CCA is excited to introduce Dr. Michael Mellette, Senior Scientist Occupational and Environmental Health. Mike has 15-plus years of experience in occupational safety and environmental compliance, industrial hygiene, exposure, and risk assessment. As an experienced former U.S. Army helicopter pilot with extensive education and experience in environmental, chemical exposures, industrial safety, Michael is a perfect fit for CCA’s disciplined, team-oriented approach. Michael will be responsible for leading cross-functional teams in investigations related to occupational and environmental health issues as well as safety investigations including accidents.
The process of inspecting the façade or roof of a building is changing. Advances in programming and battery technology have made unmanned aerial vehicles or “drones” both viable and affordable. Engineering and architectural companies are incorporating these tools into the practice of inspecting the façade and roof of structures, surveying large landscapes, and monitoring construction progress. The drone can be used as a tool, in the aforementioned tasks, that can safely produce visual and or thermal data faster at less cost than using tradition means and methods.
The devil is in the details. One year following the completion of a building in the Mid-Western United States, the tile on the exterior had begun to loosen and fall. The tile was selected for commercial-outdoor use, and could withstand freeze-thaw, thermal-shock conditions, and were frost resistant. If the above was true, then what was causing the failure?
Even though women are making their voices heard, depending on the industry, the number of women in leadership positions is still low. Historically the construction industry has always been weighted heavily towards the male gender. In fact, only seven percent of all construction executives are women.
Lynne Funk, R.A., Senior Architect at CCA, LLC.
CCA, LLC is excited to add Lynne Funk, AIA, NCARB, to our growing New York City office as a Senior Architect. Lynne has over 30 years of experience, education, and continued training in Architecture. Lynne brings extensive knowledge of building codes, design standards, building accessibility standards, historic preservation, and construction industry accepted best practices to the CCA team. As a result, Lynne brings decades of unique experience to forensic investigation, reports, and expert opinions, for litigation support, cause and origin studies, and remedial design. In addition to design, Lynne is trained and experienced in construction management and project management.
The decision to replace an existing roof may be the result of an ongoing issue such as water leakage, or proactively replacing it as part of building maintenance. Additional decisions need to be made regarding roof repairs or full replacement including whether or not to over-clad the existing roof or to completely replace it.
Property managers and owners should be ever mindful of and take steps to manage the risks of damage due to a water pipe which has burst due to freezing. More than 20 years ago, The Insurance Institute for Property Loss Reduction (IIPLR) estimated the cost of insured residential construction freeze-related losses exceeded $4 billion over the previous decade. A study conducted in the mid 1990’s (Gordon) noted that the risk of freeze damage was particularly high in the southern states where more mild winter temperatures prompt builders to employ building practices that are insufficient to protect water pipes from exposure to occasional sub-freezing temperatures. Furthermore, unsuspecting property owners may tend to pay less attention to potential damages that can result from water pipes that are only occasionally exposed to freezing temperatures. The IIPLR research work recommended establishing an outdoor temperature alert threshold of 20° F for the southern states. While property owners should be on high alert when outdoor temperatures drop into the low 20’s, the risk of freeze related pipe bursting still exists whenever outdoor temperatures remain significantly below freezing for extended time periods. This is especially true where there are uninsulated pipes directly exposed to outdoor temperatures or there are holes in the exterior shell of a building that allow the outdoor air to impinge directly upon a pipe within or near an exterior wall.
What can be done to reduce the risk of pipe freezing?
Different materials are used in the construction process to ensure the building envelope is air tight and water resistant. Components include water barriers, air barriers, and thermal control layers. While technologies for testing air and water barriers, along with thermal control have evolved over the years, there are still inconsistencies among the different practices used for testing.
Commercial roofs are often subject to high levels of wear and tear due to sun exposure (UV rays), frigid winter temperatures, and unpredictable weather patterns. This wear and tear, many times, leads to roof damage and issues such as leaks. Unfortunately roofs usually do not receive attention until an issue like a leak occurs. As Doug Kramer, author of the article Add decades to your commercial roof life states, “Roofs are the black sheep when it comes to commercial building maintenance.”