Fall Procrastination Day

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Get ready to seize the day at Procrastination Day – an immersive full-day workshop presented by AIA Atlanta. Join us for an action-packed experience designed to accelerate your learning, elevate your projects, and supercharge your business, all while earning up to 5 LU/HSW credits in a single, power-packed event.

Unlock insights and expertise as industry-leading architectural product and service providers inspire and inform. Delve into cutting-edge topics, network with like-minded professionals, and revitalize your approach to design.

Fuel your day with breakfast and a delicious hot lunch on us. Attend Procrastination Day to ignite your creativity and propel your career forward. Register now!

Date and time

Tuesday, December 12, 2023
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Hurt Building – 18th Floor
50 Hurt Plaza
Atlanta, Georgia, 30303


5.0 LU/HSW




Breakfast and Check-in — 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

The Impact of Noise in Society and Typical High-Performance Solutions for Room Acoustic Applications — 9 AM – 10 AM     
Matthew Bloom, BASF

By understanding the importance of good noise control, learners will be able to understand the link between acoustic control and health, well-being, learning and productivity. This course will describe different scenarios like healthcare facilities, schools and offices. The course will give you an insight into the different sound absorbing materials that can be used to improve room acoustics. In addition, we will discuss best practices using different solutions such as incorporating Melamine Foam as a sound absorbing material in different scenarios.

  • Examine the health-related impact of noise on occupancy health and wellness. Compare and contrast architectural scenarios and the impact noise has on the occupant experience. Explore the role sound absorbing materials play in order to improve room acoustics. Identify best practices for improving noise and enhancing the sound experience of a building for occupants.
  • Compare and contrast architectural scenarios and the impact noise has on the occupant experience.
  • Explore the role sound absorbing materials play in order to improve room acoustics.
  • Identify best practices for improving noise and enhancing the sound experience of a building for occupants.

Low Voltage Communication Systems (Emergency and Non-Emergency) Integration into Buildings — 10:05 AM – 11:05 AM 
Jan Stuchlik, AHA Consulting Engineers

This course provides architects with an introduction and detailed information on the three types of communication systems in high-rise buildings. Communication systems that occupants would use during non-emergency times and systems that emergency responders would use in the case of an emergency.

  • Learn the three primary communication systems (both emergency and non-emergency) used in high-rise commercial office buildings for occupants and emergency services personnel.
  • Analyze and review the definitions used by various building codes including: area of refuge, total egress path and protected areas within a building for the temporary safety of occupants during an emergency.
  • Understand and compare the International Building Code, National Fire Protection Association and Life Safety Code descriptions for emergency two-way communication systems. This includes a 24/7 staffed location for direct emergency communications; including the various types of systems, compliance testing and predictive modeling.
  • Learn how a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) is integrated into a high-rise building while recognizing and understanding the design implications and considerations for the physical equipment, radio frequencies and the rights to broadcast.

Architectural Acoustics Introduction — 11:10 AM – 12:10 PM
Jessica S. Clements, Newcomb & Boyd

Architectural acoustics and noise control can be confusing due to single-number ratings and multiple design goals. This presentation aims to clarify where these ratings come from, what they signify, and what designers should know while working with an acoustical consultant. The presentation will focus on the three main aspects of architectural acoustics, namely sound isolation, mechanical noise control, and acoustical finishes. Additionally, it will also cover the acoustical aspects of various sustainable design programs.

  • Review and understand the general concepts of the major components of architectural acoustics: sound isolation, HVAC noise control, and finish treatments.
  • Understand what single number acoustical ratings are based on and understand the typical pitfalls.
  • Understand where single number rating goals are best used and when to look beyond the single numbers.
  • Understand the general goals of architectural acoustics in sustainable design criteria and how acoustical consultants can help achieve those criteria.
  • Understand what steps design team members can take to better coordinate with acoustical consultants for integrated designs.

Lunch — 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM

Title TBA — 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
John Caliri, SLS Consulting

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  • Describe the processes used by professionals in the project planning, integrated design, and proper installation phases of electronic systems.
  • Recognize essential timeline for selecting and engaging an electronic systems professional for your project.
  • Identify the different types of residential systems, the unique considerations of each, and appropriate systems integration.
  • Determine electronic systems impact on the integrated design and construction relative to space allocation, framing requirements, energy, electrical and conduit requirements, proper ventilation and millwork, and home theater design.

Electrical/Lighting Design Basics — 2:05 PM – 3:05 PM
Matthew B. Eason and Patrick, Newcomb & Boyd

Overview of lighting and lighting controls types and strategies for building interiors. Presentation will review common lighting terms, codes and standards, lighting controls types/technologies, the design process and various applications.

  • Gain an understanding of basic lighting terminology.
  • Consider the impacts codes and standards have on lighting design and controls.
  • Develop a general understanding of various lighting control types and technologies.
  • Better know and understand the lighting design process from concept through construction.

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Fall Procrastination Day

Tuesday, December 12, 2023
8:30 am - 3:00 pm