March 17, 2015

BEC Monthly Program: Changing the Shape of Terra Cotta

1 LU Credit
March 26, 2015

Doors Open 4:30pm  | Program begins 5:00pm | Schoolcraft VisTaTech Center

This course will educate the participant on the development of terra cotta construction in the United States and how terra cotta has been brought into modern day design practices primarily through its use as a cladding material. Participants will come to understand the various terra cotta manufacturing methods and how they impact installation means and methods. The course will demonstrate why terra cotta is a sustainable and durable material that can be used in various construction practices as well as climates. Finally, participants will explore how digital technology is changing terra cotta design and production.

Attendees will be able to:
1. Understand the development and historical significance of terra cotta construction in the United States.
2. Identify the sustainable benefits of current terra cotta construction as they relate to rain screen systems.
3. Discuss how manufacturing principles impact and influence the shape and installation of terra cotta.
4. Uncover the potential of terra cotta within digital design and fabrication.

Bill Pottle has been the International Sales Manager at Boston Valley Terra Cotta since 2012. The majority of Bill’s 21 year career has been spent in architectural sales and marketing. Prior to joining Boston Valley, Bill spent 9 years as National Architectural Sales Manager/Western USA Regional Manager for Rimex Metals USA. Bill’s responsibilities include managing Boston Valley’s network of independent sales representatives, directing Boston Valley’s marketing programs, representing Boston Valley at various conferences and speaking engagements, as well as major contract sales and negotiation. Bill received his BA from Hamilton College in 1991.

Rich Schneider is a manufacturers rep with over 8 years of experience as a glass and panel specialist with knowledge, product and answers. Rich has been in the construction industry since 1979. He received his BA from the University of Toledo in 1978.