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AIA Ongoing Education

In our continued efforts to better serve the architectural community, A.L. Harding & Co. is proud to be partnered with leading manufacturers in the architectural and acoustics industries in providing AIA Approved Ongoing Continuing Education Courses to assist architects in earning credits to meet AIA and State requirements. We offer AIA accredited on site lunch and learn seminars as well non-credit informational courses and self reporting online AIA courses sponsered by Dri-Design and Stonewood Architectural Panels.

Acoustic Wood Panels

Acoustic wood panels allow architects and designers to combine the warm rich feel of wood with superior acoustic performance. Utilizing today's modern manufacturing processes, acoustic wood wall and ceiling panels can be fabricated with a wide variety of sizes, shapes, finishes, and edge detail. With a large selection of wood species available, acoustic wood panels can be seamlessly integrated into any decor, allowing for unlimited creativity. READ MORE -->

Architectural Castings

Architectural castings are lightweight, easy to install, and are available in a wide variety of materials and finishes including GRG, (Glass Fiber Reinforced Gypsum), GFRC, (Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete), IMS, (Interior Molded Stone), and FRP, (Glass Fiber Reinforced Polyester Resin). Architectural castings are available for both interior and exterior applications, and are ideal for renovation and restoration projects.

Architectural Column Covers

Architectural Column Covers are designed to surround and conceal otherwise unattractive structural supports creating aesthetically appealing focal points. Available in virtually unlimited sizes, shapes, materials, and finishes, architectural column covers allow architects to accommodate any style such as modern, art deco, renaissance, and classical. Architectural column covers are available for both interior and exterior applications, and are low maintenance and highly durable.

Continuous Insulation Systems

Continuous Insulation, (CI) is defined by The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers, (ASHRAE,) as "insulation that is continuous across all structural members without thermal bridges other than fasteners and service openings", and has been an energy code requirement since 2007. Thermal bridging occurs when an area or component has higher thermal conductivity than the surrounding material. Building components such as steel studs are very good thermal conductors. Without a layer of continuous insulation in the building envelope, a wall can lose up to half of its R-value through thermal bridging.

Fabric Wrapped Acoustic Panels

Prefabricated fabric wrapped acoustic panels are the ideal economical solution for treating noisy reverberant spaces. With a wide array of fabric selections, edge details, and finishes, fabric wrapped acoustic panels offer both aesthetic versatility and acoustic performance, making them visually appealing as well as functional. Fabric wrapped acoustic panels can be used on both walls and ceilings in the form of flat panels, curved panels, clouds, and baffles. Today's modern CNC technology allows for fabric wrapped acoustic panels to be cut precisely into various shapes and sizes, allowing for unlimited creativity and design.

Rainscreen Attachment Systems

Rainscreen attachment systems are made up of fasteners and sub-frame components that connect the exterior components of a building directly to the interior framing. The shortfall of metal fasteners is that they create thermal bridging. Because metal is a good thermal conductor, thermal bridging occurs when these components create a path of least resistance allowing heat to escape in the winter, and cold to escape in the summer. Zero thermal bridging composite rainscreen attachments systems are environmentally friendly, create significant energy savings, and reduce carbon emissions.

Rainscreen Wall Systems

Rainscreen wall systems have attracted serious attention from architects, designers, and engineers seeking to improve moisture management and energy efficiency in building envelopes. A rainscreen wall system is a series of layered components that stand off from a building's exterior wall and weather resistant barrier. The primary component of a rainscreen wall system is a lightweight exterior cladding, (the rain screen), that is the first line of defense in protecting a building's inner wall assembly from exposure to weather.

Stretched Fabric Systems

Acoustical Stretched Fabric Systems have evolved to allow architects to seamlessly combine aesthetics with acoustic functionality, providing a fit and finish appearance that cannot be achieved with standard fabric wrapped acoustic panels. By eliminated the harsh sound reflections that occur in a space with a lot of hard surfaces, speech intelligibility is improved, and noise distractions are reduced creating an acoustically pleasing environment.