July 2017

It’s Easy To Pursue Your Professional Development

Frank Fuller and Scott Hughes

At National Gypsum, we strive to make continuing education convenient and worth your while. You are juggling projects on your board while completing RFPs, so let us help put more hours in your day and take the headache out of fulfilling your CEUs.

To accommodate your busy days, we offer an AIA continuing education program with both in-person and online courses. They all relate to product applications, technical standards and industry trends.

Lunch ‘N Learns: Great For Rising Associates

Our AIA Lunch ‘N Learns are in-person presentations we conduct during your lunch hour (we’ll provide the nutrition to keep you and your team fueled). Your construction design manager or certified presenter will come to your firm and present a topic of your choice from our continuing education library. Some of our popular courses include “High Performance Gypsum: Protect Against Mold, Moisture and Exposure,” “Understanding the UL Fire Resistant Directory 101” and “Finishing Gypsum Board: Appearance and Indoor Air Quality.”

This is a great way to help with the educational efforts of your new and incoming employees. Our format includes a question and answer session and the opportunity to discuss multiple subjects.

At the AIA convention this spring, National Gypsum was mentioned as a major proponent of continuing education for architects. Our AIA Acoustics presentation (“Acoustically Enhanced Gypsum Board Designed for High-STC Wall Assemblies”) was recognized nationally as one of the “Top Five Most Presented” of 1,300 courses. Maybe that is a course you would like us to present to you and your associates?

Online Options

In between Lunch ‘N Learns or if your schedule doesn’t allow for an on-site presentation, National Gypsum also offers online continuing education courses through AEC Daily and Ron Blank. If you are inspired and want to complete a CEU in the middle of the night, the option is available.

Want To Schedule A Lunch ‘N Learn?

Contact your construction design manager today to schedule a National Gypsum AIA Lunch ‘N Learn. It’s easy, effective and you won’t leave hungry. Education never expires and is always a redeemable asset.

"I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have conducted a Lunch ‘N Learn and afterward someone has come up to me with a comment or question about the topic I covered. Several times an architect has commented that he actually learned something new or received a better understanding of a particular subject. To that end, we are constantly updating our presentations to make sure that they are current, engaging and educational. You can’t go wrong selecting any of our AIA CEU courses to provide what you are looking for in continuing education for your design staff."
- Frank Fuller

"A National Gypsum AIA Lunch 'N Learn is a great way to get your newest and youngest employees trained on things that affect their work every day. Whether it is trying to understand the UL fire-resistant directories or figuring out how various products can help reduce sound transmission through the walls, we can get your firm in the know! New, simpler, smarter and quicker to install products and systems are constantly being introduced to the marketplace. Be sure you’re keeping your firm up-to-date and give us a call."
- Scott W. Hughes

Product Overview

Better For Finishing Touches

This ready mix joint compound reduces airborne dust by 60 percent, and allows quick and easy clean-up. Use ProForm® brand XP® Lite with Dust-Tech® to finish joints and cornerbead, spot fasteners, skim and

texture, and repair cracks in plaster walls. This formula reduces shrinkage by up to 33 percent and also:

  • Resists mold growth – per ASTM G21 score of 0 (best) and ASTM D3273 score of 10 (best)
  • Provides a superior finish
  • Sands without clogging the sanding tool

Specify it for your next project!

Project Profile

Rivers Casino Near Chicago: First To Achieve LEED Gold

Rivers Casino, Des Plaines, Illinois
Midwest Gaming & Entertainment, L.L.C.
Klai Juba Architects/Pepper Construction
Gold certification

Built with environmentally friendly materials and processes, this 147,000-square-foot facility features interior living green walls throughout to provide better air quality and comfort. The first casino to achieve LEED Gold certification, Rivers Casino was constructed using these National Gypsum products: Gold Bond® brand eXP® Sheathing, Gold Bond® brand XP® Gypsum Board, Gold Bond® brand Fire-Shield® Type X, Gold Bond® brand Shaftliner XP®, ProForm® brand All Purpose, ProForm® brand XP® Lite with Dust-Tech® and ProForm brand XP® with Dust-Tech® Joint Compounds.

Read More About The Project

Continuing Education

Now that 2017 is past the halfway mark, don’t wait to fulfill your CEUs. Consider taking one of these online courses:

Abuse and Impact Resistance Gypsum: Stronger and Safer Walls
1 hour/AIA HSW CE Hour
Gypsum Board: Beyond Recycled Content
1 hour/AIA HSW CE Hour

Take Advantage Of Our Complimentary Service

Would you like an architect to review your specifications at no cost? National Gypsum’s in-house architects and certified Construction Document Technology (CDT) specialists are now available for Complimentary Architectural Specification Reviews. This free service provides peace of mind and helps your project stay on track. Contact your Construction Design Manager today to request a review, and let us help you.


Amy Hockett
National Marketing Manager, Architectural Services & Sustainability

Pat Grotlisch

Frank Fuller

Alan Zeedyk
Gulf / Southeast

Thad Goodman
Central / Midwest

Scott Hughes
Northeast / Atlantic

Trang Schwartz
Architectural Specialist