Orange County CSI Chapter November Meeting
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Program: Slip-Resistant Hard Floor and Paving Surfaces
Speaker: John Raeber, FAIA, FCSI, CCS
Once again John Raeber joins us to introduce a new approach to the old problem of slipresistant hard flooring and paving surfaces. John is a "Specifier" with over 40 years successful experience preparing architectural specifications for a wide range of project types, locations, and types of firms.
ABSTRACT/SUMMARY: Slip-resistant hard flooring and paving surfaces took a new turn with the publication of TCNA sponsored ANSI A326.3-2017 (copyright 2018) Test Method for Measuring Dynamic Coefficient of Friction of Hard Surface Flooring Materials. ANSI A326.3-2017 states, "The specifier shall determine materials appropriate for specific project conditions, considering by way of example, but not in limitation, type of use, traffic, expected contaminants, expected maintenance, expected wear, and manufacturers' guidelines and recommendations." Initially it appeared as if TCNA was attempting to place blame for slip and fall lawsuits with the specifier and John, as a "specifier" initially thought this was more than a little unfair. However, over time, he realized that perhaps a specifier would be the appropriate member of the construction team to establish a standard of care for making hard surfaces meet the demands of such a complex issue. And, after extensive in-depth research, he has developed a proposal that recognizes the true intent of any code, regulation, or standard is not to establish blame but rather to provide a team process for ensuring the best efforts are being utilized to ensure that hard flooring and paving surfaces are appropriately slip-resistant. And, that the Construction Specifications institute (CSI) offers the best opportunity to review and develop that team process.
This program is intended to:
Introduce a new method of approaching difficult project requirements such as determining appropriate standards for defining slip-resistant hard flooring and paving surfaces by using teamwork in construction rather than attempting to shift blame.
Establish clear responsibilities for the team members of designers, manufacturers, contractors, subcontractors, installers, testing and inspection services, and building owners and managers in determining what defines slip-resistant surfaces.
Provide a table of appropriate ratings for the coefficient of slip-resistance for various hard flooring and paving surfaces that can easily relate lab and field-testing results.
Introduce a clear, concise, complete, and correct standard of care so that each team member can understand and complete their part in the process.
Phoenix Club - Pavilion
1340 S. Sanderson Avenue
5:45 - 6:45 PM Social/No Host Bar
6:45 - 7:30 PM Dinner
7:30 - 8:30 PM Program
Plenty of free parking
$35.00 cash/check discount for OCCCSI members and nonmembers with reservations.
$40.00 on the website
$45.00 at the door without reservation.
(No-show reservations will be billed)
Product representatives are invited to display at this meeting.
The cost for a tabletop is $80.00.
Contact David Brown at 714.329.8498 for information.