September 2021 Monthly Meeting

Meeting Title
Preventable Curtain Wall Failures

Live Zoom Webinar. Pre-registration is required at the link below.

Henry Taylor, Kawneer

A failure of an installed curtain wall on a commercial project can be costly and time consuming. A failure can do more that physical property damage. It can have an impact on all parties involved in the project and repercussions could last years. Most failures can be tracked to simple mistakes that were preventable. Mistakes come from people rushing to complete a project; not understanding specific project conditions and how these impact the system; not understanding completely how a system performs or failing to follow the fabrication or installation guidelines provided by the manufacturer. This presentation takes a high-level look at common causes of failures that occur repeatedly. This is not intended to make all field experts but to illustrate conditions that if identified early could prevent a failure. All stakeholders in a commercial project want to see it completed successfully and last years. Identifications of potential problems early will assist in the health and welfare of the commercial building and those who utilize the facility.

Henry Taylor is a native of Atlanta, Georgia where he earned his undergraduate degree at Georgia State University and Masters at Kennesaw State University. He has been in glass & glazing for over 30 years and has experience with a commercial glass shop and national glass fabricator, and has spent the majority of his career with the Kawneer Company. Henry started with Kawneer in Field Sales working with commercial glass companies and architects designing commercial projects then moved to the corporate headquarters to start up and manage the Architectural Services Team. During this time he was on the board of the Glass Association of North America and chairman of the BEC (Building Envelope Contractors) leading three of their annual meetings. Currently Henry manages the Training Department for Kawneer where he spends time working with their customer network training field crews, project managers and estimators. He continues to work with architects through Kawneer’s support of the AIA CES program preparing and presenting AIA CES presentations and manages issuing AIA Learning Units and certificates to attendees.