Blueprint Reading Fundamentals

Learn the "ins and outs" of Blueprint Reading as presented by Leif Rideout, Architect, and Tom Gottshall, Engineering Manager for Western Allied Mechanical. 

The ability to read and understand blueprints is a must in our industry.  Learn about the various types of plans most often seen in our daily activities. Measurements, scales, symbols, details, elevations and other key factors will be explained.  Pitfalls, "red flags," and other important issues will also be discussed.  Sample drawings and handouts will be used to make this a truly "hands on" experience.

See flyer for full course description.

Date: Friday, August 17, 2018
Time: 8:30 to 11:30 am
Place: 2055 Gateway Place, 1st Floor Conference Center, San Jose, CA
Cost: BOMA SV Members $25 / Non-members $50

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BOMA Member $25

Non-Member $50

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Refund Cancellations not accepted less than 48 hours before the event


Hello all, my name is Leif Rideout.  I am a sixth generation Central Californian – my great, great grandfather having ridden from the east coast as General Fremont’s surgeon on his 1st trip to California. I’ve walked the beaches from Pacific Grove to Pescadero since 1952 and lived in Santa Cruz since 1963.  After receiving an architectural degree from UC Berkeley in 1971, I followed a multi-dimensional career path through land-use consulting, architecture and construction.  Berkeley taught me functional environmental design and structural engineering.  Being a general contractor taught me how to design things that are easy to build.  I have developed residences, condominium projects, convalescent hospitals, and won 2 large design/build competitions for dormitories on the UCSC campus.  My career has allowed me to work on schools, hospitals, homes from Thailand to Los Alamos, NM to Patagonia, AZ, commercial projects, and even a peanut butter factory in China.  For the past 20 years I have also been creating computer simulations for large commercial and civic projects as part of their EIR and/or development permit processes. One of my greatest joys is being able to visualize a structure and its spaces in my mind and then to physically experience it after it has been built.  There is no “Leif Rideout” style of architecture.  My approach has always been to give clients what they think they want, but temper it with practicality, aesthetics, and a bit of whimsy. 

Todd Gottshall, PE, is the Engineering Manager for Design/Build Contractor, Western Allied Mechanical in Menlo Park. Western Allied Mechanical partners with Building Owners and General Contractors to design and deliver innovative, cost effective mechanical solutions. Todd and the team of engineers at WAM specialize in Biotech/Pharmaceutical VAV lab design, controls, and commissioning throughout the Bay Area. Todd is the current Chair of ASHRAE’s Guideline 13 Specifying Building Automation Systems and has participated in code development for Title 24 and IAPMO UMC.




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