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2012 Conference Educational Sessions
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As in past years, the 2012 Annual Conference and Expo is chock full of educational sessions for the landscape architect community.  In addition to the gorgeous setting in St. Augustine, attendees are certain to walk away with the latest and greatest information affecting our profession.  All of FLASLA's courses are approved for State of Florida required CECs.  Below are all the courses that will be presented at this year's conference.  Before registering, we suggest you print out a copy of these course descriptions to aide you in your selections.  The conference "Schedule at a Glance" can be downloaded here.

2012 Education Courses



"Trails - Locally Resourceful Tourism"  DBPR #: 9093

Steven Davis, ASLA, RLA & Herb Hiller, East Coast Greenway Alliance with appearances by Brad Purcell, Putnam County Commissioner; Wil Smith, St. Johns County Parks Director; Cindy Stevenson, St. Johns County Commissioner; Tommy Lee, The Old Florida Antique Museum

Thursday 1-3 PM   2 CECs

Attendees will be provide an overview of trail case studies, local tourism resources and the vitality achieved when trails bring communities together.  The Savannah Northeast Florida Workshop on Wheels (SNF-WOW), The SNF-WOW Deuce, The St. John River Tour (via Train, Bike, Kayak & Pontoon Boat) and The Jacksonville Baldwin Trail will all be explored.    In addition to the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop, many more trail tourism opportunities are available or under development in Florida?  These state-wide adventures can be enjoyed for an afternoon outing or a full week of recreation and relaxation.  Even better, these experiences are creating sustainable development and bringing life to lesser-known Florida locations.

"The East Coast Greenway & the Economics of Trails"     DBPR #: 9102

Steven Davis, RLA, ASLA; Karl Soderholm, RLA, AICP, LEED AP BD+C; Herb Hiller, East Coast Greenway Alliance

Thursday 3:30-5:30 PM  2 CECs

Trails have long been considered among the great amenities a community can offer, but did you know that trails are an engine for economic development? This course focuses on the East Coast Greenway trail that links cities from Maine to Key West with a multi-use trail, and the impact of economic development that has been generated by this effort.

"Landscape Irrigation Problems that Waste Money and Water"   DBPR #: 9092


 David Wickham, ASLA, FIS, MS

Thursday 8-10 AM  2 CECs

Each attendee will learn about the 100+ year old history of irrigation within the U.S. Additionally, attendees will learn how to correct many of the current irrigation problems and oversights that can easily waste up to 50% of all irrigation water.

"Preserving Mount Lebanon Shaker Village Historic Landscape"  DBPR #: 9098

David Driapsa, ASLA

Thursday AM 10:30 AM-12 PM 1.5 CECs

Mount Lebanon is one of the 100 most significant endangered historic sites in the world. Settled in 1787, it was comprised of 600 people, 100 buildings, and 6,000 acres divided into five groups, each with its own dwellings, barns, fields, millstream and workshops. This historic landscape preserves a comprehensive example of Shaker domestic, agricultural and industrial ideals epitomizing their distinct aesthetic principles, material culture, and a sustainable lifestyle. The presenter and two interns documented Mount Lebanon Shaker Village National Historic Landmark. They pushed the envelope of historic preservation putting a 3-D model on Google Earth. 

"LED Lighting:  Using Design, Understanding Technology, Embracing Ecology"  DBPR #: 9105

Brandon Renouf, IES & Rick Utting

Thursday PM 1-2  1 CEC

IES Advanced technology has made LED-lighting a viable solution for outdoor environments. The unwanted side-effects of traditional lighting: wasted energy, maintenance costs, and the negative visual and environmental impacts of over-illumination, are driving the adoption of LED lighting for many projects. This session covers cutting edge information about human interaction with color, contrast, and glare that enhance the visual experience while protecting the environment. Brandon Renouf, IES, Lighting Engineer at Landscape Forms, will present concepts that leave participants armed to evaluate LED-lighting for future projects. Solid State/LED technology is an important facet to sustainable site design.

"Building Sustainable Splashpads"   DBPR #: 9095

Stephen Hamelin

Thursday 2-3 PM   1 CEC

The popularity of Splashpads installed in community parks continues to increase. As the number of installations grows, more and more design professionals and recreation leaders are asking some key questions regarding sustainability. 

This session will explore and explain the many water conservation strategies available to Splashpad installations, starting from traditional recirculation systems to the innovative capture & repurpose solutions. We will also examine other aspects, such as choice of materials, product selection and efficient transport, that impact the overall sustainability of a Splashpad.

This session will also touch on design considerations that can help projects fall under the LEED rating system.

"re:modeling - Site Planning and Design with BIM Workflows"  DBPR #: 9101

 Eric Gilbey, RLA, ASLA

Thursday 3:30-4:30 PM  1 CEC

Building design professionals are increasingly adopting Building Information Modeling (BIM) in their projects and asking Landscape Architects to use the same applications. This session will introduce the basic principles of BIM and describe how current technology enables Landscape Architects use open BIM workflows to collaborate with clients. The benefits and challenges of integrating BIM modeling software will be explained, and opportunities for BIM technology development as it relates to Landscape Architecture. 

"Re: connecting – Creating and Organizing the Visitors Experience "  DBPR #: 9091

Fred Halback, FASLA, Tom Rahner (as Henry Flagler) & Dana St. Claire

Thursday 4:30-5:30 PM  1 CEC

Understanding the ‘anthropology’ of heritage tourism allows the City of St. Augustine to create an ‘organized visitor experience’ for the over 4 million tourists per year that visit the community.  The course will utilize a series of heritage tourism projects as the ribbon that guides visitors to the areas resources.  The course will demonstrate planning and design techniques that are historically, culturally, and economically sustainable.

Setting the stage will be an introduction of the uniqueness of heritage tourism in Florida and St. Augustine by Henry Flagler – 1830-1913 (played by Tom Rahner) tycoon, real estate promoter, and railroad developer.

"How to Submit State Coastal Construction Permit Applications"  DBPR #: 9104

 Fritz Wettstein

Friday 10 AM-12 AM  2 CEC

This course details methods for successfully navigating state coastal construction regulatory processes. The Florida Beach and Shore Preservation Act charged the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to protect beaches and dunes from imprudent construction practices. One strategy employed in this protection is a requirement that licensed professionals, including landscape architects, must prepare site, grading and landscape plans to be submitted with permit applications. Participants will gain knowledge about the state’s beach and dune protection policies and improve their ability to submit permit applications for beachfront projects. 

"Landscape Architecture & Public Welfare"  DBPR #: 9113

Veronica L. Meadows, CAE

Friday 2-4 PM  2 CECs

Landscape Architects are licensed to ensure the protection of public health, safety and welfare. While the concepts of health and safety are well established, there has been a lack of definition for "public welfare”. This presentation will discuss the groundbreaking study commissioned by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) which sought to define public welfare, and, using specific projects as examples, illustrate the impacts and benefits of landscape architecture on public welfare.

"Public / Private Partnerships: Lessons from Restoration in the Nation's Oldest City"  DBPR #: 9096

Jeremy Marquis, RLA, LEED AP BD+C; Martha Graham, P.E.; Dan Holiday; Len Weeks, former Mayor of St. Augustine

 Friday 4:30-5:30 PM  1 CEC

As Florida's municipalities struggle with reduced funding, the opportunities presented through public / private partnerships can help to advance community goals in lean economic times.  On the eve of St. Augustine's 450th anniversary in 2015, public / private partnerships are critical to repairing and preparing the City.

The first such project in St. Augustine was the rehabilitation of Aviles Street, the Oldest Street in the Nation (ca. 1573).  Grassroots and City efforts combined to restore walkability and economic opportunities in downtown's most historic section.  The course will focus on the lessons learned from St. Augustine that can help statewide.

"Negligence & Landscape Architecture"   APPROVED BY DBPR-Non-FLASLA Provider

Ted Karatinos, Esq. & Joe Samnik

Friday 10 AM-12 PM  2 CECs

Satisfies Laws and Rules Core Requirement. This presentation will focus on the tort of negligence and its specific relevance to landscape architecture.

"Social Media Strategies for Landscape Architects"   DBPR #: 9097

Jason Castillo, ASLA; Brian Phelps, ASLA & Boyd Coleman, ASLA

Friday 2-4 PM  2 CECs

Social media has become quite popular in recent years but managing your firm’s social media brand might seem overwhelming.  This session will focus on using tools like Twitter, Facebook, and Linked In to create and manage your social media brand, and the use of a website and blog as an integral part of your social media strategy. Participants will leave this session equipped to use these social media concepts in the day-to-day operation of their business.

"Designing Performance Based Playground Surfacing Specifications"  DBPR #: 9094

Chad Morningstar

Friday 4:30-5:30 PM  1 CEC

ASTM F1292 is the governing standard for regulating the safety performance of playground surfacing.  It’s an extremely important and relevant document for anyone considering the purchase of playground safety surfacing.  The document however is highly technical and even a careful read can prove to be too technical to provide meaningful information to the average reader.  The following course has been designed to provide insight into the key concepts of the document using everyday language that you can understand.  The course further explains how the information contained within the standard can be used to create a performance based safety surfacing specification.  

"Irrigation Requirement Analysis at the Early Stage of Project Design"   DBPR #: 9107

David Farmer, ASLA & William Curtis, AISC

Friday 10 AM-12 PM  2 CECs

With the watering restrictions and constraints of today’s world, it is important to get a full understanding of how much water will be required for a project, what the logical and efficient watering source should be, what watering windows are required and how long it will take to water a site, and how to maximize efficiency by fine tuning the mainline and source size and flows.  This course will indicate how to do all of that at the very start of the design process and without laying out a single head or emitter.

"Behind The Green Door: Pusillanimous Prevarications & Perk"     DBPR #: 9103

Jim Barnes

Friday 2-3 PM  1 CEC

After all of this talk in the past decade about the need for green initiatives and efforts, the question is no longer WHY we need to go green, the question is HOW. American cities are confronting serious issues and we are in dire need of tangible, deployable & affordable solutions. Everyone is talking about developing green or sustainable programs in their cities and neighborhoods. Yet doing it right requires a systems approach and a strategy not just doing random projects. This session will review a how-to guide in developing an overall strategic approach to sustainable efforts. This includes the development of a vision and sustainability goals. In addition attendees will discuss a baseline analysis of current sustainability impacts such as energy use, water use, and waste generation using the Gulf Coast Oil Spill as a backdrop for the discussion. 

"Green Facade Wall Opportunities in Florida:  Technical Aspects, Costs, Plants and Maintenance"  DBPR #: 9106

 Dean Hill, ASLA

Friday 3-4 PM  1 CEC

Green walls have been around since the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, but they have only recently been used to increase the energy efficiency of building envelopes, provide shading of hard surfaces, sequester carbon, connect habitat, increase vegetative cover and help manage stormwater. Participants will learn the technical aspects of both green facade and living green wall systems to successfully incorporate green facade wall technology into their Florida design scope. The session will immerse attendees in the relevant issues necessary to manage client expectations, write bulletproof specifications and effectively budget for green facade wall systems.

"re:flect - Behind the Scenes of the 911 Memorial"  DBPR #: 9112

Joe Petry

Friday 4:30-5:30 PM  1 CEC

The design work of a Jacksonville based Delta Fountains, Inc. was a major part of the National 911 Memorial Fountains. Where the world's largest buildings once stood is the nation's largest fountains, set into the ground as waterfalls. This course provides a behind the scenes look at the transformation from the wasteland once known as "ground zero" into a memorial that will last for generations and be viewed by millions. And in a stunning way, the hundreds of streams that cascade into the center of the massive twin fountains evoke the vanished twin towers in a way no one, not even the designers, could have imagined.

"Advanced Wind Requirements in Florida - (Course #8822)"  

 Joe Samnik

Saturday 10:30 AM-12:30 PM  2 CECs 

(Satisfies Advance Building Code Core Requirement) This course will provide design professionals with the fundamentals of the effects of wind on buildings, structures, and trees.

"What’s Your Shape?  Learning Your Communication Style"  DBPR #: 9111

Jean Rademacher, CWDP, JSS, JCTC, JCDC 

Saturday 2-3 PM  1 CEC

This interactive workshop has participants completing a brief assessment to discover their style.  They will learn about the pros and perceived cons of each communications style and how to modify their own style to help achieve outcomes they are looking for.  It goes into strengths of each style and how to recognize other styles within their coworkers, staff, customers, friends and family.

When a person can recognize a communication style, they can communicate and share information in a more efficient way.  Participants will have fun, learn something about themselves and have a better understanding of the people they work with.

"re:invest - Advancing the Profession through Advocacy"  DBPR #: 9116

Diane Ferguson, Attorney; Michael Pape, RLA; Florida Rep. Charles Van Zant; St. Johns Commissioner Cyndi Stevenson & Ryan Anderson, Government Consultant

Saturday 3-4 PM  1 CEC

This course will contain a panel presentation consisting of one landscape architect, one state representative, one county commissioner, and one governmental consultant.  Each of the panel speakers will describe what they have found to be effective association advocacy techniques at the state and local level from their unique perspectives.

"Sustainability Best Practices for Florida LAs:  A Panel Discussion of Green Techniques"  DBPR #: 9100

Ruth Hamberg, ASLA AICP RLA; Mark Johnson, ASLA RLA;  Eddie Browder, ASLA, RLA, CLARB & Christina Hite Lathrop, ASLA RLA 

Saturday 10:30 AM-12:30 PM  2 CECs

Sustainability and landscape architecture: A panel discussion of current trends and "tried and true” methods, techniques, metrics of sustainable site/ city planning and design techniques and theory, primarily for a "smart growth” future of infill and redevelopment in cities.  Members of CoSE will provide ‘how to’ nuts and bolts details and project examples.  The focus will be on simple, practical solutions that apply at multiple scales.  The panelists may showcase techniques from the Vision Book, Award Winning Projects, LEED ND & SITES providing metrics as well as applications that may used now by every LA in Florida.

"Rethinking Water Conservation: Leadership Opportunities Abound"   DBPR #: 9099

Kevin B Cavaioli, RLA, FASLA & Todd Mohler, RLA and Irrigation Association CID-G, CID-C, CID-R, CLIA, CGIA, CIC

Saturday 2-4 PM 2 CECs

Florida Registered Landscape Architects are presented with numerous challenges from various sources to reduce overall project water consumption. Some of these are legally required and many are suggestions from their clients, their project team members are market driven. There are significant reasons to reduce water consumption but too often beneficial uses of water are disregarded to the detriment of the environment or the project use. This class explores water conservation drivers landscape architects regularly encounter and how understanding the premise of each driver allows landscape architects to develop their own strategy to provide clear leadership in this growing practice area.

"An Inside Look at the New L.A.R.E"  DBPR #: 9114

Veronica L. Meadows, CAE

Saturday 10:30 AM-12:30 PM  2 CECs

Learn first-hand from the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) about changes to the structure and delivery of the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.) and how they will produce a more relevant, defensible, and efficient exam experience for candidates.  From the streamlined registration process to the fully computerized administration, attendees will learn how the new exam was developed, what content will be tested, how the exam will be administered and get a sneak peek at the new item (problem) types featured on the exam.  Attendees will leave with accurate information about the new exams and realistic expectations of the new exam format and, as a result, candidates will be in a better position to be successful.

"Student Research of Florida’s Three Landscape Architecture Programs"  

Glenn Acomb, FASLA; Shawn Kalbli, ASLA & Gianno Feoli 

Saturday 2-4 PM 2 CECs

Students or current graduates from UF, FIU and FAMU will present a summary of their research or capstone project with an additional question and answer period.  A total of 4 students will present. Interaction between the presenting students and the professionals will be encouraged. 

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