7 Hr Estimating and Bidding for Success
Instructor: Paul Acker
This course is an introduction to the construction estimating process. Although this course will be beneficial to junior estimators just entering in this field, it could also help architects, engineers and contractors become more familiar with how bids are prepared. The following material will explain the methods of construction delivery, different types of estimates, and the tools needed by the estimator to tender a bid. Being able to read and understand blueprints is also integral to the estimating process. Knowing how to apply and itemize costs for specific activities and materials, based on a set of plans and related professional resources, is key. The estimator who can visualize the project, and accurately determine its costs will become one of the most important persons in any construction company.
This course covers:
- Methods of Construction Delivery
- Types of Contracts
- Types of Estimates
- Bid Documents
- The Bid Team
- Structuring the Bid Program
- Parts of a Blueprint
- Reading the Plans
- Estimating Self-Performed Work
7 Hr Successful Site and Building Design
Instructor: Wayde Hoppe
While land developers are seeking to maximize their land use and minimize their development costs, governmental regulations are applying pressures on budgets that can kill a project. Architects are being relied upon to steer site decisions and engineering professionals in order to produce cost-effective and functional designs that meet the myriad of growing municipal requirements. In this 3 hour, fully narrated course you will learn to navigate your entire team through the challenges and pitfalls of site development, all the time with an eye toward building design.
Developers of commercial, industrial and institutional buildings are driven by return on investment. Today’s building owners are savvy and they seek to balance the initial cost with the payback. Functionality, aesthetics, and methods of code compliance are each guided by financial investment and return. In this course, you will learn, from the foundation to the roof, from the appearance to the operation, from construction to maintenance, tried and proven methods for analyzing design decisions that will lead you to a greater reputation as a designer.
Most architects are familiar with the design process and are usually comfortable with at least one or more of the steps. However, what we learn in school needs to be coupled with the requirements of today’s many codes and regulations, the changes in material development, our client’s demand for a return on investment and the realities of construction budgets.
After completing this course, you will be able to:
- Understand the process of securing the appropriate information that will help to develop a scope, schedule, and budget.
- Be able to develop a building program, including site selection, utilization, and wayfinding.
- Outline at least one design strategy based on site standards and utility coordination.
- Summarize the steps that must be taken to in order to move forward with approvals, bidding, and construction.
- Be able to integrate design concepts with current codes and regulations.
- Translate the intentions and goals of the customer into a safe and cost effective project.
- Utilize current materials and goods to ensure proper construction practices.
- Recognize the importance of meeting the client’s demand for return on investment.
This Course Covers:
- Securing Information
- Programming and Site Evaluation
- Site Selection, Utilization, and Wayfinding
- Laying Out the Design
- Site Standards
- Utility Coordination
- Preparing a Site Plan
- Documents and Contract Administration
- Defining the Building Type & Ideal Building size
- Initial Construction Budget
- Code Analysis
- Site Evaluation
- Selecting Consultants
- Defining the Structural System
- Selecting the Best Foundation System
- Creating an Envelope
- Laying out the Floor Plate
- HVAC, Plumbing & Electrical Systems
- Selecting Your Materials
- Specialty Materials & Design Services
7 Hr Design Dos and Don’ts in Metal Structures and Existing Buildings
Instructor: Wayde Hoppe
Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings. This chapter will cover the advantages and disadvantages of using a pre-engineered metal building and why PEMB’s are economical. We will examine what needs to be considered when designing the foundations, building envelope, building systems, industrial equipment as well as code considerations. This chapter should equip the designer and builder to know the basic facts about Pre Engineered Metal Buildings.
Renovations and Additions. This chapter will cover pre-design, building design, structural concerns, making a watertight envelope, code issues, and construction details related to renovation and addition projects. This course will highlight the right questions, demonstrate how to investigate the important conditions and bring attention to the critical issues. Through the many following examples, this course will offer instruction on how to approach a renovation or addition project with justified confidence.
Energy Efficient Insulation. Even as technological innovation creates new construction possibilities, incorporating energy-efficiency into building projects can not only provide a better quality of life, but also protect the environment. A comprehensive approach to resource and energy efficiency is the best method to achieve a resource and energy efficient building. This one hour course will help builders identify important considerations and then apply those principles to a specific project.
After completing this course participants will be able to:
- Outline the advantages and disadvantages of Pre-Engineered buildings
- Identify the code requirements related to bearing capacity of foundations and slabs
- Describe hazardous occupancies and control areas that are often found in this type of structure
- Summarize the code considerations and issues related to special industrial construction
- Be able to translate the requests of the client into a realistic, safe, and cost-effective project.
- Gain confidence in the ability to specify, and identify any code related issues or requirements in order to facilitate proper construction.
- Demonstrate how to investigate the important conditions and bring attention to critical issues.
- Identify and integrate strategies that involve existing conditions, building design, structural concerns, and common issues.
This course covers:
- Special Industrial Issues
- Ground Water
- Decorative Shapes
- Deferred Submittals
- Pre-Design: Existing Conditions
- Water-Tight Envelope
- Eave Design and Ventilation
- Where to Insulate
- Types of Insulation
7 Hr Construction Health and Safety Compliance 7 Hr
Instructors: Nelson Gelinas & Joshua Francis
This Course Covers:
1. Controlling Hazardous Energy. (35 Minutes) This training program covers Lockout/Tagout procedures for the use of appropriate lockout or tagout devices designed to isolate or disable equipment in order to prevent unexpected start up or release of stored energy, causing injury to employees.
2. Fall Protection. (60 Minutes) Falls are one of the most common types of serious injuries and deaths. Employers are responsible for maintaining a safe working environment, but when fall protection devices are impractical, personal fall protection equipment may be used. This course outlines the standard equipment use, maintenance and inspection requirements for harnesses, lanyards, lifelines, tethers and more.
3. Fire Safety. (40 Minutes) This course highlights standards related to fire safety, including prevention, types of fires, extinguishers and best practices.
4. Hazard Communication. (60 Minutes) In order to ensure chemical safety in the workplace, information about the identities and hazards of the chemicals must be available and understandable to workers. This course will outline employee Right-to-Know information, the Global Harmonizing System, Safety Data Sheets, and labels.
5. Personal Protective Equipment. (60 Minutes) Personal protective equipment, commonly referred to as “PPE”, is equipment worn to minimize exposure to a variety of hazards. Examples of PPE include such items as gloves, foot and eye protection, protective hearing devices (earplugs, muffs) hard hats, respirators and full body suits. This course will outline the most common forms of PPE used in the workplace.
6. Respiratory Protection. (60 Minutes) Respirators protect workers against insufficient oxygen environments, harmful dusts, fogs, smokes, mists, gases, vapors, and sprays. These hazards may cause cancer, lung impairment, diseases, or death. Compliance with the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard could avert hundreds of deaths and thousands of illnesses annually. This course outlines the types of respirators available, proper fit, and inspection/maintenance requirements.
7. Silica Safety. (60 Minutes) Construction workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in over 600,000 workplaces each year. OSHA estimates that more than 840,000 of these workers are exposed to silica levels exceeding the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL). This one-hour course reviews OSHA regulations and the safety codes surrounding silica safety.
8. Stairways and Ladders. (60 Minutes) This subpart applies to all stairways and ladders used in construction, alteration, repair (including painting and decorating), and demolition workplaces covered under 29 CFR part 1926, and also sets forth, in specified circumstances, when ladders and stairways are required to be provided.
7 Hr Code and Energy Efficient Building
Instructor: Rodger Peck
Code: Students successfully completing this portion of the course will gain confidence in their ability to use and understand the current Minnesota Residential Code. It’s important to recognize the fact that without a standard to meet, many buildings would simply be too dangerous and unsafe to occupy, or, too costly to maintain. The building codes, and the building officials that enforce them, are there to safeguard the health, safety, property, and public welfare of the residents of Minnesota.
Energy Efficient Building: Even as technological innovation creates new construction possibilities, incorporating energy-efficiency into building projects can not only provide a better quality of life, but also protect the environment. A comprehensive approach to resource and energy efficiency is the best method to achieve a resource and energy efficient building. This chapter will help builders identify important considerations and then apply those principles to a specific project.
This Course Covers:
- Introduction to the Minnesota Residential Code Book
- Chapter 1300 Administration and Logic
- Minnesota Revisions and Definitions
- Planning – Design, Egress, Requirements
- Wall Covering, Roofing and Exteriors
- Energy Efficient Building – Energy costs, Environmental concerns, Site evaluation, Solar, Geothermal, LEED
3 Hr Environmental Issues
Instructor: Gwyn Besner
Human activity has been impacting the environment for thousands of years. Industrial, chemical, and energy related waste materials have had an exponential effect on the environment. It has only been in the last 50 years or so that environmental laws have been enacted to protect public health, safety and welfare, as well as preserving natural resources. These and other issues have made environmental law more and more prevalent as opposing groups seek to contain and remediate costs associated with contaminated sites and similar issues.
This Course Covers:
- Substances and Environmental Risk
- Brownfield Remediation TC
- Federal and State Laws
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