Architecture & Enginering

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Architecture & Enginering

Westchester Community College’s Division of Continuing education now offers non-credit courses for engineers and architects seeking license renewal. Programs are designed to meet the continuing education requirements (pending approval by the New York State Education Department to sponsor mandatory continuing education) set forth by New York State. Architects and engineers licensed in New York State must complete 36 hours of continuing education during each three-year renewal period. These programs provide an opportunity for industry professionals to update their knowledge and enhance their skills and keep current on emerging trends and best practices.

5-hour seminars are $180 and earn 5 LU credits.
Full-day seminars are $250 and earn 7 LU credits.
All courses taught by Jeffrey M. Syken.
All seminars are also open to the public.

Building Naturally, Touch the Earth Lightly
The mantra of the natural building movement expresses with just a few words a philosophy whereby the built environment is in harmony with the natural world rather than at odds against it. Emphasizing the use of natural building materials such as adobe, straw bale, clay, earth, cordwood etc. and taking advantage of passive solar design and earth sheltering, natural building proponents have distinguished themselves from the more mainstream green building movement which focuses on earth friendly initiatives such as recycled content, minimizing eco-disruption and indoor air quality. Approved for 5 hrs. of CE for Professional Engineers and Architects.
CE-GREEN 2013, 1 Fri., Feb. 8, 6:00-11:00 pm, Room TBD. #12823

Traditional Plaster for Interior & Exterior Application
This course discusses modern systems for both interior (gypsum-based) and exterior (cement-based) plaster finishes. Discussion of interior gypsum-based plaster focuses on veneer plaster over a gypsum-board based and/or existing substrate – the most widely used interior gypsum plaster application in modern construction. The exterior cement-based plaster discussion focuses on traditional three-coat applications and the increasingly popular one-coat application for residential building envelopes and exterior ceilings. Time-tested and proven, traditional interior/exterior plaster is experiencing a resurgence in use in commercial, institutional, residential construction projects. Approved for 5 hrs. of CE for Professional Engineers and Architects.
CE-HOME 2004, 1 Fri., Feb. 22, 6:00-11:00 pm, Room TBD. #12827

World of Tomorrow: The 1939/40 New York World’s Fair
The year was 1939; Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz were playing in movie theaters, FDR was in the White House, America was at peace and recovering from the Great Depression and, at Flushing Meadow, NYC was hosting a World’s Fair the likes of which had never been seen before. The fair would be remembered by those in attendance as one of the most significant events of their lives. By the second year of the fair, world events were catching up with the fair and the festive spirit that animated the 1939 fair was waning. Still, the promise of a better and brighter future for all Americans was prominently on display at the fair, particularly at GM’s Futurama exhibit. As visitors left the exhibit, they were given a pin that stated simply: I Have Seen the Future. Indeed they had. Discover the impact of the fair on our lives and society. Approved for 5 hrs. of CE for Architects (but not Health, Safety and Welfare).
CE-HIST 2029, 1 Fri., Mar. 8, 6:00-11:00 pm, Room TBD. #12828

An Epic for the Age: Building the Brooklyn Bridge
In the post-Civil War era, science and technology was the new religion and anything was possible, including a bridge spanning the East River between Brooklyn and New York. Only John Augustus Roebling, a brilliant German immigrant who perfected the art of balancing the static and dynamic forces acting upon a suspension bridge, would be considered for the task of designing a suspension bridge across the half-mile wide East River. The Brooklyn Bridge set the stage for future long-span suspension bridges, provided the physical link that would make the unified City of New York possible, and pioneered the use of structural steel. Learn about one of the greatest human achievements of the 19th century. Approved for 7 hrs. of CE for Architects (but not Health, Safety and Welfare).
CE-HIST 2028, 1 Sun., Jan. 27, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Room TBD. #12829

Drywall Construction Systems
In this course, students gain an understanding of drywall construction and its origins, evolution, and applications in modern construction. Made from the miracle mineral, gypsum, drywall construction has nearly completely replaced gypsum plaster as the material of choice for interior finishes. Light, easily applied, cost-effective, dry-applied, attractive and easily finished, the drywall revolution has made gypsum drywall the first choice in commercial, residential, and institutional construction projects. Approved for 7 hrs. of CE for Professional Engineers and Architects.
CE-CERTS 2035, 1 Sat., Feb. 2, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Room TBD. #12830

Empire State Building: The Monarch of the Sky
By the time the ESB opened in May, 1931, that uniquely American architectural form, the skyscraper, had evolved to the point whereby a tower more than a mile-high was technically possible. The Empire State Building would be the culmination of the great skyscraper races held in New York City during the late ‘20s/early ‘30s and draw to a close the golden age of skyscrapers. It would also be the highlight of the career/s of the general contractor, architectural firm and owners and would set a record for speed of construction yet to be surpassed. Discover how the ESB would also lay the groundwork for modern fast-track construction scheduling, pre-fabrication methods and construction management principles and practices. Approved for 7 hrs. of CE for Architects (but not Health, Safety and Welfare).
CE-CERTS 2036, 1 Sun., Feb. 10, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Room TBD. #12831

Forest Hills Gardens: An Arcadia for Everyone
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the industrial revolution transferred and concentrated large populations into cities with disastrous results. Most notably, the garden city model, developed in the UK and Europe, strived to combine the best of both city and country life. Forest Hills Gardens, located in suburban New York, would be the first experiment in garden city design in the new world. What went right and what went wrong? Why were so few garden cities built in the wake of FHG and how is the new urbanism carrying forward the ideals of the garden city movement over 100 years later? These questions and other topics relevant to FHG and to suburban development will be discussed. Approved for 7 hrs. of CE for Architects (but not Health, Safety and Welfare).
CE-CERTS 2033, 1 Sat., Feb. 16, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Room TBD. #12832

Green Design & Construction: An Overview
This course offers an overview of the broad topic of environmentally sustainable/responsible design and construction as it relates to the built environment. It discusses the origins of the green building movement, the history of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program, the motivations for building green, human health aspects (such as sick building syndrome), recycling, eco-disruption, and energy/water conservation. Approved for 7 hrs. of CE for Professional Engineers and Architects.
CE-GREEN 2011, 1 Sun., Feb. 24, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Room TBD. #12833

Light Gauge Metal Framing
Light gauge metal framing, as an alternative to traditional wood framing, has gained much ground and recognition as an environmentally sustainable substitute for stick-built houses. Widely used for many years in commercial construction for non-load bearing drywall framing, its familiarity, innovations in tools, equipment, fasteners, training, and systems/methods now makes LGMF a logical choice for load-bearing applications in residential construction. Approved for 7 hrs. of CE for Professional Engineers and Architects.
CE-GREEN 2012, 1 Sat., Mar. 2, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Room TBD. #12834

This Hazardous House
Considering the fact that Americans spend about 90% of their lives indoors, it should be no surprise that, since the advent of the tight building envelope, the built environment is literally responsible for roughly 50% of all diseases. With pollution levels increasing, our homes, offices and institutions are, quite literally, making us sick. Knowing what the dangers are and why/how/where they occur is the first line of defense, avoiding/eliminating them is second. Approved for 7 hrs. of CE for Professional Engineers and Architects.
CE-CERTS 2034, 1 Sun., Mar. 10, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Room TBD. #12835
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