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Kent At Conference

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Following an exciting Design Awards Dinner the night before, Engineering Principal Kent Locke attended the ALA Midwest Architecture Conference in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois where he attended seminars for the latest business and technical education topics, experience the latest products and technologies, as well as ran into some industry friends.

Kent's day was packed with information to make future Bailey Edward projects even better. His day started with a review of the Basics for the Means of Egress, a class led by Richard Piccolo of B & F Construction Code Services reviewing the determination of occupant load, number of required exits from an area, room, or building, and the number of exits from a building per story. Next, TOTO USA's Mike Harrigan led a seminar emphasizing how integrating ADA design requirements, Universal design strategies, and WELL initiatives leads to an inherently accessible and healthier restroom for all. And what conference would be complete without learning more about daylighting? Kent attended Charles Tucker's seminar on proper daylighting techniques to positively impact the space, occupants, and building owner.

Kent even brought back with him some important information regarding ComEd's updated EnergyEfficiency Program as well. This updated program offers ideas and strategies to generate long-term energy and cost savings for public sector new construction. All eligible Bailey Edward projects will be submitted to this program to obtain rebates for all our owners.

You'd think there wouldn't be time to socialize with so much in one day, yet while staying up-to-date with the trends, Kent ran into a few familiar faces from the GSA including Paul Machalek and Jeff Pavur as well as Joa Backstrom, an associate at Altus works and former Bailey Edward employee.