About the Series

These hour-long webinars are intended for designers, facility managers, construction managers, BAC signatory contractors and BAC members.

All webinars will be held from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST. 


While the webinars are free, registration (on right) is required.

Upcoming Programs 

June 20, 2017
Coatings for use on Historic & Existing Masonry - 1 LU
Roy J. Ingraffia, Jr., Assoc. AIA, MS, CSI, PA AIC
Director of Industry Development and Technical Services
International Masonry Institute
There are any number of traditional and contemporary coatings that can be used to address performance and aesthetic issues surrounding historic and existing masonry structures.  These products range anywhere from hydrophobic coatings used to minimize water infiltration, to consolidants used to strengthen the surface of weathered masonry; brick, terra cotta, natural stone, & concrete.  This session will introduce general types of coatings, their properties/chemical composition, methods of application, and performance.  Particular attention will be paid to the processes which cause conditions that may warrant the use of a surface coating as well as when these types of products should and should not be used.  

June 27, 2017
Designing Installation Systems for Gauged and Large Format Porcelain Tiles & Panels - 1 LU/HSW
Arthur Mintie CSI, CDT
Sr. Technical Services Director  

This course provides an overview of relevant industry standards that govern substrate preparation, adhesive mortar type and selection, coverage, lippage, grout joint requirements, installation tips and techniques. In addition, the presentation will cover best practices and lessons learned that will help to achieve the desired results with large format tile and thin gauged porcelain tiles and panels/slabs.

July 11, 2017
Thinking Inside the Box-Masonry Partition Wall Design - 1 LU/HSW
Diane Throop, PE, FASTM, FTMS 
DT PE Consulting
 This seminar explores options for masonry partition wall design including the new 2016 TMS 402 and 2013 MSJC prescriptive partition wall requirements as well as instruction on using the new IMI Partition wall software with both live demonstration and audience participation.

The new software tool developed by IMI provides the opportunity to engineer masonry interior partitions with simple input but with results that come from a rigorous engineering analysis. The program offers options for:

• Unreinforced or Reinforced Concrete Masonry Units
• Unreinforced Clay Brick Units
• Compliance with IBC 2009 or IBC 2012 Allowable Stress Design provisions
• Three support conditions - Vertical, Horizontal and Cantilever
• Input of Vertical loads, Horizontal Uniform loads, Horizontal Concentrated loads
• Input for all Risk Categories as well as Egress Stairways
• Input for all seismic design categories.
Options can be changed and compared quickly, and easily, permitting the designer to optimize the wall system in minutes.

Thank you

For more information, contact Dawn Lafey at (301) 291-2110 or email 

Continuing Education

Each webinar meets AIA/CES criteria for 1 HSW learning unit, which will be reported directly to AIA. Contractor members will receive 1 Contractor College learning unit for each webinar.