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Effects of the Recent Earthquake, Hurricane Sandy, and Severe Winter Weather on Building Envelopes in the D.C. Metro Area

In this most recent presentation, we discuss the major building types in the Washington D.C. area, including frames, footing, foundations, roofs, introduction of flashing systems, architecture, and modular design. We describe the types of damage we observed from the 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Louisa County Virginia in August 2011. We also review the types of damage reported that was not related to the earthquake.

Next we talk about the common types of damage we observed from Hurricane Sandy in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. that included tropical storm force sustained winds (approximately 40 –70 mph) with hurricane force gusts (approximately 80+ mph), and coastal flooding.

Last we discuss common damages observed during freezing temperatures and snow removal during the winter of 2013-2014. You'll find Case Studies, a list of the signs of potential roof problems, and simple steps owners and boards can take to avoid envelope water and air infiltration.

View the entire presentation which is posted on our Articles page.

ASCE’s Seventh Congress on Forensic Engineering

American Society of Civil Engineers Michael J. Drerup, Senior Consultant with BECS, participated in ASCE’s Seventh Congress on Forensic Engineering in Miami.

Mike, past Chair of ASCE’s Forensic Engineering Division and a member of the Congress steering committee, coauthored and presented a peer-reviewed paper entitled “Load testing as Part of Mike Drerup, Senior Consultant with BECSEvaluation of a Recently-Constructed Precast Concrete Parking Structure”. The paper and presentation describe one of the largest structural load tests ever performed in the mid-Atlantic United States, and explore practical considerations of using ACI 318 Chapter 20 as a guide for evaluation of existing structures.

During the Congress, Mike also chaired a panel discussion on forensic investigations, and helped induct four new members into the Order of the Engineer. The Congress was attended by more than 200 people from around the world, and included a keynote address by noted author James Chiles, and a tour of the University of Miami’s new hurricane research center wind tunnel and wave tank.

On the Move

Michael Hoglund, P.E., Senior Consultant, joined our company in 2014. Mike has 32 years of experience consisting of 13 years of general contracting construction experience and 19 years of consulting engineering experience in the repair industry. Please go to our "About Us" tab to learn more about Mike.

We are proud to announce the addition of James Blimmel, EIT to our engineering staff. James graduated from the University of Maryland in College Park as a structural engineer and specializes in the restoration, repair, and maintenance of existing building structures. Please go to our "About Us" tab to learn more about James and his many skills and talents.

Our Project Engineer, James Blimmel, recently attained a Master Certificate in Concrete Repair at World of Concrete 2015. World of Concrete is recognized as one of the top trade shows in the concrete and masonry industry, and offers an abundance of educational sessions and learning opportunities. James continues to work toward his Professional Engineer license.

In House Seminars

BECS in a joint presentation with Ted Ross Consulting, LLC (Mechanical Systems Engineering and Consulting) can be scheduled to provide in-house training to property managers and facility maintenance professionals using their "Ageing Building Infrastructure" presentation. This presentation has been well received during the last two years at multiple venues. Call or e-mail us for more information or if you would like a copy of the presentation for review.

Rising Maintenance and Repair Category

Wood framed, low-rise multi-residential structures are becoming more prevalent as a maintenance and repair category in BECS’s project portfolio. Numerous buildings constructed during the 1980s and 1990s are in need of attention. Many condominium associations require assistance from independent consultants familiar with wood frames and qualified contractors who can perform needed maintenance and make these types of repairs according to industry standards. BECS is a qualified leader in this arena and ready to help.

BECS Tile Study Completed

BECS completes their study of tile on exterior balcony surfaces and finalizes their detailed article on acceptable practices for installing tile on balcony surfaces. The completed article is available in the March/April 2013 issue of the Concrete Repair Bulletin and on this site under Articles.

BECS Adopts HAAG Protocol

BECS adopts HAAG protocol for residential roofing inspections. Roofing inspectors prepare for HAAG certification HAAG Engineering. Our roofing team is HAAG certified for residential roofing inspection.

Chimney Maintenance

BECS inspects and certifies residential and commercial chimneys including masonry, flues, crowns, chase covers, caps, and associated components. BECS designs rebuilds and maintenance protocol for chimneys of all types.