The first use of silicone sealant in a four-sided structural glazing application marks it 50-year anniversary in 2021. The building, located in Detroit, Michigan, still performs today as when it was originally installed in 1971. History of the engineering and performance of the Detroit building is reviewed as well as current observations of the structural sealant condition. Additional reference projects will be discussed to showcase the historical proven performance of silicone structural glazing withstanding weather, earthquakes, hurricanes and other environmental factors.
Representing Jon Kimberlain
About the speaker:
Andrew Dunlap is a Principal at SmithGroup and leads their Building Technology Studio. His primary work experience is in the analysis and development of building enclosures, specializing in the evaluation of airtightness, hygrothermal performance, and energy efficiency. His work includes evaluating existing buildings, investigating problem buildings, revitalizing historic structures, and the design and consultation of new and specialty facades. He received his Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Detroit Mercy.
He regularly provides presentations and publications for several industry organizations and is an active member and participant of the AIA, ABAA, BEC, and ASTM.