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Masonry Facade Inspections – Best Practices and Tips
December 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
Masonry façade inspections are critical to maintaining building enclosure performance and integrity. A façade not inspected and maintained leads to expensive repairs, or more importantly, to life-threatening unsafe conditions. Discover the best practices in masonry façade inspections using The Masonry Society’s guideline TMS 1700-12, Guideline for Masonry Façade Condition Assessment. See examples of how to conduct a façade inspection on an existing building with photos of actual conditions in the field. Learn about how to incorporate investigative techniques into a façade inspection to help guide your diagnosis of façade distress and obtain critical information for designing repairs.
- Explain the critical correlation between a masonry façade investigation and building enclosure performance and integrity.
- Define the best practices in masonry façade investigation as written in the Guideline for Masonry Façade Condition Assessment.
- Describe how to conduct a masonry façade investigation of an actual building and examples of potential findings shown in actual photos.
- Discuss how to incorporate advanced investigative techniques into a masonry façade investigation that guides diagnoses and that obtains critical information to determine façade distress repairs.
About the Presenters
Pamela Jergenson, CCS, CCCA, BECxP, CxA+BE, Senior Building Enclosure Consultant, began at Inspec over 25 years ago, now working in the construction industry for nearly 35 years. Ms. Jergenson is a Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) and Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA). More recently, she became certified as a Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider (BECxP) and a Commissioning Authority + Building Enclosure (CxA+BE) from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Ms. Jergenson also performs duties as a certified Field Auditor for Air Barriers and an Approved Speaker through Air Barrier Association of America. Ms. Jergenson undertakes the entire range of building enclosure services including surveys, investigations, design, contract administration, and construction observation of building enclosures restoration and repairs. Additionally, she performs consulting for exterior walls, air barriers, and through-wall flashings on new construction, including conducting hygrothermal analysis and forensic investigations. Pam has written the first and second editions of the masonry standards for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Other responsibilities include extensive report and specification writing, design document preparation, construction observation, and construction administrative services. Ms. Jergenson also trains Inspec personnel and speaks to various groups on a variety of topics: air barriers, exterior wall forensics and materials, building enclosures, specifications, construction observation, and related building codes.
Michael Schuller, PE, Atkinson-Noland & Associates Consulting Engineers, is president of Atkinson-Noland & Associates, a consulting engineering firm specializing in masonry assessment and retrofit. He has 30 years’ experience with masonry engineering and over 100 publications on concrete and masonry including a book titled “Nondestructive Evaluation and Testing of Masonry Structures.” He taught Masonry Structural Design at the University of Colorado in Boulder from 1999 through 2009 and in 2016. Mr. Schuller serves on the Board of Directors of The Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute and is a Fellow of The Masonry Society and the Association for Preservation Technology.