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SFCC Adobe Classes – Spring 2021

ADOB 116 – Roof Design and Construction Dates: January 18 to March 13, 2021 (8 weeks) Format: Online Course Description: Traditional Southwest designs of pitched and flat roofs on adobe buildings. Topics cover roofing materials, structure, and plans, including vigas, beams, joists rafters, trusses. Ceiling materials, including latillas, rough boards, tongue-and-groove, are discussed along with details such as insulation, deck sheathing, canales and parapets. Two actual or mock-up roofs will be built.

ADOB 114 – Floor Design and Construction Dates: March 22 to May 15, 2021 (8 weeks) Format: Online Course Description: Traditional and modern Southwest floors and floor coverings. Topics include mud, brick, stone, concrete, tile, wood and sheet-goods flooring materials and applications. Students will design and build floor mock-ups. Suspended floors over crawl spaces or basements are covered as well as the sizing of joists and deck materials. Radiant floor heating systems are also discussed.

ADOB 115 – Finish Practices Dates: March 22 to May 15, 2021 (8 weeks) Format: Online Course Description: Traditional and modern finishes used in the building of the exteriors and interiors of buildings of the Southwest. Topics include treatments of exposed adobe bricks; mud plaster by hand and trowel; plasters made with stabilized mud, lime, gypsum, cement and elastomerics. Wall insulation, vapor barriers, moisture protection, and the lath systems will be examined. The treatment of vigas, posts, corbels, exposed lintels and wood trim are also covered.

Full details about the Adobe Program at SFCC can be found at https://www.sfcc.edu/programs/adobe-construction/ or contact adjunct faculty member Kurt Gardella at kurt.gardella@sfcc.edu.

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