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May 2014 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
May 6 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

The Science of Masonry: Conservation in Portland

Location: 

Aceh Community Room
Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204

Presenters: 

Dr. Lauren Allsopp

Description: 

This course focuses on historic masonry and critical factors that lead to its degradation, with problems specific to Portland being highlighted. Changes in masonry construction, improper repairs, and the use of inappropriate materials during conservation will be addressed. New and on-site techniques will be discussed for the continued future of historic masonry.

Lauren Allsopp Ph.D. is an expert in historic preservation and Adjunct Professor teaching in the Historic Preservation program at the University of Oregon. She is also Principal of Anthemion International, a consulting firm specializing in the preservation of the built environment. Lauren has taught at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and was a tenured professor at Eastern Michigan University where she taught in the graduate Historic Preservation program. At Eastern, she was Director the RMS Titanic Conservation Laboratories in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Prior to her teaching career, Lauren was the architectural conservator at the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village. She holds a M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Her research focuses on vernacular architecture and the conservation of traditional materials, particularly masonry and mortars. Clients have included the National Park Service, the Hungarian Government, the Gila River Indian Community (Arizona) and R.M.S. Titanic, Inc.

April 2014 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Apr 1 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Curtainwall Products, Performance and Practicality

Location: 

Aceh Community Room
Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204

Presenters: 

Brad Glauser

Description: 

This course will explore different types of aluminum curtainwall systems, their use, and design parameters.

Brad Glauser recently joined forces with Wausau Window & Wall Systems in April 2012. After receiving his education from University of Utah, and being the fourth generation to continue in the in construction industry, he followed his career path into construction management. Along the way he found his knack and love for the commercial glass industry.

He started by cutting his teeth between the Salt Lake City, Denver & Las Vegas markets as an estimator and field manager, his desire to grow lead him to the Northwest. Here, he's worked as a project manager for a national manufacture and glazing installer. This gave him the opportunity to work in various markets in the U.S.; from Virginia to Hawaii, Texas to Alaska, and Oklahoma to Northern California. This broad experience gave him a unique perspective of the required local, state & federal codes, building practices, and installation methods; especially when the Public Sector meets the Private Sector.

Since joining Wausau he has seen a lot of success in being an education source for the design and contracting community. He is passionate and very involved in the design and building community to assist in forwarding the progress and knowledge in further understanding commercial envelope glazing.

March 2014 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Mar 4 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

The Challenge of Understanding Non-Toxic Building Materials

Location: 

Aceh Community Room
Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204

Presenters: 

James Connelly

Description: 

In the quest for durable, long lived building materials the construction industry has relied on products that are often toxic or harmful to the environment and the building occupants. This presentation discusses the Red List of toxic materials and what designers and specifiers can do to replace them. New trends in bio-based technologies will be discussed along with a challenge to the attendees to avoid such materials in their own practice.

James is a green building professional with a broad range of industry experience from design and construction to research and advocacy. He is a graduate from the University of Washington with degrees in Architecture and International Studies. Prior to joining the Institute, James worked on green building projects at the Seattle offices of MulvannyG2 and GGLO. After a trip to Hong Kong in 2008 he became fascinated with the incredible pace in scale of urban development in China and the potential for green building. James is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and recently completed a Fulbright Research fellowship in Beijing on green building evaluation systems in China. James is an avid writer and blogger, and and his research has been featured in news outlets such as China Dialogue and Engineering News Record. He currently manages the Declare, the Institute's building ingredients labeling program.

February 2014 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Feb 4 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Punched Window Selection Criteria

Location: 

Aceh Community Room
Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204

Presenters: 

Sean K. Scott

Description: 

Most punched window selections are based on what the firm or team had on the last project, looks, and price. This course offers performance based selection criteria to add to the selection tools.

Sean is an Architect with Ankrom Moisan Architects that focusses on enclosures within his career. He is presently writing a book entitled "Enclosure Tools" that is created by the industry for the industry. His past speaking engagements have included AIA National, Living Future, and many local venues. Teaching High Performance Enclosures at the University of Oregon Portland School of Architecture feeds into the professional practice and vice-versa.

January 2014 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Jan 7 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Meeting Title: 

Air Barriers: A Panel Discussion

Location: 

Aceh Community Room
Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204

Presenters: 

Ken Roko

Ariel Levy

John O'Brien

Nathan Weibel

Description: 

Today’s design and construction environment is expanding at an increasing rate with product offerings and new technologies leading the push that result in more complicated buildings. The selection and installation of air barrier systems is no stranger to this phenomenon. The technology of sheet applied and fluid applied air barrier systems have progressed at a rapid pace over the last 20 years with so many different product offerings, chemical compositions and installation methods that the choices can seem daunting.

This presentation will involve a panel discussion with members of the panel representing the manufacturing, installation and specification sides of the process. The discussion intends to speak to current state of air barrier technology, the challenges of each type, what’s important from the manufacturing side, design side and applicator side, and what we see for the future. The panel will consist of Ariel Levy of RDH Building Sciences, Nathan Weibel of Henry Company, and John O’Brien of Western Partitions.

December 2013 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Dec 3 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Open Joint Rainscreen Assemblies Design Considerations and Case Studies

Location: 

Aceh Community Room
Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204

Presenters: 

Claude Louvouezo, AIA

Mark Rose

Description: 

Recent years have seen an increased trend towards rainscreen cladding system. These systems typically consist of an exterior cladding, a drainage cavity and a back-up weather resistive barrier. Traditionally in rainscreen cladding designs, the joints in the exterior cladding are sealed to minimize the potential for water intrusion into the drainage cavity with the exceptions of weeps and pressure equalization vents which are generally sheltered from water ingress.

In the open joint rainscreen systems, the joints between the cladding elements are intentionally left open.

This presentation will discuss the implications of open joints for the performance of rainscreen systems. Various approaches to the design of open joint raDeinscreen cladding systems will be reviewed. Two construction case studies demonstrating successful and unsuccessful implementation of the open joint rainscreen concept in the field will be presented.

Claude works as a Building Envelope Specialist in the Building and Facilities Division of Morrison Hershfield in Portland. He completed post-graduate architectural studies focusing on building technology. He developed an expertise in the design, detailing and construction oversight of building envelope assemblies and has been involved with all aspects of building envelope services.

Mark Rose is Technical Lead for Building and Facilities Division of Morrison Hershfield in Portland. He is a building technologist specialized in building envelope assessment, design, rehabilitation and field review. Before coming to MH, Mark was employed as a contractor and oversaw the rehabilitation of a variety of distressed buildings resulting from water intrusion issues. He also has expertise on the investigation, assessment and conservation of historical buildings.

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