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Commercial/Multifamily Building Outlook

Kermit Baker
Chief Economist
American Institute of Architects

Kermit Baker is the Chief Economist for the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C.  In this capacity, he analyzes business and construction trends for the U.S. economy and examines their impact on AIA members and the architectural profession.  He originated the AIA’s "Work on the Boards” Survey, a monthly assessment of business conditions at architecture firms and the source of the widely followed Architecture Billings Index. He also coordinates the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast Panel, and writes regular economics columns for the AIA member electronic newspaper, AIArchitect.  

This opening session will review the current economic factors impacting the commercial, institutional and multifamily markets. What are the current economic fundamentals of the market and the strengths and weaknesses of these segments? Will we see improvement, decline or flat markets in 2018. The session will include forecasts of the educational, office, retail, health care, hotel, warehouse and multifamily market segments.


Lessons Learned: Proper Storage & Handling of Architectural Wood Doors

David Jordan
Director, Sales Support Wood Doors

David Jordan is currently the Director of Sales Support for ASSA ABLOY Wood Doors.  Previous positions included territory sales management at two other wood door manufacturers of the course of his 18 years’ experience in the industry.  David has represented manufacturers at over 400 job site meetings from one door issues up to 3000 openings.  Throughout these visits, he has developed repair, quantitative assessment and deduction skills to help remedy the issues that can be taken care of on site to minimize exposure to manufacturers, contractors, architects and owners. He is currently the lead instructor for the wood door school at ASSA ABLOY, conducted twice a year as well as the lead instructor for wood door training for new ASSA ABLOY employees. 


Architectural Door Testing and Certification with UL

Matt Schuman
Industry Manager, Fire Resistance and Containment

Matthew Schumann has worked for UL in the Building Materials and Suppression Group for over seventeen years, previously working on various fire containment and fire resistance products as a project engineer, technical reviewer and engineering team leader.  Matthew currently holds the title of Industry Manager for the Global Fire Resistance and Fire Containment Industries at UL concentrating on training, development of new services and opportunities and support of client relationships.   Matthew has represented UL at various activities such as the International Firestop Council, Firestop Contractors International Association, AMCA and various door related industry groups and standards development committees including NFPA Committee on Fire Doors, BHMA, SDI, DASMA and NAAMM.   Matthew is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.    

  NFPA 80 & Research on Gap Size Influence on Fire Promulgation Update

Keith E. Pardoe
Door Safety, LLC

Keith Pardoe is the president of Pardoe Consulting, LLC, he began his career in the architectural/commercial door and hardware industry in the mid-1980s working for door and hardware distributors. Over the years he has participated in the development of the codes and standards that affect swinging fire and egress door assemblies.  Most notably, NFPA 80, Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives, NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, and NFPA 105, Standard for Smoke Door Assemblies and Other Opening Protectives—publications of the National Fire Protection Association. In addition, he authored publications for the Door Security & Safety Foundation (a sister organization of the DHI) to promote safety inspections of fire and egress door assemblies. 


Understanding and Applying ANSI/WMA 100

Joseph Reed
Senior Director

Mr. Reed has continuous professional experience since 1988 and has been with Architectural Testing/Intertek since 2002.  He currently oversees the company’s Product Testing, Project Testing, Structural Systems Testing, Material and Components Testing and Engineering Services operations in York, PA.  He also serves as Task Group Chairman for ASTM E06.51.17 Task Group on Impact Resistance.   Mr. Reed is a licensed professional engineer in seven states.  He has a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and is also inventor or co-inventor on fourteen United States Patents.



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