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Lateral Loads and Expansive Soil Design & Construction

Lateral Loads and Expansive Soil Design & Construction

Edward Fronapfel, Owner of SBSA, Inc. will present on expansive soils and geotechnical considerations in regard to foundation design systems. Discussion topics will include evaluation of geotechnical reports in regard to the requirements of the building codes, determination of the foundation type for serviceability and performance, proper evaluation of on-site soils conditions, and the potential need for reconditioning of the soils to reduce problems associated with the selection of foundation and floor systems.

Evaluation of the lateral and vertical load capacity systems will be included as a necessary means to determine interior framing, façade, and egress issues. Lateral load systems will be examined as they primarily relate to single- and multi-family wood frame structures. An evaluation of the standard of practice versus the standard of care will include the need for a 2-hour firewall design, separation and independence of structures, and veneer applications. Post-tension (PT) design aspects for serviceability and performance criteria will be outlined as an understanding of the needs of the architectural, structural, and MEP systems to handle the expectations of the PT design systems. The instructor will provide an analysis of these systems based on years of forensic evaluation experience and the peer review of current projects. Additionally, the needs of the design, construction, and building officials’ input to properly design, review, and construct these building systems will be considered.

Ed’s experience allows him to see the project in a complete setting and understand the complex interaction between the geotechnical, structural, architectural, and thermal environments. Ed’s civil engineering background includes geohydrology, hydrology, hydraulics, site design, and evaluation of existing structures. Ed’s structural background includes new design and quality assurance of industrial systems, residential, and commercial properties. Post-construction analysis and design to handle issues that came through warranty and/or litigated matters include lateral foundation systems, foundation underpinning, retaining systems, lateral and vertical frame design, building envelope design for both vertical and horizontal applications, HVAC redesign for thermal issues, attic and crawl space ventilation systems, and cold roof/super-insulated roof systems. Ed continues his commitment to the building community teaching and writing for local and national organizations including ASHRAE, ASCE, AEI, BEC, RCI, NAFE, HBA, IBS, CABO, EPA, and others.

Ed’s knowledge gained in working with thousands of common interest properties over the last 30-years for owners, developers, and buyers provides a unique and necessary perspective on the details and decisions that reduce the risk to the property by providing performance and effective life analysis of the products and systems.

 

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.

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.

SBSA On Site in Austin, Texas June 2017

SBSA On Site in Austin, Texas June 2017

 

Paul Wilson, EI and SBSA Forensic Engineers are in Austin, Texas this week providing forensic evaluations of stucco cladding. SBSA’s team of forensic experts have analyzed thousands of properties throughout the country. Our analysis of construction practice is based on Code and industry standards that provide sound and reasonable design, construction and rehabilitation standards. Our reports document the facts, analyze the findings, and provide supportable opinions.

SBSA holds licenses in 39 states throughout the US. Our experts handle all engineering and architectural aspects for our clients.

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SBSA on site in Austin, Texas 2017SBSA’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 to reduce the risks associated with construction and devise solutions after problems arise that include reduction of risk for repetitive damages and work with the understanding of underlying damages typically associated with construction.  Our experience is gained from our knowledge of horizontal construction through vertical construction, the ground to the roof.

SBSA Welcomes Jim Fillerup, NCARB, LEED BD+C to the Team!

SBSA Welcomes Jim Fillerup, NCARB, LEED BD+C to the Team!

Jim Fillerup, RA Architectural CoordinationSBSA welcomes Jim Fillerup, NCARB, LEED BD+C.

SBSA has been providing architectural services that are complimented by our team of Engineers and Construction Managers. The team at SBSA now includes the talents of Jim Fillerup, NCARB, LEED BD+C. Jim comes to SBSA with over 30 years of experience in Architecture, Project Management, Programming, and Quality Assurance. His work includes Senior Family high rise design, industrial facility, and restaurant design. Some of Jim’s extensive career highlights include: coordination and management of the design and construction for educational, commercial, retail buildings, senior housing high rises, and large industrial buildings. Jim provided both the Quality Assurance and Quality Control including the design of the buildings, creation of the construction documents, quality control of the design and specifications for numerous projects.

Some of the recent highlights in Jim’s distinguished career include the design and management as the Architect of Record for several of FedEx new facilities, additions, remodels and renovations located throughout the United States. Jim was the Senior Manager and Design Quality Control manager for Border Control Headquarters for U.S. Department of Homeland Security at Blaine, Washington, coordinating and Managing Architect for a new operations building at the Ft. Lewis Army Base, Ft. Lewis, WA. He provided the work as the LEED Certification Manager for South Rim Maintenance and Warehouse Facility for the National Park Service, Grand Canyon National Park.

Jim was the Design Manager and Design Quality Control Manager for several Department of Defense projects in Iraq and Afghanistan. Included in his resume is the service as the Initial Project Manager/Organizational Program Architect for a new $60 million Public Safety Complex in Atlanta, GA. Jim was the Appointed Management Design Architect and Quality Control Manager and existing site evaluation manager for several projects from post-Katrina hurricane damage in Biloxi, MS and New Orleans, LA. As well he served as the Consulting Management Architect for new Cloudcroft, NM, U.S Forest Service Ranger Station.

Jim has a Bachelor of Science, Architecture/Business Administration, Montana State University, holds an NCARB Certificate, a LEED Accredited Professional by U.S. Green Building Council and GBCI for BD+C credentials and is licensed in: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Montana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Jim serving in the United States Army was awarded the Purple Heart on two occasions in the Vietnam War, and SBSA welcomes this national hero to our team with a great thank you for his service and sacrifice.

Congratulations to newest SBSA Reserve Specialist, Ryan Jessop, EI

Congratulations to newest SBSA Reserve Specialist, Ryan Jessop, EI

Ryan Jessop, EI received his Reserve Specialist (RS) designation today. He has worked hard to gather the experience, documentation, and references necessary for the application and actually did so well ahead of our planned schedule.

Ryan received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering, with a Civil Specialty from the Colorado School of Mines and has passed the FE civil test. Ryan became a member of the SBSA team after working at Bock and Clark Environmental, where he conducted Property Condition Assessments and Environmental Assessments for Commercial Real Estate for two years. Since joining SBSA, Ryan has been performing reserve studies, destructive testing, construction observations, and assists with feasibility studies. Achieving his Eagle Scout award in 2005, where Ryan designed and managed a project to create a retaining wall in the landscaping adjacent to a handicap entrance at the Arvada United Methodist Church, as well as insulating the hydroponic radiation heating systems for the classrooms.

SBSA and its staff have provided thousands of reserve studies and capital expenditure analysis over the last 20 plus years and has built an extensive knowledge of the needs associated with common interest community construction. The staff at SBSA work together with community management, boards of directors, and association committees to foster unique ideas and tasks for inclusion into the long range planning of your property. This method of communication allows for a mutual approach in the tailoring of the study and incorporation of special considerations.

We leverage our experience with property investigations, design and quality assurance of new construction into our line of Reserve Studies and Capital Expenditure Planning services.  This knowledge of actual design and owner’s services provides for a complete analysis than our completions approach of addressing this from a standpoint of accounting without the reality of the corrections, repairs, rehabilitation and the improvements to real property.

SBSA is the only company with Reserve Specialists, Certified Cost Consultants and Registered Professional Architects and Engineers on staff. 

This distinction allows us to address a variety of your projects needs in-house and with staff aware of Associations requirements. SBSA, Inc. specializes in the design, construction, and real estate markets. We are based in the Golden, Colorado area and deliver Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Construction Administration, Building Envelope Repair, Forensic Analysis and Testing services in over 30 states.

We are recognized for our commitment to honesty and smart supportable solutions. SBSA’s team of experts are hand-picked, experienced, and dedicated. Our clients include attorneys, insurance companies, builders, developers, homeowner associations (HOA’s), facility and property managers, buyers, sellers, and owners. We are confident in our ability to listen and provide professional solutions and will work with you to craft a scope of service meeting the personalized needs of your project.

The goals and values central to SBSA help us to tackle any challenge and provide a clear path to the completion of a project. Our process, coupled with a strong work ethic, ensures every client a professional and responsive experience from beginning to end. Our organizational philosophy has fostered numerous long-standing clients and stands as a central pillar of our success.

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