RCI SoCal Chapter - 15th Annual Hawaii Winter Workshop

Posted on March 27, 2015 by Ashley A. McDuffee

At GTG, our A/E professionals actively pursue opportunities to stay current with new construction technology and techniques. Ashley McDuffee, who joined GTG in early 2014 from a building-envelope consulting firm, recently did her part, attending the 15th Annual Hawaii Winter Workshop, RCI SoCal Chapter, on the island of Maui.

Lured by the well-attended networking and educational opportunity—and perhaps in no small measure by the beautiful tropical setting—dozens of architects, engineers, consultants, contractors, and manufacturers, and other industry leaders in roofing, waterproofing, and exterior-wall systems converged at the Westin Maui Resort and Spa Ka'anapali in late January for two days of meetings and workshop sessions.

Topics included water vapor control in wood-frame construction, and the effects of the 2012/2015 ICC code updates on roof design and replacement requirements. Key highlights included the following:

Dennis Spina, AIA, RRC, REWC described lessons learned from the investigation and rehabilitation of the roofing and skylight systems at The Everson Museum of Art, a national landmark building in Syracuse designed by legendary architect I.M. Pei in 1965. Spina discussed the challenge of resolving water-infiltration issues while maintaining the building’s operational performance as a museum, as well as preserving its characteristic aesthetics and design intent.

Charles Saul, GC, RBEC presented the findings of his research and testing of multiple fluid-applied weather- and air-resistive barriers and the resulting implications for their in-place performance. He also reviewed the perceived benefits of using fluid-applied weather barriers over self-adhering sheet-applied membranes for window and door flashings.

Kyle Silliker, PE, RRO led a lively—and timely—discussion of air-barrier-design considerations, in view of the growing trend toward requiring whole-building air testing. He presented data and analysis of air-barrier testing results from 25 buildings of varying construction and building type in the State of Washington.

RCI, Inc. is an international association of building enclosure consultants specializing in design, investigation, repair, and management of roofing, exterior wall, and waterproofing systems.

Ashley A. McDuffee is an active member of RCI and is an RCI-certified Registered Exterior Wall Consultant and a Registered Roof Observer.

Project Highlight - The Nine | Cleveland, OH

Our involvement in The Nine has recently wrapped in Cleveland, Ohio. The project entailed renovation and adaptive reuse of three historic commercial buildings into an interconnected complex containing a hotel, market-rate and affordable apartments, offices, a multi-story upscale grocery (Heinen's), and restaurants. Our client anticipates receipt of historic tax credits for successful compliance with National Park Service (NPS) requirements.

This project is widely recognized as a symbol of the rejuvenation and investment taking place in long depressed stretches of downtown Cleveland.

GTG's efforts, led by Samuel R. Dammers, included an initial assessment, drawing review, and construction monitoring.