Managing the impact of winter storms on the building enclosure begins long before the weather turns cold. While some snow- and ice-related problems can be prevented through routine maintenance, such as keeping drains clear, others require foresight and planning to overcome. In this presentation, participants will investigate common winter woes, along with suggested preventive measures that could have averted the damage, deterioration, and dangerous conditions wrought by cold weather.
Problems ranging from ice dams at roof eaves to deicing chemical damage present participants with the opportunity to consider not only the characteristic symptoms of the issue, but also possible causes. Often, what works as a preventive measure can also be effective as a remedial solution, so those facilities currently suffering the effects of winter damage can discover potential strategies for combatting problems already underway. Each building and circumstance is unique, so addressing falling snow and ice, snow loads, flooding, heaving, snow removal, and other concerns demands a nuanced approach. The appropriate winter weather plan likely involves some combination of the strategies outlined in this presentation, customized to the situation.
Presenter: Lawrence E. Keenan, AIA, PE
Senior Vice President and Director, Engineering with Hoffmann Architects, Inc., an architecture and engineering firm specializing in the rehabilitation of building exteriors. Both a licensed structural engineer and a registered architect, Keenan has been solving design problems in garages, facades, and plazas with Hoffmann Architects for 20 years. As manager of the firm’s Connecticut office, he develops solutions to resolve design flaws, material failures, fabrication issues, and the effects of time and weather at structures ranging from tall office towers to below-grade parking garages. He also provides forensic analysis and litigation support, including investigative reporting and expert testimony. Pioneering in his work, Keenan holds two patents for innovative seismic connection designs that prevent and remediate structural failures at precast parking garage decks. He may be reached at email@example.com
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