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Dr. Amir-Sayyafi, PH.D, PE | SBSA’s Newest Team Member

Dr. Amir-Sayyafi, PH.D, PE | SBSA’s Newest Team Member

SBSA is proud to announce our newest member to the team, Ehssan Amir-Sayyafi, PhD, PE. He will be stationed in our Dallas,Texas office. We will be engaging his expertise in storm events as well as our normal work in CDC.

Dr. Amir-Sayyafi holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering awarded by the Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, FL, where his research areas were the following: development of a hurricane-resistant roof system; evaluating structural performance of a newly developed roof-to-wall connection under wind storm; eliminating thermal cracks at anchorages of post-tensioned concrete bridges; assessment of wind effects on roof, wall, cladding, and structure of an elevated building; and developing a bridge system for accelerated bridge construction in seismic regions. Dr. Amir-Sayyafi received an award in 2015 from the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) for his research work in the development of a hurricane-resistant roof system. Dr. Amir-Sayyafi is a registered Professional Engineer with experience in wind/structural research, structural design and analysis, and finite element modeling and analysis.

Dr. Amir-Sayyafi has performed research in the areas of building safety during storm events like hurricanes and safety of infrastructures such as bridges exposed to severe weather conditions and earthquake. He also has spoken, written, and published technical articles in his fields of expertise.

The team at SBSA provides professional engineering and architectural services encompassing the entire span of a building’s lifecycle from inception through rehabilitation. Our team of experts has the experience and ability to identify and provide the right solutions for our clients. SBSA has the extensive knowledge of construction compliance, rehabilitation and repair, construction and property analysis, forensic analysis, and more. We have the experience and ability to identify and provide solutions for our clients. We are familiar with all aspects of the building life-cycle, from initial construction through long-term maintainability. SBSA can identify critical problem areas before issues arise, and devise solutions after problems arise. Additionally, we are able to analyze and design repairs for your claims from foundations to roofing.

 

Need an expert analysis for your insurance claim?

 

Submit an insurance claim form and SBSA will:

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SBSA Sponsors Milender White Charity Golf Event

SBSA Sponsors Milender White Charity Golf Event

Milender White hosted its 19th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Colorado National Golf Club. SBSA was honored to sponsor this fantastic and generous event which has raised close to $750,000 since it began in 2000.

The SBSA design team offers a full complement of professionals who provide thoughtful attention to every step of our client’s new construction project. Our team of experienced architects, engineers and construction administration specialists provides an interactive design approach combined with the technology to integrate functionality with aesthetics to achieve beauty and performance. We work to create buildings that showcase visual character, architectural ambition, and sustainability while performing to necessary standards of construction.

 

Holiday Tree Fire-Retardant Safety Recipe

Holiday Tree Fire-Retardant Safety Recipe

Holiday tree fires are not common, but when they do occur, they are much more likely to be deadly than most other fires. According to the most current NFPA report, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 200 home structure fires that began with Christmas trees in 2011–2015. These fires caused an annual average of 6 civilian deaths, 16 civilian injuries, and $14.8 million in direct property damage.  Fire safety for real trees depends heavily upon properly maintaining the moisture content of the tree as high as possible.

To make this holiday home made fire-retardant recipe please follow instructions below.

Holiday Recipe for Fire-Retardant Christmas Tree

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 gallons of hot water
  • 2 cups clear corn syrup
  • 2 ounces liquid chlorine bleach
  • 2 pinches of Epsom salts
  • One half-teaspoon Borax
  • One teaspoon chelated iron (Can be purchased from a garden shop)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place water in a bucket and add all ingredients. Stir until all ingredients are completely dissolved and set aside.
  2. Make a fresh, level cut, 3-inches from the bottom of the trunk.
  3. Stand the trunk of the tree in the solution and leave for 24-hours.
  4. Place your tree on a tree stand that contains a well for liquid.
  5. When the tree has been positioned in the stand, use a plastic cup to pour the solution into the tree well. Safely store remaining solution.
  6. Every day, top-off the well with the solution, and keep your tree hydrated throughout the season!

HOW DOES THE SOLUTION WORK?

The corn syrup provides the sugar necessary to allow the base of the tree to take up water. Up to 1.5 gallons of water can be taken up by the tree over a 2-week period. Boron in the Borax allows the tree to move water and sugar out to every branch and needle in the tree. Magnesium compounds in the Epsom salts and iron from the chelated iron provide components for the production of chlorophyll to help keep the tree green. The bleach prevents mold from forming in the solution. Other benefits of the recipe include a noticeable increase in the tree’s natural evergreen fragrance, plus the tendency to shed fewer needles means less mess to clean up after the holidays!

Safety Tips:

  • Make a fresh cut at the base of the tree to open up pores clogged by sap. Cute 2-3 inches off the bottom of the tree base. The fresh cut surface should be creamy white. Otherwise, the tree will not be able to absorb water.
  • After the cut is made, put the tree in water immediately or the tree will not absorb the water easily. Choose a stand that holds at least 1 gallon of water. If the tree is not going into the house soon after purchase, it should be stored in a bucket of water in a cool place away from sun and wind.
  • Water the tree daily because it may consume between a quart and as much as a gallon of water per day. This is important due to the act of the level of water drops below the cut end of the trunk, a seal will form and it will not be able to absorb water. This will cause the tree to dry out increasing the risk of a fire.
  • Miniature lights produce less heat and reduce the drying effect. If your lights are frayed or have cracked wiring or broken sockets, throw them away and buy a new set.
  • Always turn off all lights and electronic devices on a tree before leaving your home or going to bed.
  • Do not overload circuits!
  • Keep the tree away from heat sources such as heating vents, fireplaces, television sets and sunny windows. Be careful not to block any doors with the tree or with any rearranged furniture.
  • After the holidays, remove the tree from the house before it dries (remember that a dry tree can be totally consumed by fire in a manner of seconds.) Any cut tree, even those treated with flame retardant, will still dry out.
  • Never burn any part of a tree in a fireplace because it burns too fast and is explosive.

 

Source: Brighton Fire Rescue District, The Burn Institute

Ed Fronapfel to speak at 2017 Construction Law CLE

Ed Fronapfel to speak at 2017 Construction Law CLE

ED FRONAPFELEd Fronapfel, Owner, SBSA Inc. MSCE, PE, F. ASCE,CBIE, CFCC, EDI, CBCP, Fellow Member of NAFE will be speaking on Evaluation and Documentation of Defect Damages from Expert Consulting Perspective at the 2017 Construction Law CLE in Bozeman, Montana, Friday October 27, 2017. Attendants will learn strategic and practical tips for representing parties in Montana construction law litigation, presenting claims on behalf of clients, along with practical tips for providing guidance to your construction law clients in contracting matters. Recent developments in Montana Supreme Court cases dealing with construction law topics will also be discussed.

 

Additional speakers for this event include:

Meet Team SBSA | Summer of 2017

Meet Team SBSA | Summer of 2017

The team at SBSA provides professional engineering and architectural services encompassing the entire span of a building’s lifecycle from inception through rehabilitation. Our team of experts have the experience and ability to identify and provide the right solutions for our clients. SBSA has the extensive knowledge of construction compliance, rehabilitation and repair, construction and property analysis, forensic analysis, and more. We have the experience and ability to identify and provide solutions for our clients. We are familiar with all aspects of the building life-cycle, from initial construction through long-term maintainability. SBSA can identify critical problem areas before issues arise, and devise solutions after problems arise. Additionally, we are able to analyze and design repairs for your claims from foundations to roofing.

SBSA Staff July 2017

SBSA is a multi-disciplinary architecture and forensic engineering firm that offers solutions in support of the entire life-cycle of a building. We offer a full complement of professionals who provide thoughtful attention to every step of our client’s new construction project.

Our Solutions Before include:

SBSA has extensive knowledge of construction compliance, repair, property and forensic analysis, and the experience and ability to provide solutions for our clients.

Our Solutions After include:

SBSA’s team of experts has extensive knowledge of construction compliance, rehabilitation and repair, construction and property analysis, forensic analysis, and more. We have the experience and ability to identify and provide solutions for our clients. We are familiar with all aspects of the building lifecycle, from initial construction through long-term maintainability. SBSA can identify critical problem areas before issues arise, and devise solutions after problems arise. Additionally, we are able to analyze and design repairs for your claims from foundations to roofing.