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Need to fulfill your Licensing Board and AIA Continuing Education requirements? Join AIA Iowa for our annual Procrastinator's Ball.

When: 6/23/2016
8:30 AM
Where: Hancher Auditorium
Iowa City 52242
United States
Contact: Amy Spike

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Procrastinators Ball: An Overview of Hancher Auditorium 

 The seminar will be a case study overview of Hancher Auditorium a Pelli Clark Pelli Architects and OPN Architects project on the University of Iowa campus. Speakers will examine two distinct aspects of the building:  the structure of the building and the exterior enclosure which incorporate long cantilevered spans and an intricate metal skin system.  The interior performance spaces focusing on details of theatrical, acoustical, and audio visual technologies. OPN Architects and the University of Iowa will discuss these topics and end with facility tour to discuss these technologies in further detail. 



Learning Objectives

1.Discuss the importance of health, safety and welfare of a multi purpose public venue that is an intricate part to a college university.

2.Examine the material applications and system details that are needed for a successful rehearsal space that has the flexibility to function as a smaller performance venue both inside and outside and is also adjacent to a bus stop and public city street.  

3.Understand the role of the structural design in achieving the dynamic exterior form of the design and isolating the performance spaces from vibrations and noise that could be transferred through the building structure.

4.Identify the challenges to designing and detailing the undulating metal skin system for the building while meeting the energy goals of the building enclosure.



Susan Bowersox, OPN Architects, Chuck Swanson, University of Iowa

OPN Architects will lead us on this seminar to review the project they completed with Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.



8:30 AM Program begins

12:00-1:00 PM Lunch 

1:00-3:00 PM Building Tour


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AIA Continuing Education

By attending the AIA Iowa Professional Development Seminar, AIA members will earn 5 AIA CES LUs/HSW. AIA Iowa is an AIA CES Approved Provider (#A023) with The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System. Credit earned on completion of this program will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion are available upon request.


Intern Development Program and AIA Continuing Education

Interns may earn IDP Supplemental Experience hours by completing approved AIA Continuing Education programs – one AIA CEU/LU is equal to one IDP experience hour. When submitting to NCARB, Learning Units (LUs) must be documented on the intern’s AIA transcript. Any intern in IDP can request a free AIA Transcript by completing the online form at Find more information at


Questions? Call AIA Iowa at 515.244.7502 No refunds.

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