Upcoming Events

March 21, 2018 4:00pm / District Architecture Center

Expanding Our Understanding of Building Movement and Facade Joint Design

Facade joints are vital parts of a building’s enclosure system. Underestimating the importance of facade joint design can allow air and water infiltration and lead to premature failure. In this presentation, we will explore the building movements and tolerances that affect facade joints and discuss how to appropriately design joints to accommodate them.
March 21, 2018 5:30pm / Atlantic Wharf, Boston, MA

Examining Building Enclosures with Combustible Materials

Speaker(s): Emily Hopps, Brian Kuhn
Following a series of exterior fires in high-rise buildings around the globe, the fire protection industry has taken a closer look at the role exterior wall construction played in these events and how fire protection strategies can adapt. In this seminar, we will review recent examples of these fires and share current trends in exterior wall design.
April 12, 2018 5:30pm / SGH San Francisco

Applying Safeguards in Specifying Innovative New Products

Speaker(s): Christine Diosdado
Innovative products and technologies can help organizations in the design and construction industry capture value, but can also pose significant risks. In this seminar, we will provide an overview of the various sources of risk in specifying new products and offer strategies for reducing, avoiding, or allocating such risks.
April 25, 2018 5:30pm / Atlantic Wharf, Boston, MA

Best Practices for Lasting and Safe Podium Construction Design

Podiums are popular building features because they allow owners to maximize the number of stories in a structure, increase unit density, and lower construction costs. In this presentation, we will highlight changes to the ninth edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code related to podium-style construction and explore best practices for durable and safe design.
May 17, 2018 4:00pm / District Architecture Center

Investigating Building-Related Issues with Forensic Analysis

Speaker(s): Nicholas Piteo
Troublesome building issues can occur at any time and range in severity from minor nuisances to major defects. In response, project teams often conduct a forensic investigation to identify the causes and consequences of these issues. In this presentation, we will discuss the methodology behind building-related forensics and explore recent examples.
May 22, 2018 5:30pm / SGH New York

Exploring Famous Failures and Why They Happened

Speaker(s): Glenn Bell
It is critical that we learn from failures lest we repeat the mistakes that cause them. While analyzing structural failures can involve complex technical and procedural issues, common themes repeat themselves. In this seminar, we will review lessons learned from catastrophic failures and explore the responses to these incidents.