AAMA Southeast to Tour Wind Engineering Lab

July 13, 2010
Meetings & Events

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association Southeast Region fall meeting will be held August 5-6 in Orlando, and will begin with a tour of the University of Florida Wind Engineering Lab in Gainesville, Fla.

The University of South Florida's Forrest Masters will provide demonstrations of the hurricane simulator, cyclic test chamber, installation testing and shingle/tile impacts. Masters will also provide a presentation on the requirements for design pressure, as well as other new proposals that will be of interest to industry professionals.

"Our regional meetings offer an important opportunity to both address regional issues, as well as a time to meet with our members to discuss what issues are impacting their businesses," says Chuck Anderson, AAMA codes and industry affairs manager and Southeast region director. "We're looking forward to a full agenda at the fall meeting, and the chance to view demonstrations and discuss ongoing research on a variety of issues affecting the Southeast region of the U.S."

After touring the lab, the group will adjourn to the main University of Florida campus for lunch and presentations. Masters will lead discussions on the findings related to the Precipitation Imaging Probe, as well as additional research projects.

Back at the Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel, the Friday agenda will cover a variety of topics including ASCE 7-10, the Gulf oil spill, an Institute for Building & Home Safety simulation report, AAMA/FMA testing, and updates on the Florida Department of Community Affairs and AAMA activities at the national level. In addition, the Southeast AAMA technical committee will review questions raised by AAMA-accredited labs regarding the new AAMA 520 standard, Voluntary Specification for Rating the Severe Wind Driven Rain Resistance of Windows, Doors and Unit Skylights.

"The activities and efforts of the AAMA Southeast Region combine the influence of a large, national organization with a specific focus and dedication to the industry issues affecting the southeast region of the U.S.," says Kevin Seiling of Veka Inc., president of the Southeast Region board.

More information on registration, accommodations, transportation and meeting materials is available on the AAMA Web site.