The Symbolic Value of Buildings

The Symbolic Value of Buildings A visit to venerable European cities Paris, Venice, Florence and Rome imbues the traveler with a sense of history difficult to obtain in urban youngsters like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. There is something special in the designs we see. Symbolic meaning. The designers and builders are sending us messages from times past. The buildings are more than utilitarian…

Choosing a Window Consultant or Exterior Building Consultant

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for building exteriors.These days you can pretty much find a consultant for anything. Without trying very hard, you can find:So it stands to reason that you can find a consultant to assist you with your windows or the exterior of your building. As it happens, there are quite a few of us providing construction consultation services to…

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…

Wind Loads and Windows for the Very Windy City

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for wind damage to buildings. NEW: Download Chicago Window Expert’s Wind Pressure Chart and Calculator Here in the windy city, the pressure of the wind plays a big role in the specification and design of buildings, and especially the part of the envelope we like to lick: the windows and glass. When designing and testing windows, curtainwalls,…

Chicago Energy Conservation Code for Dummies

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for windows, glazing and building exteriors. Reading code books is arguably one of the more arduous and boring parts of the construction process. One reason is that the building codes are legal documents, and so they carry a certain ponderous barrier of legalese which can repel the uninitiated. Another reason is that they are documents of governments,…

Drowning Worms? An Olympic Eulogy

Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for windows, glass and building exteriors. Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright; The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light, And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout; But there is no joy in Mudville – mighty Casey has struck out. Excerpt from Casey at the Bat by Ernest…

Construction Defect Dispute? You Need an Expert Witness

Construction Defect Dispute? You Need an Expert Witness Mark Meshulam is an expert witness and consultant for construction of windows, glass and building facades. We have actively participated in the construction landscape for over 40 years. This lengthy – and still continuing – history has been filled with a vast array of great projects. Much constructive, rewarding work has been performed. But… The problem begins…

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