Building Envelope Services

the design technical resource consultant....
"Design Oriented Architectural & Engineering firms" want to work with.

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architectural services for nearly
$6.8 billion in construction projects.

Thomas Berger, Managing Principal

 

NEWS:

NEW L.A. Office

DTR Los Angeles Office

 

DTR Consulting Services, the "Building Science Guys", have opened a new Los Angeles Area Office, just north of the downtown area, to better serve our Clients in the L.A. metropolitan area. This office is in addition to the current Orange County office in Irvine and two other northern California offices. This new office location allows for the continued expansion of DTR and also serves as a central location to service our clients in a more efficient manner.

Overseeing this new office is the Office Leader | Senior Building Envelope Architect, Kirk O'Brien, AIA, RCI, NCARB. Kirk brings with him a long history of experience and connection to the local community. DTR Consulting Services continues to work with Building Owners, Developers and Architectural/Engineering Clients in the Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego Area since early 2003. This move allows DTR to build upon our current client base and to expand our Firm to better serve our current and future A/E Clients.

DTR will also be recruiting the best new technical staff, the area has available. He will be in charge mentoring new staff members into the existing DTR Culture and provide guidance for both experienced and junior members in the DTR approach to serving our Architectural Clients. DTR will be looking to hire both Building Envelope Consultants specialized in Building Science, Technical Architects, Specifiers and Field Quality Control Staff.

Golden Gate Bridge photo

Please help us Celebrate this new DTR Office Location…

 

Updated: Sept 2017

Project 2010

San Mateo College

Designed by LPA, Inc, Building 10 will be the new student service center housing the campus cafeteria & book store as well as teacher offices, multi media classrooms and other meeting spaces. Completion is slated for Spring 2011.

College of San Mateo

Industry News:

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Recently

Dynaflair Corporation - name change to Security Closures
Irwin Telescopic Seating Company - merged into Irwin Seating Co.
Compudyne - changed company name to Norment Security Group, had previously combined Norshield Security Products
Dynamic Lighting - name change to Amerlux Exterior
Alcan Composites USA - name change to 3A Composites USA
Oldcastle Glass is now Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope

Updated: January 03, 2011

Professional Events:

Conferences & Seminars

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Green California Summit & Exposition- Sacramento, CA
April 19 - 20, 2011

AIA National Convention - New Orleans
May 12 - 14, 2011

CSI Construct 2011 - Chicago, IL
September 13 - 16, 2011

Cal Green Seminars - California
January thru April 2011

Updated: January 16, 2011

Rainscreen

Composite Wall Panels

Rainscreens open new design possibilities of a cladding system that separates a building's skin from its weather-resistant barrier, helping combat water penetration issues.

 

Composite Panels over Rain Screen

Coatings

Architectural Exposed Structural Steel

While exposed structural steel was once the select province of a few noteworthy projects, architects today are increasingly using transparency in their design.

 

AESS & Glazed Structure

Details

Suggested Elements

DTR provides both CAD & hand drawn details, technical specifications and industry references to our A/E Clients for incorporation into their bid documents to ensure a quality enclosure.

 

Architectural Details

Skin

Curved Curtain Wall & More

Curtain walls are not all the same. Each individual project should be reviewed for exposure, use, esthetics and function before selecting appropriate systems for your project. Transitions and terminations of systems are of particular care.

 

Curved Glazed Curtain Wall

Building Envelope (Exterior Enclosure)

 

What is a Building Envelope Consultant?

What are Building Envelope (Exterior Enclosure) Consulting Services and Why should I be more diligent about its design and construction?  

The building envelope is the physical element between the interior and the exterior environments of a building or other structure. It serves as the outer shell to help maintain the indoor environment (together with the mechanical conditioning systems) to facilitate its climate control. Another emerging term is "Building Enclosure". Building envelope design is a specialized area of architectural and engineering practice that draws from all areas of building science and indoor climate control.

Architects have been designing the exterior walls, roof systems and structure foundations for hundreds of years, so what has changed?  

Everything…  First, building codes have changed significantly over the years, manufactured products have evolved and sustainability and energy conservation has made a big impact on the types of products we select and in what order we assemble them.   As buildings have gotten more energy efficient through the tightening of our structures, we have learned what not to do…

Lastly, more design professionals are involved in litigation over building enclosure issues (glazed curtain walls, roofs, skylights, water infiltration through below grade walls, flooring failures, mold, etc) than any other claim.

DTR is a specialty-consulting firm addressing both the design and performance of the Building Envelope. We take an integrated approach to designing exterior walls, glazing types, curtain walls, window and door openings, deck traffic coatings, green roofs and traditional roofing systems all the way down to the foundation and beneath the slab to protect the entire Building (Enclosure) Envelope.

Building Code requires that the exterior wall envelope be designed and constructed in such manner as to prevent the accumulation of water within the wall assembly by providing a water-resistive barrier behind the exterior veneer.  Architecturally, we want our structures to breathe, but not allow water to penetrate into the structure.
Our expertise also includes:

  • Rain Screens
  • Architectural glazing performance requirements
  • Glass, metal, stone curtain walls
  • Structural glass wall systems
  • Glass roofs and skylights
  • Green Roofing (Intensive, Extensive & Tray Systems)
  • Window Washing & Maintenance Equipment
  • Roof Fall Protection
  • Waterproofing systems
  • Breathable (permeable) walls.
  • Dimensional stone
  • Panelized systems
  • Architectural pre-cast Concrete
  • Glass-Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC)
  • Masonry
  • Parking Garage traffic coatings
  • Field Mock-up Designs

With the goal to publish clear and concise contract documents, a consulting team must be fully aware of the project scope and their documents must address details pertaining to the project scope. Proper investigations and coordination are required during the design development phases of the project in order to collect the right information. Information must be conveyed in the form of drawings, details and technical specifications that can be understood by the appropriate audience.


DTR will provide your firm with various documents (sketches, specifications, test reports, calculations, etc) with the goal of fully addressing the scope of work contemplated to avoid unnecessary change orders during the construction phase.

DTR Consulting Services may include the evaluation of systems, products and components for performance, compatibility and erect-ability in project specific applications, in addition to:

  • Developing system performance requirements
  • Preparing or review architectural details and develop specification sections
  • Coordinating details with structural and mechanical consultants
  • Reviewing bids and bidder qualifications
  • Conducting pre-bid meetings
  • Administering performance mock-up testing
  • Reviewing submittals and mark-up shop drawings for conformance to project requirements
  • Conducting pre-construction conferences
  • Administering in-plant inspections
  • Administering simple field-testing
  • Performing construction-monitoring inspections
  • Reviewing as-built construction and modifications
  • Conducting punch-list inspections
  • Advising the project team regarding technical and performance issues

Important Note:  DTR is an independent consultant not affiliated with contractors, suppliers, or manufacturers. We may serve as the Owner's Agent in administering and coordinating construction work, but we do not manage or perform any construction work or sell any construction products.

 

Because of the importance of the execution, we encourage our A/E clients to utilize our on-site quality control inspection and other Contract Monitoring services.

 

 

 

 

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