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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 Proud Of Our Licensed Professional Engineers

SBSA Proud Of Our Licensed Professional Engineers

Today is the third annual National Licensed Professional Engineers Day! On August 8, 1907, the first professional engineering license was issued to Charles Bellamy in Wyoming  on August 6, 1907. Since that time, licensure has expanded and professional engineers across the United States. have committed the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare. PE licensure is the engineering profession’s highest standard of competence, a symbol of achievement and assurance of quality. SBSA is proud of our licensed Professional Engineers and all PE’s throughout America.

SBSA, Inc. is an engineering and architectural firm that specializes in Forensic Engineering and Architecture, New Design, Construction Management, and Re-design of properties. We deliver Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Construction Administration, Building Envelope Repair, Forensic Analysis, and Performance Testing services in over 30 states to various clients, including: attorneys, HOAs, homeowners, developers, and builders. 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.

Learn more about our Licensed Professional Engineers:

Ed Fronapfel, PE

Jeff Felderman, PE

Harold Fronapfel, PE

Jerod Faris, PE

Ryan Barnes, PE

Steven Mallin, PE

Shawn Peatrowsky, PE

 

Need an expert analysis for your insurance claim?

 

Submit an insurance claim form and SBSA will:

checkmark Review the claim
checkmark Determine and assess the damage
checkmark Examine potential causes of the damage
checkmark Provide repair solutions if necessary

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.

 

In Loving Memory of Bonita Marie Fronapfel

In Loving Memory of Bonita Marie Fronapfel

Bonita Marie Fronapfel passed away on June 12, 2018. She was born in Clara City, MN on November 23, 1932, a daughter of Peter and Marie Schuman, she is survived by her sisters Carole, Patricia, Cathy and brother Eugene who preceded her in his death. She is survived by her spouse Harold Fronapfel of whom she married on April 18, 1955. Harold and Bonita have ten children, Tom, Steve who preceded her in death, Jim, Karen, Mike, Gretchen, Lori, Ed, Eric, and P.J. Bonita worked as a bank teller in Murdock, MN and for the State of Minnesota. While married she worked at Warder Elementary, Joslins Department Store, and for a land holding company all while maintaining a strong and healthy household in Arvada, Colorado. She moved to Colorado in 1952, where she met Harold in 1954 on a blind date and they were wed at St. Catherine’s Church in Denver.

Services will be held at Spirit of Christ in Arvada, Colorado on July 17, 2018 @1pm. Following services, there will be a “life remembrance” ceremony.

She provided the following legacy:

“That those who really believed in me, for who I am, really am, would come to understand that …not who, when, or why I did something, but instead, how it helped to make yours and my day better. That nothing was ever done out of anything but love and wanting to make your day better, and our life easier during good and bad times. When we give to someone we should give with the understanding that we may never receive something in return or even expect it. That things come back to us from different people in different ways. I believe we can make everything have some positive effect, providing that we let it. To always look for the good, not the bad in every situation.”

~Bonita Fronapfel

We will all miss Bonita dearly and hope that her life and passing provide others the insight into happiness, patience, joy, and perseverance. In lieu of flowers, Bonita requested that donations are made to those who helped make her last days comfortable.

Please donate in her honor to TRU Community Care Hospice Center 

SBSA retained as Architectural Consultant for Cherry Hills Farm.

SBSA retained as Architectural Consultant for Cherry Hills Farm.

SBSA, Inc. has been retained to provide Architectural Control Consulting for Cherry Hills Farm. Cherry Hills Farm is a neighborhood community comprised of 216 luxury single family homes constructed in open greenbelt and park-like settings.

We will be providing an architectural standard review, revision, and compliance for all large-scale construction activities in the community including new home construction.

The purpose is to maintain a semblance of uniformity by requiring all construction activities in Cherry Hills Farm to follow a formal architectural submittal acceptance and construction compliance verification process through SBSA.

SBSA performs ADA Peer Review for developers, architects, and insurance companies. Conforming to the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and HUD Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines (FHAG) on a project is a complex process that requires careful review during design and construction. Having a project reviewed by a third party for compliance with (ADAAG) and (FHAG) is an important step in reducing the risk of being in non-compliance with federal accessibility laws in commercial construction.

SBSA Inc. Architectural and Engineering fiThe SBSA team consists of both architects as well as engineers and we can truly understand and empathize with designer’s concerns pertaining to accessibility compliance, particularly in the commercial realm of design.

With over 70 years of combined design experience among the architectural staff, we are fully aware of the most current regulations and challenges in providing for accessibility requirements in new construction. Designing for compliance is not necessarily difficult, but it can become lost at times due to other programmatic complexities required for a successful design.

 

Expansive Soils Damage Structures Across the U.S.

Expansive Soils Damage Structures Across the U.S.

According to many sources such as The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), expansive soils continue to damage commercial and residential structures across the United States.  ASCE and the USGS have estimated that that damage in the United States includes 25% of all structures, resulting in greater financial losses than earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes.  The losses are anticipated in that 60 percent of new homes will experience minor damage and 10 percent experience significant damage (Holtz and Hart, 1978).

In order to combat the expansive nature of the soil, some geotechnical engineers have prophesized that removing the soil, reconditioning the soil and replacing the soil can alleviate the damages.  

SBSA would argue this method may have some disastrous results.

Differential movements within the zone of over-excavation are common, the lack of common material properties will allow some of the reconditioned soils to heave, and some to settle. The over excavation itself creates a bathtub condition with no drain in the bottom of the bathtub, ponding water onto the expansive soils.  The depths of the active zone, the depth of wetting and the impacts of perched water are all changed as the geotechnical environment is altered. Even utility trenches can provide additional avenues of water into the clay bathtub. The hydraulic permeability of the conditioned soils, utility backfill, and the foundation backfill all play roles in the increased water into the over-excavation.  

Construction of over-excavation for a storage facility resulting in bathtub effects collecting precipitation during construction, thus resulting in perched water conditions on the expansive soils.

During construction, the site is fully exposed in a condition it has never before encountered, and the foundation excavations become the residing place of water. This water permeates downward to the bottom of the excavation and activates the expansive nature of the clay soils. Additionally, the water has nowhere to go. The bearing conditions of the structural fill will ultimately be compromised, and the use of spread footings would have to rely on the properties associated with saturated soils.

Consider the issues related to the creation of a new geotechnical environment when you are selecting your foundation systems, and your expansive mitigation techniques.

SBSA can aid you in the evaluation of risks associated with your decisions.

Jerod Faris, PE SBSA, INC.Contact Jerod Faris, PE for further information.