2017 Building Envelope Symposium Provided Advanced Learning Opportunities

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December 28, 2017
By Katherine Springle Lempka
Attendees crowd the ballroom to hear the speakers. Photo by Tina Hughes.

RCI’s two-day Building Envelope Symposium at the Omni Orlando Resort Championsgate, Florida, took place on November 13 and 14, 2017. Twelve presentations were offered to the 317 attendees, who were able to earn up to 12 CEHs/LUs. Attendance at RCI building envelope symposia over the past five years has ranged from about 275 to 340, so this year’s participation was solidly above the mean.

There were also 28 exhibitor displays available for perusal during breaks in the educational sessions.

RCI Education Adviser Jerry Teitsma chats with Pat Conway, AIA, who gave a presentation on masonry movement joints at this year’s symposium. Photo by Tina Hughes.

RCI Associate Director and Sr. Director of Conventions and Meetings Karen McElroy received excellent feedback from attendees, including several who report they “save” BES as their one must-attend event each year because the content is of a higher technical level than any other industry event, and therefore offers even seasoned professionals the opportunity to add new information and tactics to their arsenal.

This symposium is also a useful tool for those who are at the earlier stages of their careers. Chairperson of the RCI Emerging Professionals Committee Julie McDonald had this to say:

Emerging Professionals Committee Chair Julie McDonald and Ontario Chapter President Jennifer Hogan pause for a selfie. Photo by Julie McDonald.

“I was impressed with the quality and caliber of presentations at the symposium. Topics regarding rooftop amenity design and curtainwall failures were of particular interest and relevant to my own work. I was also pleasantly surprised at seeing more “emerging professionals” in attendance at the event than in years past. As [members] of the Emerging Professionals Committee, it is our mission to encourage young consultants to attend RCI events and fold them into the fabric of the organization for the sustainable future of RCI, Inc.”

Overall, this year’s Building Envelope Symposium was successful in its goal of providing relevant educational content to members of RCI and of the industry in general.

There were 28 exhibitors in attendance. Photo by Karen McElroy.
RCI’s Second Vice President Bob Card (or rather, Batman) poses with Ted Sheridan. Photo by Rick Gardner.