June 1, 2015

New Life with Older Structures

By: David Martin

Undeveloped land on college campuses is precious…and often non-existent. The debate over what to do with older structures comes to the forefront when the need for a change of use or modernization arises. Should you demolish and rebuild, or...

May 28, 2015

U.S. Standards that Support Structural Fire Engineering Practice

Structural systems protected with qualified assemblies according to prescriptive methods may be resistant to heating during fire events, but they are not specifically designed to endure thermal load effects. The emerging field of structural fire...

May 28, 2015

Structural Robustness and Optimization of Steel Frames for Fire Exposure

By: Kevin LaMalva, Allan Jowsey, Yujie Wang

For standard fire resistance design, the architect usually serves as the responsible party for satisfying code requirements for structural fire protection. As such, the architect typically selects qualified fire resistance assemblies from...

May 28, 2015

ASCE/SEI 7 Appendix E Proposal: Performance-Based Design Procedures for Fire Effects on Structures

By: Kevin LaMalva, Therese P. McAllister, Maria E. Moreyra Garlock

The ASCE/SEI Technical Committee on Fire Protection was formed to support professional structural engineers conducting performance-based design of structural systems for fire effects with guidance documents. The Committee saw a need for an ASCE/...

May 28, 2015

Determination of Temperature Histories for Analysis of Structural Response to Fire

By: Kevin LaMalva, Morgan Hurley

Uncontrolled fire exposure represents a low-probability and potentially high-consequence event. The emerging field of structural fire engineering involves the explicit design of structural systems to adequately endure thermal load effects caused...

May 22, 2015

Fire-Resistive Curtain Wall Glazing: A Clear Solution?

The push to maximize the amount of natural daylight to interior spaces has led to an increase in area of glazed surfaces on building walls; in turn, this desire to maximize glazed surface area has been a major driver in the development of fire-...

May 19, 2015

Greggrey Cohen Interviewed for Deferred Maintenance Roundtable

Facilities Maintenance Decisions Magazine interviewed Greggrey G. Cohen for a roundtable article on deferred maintenance. In the article, Gregg and two other experts offer insights into a variety of issues related to the...
May 13, 2015

How Site Conditions and Construction Practices Impact the Performance of Below-Grade Waterproofing Systems

A half-day seminar titled, “Waterproofing Disasters and How to Avoid Them,” sponsored by the CSI East Bay/Oakland Chapter and the AIA East Bay took place at Jack London Square in Oakland on 23 April.  SGH's Andrea Bono and...

May 13, 2015

SWRI Director's Dialogue

The SWR Institute website has a wealth of information, with which we hope you take some time to familiarize yourself.  At our latest meeting in Miami Beach, I had the opportunity to present to the attendees on the current website traffic and...

May 5, 2015

The Boston Molasses Tank Failure of 1919 – A Modern Perspective

Presentation Abstract:

On January 15, 1919, a tank containing over 2 million gallons of molasses burst, sending a wave of thick fluid through the streets of the North End of Boston.  It killed 21 people, drowned several horses and...