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Construction Disasters Symposium 2018

A CSI East Bay / RCI Northern California / AIA East Bay Program

Friday, April 20, 2018
Cost: Early Bird (before 4/1): $195; After 4/1: $220; After 4/15: $245; Students: $30
Cost includes breakfast and box lunch.
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8am- 8:30am: Registration

8:30am- 9:30am
Joe Pinon & Erin Andes, RDH Building Science, Inc.
Learning from Stucco Failures: The Importance of Drainage & How Changes in the Energy
Code are Complicating Stucco Installations

In this presentation, we will explain the building science behind cement plaster and why, due to energy code improvements, it is more difficult for the cement plaster to perform well now than it was in the past. We will use case studies to highlight the significance of controlling water intrusion, air leakage, heat loss, and condensation risk. We will discuss various failure types including cracks, water intrusion, corrosion, and complications caused by continuous insulation. We will also apply the lessons learned and show how to use the concepts of drainage and control layers to improve assemblies and detailing.

9:30am- 10:30am
Chris Nelson, Technical Roof Services
Water Intrusion Damage in a Supercomputer Facility

Damage investigations and subsequent repair recommendations originated from the designers and contractors failure to properly address the detailing and installation challenges, including the inter phase of the roof expansion joints and base of the curtain wall to prevent water intrusion. Furthermore the expected seismic movement was inadequately accommodated and did not provide floor to floor fire protection. The project required extensive interior protection, coordinating with worried computer scientists, cutting and redoing the bottom of the curtain wall, installing a fire blanket lower in the joint, installing a properly shaped and sized expansion joint, providing adequately sized and configured sealant joints, providing functioning weeps, some roof repairs and finally passing the required water tests.

10:30am- 10:55am: Break

10:55am- 11:55am
Dean Larsen & Ivan Chak, Larsen/ Zienkiewicz, Inc.
Lessons Learned in Moisture Related Problems – Three Project Case Studies

The presentation will focus on three separate project case studies where moisture related problems
occurred in the roof, walls, or waterproofing. The first case study involves internal air pressurization, vapor retarder, and air barrier design with respect to roofing and walls. The second case involves hygrothermal performance of an insulated roof on an industrial facility. The third case study reviews exterior expansion joint integration with waterproofing. Each case study will include a review of the failure mechanism, recommendation for repair, and new design.

11:55am- 12:35pm: Lunch Break

12:35pm- 1:35pm
Mike Hilliard, AIA, Hilliard Architects
Accessibility Disasters Will Crush You and Empty Your Errors and Omission Insurance

Accessibility disasters can crush the lives of alternately enabled people who are denied access to public accommodations or housing. Accessibility disasters will also empty a design professional’s Errors-and omissions insurance policy limits and cost the professional a substantial amount of unpaid time dealing with litigation. The “win-win” solution is for everyone in the construction industry to become aware of the requirements for accessibility so that our built environment becomes more accessible to the alternately enabled. Accessibility regulations and their enforcement are extremely complex. This one hour presentation will give you an understanding of the complexity of both regulations and their enforcement.

1:35pm- 2:35pm
Gary Weaver, Atlas Consulting, Inc.
Death by a Thousand Cuts – Failures in Quality Control and Quality Assurance, Where
Contractors, Owners, and Their Inspectors Don’t Inspect

A review of simple systematic failures on three new construction projects, each valued at more than 50 million dollars and all with disastrous results:
1) Sprayed polyurethane foam and coating.
2) Conventional insulated built-up roofing.
3) Fluid-applied air barriers and metal wall panels.

The specifications on each project failed to provide robust inspection protocols but the Contractors, their Sub- Contractors, and full time compliance with the construction documents, applicable code requirements, manufacturer’s installation independent QA Observers all failed to coordinate in providing guidelines and the industry standards necessary to provide a weather resistant assembly.

2:35pm- 3pm: Break

3pm- 4pm
Phil Dregger, PE, RRC- Pacific Building Consultants
Hurricane Maria – Tips for Investigating Not So Obvious Wind Damage

When a roof covering is hanging off the edge of a building, you don’t need a rocket scientist to tell you that it has been damaged by the wind. But what about a roof that is still in place but has a few holes and funny looking “humps”? Is it wind damaged, and perhaps more importantly how extensive is the wind damage? This presentation will review several roofs in Puerto Rico where wind damage was not so obvious but more extensive than originally thought.

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Concrete Disasters

Presented by East Bay / Oakland Chapter CSI / Cosponsored by AIA East Bay

Friday, November 17, 2017
Cost: $95
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Four presentations on different types of concrete failures. Case studies of what went wrong, why it went wrong and how to make sure it doesn’t go wrong again.

About the Presenters:

Cruz Carlos, Jr. PhD, PE & Dr. Shakhzod Takhirov
Concrete Structures – Disasters and Failures

Christine Diosdado, P.E., Associate Principal – Building Technology
Floor Failures: Measuring and Mitigating Moisture in Concrete Slabs

Jose E. Mendoza, P.E
Do’s & Donts in Concrete Reinforcing Steel

Fari Barzegar, Ph.D., P.E.
Cracking of Terrazzo Shower Pans: Investigation of Installation, Testing & Computer Simulations

The Construction Specification Institute is a national organization of Architects, Engineers, Specifiers and Owner’s Representatives dedicated to the advancement of building information management and education of project teams.

Design Detail Disasters

a CSI East Bay & RCI Northern CA event. Co-sponsored by AIA East Bay

Friday, April 21, 2017
8:30am-4pm  doors open at 8am
1405 Clay Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Registration Fee (all proceeds to benefit CSI and RCI):
Early Bird Sign Up: $175
after 3/15/17: $200
after 4/15/17: $225
Students: $30

Complimentary breakfast, box lunch and afternoon snacks will be provided

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Morning Schedule and Program
8:00AM- 8:30AM Registration

8:30AM- 9:30AM Ann Coleman – Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Small Design Error Causes Big Disaster
Wood-framed medical office building case study of six-year old building with chronic water infiltration since construction. The roofing was identified as the original source and replaced. Six years of investigations and remedial repairs for additional leakage missed the small, but easily overlooked, design error that led to widespread wood deterioration. With the involvement of a proactive and highly motivated owner, the building was repaired and involved parties settled their differences within a year.

9:30AM- 10:30AM Paul Goetz – Aquatech Consultancy, Inc.
Moisture Management: It Should Be So Simple, So Why Is It So Hard?
Some construction mistakes take years to manifest, while others become apparent in a very short time. Water intrusion, in the form of liquid or vapor, is responsible for close to 70% of construction defect litigation. Why is it so hard to do it right the first time? Is there a common thread to the leak issue? Are the errors committed by the usual suspects? Who are the usual suspects? Paul will discuss three projects that soon after completion exhibited moisture problems. Two of the projects, a multi-unit vacation resort and a single family residence, ended up in litigation. The moisture problems in the third example, an apartment building, was addressed by the builder.

10:30AM- 10:55AM Morning Break

10:55AM- 11:55AM Gerson Bers – ABBAE
Public Enemy #1: Pre-formed Metal Form Edges For Elevated Wood Framed Pedestrian
For nearly 30 years, ABBAE’s forensic and design teams have identified and corrected damage to wood framed pedestrian deck structures caused by the use of the prefabricated concrete edge form generically known as “Con-Form”. “Con-Form” edges are a convenience for placing concrete at the edge of an elevated deck, but create havoc with waterproofing assemblies. This presentation describes what a “Con-Form” edge is, how it is typically used, damages resulting from improper waterproofing conditions created by “Con-Form” edges, and several approaches to correctly detailing exposed wood frame pedestrian deck edges.

Afternoon Schedule and Program
11:55AM- 12:35PM Lunch Break

12:35PM- 1:35PM Annie K. Lo, AIA, LEED AP – Walker Restoration Consultants
Plaza Appearance and Membrane Adherence
Annie Lo will provide an overview of a plaza project for a major housing complex in San Francisco, which is going through a second waterproofing remediation. Design concepts related to the landscaping layout, waterproofing system, expansion joints, and overall phasing from the original construction and first remediation will be evaluated and discussed with the audience. Walker’s repair concept and details will be shared for the current remediation, as well as approximations of construction costs that could have been avoided had the original design and previous remediation been approached differently. Challenges presented by the existing plaza deck configuration and unforeseen conditions during the construction will also be assessed as factors that impacted the design details and the remediation budget.

1:35PM- 2:35PM Joe Pinon – RDH Building Science, Inc.
Designing for Rain Exposure: Example Lab “Tested” Systems and Details that Failed
A structural engineer would never design a column or beam without first understanding the actual loads that the member will experience in-service. Unfortunately, building enclosures (e.g., facades, roofs, below-grade waterproofing, and windows) are too often selected from a catalog, website, or based on an ASTM test, without first understanding the actual loads the system or detail will experience in-service, or the differences between its in-service exposure and how it was tested. In this presentation, Joe Piñon will show examples of lab “tested” systems and details that failed in-service due to not accounting for the actual rain exposure and load in the design. Example failures include a rainscreen façade installed on an inclined wall, Code approved low-slope vented roofs and cement plaster exterior walls, custom window systems, and flashing details that create weak links in what might otherwise be a design that works.

2:35PM- 3:00PM Afternoon Break
3:00PM- 4:00PM Jeff Chen, AIA, LEED AP, Phillip Kelleher, AIA, Erica Reynolds –
Avoiding Weak Design: The Architect’s Responsibility
In 1987, Rosenberg McGinnis was retained by Milton Meyer & Co. to investigate on-going leaks at Five Fremont Center. The leaks had been investigated and repaired a number of times since 1983, less than a year after construction began. The report prepared by Rosenberg McGinnis documents their independent observations and recommendations. What started out as a simple observation of water leakage turned into a litigation case spanning a length of ten years. This presentation will uncover the architect’s responsibility to avoid weak points in the original design in order to elude unneeded headache after the project is over.

About the Presenters:

Ann Coleman, Associate Principal and Unit Manager, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
Ann Coleman is a building enclosure consultant for new and distressed enclosure systems—for laboratories, hospital buildings, museums, and office buildings. Ms. Coleman applies her project experience and professional interests to technical presentations and publications including topics related to common causes of construction defects, building reuse, historic and new cast stone, concrete floor slab moisture issues, fenestration, waterproofing, and construction detailing.

Paul Goetz, President, Aquatech Consultancy, Inc.
Paul Goetz has over 35 years of practical and diverse waterproofing and construction experience in the areas of project management, contracting, specification preparation, estimating, and forensic consulting. For ten years, he was the president of one of the Bay Area’s largest waterproofing, industrial seamless-flooring, and specialty roofing companies. He is recognized by his peers, developers, and architects as an authority on waterproof design, material selection and detailing.

Gerson Bers, Principal, ABBAE
Gerson Bers is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park where he received a B.S. in Physical Sciences. Mr. Bers is a LEED Accredited Professional and is a DOE certified WUFI ORNL instructor in hydrothermal analyses. He has more than 30 years of building technology consulting experience with special emphasis on design of new and remedial building enclosure system design as well as investigating and resolving moisture infiltration issues for occupied facilities. Mr. Bers is responsible for planning and executing forensic investigations and assists in preparing and reviewing findings reports and remedial repair construction documents and cost estimates. Mr. Bers has provided both expert and percipient testimony for construction defect litigation from both plaintiff and defendant perspectives.

Annie K. Lo, AIA, LEED AP, Director of Restoration, Walker Restoration Consultants
Annie Lo is the Director of Restoration in San Francisco and Northern California for Walker Restoration Consultants (WRC). Together with Walker Parking Consultants founded in 1965, WRC has 18 offices and provides building envelope, waterproofing, restoration, and structural engineering services throughout the U.S. As a licensed Architect with a degree from Columbia University and a background in historic preservation, Annie has presented technical topics at AIA, RCI, APT, ABAA, and CPF.

Joe Pinon, Principal and Senior Building Science Specialist, RDH Building Science, Inc.
Joe Piñon, M.S., P.E. (CA) has extensive experience in design, analysis, rehabilitation, commissioning, architectural plan peer review, and construction contract administration for a variety of building enclosure systems and components used in commercial, residential and institutional construction across the United States. Joe has broad knowledge of industry building science best practices, as well as national, state, and local building codes on the performance standards relating to energy efficiency, and moisture control. Joe is an engaging and skilled speaker, having presented many of his published works at conferences and client training sessions throughout the country.

Erica Reynolds, PE – McGinnis/Chen
Erica Reynolds, P.E. has 5 years of experience in Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Construction Administration and Project Management on a variety of structures. Along with technical experience, Erica has an extensive educational background with Masters and Bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Structural Engineering. She is experienced in the production of Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, product and code research, and Construction Administration. She conducts field surveying and inspections.

Phillip Kelleher, AIA– McGinnis/Chen
Phillip Kelleher has 10 years of architectural industry experience including 7 years of building envelope experience with MCA. He has extensive knowledge in all aspects of job production including architectural design, waterproofing design, construction documents, and construction contract administration. He conducts and manages field investigation, testing and inspections. He is currently managing our services for new construction projects in the SF Mission Bay, multi-building high-tech campuses in the Silicon Valley and various urban in-fill residential high-rises in the SOMA district. Along with technical experience, Phillip has an extensive educational background with Master Degrees in both architecture and structural engineering.

Jeff Chen, AIA, LEED AP– McGinnis/Chen
With experience accumulated over 34 years of professional practice specific to a wide range of exterior building envelope projects with MCA, Jeff Chen brings a high level of technical and design expertise. He is a recognized specialist consultant in building envelope design and peer review for new construction, and an experienced architect in problem solving and remedial design for existing problematic buildings. Jeff Chen’s expertise in solving waterproofing problems in the building envelope includes below-grade waterproofing, plaza and deck waterproofing, windows and skylight assemblies, curtain walls, EIFS, masonry wall, rain screen assemblies, and occupied and unoccupied roofs.

Learning Objectives:


Waterproofing Disasters – Case Studies

Presented by East Bay / Oakland Chapter CSI / Co-Sponsored by AIA East Bay

Friday, November 20th, 2015
7:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Scott’s Seafood, 2 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
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Water Proofing Problems- Causes & Remedies

James Strong & James Chiropolos, WJE Associates, Inc. will present two case studies examining how water proofing problems were caused and how necessary repairs were implemented.  A new hospital is about to open up; however, every time it rains, water pours into the building. Elsewhere, another building has been subjected to long-term water leakage—can the water leakage be damaging the interior structural wall framing?

Below Grade Water Intrusion on a Large New Construction Project

Jeff Chen & Phillip Kelleher, McGinnis Chen Associates, will focus on a real life example where the Below-Grade waterproofing system failed even though all industry standard precautions were taken.   The Architect’s drawings were peer reviewed by a waterproofing consultant, a high end waterproofing membrane was used, an approved applicator installed the waterproofing, and the owner hired a third party waterproofing inspector. We will discuss the project, accepted solution, and lessons to be learned by the industry.

Properly Installed Roofs That Sometimes Aren’t

Phil Dregger & Chris Nelson’s, Technical Roof Services, will focus on understanding of ounce-of-prevention tips gleaned from roof covering “disasters”. Reflective Roofs and Moisture Gain – Code-compliant re-roof project where highly reflective membrane caused wood decks to decay. Polyisocyanurate Insulation – Multi-store project where apparently ASTM 1289 compliant polyisocyanurate boards developed large gaps at joints. Built Up Roofs over OSB – Large warehouse where “common” base sheet attachment pattern failed to provide adequate wind uplift resistance.

Balcony Failure Case Studies and Best Practices

Colin Shane & Joseph Piñon, RDH Building Sciences, will explore common problems related to balcony and deck construction in wood-frame and non-combustible construction including issues related to bulk water intrusion, air leakage condensation, and building energy efficiency. Present best practices for designing durable balcony assemblies, from the basic first step of selecting durable materials; to incorporating deflection, drainage, drying as key elements of moisture control design; and finally how to integrate balconies with the adjacent building enclosure assemblies.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this presentation, attendees will understand:

Water Proofing Problems- Causes & Remedies

  1. Identify the factors that influence the conditions for mold and mildew growth.
  2. Define ASTM D3273, ASTM D5590, SCAQMD Rule 1113 and other criteria and features of a high performance mold and mildew-proof coating.
  3. Specify the components of a complete wallcovering system and describe the utility of its parts where moisture infiltration from the wall cavity is a concern.
  4. Compile and analyze product manufacturers information that supports claims of high performance mold and mildew-proof coatings.

By the end of this presentation, attendees will understand:

Properly Installed Roofs That Sometimes Aren’t

  1. Will understand why reroofing with a highly reflective roof can cause more water to accumulate in a roof system then it did before.
  2. Will understand why ASTM 1289 compliant polyisocyanurate boards can develop large gaps at joints after installation.
  3. Will understand why attaching built up roof membranes to wood decks using “commonly accepted methods” often ends up not provide code required levels of wind uplift resistance.

By the end of this presentation, attendees will understand:

Balcony Failure Case Studies and Best Practices

  1. Will be able to state at least three common problems related to balcony and deck construction.
  2. Will be able to offer ways to mitigate said problems.
  3. Will be able to identify at least three types of waterproofing materials.
  4. Will be able to discuss a current concern regarding venting and fire-rated assembly.

Below Grade Water Intrusion on a Large New Construction Project


Hardware Ins and Outs

November 22, 2013

Registration Fee: $95  Includes Lunch, Refreshments and Table Top Presentations


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Presented by East Bay-Oakland Chapter CSI, this continuing education event includes presentations on Door Hardware Access Control, Accessibility, Security and Life Safety.