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Past Conferences

2023 Annual Chapter Conference

Being a Good Neighbor November 30 – December 1, 2023
Being a Good Neighbor
BP Energy Center
1014 Energy Center Court
Anchorage, AK 99508


2023 Annual Chapter Conference

Lasting Inspirations February 16-17, 2023
Lasting Inspirations
Alaska Pacific University
4455 University Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508


2022 Annual Chapter Conference

Connect 2022 February 3 & 4, 2022
Connect 2022
Lakefront Anchorage Hotel
4800 Spenard Road
Anchorage, AK 99517


Learning in a Diverse Landscape

2019 Annual Chapter Conference

December 5 & 6, 2019
Learning in a Diverse Landscape
900 E. Benson Boulevard, Anchorage, AK


Energizing Education

2018 Annual Chapter Conference

December 10-11, 2018
Energizing Education
BP Energy Center
900 E. Benson Boulevard, Anchorage, AK


Schools 4 Community

2017 Annual Chapter Conference

December 7-8, 2017
Schools 4 Community
ASD – King Career Center
2650 E. Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99508

Past Chapter Webinars

More details for each past webinar can be found lower down on this page, under "Past Events".

An Arctic Issue: Building Schools on Ice

6/5/19

Dive In to SchoolsNEXT

5/10/19

Growing Food in the Classroom

8/8/2018

FUNdamentals of Recovered Heat in Rural Alaska

6/28/2018


Past Events

Guided Tour

November 10, 2022
5:30 pm

Cook Inlet Native Head Start
Naqayeht'ana T'uh
370 W 16th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

Cook Inlet Native Head Start
Cook Inlet Native Head Start
Cook Inlet Native Head Start
Guided site tour of a new Head Start school in Anchorage with a focus on Alaska Native cultural education.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand how design can address historical trauma in the occupants' community through cultural references in material, form, space, light and color.
  • Learn how site planning and the shaping of the architecture uses building orientation to shelter from adjacent streets, maximize benefit of natural features and create a safe outdoor play environment in a semi-urban setting.
  • Learn about the health and wellness benefits of interior design with Red List-free products.
  • Hear the story of Cook Inlet Native Head Start's unique vision of decolonizing education for Alaska Native peoples and how they embodied this vision in the new school design.

Project Team:
Architect of Record: MCG Explore Design
Landscape Architect and Structural, Electrical, Civil & Mechanical Engineer: Coffman Engineers
Contractor: Cadence General
Specialized Consultants:
   Stafford Design Group (Food Service)
Owner: Cook Inlet Native Head Start

Presenters:
Ethan Petticrew, CINHS Director
Garrett Burtner, Architect
Melissa Pribyl, Interior Designer

Please be prepared to wear a face covering inside the building in respect of CINHS COVID prevention policies.

Free to attend, please RSVP for an accurate headcount.


Alaska Webinar

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 via WebEx
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, Alaska Standard (UTC-09:00)
Webinar link: Will be sent day prior

The Alaska Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments is pleased to announce this month’s webinar!

“Mass Timber to Mass Market: (Including Cross Laminated Timber)”

Presenters:
  • Dean Lewis, PE, SE, Associate at DCI Engineers
  • Jeremy Ryan, PE, SE, LEED AP, Associate Principal at DCI Engineers
  • Paul Rogness, PE, SE, Principal at DCI Engineers

Presentation Summary:
Timber The presentation looks to show an emerging trend in buildings with mass timber and how this influences the space which people occupy both from a physical and psychological sense. The presentation will show how mass timber design differs from traditional construction and how this affects the different design aspects that architects face with the Visual aesthetic, acoustics, building systems, MEP, and construction cost.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Define what is mass timber
  2. Define the different types of mass timber
  3. Learn the benefits that an exposed timber aesthetic has on human beings subconscious (anxiety and comfort)
  4. Define prefabrication and modular construction

AIA credit will be available for attendees (both remote and in-person) who attend the entire webinar. Be sure to sign in to the webinar individually and fill out the sign-in sheet if you want credit. Credit certificates will be sent out within 10 days of the webinar.

Free to attend. Must RSVP by 11 am Alaska Standard July 16th in order to receive the Webinar link.

Stay tuned for login information for the webinar. If you have any questions or have suggestions for future webinars, please contact Craig Fredeen at [email protected].


Alaska Webinar

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 via WebExx
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, Alaska Standard (UTC-09:00)
Webinar link: Will be sent day prior

The Alaska Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments is pleased to announce this month’s webinar!

“An Arctic Issue: Building Schools on Ice”

Presenters:
  • Dale Smythe, AIA, Senior Architect at Bettisworth North
  • Richard Mitchells, P.E., Principal at Golder Associates, Inc.
  • Edward Yarmak, P.E., President of Arctic Foundations, Inc.

Presentation Summary:
“An Arctic Issue: Building Schools on Ice: A long-term relationship with a passive-aggressive foundation cooling system and the repair of a water line. What the future may hold for Alaska schools built on marginal permafrost.”

Artic The study and repair of the Nunam Iqua School foundation system.

The School was built on an ice lens and completed around 2008. Within 5 years, evidence of settlement was apparent. Continued monitoring turned into an emergency repair when the kitchen floor settled enough to separate two floor drain connections, allowing hot water into the permafrost foundation system. After specific localized repair and investigation, the foundation has been stabilized, and permanent repairs are in progress.

The presentation will discuss these main points:
  • History of the design
  • Process and results of the investigation effort
  • Re-stabilization and soil temperature measurements
  • School repair efforts
  • Future of buildings dependent on permafrost

Stay tuned for login information for the webinar. If you have any questions or have suggestions for future webinars, please contact Craig Fredeen at [email protected].


Chapter Webinar

May 10, 2019 via WebEx
11:30 am to 12:30 pm, Alaska Standard (UTC-09:00)
Webinar link: Will be sent day prior

The Alaska Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments is pleased to announce this month’s webinar!

“Dive In to SchoolsNEXT”

SchoolsNEXT Presenter: Garrett Burtner, Principal at McCool Carlson Green Architects in Anchorage, Alaska

Presentation Summary:
Garrett shares the basics on how to form a team for the SchoolsNEXT competition, what resources are available and his own experiences leading the Anchorage Stream Academy team in 2017-18.

Stay tuned for login information for the webinar. If you have any questions or have suggestions for future webinars, please contact Craig Fredeen at [email protected].


ASHRAE Program Announcement

ASHRAE

Thursday, January 24, 2019
5:30 pm: Check-in & Dinner
6:00 pm: Presentation
Fireweed Business Center
725 E. Fireweed Lane, Anchorage, AK 99503

November 2018 Alaska Earthquake – Lessons Learned Panel
ASHRAE Our A4LE membership has been invited to attend a joint ASHRAE and IAPMO meeting this month in Anchorage that is focusing on the lessons learned from the November 30, 2018 earthquake.

They have assembled a panel of Inspectors, Engineers, and Owners to talk about what they saw after the earthquake during facility and site inspections, repairs and fixes implemented, and lessons learned. The panel will include engineers and representatives from MOA, AWWU, and Enstar. Attendees are encouraged to share what they saw in the field as well best practices moving forward. Pictures can be forwarded to Tracy McKeon in advance at [email protected]. The plan is to document the items discussed and have it available as a living document for future reference.

Cost
Dinner: $15
Students: Free

Please RSVP to Tracy McKeon at: [email protected] by noon on Wednesday, January 23rd.
For more information, download the invitation.

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