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Presenter: Gina M. Panciera, NCARB and 1 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Richmond, VA

Hyatt Place Richmond/Arboretum
201 Arboretum Place
Richmond, VA 23236
Phone: 804-560-1566

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:15 - 4:30 pm

Fire Protection and Life Safety Design

   Scope and purpose of codes and ordinances
   Applicable codes
      • International Code Council (ICC) codes
      • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes and standards
      • State codes
      • Local ordinances

 Occupancy Classifications

   General requirements and criteria
   Special occupancies: educational, health care, ambulatory care,
      combustible storage, hazardous materials
   Multiple use groups
   Change of use and /or change of occupancy

Means of Egress

   Occupant load calculations
   Arrangement of means of egress
      • Travel distance, common path of travel, dead-end corridors
      • Remoteness
      • Accessible means of egress
      • Access, discharge and other components
      • Impediments to egress

Fire Protection Features (Passive Protection)
and Fire Protection Systems (Active Protection)

   Horizontal and vertical assemblies
      • Fire resistance ratings
      • Opening protectives
      • Penetrations, joints
      • Signage
      • Prescriptive and calculated fire resistance
   Vertical openings
   Fire protection systems
      • Fire detection, alarm and communication systems
      • Sprinkler systems

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Other
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours

     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours (HSW)
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

International Code Council
     .65 CEUs (Fire)

     Non-Credit CE Opportunity

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 (HSW) continuing education hours to architects and 6.5 continuing education hours to engineers in most states, including Virginia. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Virginia.

This event has been approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA.

Architects and engineers seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

The International Code Council has approved this program for .65 CEUs in the specialty area of Fire.

This seminar offers a continuing education opportunity to construction contractors but has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire program. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Gina M. Panciera, NCARB

Panciera & Associates, LLC - King George, VA
Mrs. Panciera graduated from Catholic University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1994. She became a licensed architect in the state of Virginia in 2002 and has become a member of NCARB with reciprocity in Maryland. Her portfolio includes a mastery of skills in the principles and practices of architecture along with an in depth understanding of code regulations and implementation. For 29 years Mrs. Panciera has gained experience in new design and construction of buildings as well as in the restoration, renovation and re-use of existing buildings. Many of these buildings include buildings used for assembly purposes, public buildings, medical facilities, and office complexes and fit out for industrial, institutional, agricultural, structural evaluations and code consulting for multi-use facilities and special use facilities. Mrs. Panciera worked as a commercial plan reviewer for Charles County, Maryland, as well as a code consultant for over 20 years. Her broad experience as an architect and authority having jurisdiction gives her understanding for the design process and implementation of code compliance for new buildings, and additions to and alterations of existing buildings. Ms. Panciera works with currently adopted editions of the International Building Code, International Residential Code, and The International Rehabilitation Code along with other various ICC codes.

Andrew M. Schneider, Sr., P.E

D&D Engineering, LLC, Huntingtown, MD
Mr. Schneider is a licensed fire protection engineer in multiple states and has been the president of D&D Engineering, LLC, since its inception in 2014, providing code consulting, design, and plan review services. He graduated from the Fire Protection Engineering program at the University of Maryland in 1996. Work experience includes eight years as a consulting engineer for national fire protection and code consulting firms and ten years as senior fire protection engineer overseeing plan review and code enforcement for the Southern Region of the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office before opening D&D Engineering, LLC. Mr. Schneider served on several NFPA 101/5000 code committees and worked with the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office at ICC hearings relative to residential sprinkler requirements. He has also served on various code committees and task groups for local jurisdictions including Prince William County, Virginia, and Prince George’s County, Maryland. Mr. Schneider’s extensive experience as both a consulting engineer and as an authority having jurisdiction gives him insight to the code process, design needs, and code enforcement.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.