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The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is a nation-wide nonprofit technical organization dedicated to the advancement of construction technology through communication, education, research, and service. Founded in 1948, CSI provides a forum for architects, engineers, specification writers, contractors, suppliers, and others in the industry.

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Next Chapter Meeting: September 14, 2021
(on Zoom)
6:00-6:30 p.m. Meet-and-Greet Networking with Attendees

6:30-7:30 p.m. Live Technical Education Program

Hybrid Panelization -

Betting on Prefab Construction

Presented by Cory Robbins, CSI

Business Development Representative for EDA Contractors, Inc.

and President of CSI Philadelphia

Off-site panelized construction is a growing and efficient method of production in commercial construction. Typically, panels are fabricated completely off-site, then transported to and installed on-site as a full wall system. However, due to potential irregularities in building materials, challenges with ensuring continuity of control functions between panels can arise, specifically related to air and water control. Panelizing an exterior elevation is ripe with risk, relying on a caulk joint which will inevitably fail. On institutional projects, this is simply not an option as joint failures will cause slow leaks, mold and unsafe conditions to form. The Philly Live! Hotel and Casino opted for a hybrid approach combining pre-fabrication of the wall panels including the cold-formed metal framing substrate, gypsum sheathing and air/water resistive membrane, allowing for appropriate sealing between panels on site prior to installation of the exterior insulation and cladding.

Learning Objectives for Program Participants:

1. Differentiate the positives and negatives of typical ‘panelization’ versus hybrid ‘panelization.
2. Recognize the sequence coordination involved in constructing a complicated exterior panel rainscreen wall system.
3. Examine virtual design tools and functionality needed to synchronize the installer and design team.
4. Appraise multiple virtual design tools in realistic scenarios in an actual case study during a pandemic.

Presenter Background:  Cory works in business development for EDA Contractors (www.edacontractors.com)in Bensalem, PA.  A graduate of Arizona State University, his single focus is to become the spearhead of a movement in the construction industry where installers and architects alike are responsible/liable for the work they create, therefore raising workmanship and motivation to perform work right the first time.  EDA has been recognized by The Inquirer as one of the "Top Work Places" [in Philadelphia] since 2018 and specializes in the exterior envelope of commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings. Their motto is “Successful Together” and they strive to work in sync to provide their customers with the best workmanship and customer service in the industry.

This program is registered with AIA CES for 1 LU/HSW continuing education. Certificates will be available to all attendees, issued by email following the meeting.

CPC-CSI members attending this program will receive a $20 Panera Gift Card by electronic delivery, following the meeting, as a thank you for being chapter members and participating in this event.

TO REGISTER for this FREE program and receive the Zoom URL link, email our host, Ken Robinson at kbrpe@kbraengineering.com no later than 3:00 p.m. on September 14.

The CPC CSI Board meeting will be from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., prior to the chapter meeting. All CPC CSI members are welcome to attend (if so, please note when you register for the program).