BEC-Baltimore Event: June 14, 2016

Glass Curtain Walls: Design, Engineering, and Performance

Glass curtain walls are everywhere in contemporary building construction. Their design and specification, from standard “off-the-shelf” systems to highly-customized systems, requires careful understanding of curtain wall components, engineering, and performance requirements. In this presentation, we will discuss fundamentals of glass curtain walls, and the balance between the often competing objectives of aesthetics, keeping the water out, resisting wind loads, accommodating building movements, providing adequate solar control, and maintaining thermal insulation while managing risks of condensation, to name a few. We will also discuss some of the advanced analysis tools used by façade engineers in the design of curtain walls, curtain wall fabrication, installation, testing, and other quality assurance measures used to ensure their successful, long-term building envelope performance.

Learning Objectives:

  1. After attending this presentation, participants will be able to understand the basic components of curtain wall systems.
  2. After attending this presentation, participants will be able to understand the typical design, engineering, and performance requirements of curtain walls.
  3. After attending this presentation, participants will be able to understand the typical laboratory performance mockup and field testing of curtain walls.
  4. After attending this presentation, participants will be able to understand the typical fabrication and installation of curtain walls.

This event is FREE.

Presenter:
John A. Jackson, AIA
Senior Staff II, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

John A. Jackson is a member of SGH’s Building Technology group in the Washington DC office. John graduated from Penn State University with degrees in both architecture and structural engineering and has more than 11 years of experience in facade design. He applies his technical and creative skills to the design of innovative façade systems, having worked on a variety of projects both domestically and abroad, with particular expertise in unitized curtain walls, double skin facades, and structural glass. Mr. Jackson has given numerous presentations on facade design and engineering, is actively involved in guest lectures and mentoring at his alma mater, and is a member of the ASTM Task Group on the Structural Use of Glass in Buildings.

AIA_Logo Attendees eligible to receive 1 AIA Learning Unit.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Ayers Saint Gross Architects and Planners
1040 Hull Street, Suite 100, Baltimore, MD

Driving Directions to ASG Baltimore

6:00-8:00pm presentation. Educational program begins promptly at 6:30pm.

This event is free. Please register via Eventbrite. Space is limited.

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