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May 10, 2012 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

About the Presenter:

Mike Van Dusen completed Civil Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 1984 followed by his Masters of Engineering at the University of Toronto. He joined Halsall in 1985 and has enjoyed a career that has included focus on design, evaluation, repair and renewal of building envelopes. His responsibilities at Halsall have evolved over the years, including leading the Building Science team, directing Knowledge Management, and serving as Restoration Practice Leader. He has recently assumed responsibility as the President for Halsall Associates.

Mike is Professional Engineer in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. He served as a Director and Chairman for the Ontario Building Envelope Council from 1989 to 1994 and was awarded the Ontario Building Envelope Council President’s Award in 2005/2006. He has contributed to various CMHC Best Practice Guides and delivered numerous industry presentations. Mike currently serves as a Director for the Building Envelope Council of the Ottawa Region.

About the Topic:

First Canadian Place in Toronto has been Canada’s tallest skyscraper for over 35 years. It has recently undergone a $120M cladding renewal program to address problems that developed with the thin marble veneer cladding. This presentation will examine the lessons learned from the efforts applied to manage the deteriorating conditions, evaluation and testing undertaken to analyse how the cladding performed over its service life, and design of the replacement system. Points of interest will include how design standards have evolved over time, contrasting how risks were managed differently than its sister building in Chicago that was the subject of landmark litigation, how building science practitioners achieved tremendous success in the 1970’s, and how modern laminated glazing has been employed to renew this landmark property.

Seminar Presentation:

Halsall Associates
May 2012


May 10, 2012
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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