Hurricane Ties - Keeping the Lid On

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 21, 2017 10:00:00 AM / by Kenneth R Quigley, PE

With the 2017 hurricane season coming to an end Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria affected large parts of the USA and Caribbean.  Examples of roof uplift can be found in numerous structures. If a roof is not properly tied down the entire roof structure can be blown away as in this photograph from St. Thomas.

When hurricanes or high winds strike buildings the roofs can be sucked upward in the same manner as an airplane wing.  In extreme cases the entire roof structure can get sucked off the building.  Newer, hurricane-resistant structures incorporate hurricane ties - metal straps which attach the roof securely to the main part of the house below.  Parts of the house are also tied together all of the way down to the foundation providing a path for the roof uplift forces all the way to the foundation.  Without these ties, strong winds will make quick work of a roof. 

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Mold in walls after a hurricane or flooding

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 19, 2017 4:00:00 PM / by Robert Pfeifer, AIA

Excessive growth of mold can destroy building materials and also cause health problems.

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Water Damage During Construction

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 11, 2017 3:55:00 PM / by Robert Pfeifer, AIA

 

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Increasing Demand for Hotels keeps Construction Boom Going

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 5, 2017 10:50:00 AM / by Mark McGivern

The hotel business continues to reach new heights with greater and greater demand for more occupancy. As such, developers continue to build and open new hotels across the country. 

In fact, according to a recent article in National Real Estate Investor, the number of new hotel rooms planned for this year is up 9% as of the end of September. 

Room demand is at an all time high. "The U.S. hotel industry - through August - has sold more rooms than ever before." This is mostly due to the U.S. economy being relatively strong: "Healthy corporate profits continue to create demand for business travel. And because unemployment is relatively low and the purchasing power of many families is strong, consumers continue to travel for leisure. The damage created by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma also inflated the demand for hotel rooms in Texas and Florida, as people whose homes were damaged needed to find other places to stay."

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Using Metal Panels to Stand Up to Hurricanes

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 18, 2017 2:00:00 PM / by Kenneth R Quigley, PE

In areas of the U.S. prone to being hit by hurricanes, like Florida, it is critical that buildings are constructed to stand up to the strength of storms.

Weather-resistant Metal Paneling is one application that is currently being used to withstand the potential damage caused by hurricanes.

According to a recent article in The Construction Specifier, Orlando Veteran Affairs Medical Center, located in a region with a 40% risk of encountering a hurricane, has installed more than 245,000 sf of weather-resistant metal walls, tested to withstand winds from a Category 3 hurricane

As stated in the article, the building features thermal efficiency, moisture control, and weather resistance suitable for the hurricane risk in Orlando, the panels are pressure-equalized along horizontal joints. Insulated metal vertical (IMV) joints are also employed, improving visual appeal by creating the illusion of an uninterrupted façade and minimizing both streaking and staining. All panels used are 22-gage and feature foamed-in-place cores to minimize gaps in insulation.

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Protecting Infrastructures from Major Floods

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 14, 2017 4:00:00 PM / by Kenneth R Quigley, PE

Flooding has dominated much of the news in recent years and this hurricane season it seems to be even more prevalent. The impact of this flooding is greater due to growing infrastructure and the rapid rate that new construction is going up.

Concrete is the modern world’s most commonly used building material however century-old concrete structures are outlasting modern concrete structures erected in the last 50-years. Why? One factor is the way in which the buildings are reinforced. According to a recent article in The Construction Specifier, instead of using solid stone, most U.S. infrastructure is constructed of reinforcing steel embedded within poured concrete. As the priorities of construction methods shift to increase productivity and streamline scheduling, long-term durability often takes a backseat.

The following article provides case studies about different reinforcement methods being employed to protect against major flooding. Read more.

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CCA adds Structural Engineer

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 12, 2017 11:00:00 AM / by Mark McGivern

CCA is pleased to welcome John O'Rourke, Structural Engineer

With deep expertise in residential, commercial, and industrial engineering, John O’Rourke has recently joined CCA’s New York City office as a Structural Engineer.

Mr. O’Rourke’s experience in the roles of Structural Engineer and Project Engineer have spanned across a multitude of residential, commercial, and industrial engineering projects. His direct experience is the result of working within engineering groups consisting of Civil, Structural, Architectural, Building Mechanical, Electrical and Process Piping Engineering Departments.

In addition to his background in engineering, Mr. O’Rouke has gained in depth design experience. His designs include: structural steel buildings, seismic design, shallow foundations, wood structures and buildings, and masonry. Additionally, he has provided special designs for retaining structures and avalanche shielding structures.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CCA LLC/The CCA Group announces an alliance with The Center for Toxicology & Environmental Health (CTEH)

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 1, 2017 10:04:08 PM / by Diana Bass

SERVING INSURANCE AND LEGAL ENTITIES, AND OWNERS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY AN ALLIANCE TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE ENGINEERING, CONSTRUCTION, AND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES IS FORMED

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CCA adds Senior Architect

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 29, 2017 11:00:00 AM / by Mark McGivern

CCA is pleased to welcome Daniel Hogan, RA, AIA

Daniel Hogan has recently joined CCA’s New York City office as a Senior Architect and brings with him nearly 30 years of experience overseeing complex construction and forensic architecture.

As a licensed design professional, Daniel J. Hogan excels at providing expert forensic architectural analysis in situations where site or building systems have failed or have been damaged.  In addition to architectural knowledge of all building systems and construction, Dan has extensive experience in roof systems, waterproofing systems, and other aspects of building construction including interior finishes, plumbing systems, and structural systems.

Mr. Hogan has provided expert opinion as it relates to understanding important aspects of cases involving death or injury related to the built environment and applicable codes, statutes, regulations, construction, design practices, and accepted engineering standards.

His career has included a focus on practical field experience and construction administration of complex construction with special technical expertise in the areas of roofing, waterproofing, New York City construction, and site design.  Dan has effectively managed and coordinated the work of sub-consultant structural, mechanical, electrical, and site engineers as well as numerous specialty consultants.

 

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If All Else Fails – Communicate Effectively!

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 16, 2017 12:37:00 PM / by John R. Manning, PE, CCM, LEED

 

Many projects often bring to mind the famous line from Cool Hand Luke – “What we've got here is a failure to communicate.”

 

One of the definitions of communication from Merriam Webster Dictionary is “a technique for expressing ideas effectively.” On today’s projects, everyone on the project seems to be communicating, whether that be talking, emailing and/or sending correspondence, but the reality is that no effective communication is occurring. Many times, project participants are overwhelmed with the amount of correspondence and get extremely defensive of their positions, especially if they miss something. We may not have a failure to communicate but it appears many times that we have a failure to communicate EFFECTIVELY.

So how do we address this failure to communicate effectively??? I still remember one of my first classes on public speaking where the professor laid out a simple yet effective outline for a speech. He said in the Opening you tell them what you plan on speaking about; then in the Body you tell them what you are speaking about; and, finally, in the Conclusion you tell them what you told them! This has been shown to be an extremely effective means of communicating in speech to inform someone of a topic.

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