Glass Parking Facades: New Virtual AIA Continuing Education Program for Architects

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Case-Study-Based CEU Focuses on Parking Facade Design

Our new AIA continuing education program, titled “Case Studies: Facade Projects Shaping Parking Design Today,” reviews ten built projects to explore new facade technologies that improve the design process and outcomes for parking garage designers, developers, owners, and users. The program launched virtually on March 23, and is available on-demand here, or as a live presentation through your local Bendheim representative. Participating architects will earn 1 AIA HSW Learning Unit.

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According to Said Elieh, Vice President of Systems and Innovation for Bendheim and one of the principal developers of the program, “there is very little educational information on parking design for the modern age – especially AIA credit programs – and there is even less information on new facade technologies. Architects will find our ‘case study’ course format rich with ideas, as well as enjoyable.”

Wismar Port Parking Structure | Channel Glass Project

Old Town Port Parking Structure, Wismar, Germany by Lengfeld & Wilisch. Fritted channel glass facade.

Our new educational program is non-promotional in nature and focuses on innovative facade technologies that improve the user experience, elevate the design of parking structures, and facilitate their evolving role in the cities of tomorrow. In addition to nine short case studies, participants will fully investigate a new Chicago carpark facade to reveal the key elements of its design-assist process and the resulting sophisticated, yet economical, solution.


Learning Objectives

  1. Review case studies to identify glass parking facade materials and applications maximizing natural ventilation and daylighting
  2. Assess the user-experience, safety, and environmental benefits of glass parking facades
  3. Identify design assist strategies to deliver projects on time and on budget
  4. Explain the benefits of glass facades to owners and developers, in terms of cost, labor savings, and energy savings
ALDI Supermarket Parking Facility | Glass Rainscreen Façade

ALDI Supermarket Parking Facility, Chiasso, Switzerland.

The course hones in on several aspects of Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW), including daylighting, natural ventilation, and occupant comfort. Primary focus is on properly designed glass parking facades and how they shield structures and their occupants from the elements (rain, snow, and wind), while providing high-quality diffused daylight, improved solar shading, passive ventilation, and enhanced occupant safety through natural surveillance.

To watch a recording of the live webinar, visit To schedule on-demand face-to-face or virtual presentations with a local representative, please navigate to our Rep Finder.

About Bendheim

Bendheim is one of the world’s foremost resources for specialty architectural glass. Founded in New York City in 1927, the fourth-generation, family-owned company offers a virtually unlimited range of in-stock and custom architectural glass varieties. Bendheim develops, fabricates, and distributes its products worldwide. The company maintains production facilities in New Jersey and an extensive showroom in New York City