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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

A Few Forensic Clues Found in Hurricane Sandy Damage

Sometimes, with Hurricane Sandy damage, it’s quite easy to spot the problem. Notable examples are roofing shingles torn away, bearing soil scoured and retaining walls washed into the first level, sometimes we’ve even been inside homes that have partially collapsed. Those types of assessment are obvious since the scale of destruction covers the entire home…

States to get $5.4 billion in first wave of Hurricane Sandy recovery money

Written by Malia Rulon Herman and Brian Tumulty Courier-Post Washington Bureau   States to get $5.4 billion in first wave of Hurricane Sandy recovery money WASHINGTON – New York, New Jersey and other states hit by Superstorm Sandy will get $5.4 billion in the first wave of recovery money approved by Congress, Democratic Sen. Chuck…

Congress Steps Up the Fight Against Extreme Weather Like Sandy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 19, 2012 CONTACT:  Alec Gerlach, (202) 224-4159   In Wake of Sandy, Bill Would Improve Nation’s Resiliency to Extreme Weather WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today introduced legislation to strengthen existing extreme weather resiliency efforts. …

We Love Our Washington DC Rooftop Canopy by RetractableAwnings.com!

  When the staff here at Engineering Express discovered that we would be working on a structure within steps of the White House (The Warner Building in Washington, DC), we were all very excited. The Warner is a historical landmark located on Pennsylvania Avenue, overlooking Freedom Plaza just a quarter mile from the White House.…

Engineering Express and the Nova Southeastern Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems

Our design team was proud to see that just two weeks ago, the Nova Southeastern Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research building was finally completed and opened for use. The Mission of the Oceanographic Center is to carry out innovative, basic and applied research and to provide high-quality graduate and undergraduate education in…

Engineering Express Attends “GlassBuild America” to Expand National Glazing Expertise

(Excerpts from GlassBuild Press Release) Las Vegas: Last weekend Engineering Express sent (3) of our top glazing experts to the GlassBuild America 2012 Expo and we had a blast  after three days of networking, business deals, new product introductions, and education at the Las Vegas Convention  Center. Nearly 6,700 attendees walked the show floor and…

Engineering Express completes “Love Culture” glazing at The Falls of Miami

Our incredible glazing experts have recently completed the “Love Culture” glass and glazing project located at The Falls of Miami. The project utilized 9/16″ laminated glass with the Kawneer IR 500 aluminum storefront system and HC-5000 series commercial door for an impact-rated installation. The total glazing square footage was 750 square feet and is also…