999 Brickell Avenue Miami Engineering Express

Mission Completed! 999 Brickell Receives the Engineering Express Treatment

We’ve gotten word that one of our esteemed projects, 999 Brickell Avenue in Miami, FL, was given final approval by the builder and owner. This multi-story addition features prominent glazing/curtainwall as well as steel-framed EIFS envelope cladding. Our design team, lead by Troy Bishop, P.E., G.C. and Andre Lopes, successfully completed the exterior envelope design with…

Ready, Aim, Fire! Our Tour of the Curtainwall Construction Research Laboratory

On 3/11/14, Engineering Express’ Andrew Piedra and Zachary Rubin, E.I. visited the Construction Research Laboratory curtainwall testing facility. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, they are the world’s first curtainwall test facility as well as the largest, capable of accommodating more than 30 wall mock-ups simultaneously. Since 1955, Construction Research Lab has tested over 3,500 full-size curtainwalls and…

Mission Completed! 999 Brickell Receives the Engineering Express Treatment

We just got word that one of our favorite projects, 999 Brickell Avenue in Miami, FL, was just given final approval by the builder and owner. This multi-story addition features prominent glazing/curtainwall as well as steel-framed EIFS envelope cladding. Our design team, lead by Troy Bishop, P.E., G.C. and Andre Lopes, successfully completed the exterior…

The 2014 Florida Building Code 5th Edition – How Will It Affect Me?

Since early 2011, numerous code officials and professionals have been hard at work developing the next edition of the Florida Building Code – the 2013 Florida Building Code – scheduled for public release this summer and activated as law by the end of the year. The upcoming changes to the codes and regulations were developed, amended, administered…

Florida Building Commission Revises ASTM Wind Zone 4 Glitch in the 2010 Florida Building Code

WIND ZONE 4 DECISION BY FLORIDA BUILDING COMMISSION 2-05-13 The IHPA and concerned member companies were successful in getting the Florida Building Commission to approve the IHPA sponsored change to the ASTM definition of Wind Zone 4. The Commission by a unanimous vote (18-0), supported the change overturning the Structural TAC recommendation. The Commission approval…

Congratulations to Chen Leow, P.E., Our Newest Licensed Professional!

Today we received word that our structural engineering manager, Chen Leow, P.E., has received final notice from the Florida Board of Professional Engineers that he has been officially approved for licensure in the state. Chen’s experience, dedication, and passion for the art of structural engineering brings Engineering Express unprecedented design value and expertise. We consistently…

The FIU “Wall of Wind” is Now Open for Business!

Public Announcement 11/21/13: The Wall of Wind™ at Florida International University in Miami is a valuable tool for the research community and the University has just announced they are now also working with clients in the private industry, providing previously unachievable wind testing opportunities for innovative ideas and new products. Watch this video to learn more: The 12-fan Wall…

NIST Releases Investigation of the Joplin, Missouri Tornado

Today, the final draft report titled “Technical Investigation of the May 22, 2011, Tornado in Joplin, Missouri” was released for public comment. This is the final report of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) investigation conducted under the National Construction Safety Team Act. This report describes the wind field of the tornado and…

RetractableAwnings.com, Inc. Wins 2013 International Achievement Award with Engineering Express Design

When we were hired by www.retractableawnings.com for a retractable patio cover system that was to be installed on a high-profile building, on a rooftop in Alexandria, Virginia, we were thrilled! Retractableawnings.com is known worldwide for their attention to detail and we knew the job would be a real treat to work on with them. We…

Miami-Dade NOA Office Issues Notice of Deficient Engineering Submittals!

The team here at Engineering Express work day (and night!) to make sure our engineering design data is always at the highest standards for our clients and manufacturers. We spend countless hours reviewing our calculations, creating spreadsheets, attending seminars, and consulting with code officials in the pursuit of excellence in engineering. We are passionate about…

Specification for Sunrooms Adopted into the 2015 IRC

At its Public Comment Hearings in Atlantic City, N.J., the International Code Council (ICC) voted to adopt the AAMA/NPEA/NSA 2100-12, Specification for Sunrooms, into the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC). Representatives from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the National Sunroom Association (NSA), as well as a number of other supporters, were on hand at the code…

Design Renovation of 401 East Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach – Now in Progress!

We’re proud to show off our most recent project currently in the design phase – the complete renovation of 401 East Altantic Avenue in Delray Beach! This historical building is actually two buildings, each composed of different types of building materials. Our expert staff is set to provide an in-depth analysis of existing load path,…

Galveston Visit Offers Preview of Jersey Shore 5 Years After Superstorm Sandy

Photos of post-Ike reconstruction help Sandy Damage Victims with house raising lessons as they rebuild their dream homes. It’s been over 5 years since Hurricane Ike devastated Galveston Texas.  While continuing our engineering repair designs to affected areas of Texas, I recently assessed their recovery of storm-affected areas. What I discovered was a surprising display…

Florida Board of Engineers Meets Regarding Digital Signatures for Professional Engineers

Don’t you wish that the paperless office could truly be a reality? Well, stay tuned! Although digital Professional Engineer signatures are already accepted in the Florida Statutes, the methodology used requires additional paperwork for the digital seal, which is being debated by Broward County. The local Building Departments are pushing hard to allow proper digital…

Home Depot and Engineering Express – The Solution Center!

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. – March 18, 2013  Engineering Express® has been involved behind-the-scenes over the past few weeks for a top-priority project called “The Solution Center” (AKA “The Smart Center”) in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. We have been working with the creative masterminds of the project to provide expert consultation and cutting edge state-of-the-art digital…

Types of Hurricane Impact Testing for Windows, Doors, and Other Building Components

Hurricane Debris Impact Standards    Read this page to learn about the minimum standards used by the building code to establish requirements for windborne debris impact protection in hurricane prone regions. Once you know about the standards, you will be better able to determine whether the shutters, windows, and doors that you have or are…