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

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 more than 3,500 windows, doors, roofs and other related products for prominent buildings such as Sears Tower ...

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Mission Completed! 999 Brickell Receives the Engineering Express Treatment

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 envelope design with code-compliant product tested components, breakaway flood walls, and a few funky connections that ...

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The 2013 Florida Building Code – How Will It Affect Me?

The 2013 Florida Building Code – 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 and will be enforced by more than 400 local jurisdictions and state agencies with building code regulation responsibilities. The current Code is a single statewide ...

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Engineering Express Joins the BeReadyFlorida Campaign

Engineering Express Joins the BeReadyFlorida Campaign

BeReadyFloridaFind contractors, products, and services in this newly emerging directory in Florida to be prepared for the next big storm, Engineering Express is proud to be a part of it!:

www.BeReadyFlorida.org

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

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 of the IHPA sponsored change means that 2013 Florida Building Code will keep Wind Zone 4 as the same area as it is now, which is ...

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

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 receive praise for his professional abilities, business acumen, and ability to solve incredibly complex problems for our clients. He has truly set the bar higher in ...

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

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 of Wind (WOW) is the largest and most powerful university research facility of its kind and is capable of simulating Category 5 hurricane ...

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NIST Releases Investigation of the Joplin, Missouri Tornado

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 how the wind pressures and windborne debris damaged and destroyed thousands of buildings; the emergency communications before and during the tornado and how the public responded; ...

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Did You Know Engineering Express Can Provide Up To 33 State Licenses?

Did You Know Engineering Express Can Provide Up To 33 State Licenses?

Our clients have asked us just how many States can our engineering be sealed for? We generally give them a long list to sort through, as we have the ability to certify designs in 33 different States in the U.S. That’s almost 70% of the nation!


Below is an easy reference map of Engineering Express licensure ability.

 

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

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 were even more thrilled to be notified a few months later that the project won an International Outstanding Achievement award! Our sincere gratitude ...

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Having a Little Fun on the Job! 401 Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL

Having a Little Fun on the Job! 401 Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL

Yesterday we visited our newest job, the 401 Atlantic Avenue building in Delray Beach. This building was also known as the old Mercer Wenzel building and has been standing for over 70 years! This project has been under way for some time with us and is finally in process. Below are a few pictures of the jobsite, along with myself and Andre Lopes after the site meeting. We were a little goofy from the heat!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 Year On, Sandy Survivors Light Up the Shore

1 Year On, Sandy Survivors Light Up the Shore

NEW YORK (AP) — Candles and flashlights will light up the shore along the East Coast as survivors of Superstorm Sandy pay their respects to what was lost when the storm roared ashore one year ago.

To mark Tuesday’s anniversary, residents of coastal neighborhoods in New York and New Jersey that suffered some of the worst flooding are honoring that terrible day in ways both public and private.

On Staten Island, residents will light candles by the stretch of waterfront ...

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

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 our efforts not only because we’ve taken a moral and ethical oath to protect the life and safety of the public, but because our clients ...

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Specification for Sunrooms Adopted into the 2015 IRC

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 hearings to testify on its merits as a code referenced document.

The adoption of the reference standard means the IRC will now have five distinct categories of sunrooms ...

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How to Hurricane Proof Your Home

How to Hurricane Proof Your Home

How To Hurricane Proof Your Home

How To Hurricane Proof Your Home [Infographic] by the team at US Door & More Inc

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Engineering Express Glazing Design Just Featured on BRAVO TV!

Engineering Express Glazing Design Just Featured on BRAVO TV!




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Engineering Express Miami Branch Officially Opens June 7th!

Engineering Express Miami Branch Officially Opens June 7th!




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

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




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Florida Board of Engineers Meets Regarding Digital Signatures for Professional Engineers

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 signatures so that future building permits and other construction work will progress faster and smoother, which will increase the official’s ability to review plans and for ...

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Home Depot and Engineering Express – The Solution Center!

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 advances wherever we could throughout the center, and to help educate officials, homeowners, and contractors in a way few others can. The intent of ...

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

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 considering buying are appropriate for the hurricane exposure that your house faces.For simplicity shutters, windows, and doors that have been proven to resist ...

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A Few Forensic Clues Found in Hurricane Sandy Damage

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 or subject structure.

What really takes thorough work, skill, and a trained professional eye, is the small stuff. Things like siding loosened due to wind channeling ...

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Automatic Federal Cuts Would Hit Sandy Aid

Automatic Federal Cuts Would Hit Sandy Aid

Sunday, February 24, 2013
WNYC
By Bob Hennelly

The cuts in federal spending called for by the debt ceiling deal between the Republican-controlled Congress and President Obama in 2011 are set to take effect Friday and without some last minute reprieve, the cuts will have an impact on Sandy reconstruction efforts.

Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee this month, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitiano warned the cuts would effect everything in her agency from cargo screening to immigration control to ...

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A Walk Down The Path of Superstorm Sandy Damage

A Walk Down The Path of Superstorm Sandy Damage

When I first got word that I will be deployed to New Jersey to perform Hurricane Sandy initial damage assessment inspections to assist home owners with their Sandy insurance claims, I could not wait to get on that plane. I would be the second team to head up north and take a look at all of the destruction that went on, the pioneer of the E.I. group. Having family up there and knowing how devastating this storm was to everyone up ...

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A 2005 Vision, A 2013 Reality

A 2005 Vision, A 2013 Reality

After Hurricane Katrina, Engineering Express was given an opportunity to partner with Tulane and Yahoo to help rebuild affected areas.  We were ahead of our time.  Then came Sandy…

Watch and enjoy our 2005 Katrina Assistance
Video Presentation to Yahoo & Tulane University

 

 

Created by Frank L. Bennardo, P.E. September, 2005

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

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 Schumer of New York said Tuesday.

The funds come from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program. States have said that ...

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Overwhelming Hurricane Sandy Damage Photos-Videos in New Jersey

Overwhelming Hurricane Sandy Damage Photos-Videos in New Jersey




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The Big Apple vs. Big Hurricane Sandy

The Big Apple vs. Big Hurricane Sandy




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Boots on the Ground, Team 4: My Initial Hurricane Sandy Damage Assessments

Boots on the Ground, Team 4: My Initial Hurricane Sandy Damage Assessments




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Erin, Opal, Hurricane Sandy… How Three Record-Shattering Storms Changed My Life

Erin, Opal, Hurricane Sandy… How Three Record-Shattering Storms Changed My Life

I think there comes a time in every person’s life where they realize it’s time to go hard or go home. To take the bull by the horns or stay on the sidelines. To offer help when things heat up or to get out of the kitchen. You get the idea.

If you’ve been through one of these moments yourself, you can understand how excited I was when I was asked if I would like to be a central part of ...

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