Custom Facade System Design

Date: September 26, 2019 6:00pm
Location: Maggiano's Little Italy, Houston, TX
Speaker(s): Scott Bondi
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Thursday, September 26, 2019
Maggiano’s Little Italy
2019 Post Oak Boulevard
Houston, TX 77056
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Registration & Networking
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Presentation & Discussion
7:30 - 8:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception
aiaParticipants 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.


Designing custom glazing systems – such as structural glass walls or unitized curtain walls – is a complex task that varies widely from project to project, often depending on architectural goals and constraints. As with standard systems, designers often first consider performance criteria such as wind loads, wind-driven rain resistance, and thermal performance. In each case, there are fabrication limits and installation constraints, which can affect allowable system types. In this presentation, we will examine a case study to explore the process of building enclosure design for custom glazed curtain walls from start to finish, including considerations for architectural, enclosure engineering, and energy impacts.
After attending this seminar, participants will be able to:
  • Understand the factors that are important to consider in designing a glazed system.
  • Identify the analytical steps required for designing a custom glazed system.
  • Recognize the important aspects of documenting the design of custom glazing systems.
  • Identify key conditions in a custom glazing system that need detailed documentation and analysis.


scott bondiScott N. Bondi, Ph.D., P.E. | Associate Principal 
Scott Bondi has extensive experience in building enclosure design, specializing in building science and numerical analysis. Scott consults on both new construction and historic renovation projects, from conceptual design through construction administration, applying his specific expertise in curtain wall and custom glazing systems. In addition, he is experienced in providing forensic engineering services and expert witness support for both building enclosure and mechanical systems. Scott uses a variety of advanced tools, including computational fluid dynamics and finite element analysis, to support his design and investigative work. Scott is an adjunct professor at The Cooper Union, where he has lectured and developed courses in finite element techniques, computational fluid dynamics, and solid mechanics since 2007.
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