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Presenter: Jon Andrews and 2 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Chicago, IL

Congress Plaza Hotel
520 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-427-3800

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 5:00 pm

The New Chicago Building Code: 70 Years in the Making
(fully effective in August 2020)

   Navigating the new code: 
      - Title 14A – Administrative Provisions 
      - Title 14B – Chicago Building Code 
      - Title 14F – Chicago Fire Code
      - Title 14N – Chicago Energy Conservation Code 
      - Title 14R – Chicago Building Rehabilitation Code 
      - Title 14X – Chicago Minimum Requirements for Existing Buildings 
   New materials and building systems 
   Expended requirements for sprinklers 
   Timeline for implementation

Building Height and Area: Modifications and Limitations

   Occupancy classifications and uses
   Separated and nonseparated mixed occupancies
   Accessory occupancies Incidental uses
   Area factor increases 
   Yards and courts for light and ventilation
   Room dimensions for dwelling units 
   High-rise building modifications

Construction Types and Fire Resistance Ratings

   Use of combustible materials 
   Exterior walls and fire separation distances
   Wall terminologies 
   Projections for walls and concealed spaces
   Calculated fire resistance 
   Opening protection

Means of Egress and Occupancy

   Adopted terms: Exit, exit access, exit discharge
   Occupant loads 
   Concentrated business use areas
   Number of exits 
   Stairway modifications
   Corridor width and fire resistance 
   Assembly-type uses
   Structural Design

Structural Design

   General design requirements 
   Risk categories 
   Special inspections 
   Soils and foundations 
   Seismic design
   Materials: masonry, steel, concrete, wood, cast iron, glass, aluminum

Chicago Energy Conservation Code

   Commercial compliance (ASHRAE 90.1-2016) 
   Building envelope
   Building mechanical systems 
   Electrical power and lighting 
   Total building performance
   Existing buildings, additions and alterations 
   Residential compliance 
      • Thermal envelope 
      • Roofs 
      • Mechanical ventilation 
      • Whole house systems

Preserving Existing Buildings

   IEBC/Rehabilitation provisions
   Prescriptive method Level 1 
   Level 2
   Level 3
   Work area compliance method
   Performance method 
   Historic buildings
   Fire escapes 
   Residential occupancies
   Minimum requirements for existing buildings

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs

     7.0 HSW Contact Hours
     7.0 AIA LU|HSW

International Code Council
     .7 CEUs (Building)

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs to Illinois professional engineers and 7.0 HSW contact hours to Illinois architects. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Illinois.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this event for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES information under this course listing.

Engineers and architects seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to claim the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine the eligibility of this subject matter.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .7 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

This seminar also offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been submitted to any state contractor licensing board for continuing education approval.

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


Jon Andrews

S.E., P.E., Tylk, Gustafson, Reckers, Wilson, Andrews (TGRWA) Structural Engineers, Chicago, IL

Since joining TGRWA in 1988, Mr. Andrews has been involved in a wide variety of structural analysis and design projects including new construction and renovation of existing and historic structures. His experience includes the structural analysis and design of structural steel, conventionally reinforced concrete, post-tensioned concrete, timber and masonry structures.  Mr. Andrews has over 30 years of structural engineering experience and has worked on projects from California to Wisconsin to Florida. He has a P.E. in 20 different states and Washington DC as well as a S.E. in Illinois and California.

Christopher E. Chwedyk

AIA, CSI, Director The Code Group, Burnham Nationwide, Inc., Chicago

Mr. Chwedyk is a licensed architect and chief code consultant and director of the licensed architectural subsidiary of Burnham that he assisted in founding in 2001. He was previously the principal of the Chicago office of a firm that specialized in life safety and fire protection engineering, and he has been a member of such prestigious architectural firms as Skidmore, Owings and Merrill; Bertrand Goldberg Associates; and Jack Train Associates. With over 40 years of experience in the profession, Mr. Chwedyk has concentrated on the technical requirements of building design and has managed the production of code-compliant construction documents for a wide variety of project types. Over the past two decades he has performed numerous code compliance plan reviews for the City of Chicago and other municipalities. He is also a certified building plans examiner through the International Code Council (ICC) and currently serves on the International Fire Code Action Committee. Mr. Chwedyk’s professional affiliations include the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and he is the 2018 chair of the National AIA Codes and Standards Committee.

Laura Garcia

AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, Laura Garcia Design in Chicago

Ms. Garcia has a broad range of experience in many project types and scales, from commercial high rises to small residential interior remodels. She founded her architecture and consulting firm Laura Garcia Design (LGD) in 2010 and provides a full range of architectural services for the design, permitting, and construction of new buildings, additions and renovations. Laura Garcia Design focuses on residential and small commercial projects, primarily in the Chicagoland area and surrounding Midwestern states. Ms. Garcia is active in her professional community and has served on the AIA Chicago Board of Directors since 2015, first as a director and currently as secretary. She has been an active member of the AIA-DOB Working Group since 2015, which meets monthly with the Chicago Department of Buildings, and she co-chaired the DOB Small Residential Code Modernization Group earlier this year. She has been active in AIA Chicago’s Small Practitioners Group (SPG) since 2010, and has served as co-chair of the SPG since 2015. She also gives presentations to the public through the SPG ‘Working with an Architect’ program and regularly speaks at professional and industry events.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

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

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Chicago Building Code Update

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This seven-hour live lecture presentation examines the new Chicago Building Code, which takes effect in August 2020, including requirements for building height and area, construction types and fire resistance ratings, means of egress and occupancy, structural design, energy conservation, and existing building preservation.

Learning Objectives: 

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to reference and comply with the Chicago Building Code, which takes effect in August 2020 and includes provisions for fire protection, energy conservation, sprinklers, and minimum requirements for existing buildings.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able comply with provisions for the use of combustible materials and construction of fire resistant walls.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to comply with Code requirements for means of egress, including the number of exists, occupant loads, stairways, and corridor widths.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to comply with Code requirements for structural design, including soils and foundations and soils, loads, seismic design, and material selection.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to comply with Code requirements for energy conservation in mechanical systems, building envelopes, and electrical power and lighting.

Learning Objective 6:
Learners will be able to comply with Code requirements for the preservation of existing buildings, including repairs, residential occupancies, and fire escapes.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with building code interpretation and compliance.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 09/10/2022 

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.