WASHINGTON, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — The second webinar in the new series from the National Institute of Building Sciences Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC) is only a week away. The webinar, “Precast Concrete Off-Site Construction: Techniques & Case Studies,” co-sponsored by thePrecast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, will be held July 26 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm CT (12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET) and again July 28 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm CT (12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PT).
OSCC’s 2014 Off-Site Construction Industry Survey found precast concrete structural components to be the most often-used elements of off-site construction. With the looming shortage of skilled workers forecast to exceed 2 million by 2017, prefabrication may become a necessity and a more common method of project delivery. The benefits include shorter construction schedules; a greater degree of predictability in cost; reduced material waste; reduced coordination of trades; and reduced risk. The webinar series is designed to share knowledge and improve industry efficiency, productivity and speed to market through the use of pre-fabrication and off-site construction.
PCI Northeast Executive Director Rita Seraderian, PE, a co-creator of the webinar series; Gilbane Building Company Vice President and Corporate Director of Operational Excellence and Planning Susan (“Sue”) Klawans, current chair of the OSCC; and Gilbane Project Manager Ted Foster will present the webinar. They will provide an overview of the most common systems of precast concrete products; cover basic design criteria and capabilities; and explore case studies showing how precast has been used to solve diverse design and construction challenges with off-site construction.
The presenters will discuss the planning, design, coordination, fabrication and installation process with precast; review mini-case studies illustrating off-site construction concepts; explain precast specifications, design resources and the PCI plant certification program; and highlight the importance of resilient building design concepts.
Architects who complete the webinar will be eligible to receive one health, safety and welfare (HSW) learning unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects. Engineers are eligible to receive one professional development hour (PDH).
Missed the first webinar, “Getting the Most out of Off-Site Construction (Part 1),” presented by OSCC Chair Klawans and OSCC Secretary Laurie Robert? Listen to it online.