Dimension Stone Cladding

Date: November 16, 2017 4:00pm
Location: SGH DC
Speaker(s): Jeffrey Kerr

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
1828 L Street NW, Suite 950 
Washington, DC 20036
Parking for a fee is available in the 1828 L Street NW garage. Garage height restriction is 6 ft.

4:00 - 4:30PM  Registration & Refreshments
4:30 - 6:00PM  Presentation & Discussion
6:00 - 7:00PM  Cocktail Reception

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for their attendance. Attendance is free and open to all; please invite colleagues. We will serve refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. Space is limited to the first 60 guests to register.


Natural stone has been used as a building material for centuries. Natural stone has followed the general evolution of exterior wall construction in that stone formerly used in mass wall construction is being used as a veneer anchored to a backup wall; however, natural stone cladding materials have special design considerations developed to avoid a variety of aesthetic and performance problems in service. During this presentation, we will discuss common natural stone cladding materials, lessons learned from natural stone cladding performance problems, and how these lessons inform material selection and dimension stone cladding design.

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to: 

  • Learn to identify common stone cladding materials.
  • Learn about significant stone veneer failures and common stone veneer failure mechanisms.
  • Understand what to look out for when selecting dimension stone veneer.
  • Understand dimension stone veneer design considerations.


Jeffrey D. Kerr, P.E. | Associate Principal
Jeffrey D. Kerr has more than seventeen years of project management and engineering experience with building enclosure projects ranging from new design consulting to investigating and repairing existing buildings for a variety of clients, including public and private building owners, architects, and contractors. His work includes design consultation for new construction; facade modernization, including condition assessment, feasibility analysis, preparation of design documents, and construction administration; and building enclosure commissioning. He has experience with evaluating and designing natural stone cladding and paving and is a member of ASTM International’s Committee C18 on Dimension Stone. Prior to joining SGH, Jeff worked for a commercial general contractor on public and private developments, including on-site project management and preconstruction budgeting services.


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