Materials- Design & Construction

Full Session with Abstracts

339609-2 - Mass Masonry Walls – Investigating and Repairing

Friday, April 20
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: 201A

Mass masonry walls were the common building structure prior to the introduction of the internal structural steel frame. These walls served a dual purpose – they comprised the building structure as well as the building enclosure. Therefore they need to resist building loads while keeping water out, heat in or out, and air infiltration/exfiltration to a minimum. Mass masonry buildings that remain are often designated landmarks, which makes repairs to these buildings challenging. Well-developed repairs will balance the aesthetic and performance needs of the building.

Peter M. Babaian

Principal - Division Head
Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger Inc.

Peter M. Babaian, P.E., S.E., is a Principal of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) and leads their Chicago office and their Building Enclosure Commissioning Practice. His experience includes designing, investigating, and rehabilitating a variety of building enclosures and structures. His specialties include exterior enclosure consulting on new construction, rehabilitation of existing structures, historic preservation, and building enclosure commissioning. He received a BSCE from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts and a MSCE from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Mr. Babaian is the Chair of The Masonry Society’s Technical Activities Committee, which oversees all technical activities of the Society.

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