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Glass Curtain Walls: Design, Engineering, and Performance

 

Understand the fundamentals of glass curtain wall design and explore how to balance the often-competing objectives.

Glass curtain walls are ubiquitous in contemporary building construction. Their design and specification, from standard off-the-shelf systems to highly-customized systems, requires careful understanding of curtain wall components, engineering, and performance requirements. This information will discuss fundamentals of glass curtain wall design and explore how to balance the often-competing objectives of aesthetics, water penetration and wind load resistance, building movement accommodation, solar control, thermal insulation, and condensation management, to name a few. The material will also review advanced analysis tools that facade engineers use to help design, fabricate, install, test, and assure quality for successful, long-term performance. Several case studies and project examples will also be highlighted.

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Joshua B. Kivela, P.E.

Joshua B. Kivela, P.E.

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.

  • Associate Principal with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. in Waltham, MA
  • Has been with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. since 1999
  • Versatile and creative designer of high-performance building envelope systems that require integration of complex glazing, wall, roofing, and waterproofing systems
  • Experienced in the design, investigation, testing, and rehabilitation of curtain walls and other glazing systems
  • Currently working on the $636 million Boston Children’s Hospital Hale Family Building and the 43-story iconic One Congress office tower in Boston, MA
  • Leads annual corporate training program that involves construction and testing of curtain walls, storefronts, and window systems
  • Wrote, “Creative Solutions for Challenging Curtain Wall Conditions,” with D.B. McCowan, RCI Interface, January 2014; and "Lessons Learned from Curtain Wall Failure Investigations,” with D.B. McCowan, RCI Interface, May 2012
  • M.S. degree in mechanical engineering/materials science, Northeastern University; B.S. degree in civil engineering, University of Rhode Island
  • Can be reached at [email protected]
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