PCI provides one-hour programs in a variety of topics. These programs are easily tailored to conference room or classroom lunch programs. Architects and engineers can learn about precast concrete hollow-core floors and walls, architectural precast concrete, precast parking structures, glass fiber reinforced concrete, high performance precast concrete and much more.

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The following programs are prepared and ready for presentation. Please allow a minimum of two to three weeks from the date of your submission to the date of your requested presentation.

Discover High Performance Precast
Recent code changes, increasing sustainability requirements, and a challenging economy are just some of the factors increasing demand for high-performance structures. However, high performance is not business-as-usual. The concept of ‘high-performance’ encompasses sustainability; however, it goes beyond a ‘this-or-that’ approach by requiring optimization of all relevant attributes for a project on a life cycle basis. This presentation will explain what high performance structures are, and how precast concrete can help you achieve your high performance project goals. The presentation also covers the basics of precast concrete, its applications, finishes, etc.

Learning Objectives:

Define what high performance structures are
Discuss the advantages and long-term benefits of high performance design
Describe how precast concrete contributes to design versatility, energy efficiency, and long-term building performance
Explain the concept of resiliency and how high performance design incorporates it to provide multi-hazard protection
Length: 1 Hour
AIA 1.0 HSW/LU
1.0 PDH
0.1 CEU


Discover High Performance Precast (Extended)
Participants will explore building design solutions using precast and prestressed concrete products. They will learn what precast, prestressed concrete products are, how they are manufactured, including structural theory of prestressing, and quality assurance procedures. They will learn about the industry certification program (PCI) of plants, people and performance. Participants will explore numerous examples of architectural and structural concrete solutions for numerous building markets. They will explore a variety of architectural finishes and how each is created in terms of color, form and texture. They will explore common structural solutions using prestressed concrete products and explore integrated solutions; realizing the full potential of loadbearing architectural precast units. The session will end with an overview of industry support available to the design community, including published and electronic media and a question and answer session.

Learning Objectives:

Define what high performance structures are
Discuss the advantages and long-term benefits of high performance design
Describe how precast concrete contributes to design versatility, energy efficiency, and long-term building performance
Explain the concept of resiliency and how high performance design incorporates it to provide multi-hazard protection
Length: 1.5 Hour
AIA 1.5 HSW/LU
1.5 PDH
0.15 CEU


Artist’s Palette: The Aesthetic Versatility of Precast Concrete
The aesthetics of a structure are very important, as it is what most people identify with. High performance materials should provide aesthetic versatility in order to efficiently meet a structure’s architectural requirements. Precast concrete provides incredible aesthetic versatility from providing multiple colors and textures, to developing shapes, forms and very ornate details. Precast can also simulate or be veneered with natural materials providing all of their beauty, but with the added speed, durability, many other benefits of precast. This presentation will provide an overview of the many finishes available with precast concrete, along with methodologies for achieving them. We will also discuss combining multiple finishes into single panels, veneers and embedded materials, selection of mix designs, approaches to achieving colors, proper specification, and procedures to ensure expectations are aligned.

Learning Objectives:

Explain the finish options of precast concrete
Describe methods to achieve color, form and texture
Explain how clay products and natural stones can be veneered to precast concrete to speed construction and reduce costs
Discuss the latest innovations in aesthetics and finishes
Length: 1 Hour
AIA 1.0 HSW/LU
1.0 PDH
0.1 CEU


High Performance Precast Concrete Enclosure Systems
A structure’s envelope has considerable impact on its overall performance, as highlighted by recent code changes. The envelope not only serves as a barrier between the outside environment and conditioned space, but also as a part of the aesthetic expression for the structure. It must also serve as a protective shield against environmental forces. High-performance building envelopes can help reduce the overall energy consumption of a structure throughout the structure’s life, and maintain and protect its interior environment and occupants.

This presentation addresses what high performance building envelopes are, as well as key elements to their performance. It will discuss how to use precast concrete wall systems to meet the latest code requirements such as continuous insulation and air barriers, and include topics such as moisture management, thermal mass effect and how to calculate effective R-values, integration with other building systems, and more. This session will also touch on the idea of resilience. A structure must be able to resist environmental forces, such as high winds and earthquakes in order to protect life and fulfill its intended purpose. Case studies are used to highlight information presented. 

Learning Objectives:
Describe the three basic types of precast concrete envelope systems
Describe new envelope code requirements
Explain thermal mass and how to use it to create more energy efficient buildings
Discuss moisture management methodologies
Length: 1 Hour
AIA 1.0 HSW/LU
1.0 PDH
0.1 CEU


Building High Performance Educational Facilities
Educational Facilities are a vital part of the fabric of our society that directly contribute to what our future will be. These are places where future generations learn more than just math and science, they learn about people, life, and develop key life skills. Today’s schools are more than just buildings, they are interactive learning environments. They are gathering places. They are safe havens for a community. This presentation will discuss recommendations on how to design and build high performance schools, which provide energy efficiency, safety and resiliency, as well as reduce life cycle costs. Aesthetics, acoustics, schedule, and fire protection will also be discussed. Case studies will be used to highlight topics discussed.

Learning Objectives:
Describe what high performance schools are, and the benefits they offer to students, teachers, and the community
Identify key considerations in high performance school design
Explain the basic approaches to high performance school design using precast concrete
Describe concepts on how to control cost and quality, reduce maintenance, and meet sustainable design goals
Length: 1 Hour
AIA 1.0 HSW/LU
1.0 PDH
0.1 CEU


Hollow-Core Floors and Walls
Hollow-Core Floors and Walls
This course instructs participants about hollow-core products and how to design and build utilizing hollow-core floors and walls. Participants also learn about the inherent fire resistance of hollow-core, a major life-safety consideration. After this program, participants will be able to: Identify the different precast, prestressed hollow-core concrete systems Explain the benefits of using precast, prestressed hollow-core concrete Discuss the benefits of using hollow-core concrete with owners and other designers.

Learning Objectives:
Understand fabrication techniques, erection procedures and transportation considerations for precast Hollowcore plank and wall panels.
Understand design and detail for precast products including connections and economical layout considerations.
Understand High Performance Building principles using precast concrete systems
Understand how to integrate the precast structural system with other building systems.
Length: 1 Hour
AIA 1.0 HSW/LU
1.0 PDH
0.1 CEU


Designing High Performance Parking Structures
Parking structures have changed a lot over the past decade. Today’s parking structures have to be built sustainably, reduce operational and maintenance costs, last longer, and have more stringent aesthetic requirements. In many cases, they have to be high performance structures exceeding standard expectations. This presentation will explain what a high performance parking structure is, as well as how to design and build them utilizing high performance precast concrete. The latest innovations and design methodologies, including connections, proper detailing and maintenance will be discussed. Aesthetic options and versatility will also be presented.

Learning Objectives:
Describe the primary attributes of a high performance parking structure
Discuss the latest innovations in parking structure design
Explain the differences in various structural systems for parking structures
Describe proper maintenance procedures for parking structure
Length: 1 Hour
AIA 1.0 HSW/LU
1.0 PDH
0.1 CEU


Designing High Performance Transportation Structures
The concept of 'high-performance' encompasses sustainability, and goes beyond a single criteria approach by requiring optimization of all relevant attributes for a project on a life cycle basis.

This presentation will introduce how high performance is being applied to special purpose and routine highway structures in the transportation industry. It will provide an overview of how precast/prestressed concrete is being used to meet long lasting, low maintenance, accelerated constructed and low cost requirements for bridges and pavements. The presenter will briefly discuss where engineers can learn more about the basic concepts and detailed methodologies related to design and preservation of these ever changing transportation facilities. It will also introduce some of the newest innovative systems and designs being used throughout the United States for simple and complex structures.

Learning Objectives:
Define what high performance concrete transportation structures are
Discuss the advantages and long-term benefits of high performance design as they relate to concrete transportation structures.
Describe how precast concrete contributes to design versatility, efficiency, and long-term performance of transportation structures.
Discuss some of the newest technologies in the transportation industry
Length: 1 Hour
AIA 1.0 HSW/LU
1.0 PDH
0.1 CEU


Precast Bridge Design & Construction
In this program, owners and designers will learn about the low initial cost, low maintenance requirements, and long life expectancy of prestressed concrete bridges. Precast bridges have also proven to be high in long-term durability and fire resistance and have excellent riding characteristics.

Learning Objectives:
Appreciate the growth in the demand for prestressed concrete bridges
Explain the advantages of using prestressed bridges
Differentiate non-precast bridges from totally precast bridges
Consider the low cost, low maintenance requirements, and long life expectancy of prestressed concrete bridges when choosing design materials.
Length: 1 Hour
AIA 1.0 HSW/LU
1.0 PDH
0.1 CEU


An Introduction to Precast Concrete Residential Housing
In this program, participants will learn the basics of using precast/prestressed concrete in single-family and multi-family housing. Topics discussed include: acoustic properties, fire safety, indoor environmental advantages of concrete, maintenance needs, speed of construction, and outdoor environmental properties (LEED).

Learning Objectives:
Utilize the precast concrete design for sustainable housing
Identify structural concepts, including enclosure systems, used with precast concrete housing design
Design efficiencies into precast concrete structures through the use of standard design systems
Identify the design resources available to aid designing single and multi-family housing using precast products.
Length: 1 Hour
AIA 1.0 HSW/LU
1.0 PDH
0.1 CEU


Designing Industrial Structures with Precast/Prestressed Concrete
After this course, participants will be more familiar with how precast concrete systems allow an industrial structure to meet the demands of heavy use and dynamic production advancement. Additionally, the program explores the use of precast concrete components for specific industrial, retail, and manufacturing applications that take advantage of precast concrete's fire-resistance and long roof span capabilities. Participants also discover benefits to the designer and owner in terms of increased durability, flexibility of design, high quality of manufactured products, versatility, high-performance, durable materials and speed of construction because precast components can be erected quickly once they arrive at the site.

Learning Objectives:
Identify and discuss the different industrial applications for precast, prestressed concrete systems
Discuss High Performance attributes of Precast concrete systems in Industrial structures
Explain the benefits of using precast, prestressed concrete in industrial building design
Make an informed material choice for your next industrial building design
Length: 1 Hour
AIA 1.0 HSW/LU
1.0 PDH
0.1 CEU


High Performance Athletic Facility
Health awareness and athletic competition have become increasingly more important throughout the past years. We see expansions of professional sports teams, new extreme sports being introduced, old facilities being rebuilt, and a growing demand for new facilities. For example, the athletic facility market is expected to grow by 15% or more over next couple of years. Furthermore, these structures have increasing requirements to design and built for high performance and provide flexibility, functionality, and durability. This presentation will provide an overview of today's high performance athletic facility design using precast concrete systems, as well as include recommendations to optimize designs. Topics discussed will be highlighted with case studies.

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the basics of athletic facility design
Describe the key considerations of high performance design relative to athletic facilities
Describe the various elements used in precast concrete systems in athletic facilities
Explain how to maximize the value of using precast concrete systems in athletic facilities
Length: 1 Hour
AIA 1.0 HSW/LU
1.0 PDH
0.1 CEU


Sustainable Design Using Precast Concrete (1 GBCI)

After this presentation, participants will understand the following concepts: (1) The key to sustainable building lies in long-life, adaptable, low-energy design. (2) The earth’s resources are best conserved if the service life of a building is prolonged. (3) Using precast concrete in buildings conserves energy and resources during and after construction because of the following characteristics of precast concrete: (a) The materials used in precast buildings are natural, renewable, and locally available. (b) Water and materials used in precast buildings are often recyclable and recycled. (c) Indoor and outdoor air quality are improved in precast buildings because less (or no) VOC-based preservatives and paints are required, and because of the thermal mass qualities of precast concrete.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand High Performance Building principles using precast concrete systems

  • Understand precast connections and how to create designs with adaptability and deconstructability in mind.

  • Understand how to integrate the structural system with other building systems

  • Discuss sustainable principles and how it relates to concrete

Length: 1.5 Hour
AIA 1.5 HSW/LU
1.5 PDH
0.15 CEU


Precast/Prestressed Concrete 101
Participants will explore building design solutions using precast and prestressed concrete products. They will learn what precast, prestressed concrete products are, how they are manufactured, including structural theory of prestressing, and quality assurance procedures. They will learn about the industry certification program (PCI) of plants, people and performance. Participants will explore numerous examples of architectural and structural concrete solutions for numerous building markets. They will explore a variety of architectural finishes and how each is created in terms of color, form and texture. They will explore common structural solutions using prestressed concrete products and explore integrated solutions; realizing the full potential of loadbearing architectural precast units. The session will end with an overview of industry support available to the design community, including published and electronic media and a question and answer session.

Learning Objectives:
Identify numerous examples of architectural and structural concrete solutions for numerous building markets
Explain how architectural finishes are created in terms of color, form and texture.
Make design choices for a specific application based on a variety of architectural finishes
Understand common structural solutions using prestressed concrete products and explore integrated solutions
Credit: 1.00


Total Precast Concrete
After this program, participants will be more familiar with what a total precast concrete structure is, how a total precast structure can benefit a project, and what components are used to construct a total precast structure. Participants will also learn how to manage a successful project.

Learning Objectives:
Make a distinct connection between precast products and their specific applications/benefits
Use total precast concrete structural systems in various applications
Identify various manufacturing processes involving precast concrete
See the value that a precast concrete manufacturer contributes to the project
Length: 1 Hour
AIA 1.0 HSW/LU
1.0 PDH
0.1 CEU


Precast/Prestressed Plant Tour (1, 2, 3, 4 hours)
Attendees will observe firsthand how designs and engineering details are executed in the precast manufacturing process. They will also observe the entire precast and prestressed manufacturing process from engineering and connections, forms set-up, casting and finishing. Attendees will gain a better understanding of precast and prestressed capabilities and related quality issues. Attendees will learn how precast fits within the entire building system and how to specify precast concrete accurately and safely. 

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the wellness/welfare aspects of precast concrete as a building material
Explain how the precast concrete production process applies sustainability concepts
Discuss the quality control procedures endemic to the precast concrete production process
Implement sustainable precast design and manufacturing concepts to their own production processes
Credit: 1.00, 2.00, 3.00, or 4.00 


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We are proud to be registered to provide continuing education for architects and engineers to stay current and fulfill licensure requirements in all 50 states! PCI will also upload continuing education data for any licensed engineer in the state of Florida, by providing PCI with your FL PE number when signing any attendance sheet.

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PCI is a preferred provider of education for the International Code Council. Individual courses must be registered with ICC via PCI’s registration before offering ICC credit. Please contact education@pci.org for more specific instructions regarding the ICC Preferred Provider program.

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