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March 2020 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Mar 3 2020 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Deconstructing the Masonry Wall: A methodology for wall design specifically for the Northwest

Location: 

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

Presenters: 

Tonia Sorrell-Neal

Description: 

This course takes a detailed look at the basic decision-making process for walls in the pre-design and early design stages. Attendees will learn a design approach that quickly and systematically takes them through a series of micro-decisions on a small number (eight or fewer) of subassemblies of the wall, resulting in a well informed system design as well as reviewing The 2018 Masonry Systems Guide, Northwest Edition which standardizes best practices for masonry wall systems design and construction specific to the climate and building conditions in the nortwest. This presentation will introduce the guide's 8 primary masonry based wall systems which include anchored and adhered veneers and structural CMU walls as well as wood and steel backups for each. Also included in the guide and the presentations are costing and budgeting information, thermal requirements and weatherproofing and specifications.

This session will use examples of walls from real projects and walk the audience through the uniquely swift linear decision-making process. It will also discuss development of a wall taxonomy, the curation of a Wall Systems Library, and opportunities for BIM integration.

Tonia Sorrell-Neal serves as the Executive Director of the Masonry Institute of Washington, a statewide construction trade association representing masonry contractors, manufacturers and suppliers; working with brick, block, stone, marble, restoration, PCC and tile. Tonia has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry as an association director and legislative liaison.

Tonia began her career in the construction industry in 1993 at the law firm of Brown Todd & Heyburn, LLC focusing on construction defect litigation. In 1996, she transitioned to association representation as government affairs director, legislative liaison and member services for the general contractor, subcontractor and homebuilding industries and served in this capacity until taking over as Executive Director of WSCMC in 2008.

She is past president of the Washington Construction Industry Council and a United State Green Building Council certified LEED AP. She participates in the Association of Washington Business Education and Government Affairs Committees and is a 2005 recipient of the AWB Heavy Hitter Award for leadership. She is also a masonry industry representative for the Western State Clay Products Association, the Masonry Executives Council and the Western Washington Masonry Trades Joint Apprenticeship Training Council.

Tonia is an alumnus from the University of Louisville, Ball State University; and Portland Culinary Institute.

February 2020 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Feb 4 2020 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Meeting Title: 

Structural Glass Design of the Seattle Space Needle

Location: 

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

Presenters: 

Richard Green

Description: 

In this presentation, Richard will share the design principles being developed for the ASTM Structural Use of Glass standard, how they were implemented on the Seattle Space Needle, and how these new standards will allow architects and engineers to achieve bolder designs with lower risks.

Richard Green is the founder and owner of Green Facades LLC, a specialist facade consultancy, design and engineering service in Seattle WA. With 30 years’ experience. Richard has projects in over 20 different countries covering a wide range of building types, including: high rise, museums, airports, concert halls and opera houses, university facilities, hotels and residences. He has worked with some of the most notable and award-winning architects around the globe, including Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Foster and Partners, Zaha Hadid, Shigeru Ban and OMA. A selection of his favorite projects on which he has worked recently include: the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center by Renzo Piano in Athens, Greece; Brookfield Place Calgary with AFK/Dialog 10 Hudson Yards with KPF; designing the world’s largest point-fixed glass wall forming the world’s largest glass enclosed volume for Helmut Jahn’s Bangkok Airport; The Spheres for Amazon with NBBJ and the renovation of the iconic Seattle Space Needle with Olson Kundig.

Richard is also an international expert in glass design. He is currently the technical chair for the ASTM Structural Glass Committee, having also participated in the writing of the Australia Glass Standard (AS-1288), the ASTM Window Glass Standard (E-1300), and is a guest expert with participation in Eurocode 11 for Structural Glass Design. He also currently represents the United States on ISO committees.

January 2020 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Jan 7 2020 - 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Meeting Title: 

Portland Airport: Sustainability in the Concourse E Expansion

Location: 

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

Presenters: 

Mike Meade

Description: 

The Portland Airport Concourse E extension extends Concourse E more than 800 feet. The project adds several new gates, passenger concessions, and other amenities while creating improved regional flight ground loading facilities and airline operational spaces.

Poised as an impactful gateway to the airport, the extension is designed to be complementary in materials and form to the existing concourse. Taking advantage of its orientation, the project features a sweeping window wall that washes the interior spaces with daylight. Inside, the public areas feature a welcoming and durable palette of regionally inspired materials. Soft lighting balances abundant daylight to give passengers an intuitive sense of place and connection to the outside, while also meeting universal design goals. The project is pursuing a high level of LEED certification and using Energy Trust of Oregon incentives to guide its environmentally responsible design, in alignment with the Port of Portland’s sustainability goals.

Mike Meade from Hennebery Eddy Architects will discuss how the team used innovative techniques to provide a high-performance enclosure for a client that will have changing needs for interior spaces. Highlights include an adaptable curtainwall for interior tenants, daylighting large spaces without skylights, bird safe glass, glare control, and curtainwall mounted exterior lighting.

December 2019 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Dec 3 2019 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Designing Resilient Buildings and Communities

Location: 

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

Presenters: 

Tom Young, PE

Description: 

This program addresses the importance of resilient building design and how it differs from green building design. It covers the resilient qualities of concrete masonry products and wall systems.

Tom Young is Executive Director of the Northwest Concrete Masonry Association and a Fellow of The Masonry Society. He is a graduate of the University of Utah and has over 40 years’ experience working in the masonry industry. Tom is a member of the Structural Engineers Associations of Idaho, Washington and Oregon, and is co-chair of the Structural Design Task Group of the Masonry Alliance for Codes and Standards. He is also a member of the ASTM Committee C-15 on masonry materials.

Tom has presented at numerous conferences and meetings. He serves as a guest lecturer at several northwest universities in the colleges of architecture and engineering. He has co-authored several papers based on structural masonry research and written technical articles for industry publications.

November 2019 Monthly Meeting Cancelled

Time: 
Nov 5 2019 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Structural Glass Design of the Seattle Space Needle

Location: 

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

Presenters: 

Richard Green

Description: 

In this presentation, Richard will share the design principles being developed for the ASTM Structural Use of Glass standard, how they were implemented on the Seattle Space Needle, and how these new standards will allow architects and engineers to achieve bolder designs with lower risks.

Richard Green is the founder and owner of Green Facades LLC, a specialist facade consultancy, design and engineering service in Seattle WA. With 30 years’ experience. Richard has projects in over 20 different countries covering a wide range of building types, including: high rise, museums, airports, concert halls and opera houses, university facilities, hotels and residences. He has worked with some of the most notable and award-winning architects around the globe, including Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Foster and Partners, Zaha Hadid, Shigeru Ban and OMA. A selection of his favorite projects on which he has worked recently include: the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center by Renzo Piano in Athens, Greece; Brookfield Place Calgary with AFK/Dialog 10 Hudson Yards with KPF; designing the world’s largest point-fixed glass wall forming the world’s largest glass enclosed volume for Helmut Jahn’s Bangkok Airport; The Spheres for Amazon with NBBJ and the renovation of the iconic Seattle Space Needle with Olson Kundig.

Richard is also an international expert in glass design. He is currently the technical chair for the ASTM Structural Glass Committee, having also participated in the writing of the Australia Glass Standard (AS-1288), the ASTM Window Glass Standard (E-1300), and is a guest expert with participation in Eurocode 11 for Structural Glass Design. He also currently represents the United States on ISO committees.

October 2019 Monthly Meeting

Time: 
Oct 1 2019 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Meeting Title: 

Moisture Reduction Strategies for Building Envelopes

Location: 

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

Presenters: 

Wade Vorley

Description: 

Building envelope standards and practices have evolved over the past few decades in response to increased energy efficiency goals and a better understanding of Building Science. New materials, systems, and methods have been developed that reduce air leakage through building envelopes. Thermal protection requirements have increased and continuous insulation is often detailed better to avoid thermal bridges. A properly designed, detailed, and installed building envelope assembly utilizing these new products, systems, and standards will typically perform as expected, reduce energy usage, and provide a durable and long lasting building envelope assembly.

However, what if the installation is imperfect and air leakage occurs, or excessive moisture is introduced during construction? What if future wall or roof leaks cause water to become trapped within the assemblies? What if the components degrade over time and no longer fulfill their purpose? We have investigated many building envelope failures and found that air barrier, roofing, and waterproofing perfection is challenging to achieve. In some cases, moisture collects within the building envelope assemblies and needs to be removed

The goal of this course is to outline potential strategies to reduce or evacuate moisture from building envelopes without wholesale replacement. To accomplish this, the course will present case studies of a few existing buildings and new construction where we installed moisture monitoring data loggers to evaluate initial conditions and verify moisture reduction over time. The data loggers collected five-minute data for temperature, relative humidity, and moisture content and have been in place for over six years in some buildings. Moisture reduction methods in these studies include added thermal protection to reduce interior condensation, modification of heating and HVAC systems, and air movement strategies including directional fans, dehumidification, and in one case a roof ventilation system utilizing induction and exhaust fans. The success of these strategies was verified with empirical data.

Wade Vorley is an architect and registered roofing consultant at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE). Prior to joining WJE, Mr. Vorley worked as a roof installer, supervisor, project manager, and cost estimator for a roofing contractor in the Pacific Northwest. He has a master’s degree from UC Berkeley, focuses on building envelope investigation and design; and provides condition surveys, field investigations, repair designs, peer reviews, and litigation support. Mr. Vorley is published in trade journals, presents AIA accredited seminars, and conducts research. He has presented technical papers at the 2011 NRCA Symposium in Washington, D.C., the 2013 Waterproof Membranes Conference in Dusseldorf, Germany, the 2018 RCI Convention in Houston TX, and the 2018 ASTM E06/D08 Symposium in Washington D.C.

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