Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Entire Day of Classes | $98 | Includes Lunch

All classes held at Contractor University/Builders Association of the Twin Cities
2960 Centre Pointe Drive, Roseville, MN 55113 (near I-35W and County Roads C & D)


Preserving Payment Rights through Better Contracts

Instructor: James K. Sander, Larkin Hoffman Attorneys

Learn how contracts impact your vital accounts receivable and how you can do better. What do you watch for in a contract with an owner to guard against important risks to payment, and how everyday purchase orders affect your job costs and payment rights. Also learn more about how lien waivers, trust funds and lien and bond claims can impact and can be impacted by your contracts.

901  |  8:00 AM - 9:00 AM  |  1 Credit  |  $14


Segmental Retaining Wall Theory and Design

Instructor: Gene Karjala, Oldcastle

Students will learn the history, theory, and design of segmental retaining walls; including soil mechanics of design, installation, special and unique applications of use, history of mechanically stabilized earth structures, types of retaining walls, why specify segmental retaining walls, examples of applications, and understanding the bidding process.

902  |  9:00 AM - 10:00 AM  |  1 Credit  |  $14

The Evolution of Buildings, Codes & Building Science

Instructor: Ted Winslow, CertainTeed

Building codes and energy codes seem to be evolving and progressing at an ever increasing rate, but how are today’s builders and contractors expected to keep up? This course will outline the evolution of today’s buildings and will provide an understanding of the key changes to the energy codes for buildings and how they will continue to impact the industry. The role of today’s builders and contractors is also changing; learn what tools and materials are available to meet the challenges of today’s buildings. In addition to that, this course will provide a review on the 3 key principles of building science (air flow, moisture flow and heat flow) and review how they can be managed to achieve optimal results.

903  |  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM  |  1 Credit  |  $14

Introduction to Insulation Fire Safety

Instructor: Ted Winslow, CertainTeed

Fire safety begins with building design—and for excellent reasons. The primary goal of any fire code, product, system or design is simple—life safety. But before you can design the right system or select the right products and solutions, you have to have a strong understanding of the fundamentals of fire. This course will provide a detailed understanding of the basic principles of fire and the primary phases of a fire. Students will also gain a comprehensive understanding of fire safety as it pertains to insulation products, practices and systems so that they can make the right choices for their buildings.

904  |  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  |  1 Credit  |  $14

Introduction to Acoustics for Insulation

Instructor: Ted Winslow, CertainTeed

This course will provide a comprehensive understanding of the science of sound and the primary benefits of sound control. Learn how to manage acoustics through common building assemblies as well as how to design an environment for Sound Control. Through understanding, you will be able to explain the main properties of sound and how insulation products and systems help manage noise in a variety of applications.

905  |  12:30 PM - 1:30 PM  |  1 Credit  |  $14


Spray Polyurethane Foam for Building Insulation

Instructor: Ted Winslow, CertainTeed

This course provides an overview of the use of Spray Polyurethane Foam as building insulation. Students will learn the history and insulation applications of Polyurethane, compare differences, review building envelope considerations, and learn about sustainability and green construction.

906  |  1:30 PM - 2:30 PM  |  1 Credit  |  $14

Contracting Musts - Top Contract Provisions for Custom Home Builders

Instructor: Rob Shainess, Capstone Law, LLC

Too many custom home builders are using poorly drafted or outdated contracts. These contracts expose builders to risk. Students will learn the most important contract provisions that custom home builders must have in their contracts, how to avoid liability by properly defining contractual terms, and negotiation strategies to make construction contracts more fair.

907  |  2:30 PM - 3:30 PM  |  1 Credit  |  $14


You do not need to be a BATC member to register ... everyone is welcome to attend. 

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James Sander

Jim Sander is an experienced mechanics lien lawyer with the Real Estate and Construction Litigation practice group at the Larkin Hoffman law firm. Jim’s law practice has focused on representing contractors and material suppliers in the construction industry for most of the last 40 years. Jim is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, is licensed to practice in the courts in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. Jim is a member of the bar in those states. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of lien, bond claim and construction law topics to industry groups and lawyers through a number of business organizations, and other seminar sponsors.


Gene Karjala

Gene Karjala, Field and Product Specialist with Oldcastle Building Products, has more than 30 years of industry experience. Gene provides product training, sales, estimating, and field assistance to contractors in the Upper Midwest. He is both a National Concrete Masonry Association Segmental Retaining Wall Installer Level 1 Instructor and NCMA Segmental Retaining Wall Installer Advanced Residential Instructor. Formerly a hardscape contracting business owner, he is recognized in the industry as a speaker, author, consultant and educator.


Ted Winslow

Ted Winslow is the Brand Product Manager of Building Science, Systems and Technical Marketing for CertainTeed Insulation. He has been involved in the building industry for close to 10 years with various residential and commercial product manufacturers. Ted strives to understand all aspects of building physics and works to develop products, systems and solutions tailored towards the needs of today’s building professionals through continuous engagement with a variety of trade organizations and by providing training for the building industry. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering at Temple University.


Rob Shainess

Rob Shainess is a trial lawyer with a particular focus on resolving real estate, construction, and business disputes. Rob’s clients range from small custom builders to large contractors, for whom Rob routinely drafts construction contracts. Rob is proud to have been named a Rising Star from 2012 through 2016 by Super Lawyers Magazine. Before founding Capstone Law in 2011, Rob spent seven years as a real estate and construction litigator with one of Minnesota’s largest law firms.

Questions: Contact Tom Gavaras at tom@batc.org or 651.697.7592
Having problems registering? Please contact Dani Rueb at dani@batc.org or 651.697.7584

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