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...

May 5, 2015

Construction Techniques for Architectural Concrete

Amy L. Hackney and James A. McDonald published the second part of their two-part article in the April 2015 issue of Concrete Construction.  The article is titled, “Construction Techniques for Architectural Concrete,”...

April 29, 2015

The Critical Barriers

The most common source of building enclosure failure is moisture and the consequences range from a visible, isolated water leak to...

April 23, 2015

Restoring the MIT Great Dome and Barker Library Rotunda

By: Peter Babaian, Carl Jay, Benjamin E. Markham, Gary Tondorf Dick

Fewer iconic buildings exist than the Great Dome on the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  In the 1940s, MIT covered the oculus in the dome, dimming the beauty of the original design.  More than 60 yrs later, MIT...

April 23, 2015

Achieving Comfort: Energy Model Validation of a Historic Building Renovation

By: Jason Der Ananian, Ben Jorgensen

Deferred maintenance, occupant comfort, and the pursuit of carbon footprint reduction are some motivating factors for building owners to renovate existing and historic buildings.  Renovations may include replacing fenestration, adding...

April 17, 2015

What Facility Managers Need to Understand about Ice Dams

Jeffry J. Ceruti and Cory R. Brett coauthored a digital article for Building Operating Management Magazine titled, “What Facility Managers Need to Understand about Ice Dams.”  This article covers various strategies for preventing...