Bill Baker of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP: Tall Buildings and the Burj Khalifa

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for architectural windows, glass, and building facade. Bill Baker is the partner in charge of Structural and Civil Engineering for the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. One of his most recent accomplishments, completion of the world’s tallest building, the 160 story, 2,717 feet, Burj Khalifa (formerly the Burj Dubai) in Dubai, has literally shaken…

Keying for Window Leak Survey

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for leaking windows. Surveying field conditions requires on-the-fly creativity. First, you must be experienced enough to recognize a new field condition, then you must quickly assign it a meaningful name. Sometimes, it can also be very helpful to assign the condition a unique graphical key, or symbol, which will make the viewing of your survey sheet more…

Documentary Photos for Curtainwall Survey

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for leaking curtainwalls. A curtainwall is the ubiquitous “wall of glass” seen on many downtown buildings. Its framing system drapes across the face of the building’s structure. In contrast, a window sits within an opening in the structure. A window-wall generally runs floor to ceiling in long runs, but is basically a window system because it sits…

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