Architects’ Forum 2013 Opens Thursday

After more than six months in the making, Architects’ forum 2013, sponsored by the Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal magazine, opens tomorrow at the Hyatt Regency Long Island at Wind Watch Hotel & Golf Club in Hauppauge (Long Island), N.Y. The day-long program, designed specifically with the educational needs of architects in mind, offers six presentations on a variety of glass and glazing topics. Attending architects will earn continuing education credits, including hours toward their Health, Safety and Welfare requirements.

The sponsored sessions will be led by various industry experts who are knowledgeable in the glass and glazing industry. Speakers include:

John Krajewski, national architectural account manager with J.B. Berkowitz L.P., will present “Glass Fabrication and Design Issues.” Krajewski has been serving the glass industry for more than 20 years and will share his insight on issues that architects will encounter when they go beyond aesthetics and performance.

David Warden is the brand manager for YKK AP America’s energy saving family of fenestration products, EnerGFacade, and is responsible for spearheading marketing efforts both externally and internally for the product line. He has been with the company for more than 10 years and has served in various positions including product marketing engineer, applications engineer and special projects. He will present “Ensuring Compliance of Fenestration with Today’s Energy Codes and Green Standards.”

Leigh Anne Mays, architectural design manager for Guardian Industries, has been active in the architectural community for more than 10 years in the Northeastern United States. She has worked on many high profile projects including the second tallest building in the world under construction as well as many other complex and custom projects in the New York and New England region. She will present “The Evolution of Architectural Glass and High Performance Coatings.”

Joe Effertz, director of architectural development for Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, cultivates relationships with architects across North America through design and specification assistance. He has more than 15 years experience in the glass fabrication and aluminum manufacturing industry. He has also worked on various monumental projects across the globe. He has a B.A. in management from St. John’s University and a M.B.A. from St. Thomas University. He will be presenting “Blast Mitigation – Understanding the Environment, Protection Level and Design.”

Paul Chackery is a product manager for Fenzi North America, where he began as a quality control technician after graduating from Seneca College in 2004. He continues to serve the company in various capacities such as in the areas of quality, research and development, regulatory affairs and sales support. He is also the project manager overseeing the commercial and technical delivery of their latest chemistry in the North American market. His education is in Biotechnology Research. He will be presenting “Selecting Insulating Glass Sealants for Durability and Energy Efficiency.”

Tim Nass has more than 20 years of experience in the architectural glazing industry and is the vice president of national sales at SAFTIFIRST. He also oversees the company’s national network of architectural sales representatives. Nass has been delivering the company’s AIA-registered presentation for more than three years to various architecture firms, AIA local chapters, CSI local chapters, at the CSI National Convention and other glazing industry events. He will be presenting “Code Considerations in Fire Rated Glass.”

In addition to the presentations, lunch will also be provided and is sponsored by Quanex Building Products. An informative tabletop display will provide attendees further opportunities to learn about glass and glazing products. Architects attending all six sessions will be entered for a chance to win one of two iPad Minis. The drawing will take place at 5:30 p.m. March 7 on the Glass Expo Northeast trade show floor, which is also taking place concurrently.

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