Curtain wall systems are the protective skin of a building. These systems shield the structural core and occupants from the elements and transfer wind loads to the primary building structure. Appearing first in 1918, they have evolved tremendously over the years. Extensive facade engineering experience is required to address the diverse issues that arise in the many different existing systems and the numerous factors that cause deterioration or failure of those systems when performing curtain wall inspections.
We provide many curtain wall assessments and services, from examining a particular area or envelope component that has failed or deteriorated, to full-building curtain wall analysis, including component assessment, life cycle implications, and performance. Our technical expertise in various building types, ages, and construction systems allows us to present a range of options for building owners and managers, taking into account structural concerns, fiscal implications, and implementation strategies. We also have the design experience to bring a unique understanding to the analysis and repair process. Our engineers understand that forces such as wind, seismic, gravity, and movement due to deformations and displacements might be the unseen cause of panel, frame, or sealant problems.
We uncover the root causes of deterioration or failure through field examination and testing. In close consultation with our clients and partners, we construct repair strategies unique to a client’s physical building, budgetary constraints, and work schedule.