C.R. Laurence is expanding its continuing education outreach.

In addition to partnering with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) on its Continuing Education System (CES), CRL-U.S. Aluminum is collaborating with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s (Virginia Tech) design/buildLAB program to connect with architecture students and professors (practicing architects) by extending its resources, expertise and products.

CRL’s Jim Conte was challenged with designing a special AIA Continuing Education course curriculum for a select group of design/buildLAB architecture students. The unique course covered fenestration systems and their structural considerations, design criteria, engineering, benefits and applications in modern architecture and design.

CRL-U.S. Aluminum also collaborated with the same Virginia Tech design/buildLAB students on their Tom Dotson Sports Complex project in Sharon, Va. CRL-U.S. Aluminum donated hardware to this student-led commercial project while assisting the design/buildLAB with finding the best solutions to their design dilemmas.

“Training and supporting the industry’s next generation of leading architects is nothing short of rewarding,” says Conte, architectural sales representative at CRL-U.S. Aluminum. “We are going the extra mile to provide architects, designers, and now students with the education, information, and tools they need to complete successful, highly collaborative commercial and residential projects. It is important for us to continue to advise and collaborate with the architecture and design community at all levels.”