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Concepts to Case Studies: Identifying Intent and Developing Solutions

September 4, 2018

Friday, September 28
12-1 PM | AIA Portland
$25 | 1 HSW


Tayna Wertz, Principal at Code Unlimited, will be teaching an hour code seminar, “Concepts to Case Studies: Identifying Intent and Developing Solutions”. Architects are often stifled by code requirements as they modify their designs to meet the letter of the code. The intent of the code, however, can often be met without compromising the design. Understanding core code concepts in terms of intent, rather than as prescriptive requirements, helps identify potential solutions that allow creative design to happen more freely.

Learning Objectives:

Mixed Occupancies: Understand mixed occupancy concepts and how they can be combined to the designer’s advantage.
Type of Construction: Learn how to choose the appropriate type of construction for a flexible design that fits the client’s needs.
Fire Walls: Learn how fire walls can be constructed to achieve design intent while maintaining safety.
Atriums: Understand how to classify vertical openings and maintain openness while minimizing cost for smoke control.

Tanya Wuertz is a Senior Code Analyst at Code Unlimited. Wuertz had over 20 years of experience in the field of architecture and design before joining Code Unlimited as a Code Analyst III in 2017.  Her experience and personal drive quickly propelled her into a senior position of managing and analyzing large scale projects as well as mentoring junior staff through involved task work. She is able to decipher what drives both the design and technical aspects of a project and communicate between all disciplines to translate differing agendas into a common goal. She has been an incredible asset in project management and client communications since joining the Portland office team but works on projects throughout the U.S.