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Predicting Façade Failures

Kimball J. Beasley, PE, F.ASCE

Building façades are often constructed with materials of variable strength that are constantly exposed to weather and attached with hundreds or thousands of concealed connections that cannot be easily inspected or maintained. These materials and connections, which may have been installed with minimal supervision due to difficult access, are often suspended over busy sidewalks with the expectation they will last forever—or at least for the building’s economic life. Continue reading