Members of the Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) industry at Portland Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) toured Plasterers Local 82’s training center in Northeast Portland April 18 to get a more in-depth understanding of the kinds of work plasterers perform. The event was part of CSI’s monthly “Learning and Libations” social hour.
Local 82 apprentices were wrapping up a week of classroom training and were available to demonstrate historical restoration and ornamental plastering, traditional, veneer, and venetian plastering, synthetic stuccoing, texturing, fireproofing and more.
Terry Kastner, executive director of the Northwest Wall and Ceiling Bureau (NWCB), gave a presentation on stuccoing and Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems. EIFS is a cladding system that combines a finish with a layer of exterior insulation. The finish is comprised of polymeric bonded aggregate and cement reinforced with a glass mesh.
The event was arranged by John Killin, executive director of Associated Wall and Ceiling Contractors of Oregon and Southwest Washington, an employer association comprised of more than a dozen contractors signatory with Plasterers Local 82.
Killin said CSI was looking for ideas for its “Learning and Libations” social hour. The group put out a call for suggestions in the fall, and Killin, who also is the Oregon representative for NWCB, responded. NWCB is a nonprofit trade association for the wall and ceiling industry whose members include contractors, manufacturers, dealers, labor organizations, and other professionals in the industry.
“The CSI social hour is mostly about manufacturers who want to promote a specific product,” Killin said. “We took it too a whole new level by promoting an entire scope of work. We put a full-court press on the design community to remember what a great system this is.”