Wednesday, October 17

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Avoiding Design Disasters in Interior and Exterior Stone Cladding

Rodney Harvey

This workshop will provide an overview of common interior and exterior veneer installation methods and terminology consistent with the new MIA Dimension Stone Design Manual. It will review examples of specific anchor types for varying substrates and anchorage conditions, as well as critique commonly encountered architectural details from actual bid and construction documents. (Harvey is the author of “Dimension Stone Veneer Anchor Selection and Testing” article.)

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Geology of Dimensional Stone

Chuck Muehlbauer, Mike Anson

The geology of dimensional stone is a road map to the origin and composition of natural stone. Discover how these two factors determine the characteristics of stone. The session will review different types of natural stone and compare classifications.

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

A to Z in Financial Management

Bart Basi, PhD

Understanding financial management is essential to operating a profitable business. The concepts and applications of finance are fundamental in making and understanding sound business decisions. This program will provide a down-to-earth, clear understanding of virtually every financial report encountered in business.

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Occupational Safety Health & Your Bottom Line

Ron Gilbert

No topic brings greater concern to business owners than occupational safety health cost and the bottom line. The goal of this workshop will be to review the potential profit that can be expected by implementing an effective safety program. Attendees will learn how to identify risks, understand the costs associated with each, and help prioritize the loss exposure.

Thursday, October 18

7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Sustainable Design and Natural Stone

Christine Subasic, PE, LEED A.P.

Sustainable design and green building are increasingly becoming the norm in today's construction market. This session will cover concepts of sustainable design and an overview of the LEED Rating System. Attendees will learn about the sustainable attributes of natural stone and how the product can be used as part of a “green” design. (WEB EXCLUSIVE: Read Christine Subasic's article, “Sustainable Design and Natural Stone,”)