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

By: Jeffrey Langlois, Milan Vatovec, Philip Westover, Preston R.

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

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....

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

By: Alec Zimmer, Glenn Bell

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,...

October 30, 2006

Pulling Together

Abstract: The importance of collaboration and teamwork between the architecture and engineer for successful building projects are discussed. This proved true when the engineering firm Simpson Gumpertz and Heger (SGH) worked closely Jeff Peterson...

October 30, 2006

Thermal Bridging in the Building Envelope - Maximizing Insulation Effectiveness through Careful Design

Abstract: The primary purpose of thermal insulation is to reduce conductive heat flow through the building envelope, thereby lowering heating and cooling costs while minimizing the potential of condensation on or within building components....

October 30, 2006

Fiber-Cement Roofing Slates and Shingles

By: Cash, Carl G., Stephen Condren, Werner Gumpertz

Early in the 1980's, manufacturers started to respond to the market desires for a Class A fire-rated steep sloped roofing intensified by fire storms in California where the conventional cedar wood shake roofs were often blamed for the high...