Tuesday: Pre-Conference Events

Held in smaller, interactive settings, Tuesday’s pre-conference events provide deep, hands-on learning—a more focused experience before the crowds arrive and the show kicks off on Wednesday. A separate ticket is required, and seating will be limited, so register early to ensure your spot.

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Pre-Conference Workshops

A popular staple at PCBC, workshops offer an in-depth study of topics critical to your company’s success. With a longer format than standard sessions, you’ll have plenty of time to work through practical applications and case studies of the information presented. And in a smaller, classroom setting, they’re ideal for interaction and detailed note-taking.

  1. Builder Bootcamp: A Clinic for Builders, Project Managers and Field Personnel (8:30am-4:30pm)
    PCBC's most popular pre-conference event is back! If you manage or work on the jobsite, this intensive, fast-paced clinic delivers all the tools and skills you are looking for to sharpen your skills and stay on the cutting edge of technology, quality, safety and efficiency. This seminar is a must if you build custom homes, are a production home builder, or supervise or manage construction activities. Learn valuable skills to eliminate costly construction defect claims, ensure jobsite safety, and understand how to deal with the most aggressive customer service issues.

  2. How to Design and Build High Performance Walls and Roofs (10:00am-12:00pm)
    This workshop examines how to design and build high performance wall and roof assemblies that delivery energy efficiency and do not lead to water and moisture failures. In addition, you'll get a variety of solutions to relocation of HVAC equipment and ducts from attics. Steve Easley will use pictures from real-world installations to illustrate the do’s and don’ts to building high performance walls and roof assemblies that are affordable and cost effective. This interactive class is designed to sort through the myriad insulation system options in order to match the best system to the type of structure. Energy codes are requiring specific installation protocols for ensuring true insulation performance. This class also will explain installation and air barrier requirements by codes in order to develop appropriate specifications to meet these new codes and create buildings that perform with better real-world results.

  3. The Art and Practice of Effective Conversations (2:00-4:00pm)
    "At its essence, every organization is a product of how its members think and interact," says the great organizational researcher Peter Senge. This interactive workshop will guide you through the steps to harnessing your organization’s single most important learning tool: Conversation. Whether working with internal management or an external project team, discover how to lead conversations that drive increased participation, greater productivity and better outcomes. You’ll leave with a variety of proven facilitation techniques that will help lead any enterprise toward more impressive and sustainable results.

Ticket Required: $95-$195 each | Date: Tuesday, June 26

Pre-Conference Housing Tours

From top sellers in the South Bay, to the successful Sage in Livermore and Multifamily & mixed-use developments along El Camino Real, the San Francisco Bay Area provides vibrant examples of diverse housing product. These daylong, docent-led tours offer a great way to explore the area's housing.

You'll gain ideas and inspiration from architecture and land planning.

  1. South Bay Sellers – New Housing for Silicon Valley’s Workforce (9:00am-4:00pm)
    Everyone knows that the Silicon Valley housing market is on fire. But how do builders differentiate themselves in a world where everything sells and anything less than $1 million is considered affordable? Take a tour of what is really selling in the South Bay today, and learn how area builders are matching consumer demand with quality, livable communities and a need to remain profitable. Spend a full day with us as we head south from the convention center and visit new home communities* in Milpitas, Fremont, Newark and Foster City.

  2. How Innovative Design Influences Entitlements on El Camino Real (9:00am-4:00pm)
    Join this housing tour to understand how innovative design overcame entitlement obstacles along the famed El Camino Real, "the Grand Boulevard." Multifamily and mixed-use developments are now replacing outdated auto-centric establishments. As much as Peninsula cities thirst for a pedestrian-friendly, urban lifestyle and support initiatives to maintain creativity and a high-quality of life, entitlement hurdles continue to interrupt the process for developers. Visit a large master-planned community, a major developer’s apartment community and an award-winning affordable development. Tour will include Montrose by Prometheus (Mountain View), Victory at Bay Meadows Shea Homes (San Mateo), Bay Meadows Downtown (San Mateo), and Sweeny Lane Apartments by MidPen Housing (Daly City).

Ticket Required: $135 each | Date: Tuesday, June 26