January 30, 2007

Fenestration Systems

By: Niklas Vigener, Mark Brown

Abstract: Glazing - The vast majority of new windows, curtain walls and skylights for commercial building construction have insulating glazing for energy efficiency and comfort. This glazing Chapter is complementary to the other fenestration...

December 30, 2006

John Hancock Center scaffold collapse

Abstract: On Saturday, 9 March 2002 at approximately 1:45 p.m., a 100-ft long, suspended scaffold platform fell from the west face of the 100-story John Hancock Center in Chicago, dropping debris along an arc from the northwest corner of the...

December 30, 2006

Traditional Clay Tile Roofing - Investigation and Rehabilitation

Abstract: Traditional clay tile roofs combine both modern and time-proven materials with traditional craftsmanship to produce what can be one of the most durable, aesthetically pleasing, and architecturally distinct steep-slope roofing systems....

December 30, 2006

The Architecture of Winter - Building Against the Season

Abstract: Architects have turned their backs on a robust design sensibility that has evolved across cultures and regions in order to address not only the physical challenge of the winter season, but also its spiritual and emotional challenges....

December 30, 2006

Remediation of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's W33 Cage Building

Abstract: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) W33 Cage Building is a 32,000 square foot athletic facility, located on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The facility is a functional space for many of MIT's athletic...

December 30, 2006

Seismic Site Classification for Structural Engineers

Abstract: Many states and municipalities have adopted the International Building Code (IBC) and, by reference, the seismic provisions in Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE 7-02 and ASCE 7-05). As engineers use these...

November 29, 2006

Practical Means for Energy-based Analyses of Disproportionate Collapse Potential

Abstract: For several decades, the engineering profession has considered techniques to analyze the potential that structures could experience disproportionate collapse and to design them for greater resistance to such collapse. First interest in...

November 29, 2006

Curing the Common Condominium

Abstract: The construction project of Macallen building condominium in Boston is marked by extensive coordination of design and construction team is discussed. The building is conceived by Boston-based Pappas Enterprises and consists of luxury...

November 29, 2006

An Avoidable Tragedy

Abstract: An investigation into the fetal collapse of a scaffold platform on Chicago's John Hancock Center found that project participants failed to adequately meet their responsibilities and avert the disaster....

November 29, 2006

Flashing and Integration (Or Lack Thereof) of Windows with Weather-Resistive Barriers

Abstract: Lack of integration between windows and the building weather-resistive barrier is a systemic problem in many buildings that often leads to leakage within a wall system. Consequences of improper integration typically include leakage,...

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