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The seminar center, which opened in April next to Viega’s new headquarters building in Broomfield, Colorado, is an investment in trade education and empowerment. It supplements Viega’s New Hampshire Seminar Center, which has trained tens of thousands of people since opening in 2006.
The state-of-the-art building includes four classrooms, two workshops and an Interactive Learning Center, which allows attendees to see, touch and experience Viega products while learning about their many capabilities. It’s an immersive and content-rich experience unlike any other in the industry.
Experts lead single- and multi-day classes in everything from radiant system design and fire protection to hydronics and pathogen prevention. Despite being open only since April, it is on track to host more than 2,100 students this year, said Bo DeAngelo, manager of technical training.
“Demand for training has been increasing steadily. This facility will allow us to continue to provide and expand on the training that our industry deserves,” said CEO Dave Garlow.
The 23,000-square-foot building prominently features Viega’s innovative technology. Exposed ceilings provide a clear view of the fire sprinkler system with its MegaPress fittings. Copper lines with ProPress fittings provide the water supply and water flows from the manifolds through carbon steel lines with MegaPress fittings. Radiant heating and cooling keep the building comfortable while snow melt systems keep the sidewalks free of ice and snow during the Colorado winters.
Even the restrooms, with wall-hung bowls, Viega in-wall carriers, and Visign flush plates, are a testament to the space-saving and design possibilities of Viega technology.
“We believe in giving tradespeople the technology and training they need to become better and more efficient at their jobs. We built this center to help them become as successful as they hope to be,” Garlow said.