

Available Credits

Up to 7 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)
Up to 1 GBCI General Hour
Up to 1 IDCEC HSW CEU(s)
Up to 1 ASPE CE Hour
Up to 1 AIA LU CE Hour(s)
Cosentino Center Rochester
225 Mile Crossing Blvd
Rochester, NY 14624
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Registration Price


Early Bird Discount! $30.00 off if purchased before Apr 18, 2023


Ron Blank & Associates bridges the gap between design professionals & building product manufacturers through online, face-to-face, and webinar AIA/HSW and SD continuing education courses, USGBC/GBCI continuing ed. for LEED AP's, direct product representation, and product rep/installer training services.

Event Agenda

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

7:30 am

8:00 am

 Ultracompact Surfacing: Redefining Boundaries of Interior and Exterior Spaces
Sponsored By Cosentino
Presented By Michael Zillioux
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

In this course, we explore a cutting-edge technology, called Ultracompact Surfacing. The audience will gain insight into how this surfacing material possesses similar characteristics of natural stone while providing unmatched durability and design flexibility.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss the evolution of surfaces and the various types of surfacing material for interior and exterior applications
  2. Define ultracompact surfacing (UCS) and discuss the innovative production process that creates superior tile properties and reduced environmental impact
  3. Discuss the advantages of compact surfaces in terms of strength, durability, chemical resistance, absorption, abrasion resistance, and ASTM testing
  4. Discuss selecting UCS in terms of life cycle environmental impact, color, texture, format, and general design flexibility, as well as the various possible interior and exterior applications, and identify key attributes of UCS, explaining how they influence material performance, safety, durability, and sustainability.

9:10 am

Look Smart! Smart Connected Plumbing Fixtures for Commercial Restrooms
Presented By Alyssa Romero
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)
1 ASPE CE Hour

How smart is your commercial restroom? Join us in this one-hour course as we discuss plumbing fixtures and features in smart connected restrooms.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss how handwashing systems streamline the restroom ecosystem, improving effectiveness and reliability.
  2. Explain the health benefits of utilizing touchless sensor faucets and soap dispensers in commercial restrooms
  3. Compare material options and features of sensor flush valves for durability, sustainability, and performance
  4. Illustrate how to specify IoT connected plumbing fixtures and other features to create a smart commercial restroom
Zurn Industries, LLC.

10:20 am

Protecting People and Property: Fortifying Building Safety with Ballistic, Blast, Storm Impact & Forced Entry Solutions
Presented By Wade Arnold
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

As the number and volatility of threats to facility security and safety continue to escalate, protection is becoming paramount in the scope of today’s facility design.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify security threats which dictate design standards and product performance criteria
  2. Compare and contrast design options to fortify buildings with security, safety, and aesthetics in mind
  3. Define the different levels of ballistic, blast, and forced entry testing standards
  4. Properly specify ballistic, blast, forced entry and storm impact fenestration solutions
Specialty Fenestration Group

11:30 am

Commercial Sectional Doors
Sponsored By Raynor Garage Doors
Presented By Zdenek Kalabza
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

Types of sectional doors, applications, performance factors including thermal performance, building clearances, track mounting & types of tracks, special applications & options, appearance & aesthetics and commercial operators.

Learning Objectives:
  1. How ensuring proper clearances around the door and using the proper track ensure safe operation of the door.
  2. Learn what accessories are available to design into the door to meet the users needs, including safety and security.
  3. How thermal air infiltration and insulation affects energy efficiency.
  4. Select the correct door for the application to meet the needs of the end user from residential/commercial, to commercial, industrial, or specialty applications.
Raynor Garage Doors

12:00 pm

1:00 pm

Exterior Cladding Innovation: Rainscreen Design with Ultracompact Surfacing
Sponsored By Cosentino
Presented By Michael Zillioux
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

This course explores a unique surfacing material known as ultracompact surfacing (UCS) and evaluates its mechanical properties, technical characteristics, and aesthetics to illustrate its endless design potential in exterior cladding, façade, and rainscreen applications.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Define ultracompact surfacing and discuss the innovative production process that creates stone-like properties which contribute to project longevity, lower maintenance, and reduced environmental impact
  2. Discuss selecting UCS in terms of life cycle environmental impact, color, texture, format, general design flexibility, and various applications for both interior and exterior
  3. Identify the traits and advantages of ultracompact surfaces in terms of strength, durability, UV resistance, absorption rates, abrasion resistance, sustainability, and ASTM testing
  4. Discuss proper rainscreen design and installation using ultracompact surfacing material

2:10 pm

Prefabricated Ornamental Railing Systems
Sponsored By AGS Stainless, Inc
Presented By Milena Vega
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

This course will discuss the overall advantages of choosing a custom-fabricated railing system built off-site compared to off-the-shelf products or locally fabricated railings.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Explain the advantages of a prefabricated custom railing system in addition to the advantages of an all stainless steel railing system.
  2. Compare and contrast the railing system materials used for posts, top rails, and infill.
  3. Describe common challenges with locally fabricated metal rail systems.
  4. Evaluate how stainless steel railing systems meet health, safety, and welfare requirements.
AGS Stainless, Inc

3:20 pm

 Moisture Management in Tiled Showers
Sponsored By Schluter Systems
Presented By Zach Lanham
1 AIA LU CE Hour(s)

Leaks and mold continue to pose serious problems for the construction industry. This seminar will compare traditional waterproofing systems with modern waterproofing technology to show how tiled showers have evolved.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the benefits and challenges associated with tiled showers.
  2. Understand the proper design and execution of tiled shower waterproofing systems
  3. Recognize the benefits of bonded waterproofing technology and how it has revolutionized tiled showers
Schluter Systems

4:30 pm

The Uncoupling Principle
Sponsored By Schluter Systems
Presented By Zach Lanham
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

This seminar will examine the Uncoupling Principle, which is now recognized in the Tile Council of America's 2019 Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installation as well as by the Terrazzo Tile & Marble Association of Canada (TTMAC).

Learning Objectives:
  1. Comprehend the basics of the uncoupling principle and its relationship to the tile and stone industry
  2. Recognize new areas of installation that can be attained through the utilization of an uncoupling system
  3. Interpret and apply the new details and applications found in the current TCA Handbook.
Schluter Systems
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COVID-19 Protocols

Just like you, we are excited for the opportunity to resume live events. That being said, the health and safety of our attendees and presenters is our prime concern so, in addition to specific venue infection prevention procedures, we are doing the following:

  • Requiring that any presenter or attendee with any COVID-19 symptoms not attend the event (full refunds given, no matter how late the notice)
  • Working with venues to allow for social distancing while seated at the event
  • Providing hand sanitizer at the entrance to the presentation space
  • Following best practices for food distribution at the event
  • Monitoring and following local guidelines/mandates for infection prevention

State CE Requirements

New York CE Requirements

New York State Education Department: Office of the Professions
(518) 474-3817
Renewal Cycle: 
Every 3 Years
Total Hours Required: 
36, 18 of which must be live interaction either in person or
Detailed Hours Required: 
24 HSW
Renewal Deadline: 
Last day of the month preceding birth month