Fort Worth, TX - Thursday December 14, 2023

Fort Worth, TX

Event Date
Thursday December 14, 2023

7:30 am - 5:30 pm

Available Credits

Up to 8 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)
Up to 3 GBCI General Hour
Up to 1 ADA Accessibility / Barrier-Free Req.
Up to 1 ASPE CE Hour
Up to 1 IDCEC HSW CEU(s)
Up to 1 RCEP PDH(s) for Engineers
Acme Brick Corporate Office
3024 Acme Brick Plaza
Fort Worth, TX 76109
no registration link
Registration Price


Early Bird Discount! $30.00 off if purchased before Dec 1, 2023


Since its founding in 1891, Acme Brick has continually advanced the art and science of brickmaking, to make brick an affordable, sustainable, enduring, and beautiful choice for America's homeowners, builders, contractors, institutions, and businesses.

Event Agenda

Thursday, December 14, 2023

7:30 am

8:00 am

The Benefits of Synthetic (Artificial) Grass for Playgrounds
Sponsored By ForeverLawn
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

Synthetic (artificial) grass or turf has improved steadily since its first installation half a century ago, and it is now a sophisticated surfacing system that can be customized to suit specific purposes. This course reviews that development and then focuses on the specifics of synthetic grass suitable for use on playgrounds.

Learning Objectives:
  1. List the standard components of synthetic grass, and describe how each component contributes to aesthetics, fall safety and durability.
  2. Recall synthetic grass selection criteria and specify the correct type of synthetic grass to meet specific needs such as accessibility, comfort, resilience, flammability, and recyclability.
  3. Design and detail durable, code-compliant, safe, and aesthetically pleasing playground surfaces.
  4. Monitor synthetic grass installations to ensure they are expedited correctly to product long-lasting and low-maintenance installations.

9:10 am

High-Performance Fire-Rated Joint Assemblies
Sponsored By CEMCO
Presented By David Mistler
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

In this one-hour course, design professionals will gain knowledge of head-of-wall, bottom-of-wall and wall-to-wall assemblies, as well as the respective UL standards for approval, It will discuss different joint treatment types and the components involved with each application.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify a variety of wall-to-wall, bottom-of-wall, and head-of-wall joints, including their UL assemblies and ratings
  2. Evaluate different joint treatment types for their advantages and disadvantages, particularly in regard to their durability, cost, and safety
  3. Discuss International Building Code that relates to fire resistant joint systems and firestopping that protects occupants in the event of a fire
  4. Apply knowledge of IBC standards to specify, install, and operate fire resistance joints to ensure occupant safety

10:20 am

Accessible Seating (Dining)
Presented By John Villarreal
1 ADA Accessibility / Barrier-Free Req.
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

The Accessible Seating (Dining) course will discuss various types of seating while dining or consuming a beverage. We will cover knee and toe clearances required at counters and tables. The presentation will also discuss maneuvering clearances required for seating. Open discussion will conclude our presentation.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss ADA Standards 226 and 902 Dining Surfaces and Work Surfaces
  2. Identify various types of Accessible Seating and where to properly place them in your building projec
  3. Examine compliant designs related to Counters, Bars & the TDLR Technical Memorandum TM 2013-14
  4. Analyze ADA Standards 306 Knee & Toe Clearance and 305.7 Maneuvering Clearance and Alcoves to gain a better understanding of a successfully compliant design
  5. Recognize the importance of Communal Tables as well as Specialty Tables to be in compliance with Accessibility standards
Ron Blank & Associates Inc.

11:30 am

Differential Movement and Expansion Joints in Brick Veneer
Sponsored By Acme Brick Company
Presented By Leslie Seaton
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

An illustrated discussion of the construction and function of brick veneer expansion joints, as required by thermal and moisture movements of brick and other building materials. Examples of cracks and other distress caused by incorrect expansion joint placement clearly illustrate the importance of proper joint placement.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Learn difference between concrete masonry control joints and brick expansion joints
  2. Receive practical guidelines for placing expansion joints in brick veneer.
  3. Learn how temperature and moisture changes cause brick and other materials to move at different rates
  4. Learn where to place expansion joints for effective crack control, while retaining aesthetic symmetry
Acme Brick Company

12:30 pm

1:00 pm

Introduction to Thin Brick
Sponsored By Acme Brick Company
Presented By Leslie Seaton
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

Today’s building designers are rapidly increasing the use of adhered cladding systems and materials. Thin brick is becoming a popular adhered cladding material and as a result many brick manufactures are beginning to produce more thin brick.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Define thin brick and its’ different characteristics.
  2. Describe the different methods of producing thin brick.
  3. Describe the different installation methods for thin brick.
  4. Comparison of thin brick to face brick.
Acme Brick Company

2:10 pm

The Demand for Privacy in The Modern Restroom
Sponsored By Scranton Products
Presented By Renata Oliveira
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

Many current issues and trends are changing the way we design commercial restrooms. Join us in this one-hour course as we discuss what users want in a restroom experience, how to address increased demand for privacy, and which materials work best in different applications.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss public restroom evolution and how current trends are changing the way we design restrooms
  2. Explain the increasing demand for higher privacy in restrooms and how specific partitions and accessories can be utilized to promote privacy and personal well-being
  3. Compare and contrast the various partition materials and styles available, focusing on which ones help create a safe and hygienic restroom environment for users with privacy in mind
  4. Discuss the production process of HDPE partitions and how this contributes to a more sustainable, healthier indoor environment

3:20 pm

Kitchen Cabinets
Sponsored By Wolf Home Products
Presented By Jason Foura
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

A study of the US cabinet market and cabinet construction methods including substrates, composition, hardware, and finishes.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify and compare various substrates and composition of kitchen cabinets. How furniture board and MDF are made with binders and materials that can off gas
  2. Examine the features and benefits of various finish options for kitchen cabinets. How these finishes are applied regarding robotics for paint and stain booths as well as capturing and recycling fumes/off gas. Discussion on off gassing of compounds in Resins such as thermofoil and melamine cabinet finishes
  3. Define and compare framed and frameless cabinets, as well as factory built versus assembled cabinets. Theses differences play a significant roll in how they are installed as well as the sturdiness and safety of hanging heavier weights/cabinet materials
  4. Discuss available and new hardware options as well as best installation practices for safe and sturdy install
Wolf Home Products

4:30 pm

 Polyiso - The Next Generation Air & Water Resistive Barrier
Presented By Matt Stevens
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

This course is designed to provide an understanding of how better construction practices can increase building sustainability and longevity.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand how proper building envelope design can contribute to Building Longevity and Sustainability and how these concepts impact making building more energy efficient, as well as increasing indoor air quality and occupant comfort.
  2. Understand how aluminum faced polyiso continuous insulation can provide the Air and Water Resistive Barrier, in addition to providing thermal control, and be incorporated into an NFPA 285 Wall Assembly.
  3. Discuss the benefits obtained from incorporating polyiso continuous insulation in steel stud building envelope design to comply with building and energy codes.
  4. Identify the key properties of polyiso insulation and associated components that should be addressed when specifying and insulation system incorporating Air & Water Resistive Barrier functionality, for optimal energy performance and design efficiency.
Rmax, A Business Unit of the Sika Corporation
no registration link

State CE Requirements

Texas CE Requirements

Texas Board of Architectural Examiners
(512) 305-9000
Renewal Cycle: 
Total Hours Required: 
12 Hours
Renewal Deadline: 
December 31st
12 HSW (1 hour SD or energy efficient design + 1 hour barrier-free design + min. 8 hours structured + max. 4 hours self-directed)