Date: April 18, 2018 | Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

2015 IBC Accessibility & Usability for Commercial Buildings

Presented by the Building Codes & Regulations Committee of AIA Detroit, in Partnership with SEMBOIA

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 9:00am-4:00pm | *Lunch included*
Learning Seminar – 6 hours of HSW Learning Units, PA 54 credits

8:30am – 9:00am Registration, Check-in
9:00am – 12:00pm Seminar
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 4:00pm Seminar


Seminar Description
This seminar focuses on the minimum requirements for new or existing construction of accessible commercial facilities for compliance with the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) and ICC A117.1-2009 Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities. It addresses the design, plan review and inspection of commercial buildings to ensure that people with physical impairments, visual impairments and hearing impairments can use the facilities. They will participate in activities that involve questions and answers, discussion and case study, performing parts of individually and in groups.


Walk-ins are welcome, but not guaranteed a workbook. Please contact AIA Detroit with any questions.

Speaker Info
Patrick Vandergriff has more than 35 years of experience in all areas of the construction industry having worked as a design/build contractor, city building official, community development supervisor and as Director of the Construction Industries Division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department and as a contract instructor, curriculum development and test development expert for the International Code Council (ICC). He is extremely proficient with all aspects of contracting, estimating, design, and inspection, and holds degrees in Business Administration and Engineering. He has taught classes and provided inspection services in all areas, including structural and non-structural plan review, building, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, accessibility inspections, public works inspection and public works project management. He has also taught classes in Building department management and legal practices in code administration. Pat was the ICC featured instructor from January-June 2007, teaching structural provisions of the 2007 California Building Code (CBC) and Structural plan review provisions of the (2007 CBC) throughout the State of California.

He has worked on projects ranging from very small to multi-billion dollar projects throughout the country. He performs nationwide plan review services, provides cost value analysis and expert witness services on large projects for architects, engineers, project owners, attorneys, and insurance companies.

He has worked in code development and curriculum development for most of his career and is keenly aware of the historical information related to building codes and construction projects. As an ICC instructor, he has been the instructor for as many as 180 days of code and code enforcement-related classes per year in forty-eight states. He is consistently one of the highest ranked instructors for the ICC. He also taught classes for various contractor associations, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) throughout the country.

He has provided third party test verification, working closely with major corporations and nationally recognized testing agencies, and has an extensive background in field development and testing for materials seeking product code equivalency approvals. He has also worked on the development of alternative methods and materials testing for verification of code compliance.

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