Below a selection of projects is shown for which we provided facade engineering services whilst working for our previous employers Arup and BuroHappold. Arup and BuroHappold are independent engineering and consultancy firms working across every aspect of today’s built environment. Projects included offices and residential buildings but also educational, commercial, transport, leisure, etc. Our services included all facade related matters such as the following:
Tender Stages and competitions
Supporting the design team during competitions by providing sketches, material and facade system knowledge to create innovative facades.
Design guidance included regular workshops with the architect and other consultants. Topics such as the following were addressed:
Thermal assessments, structural design, installation methods, access and maintenance methods, fire safety, acoustic performance, security design, risk analysis (glass and installation), age friendly design etc.
Material and facade system studies were carried out. Typical materials are brickwork, natural stone, metal claddings, curtain walls, copper, bronze, precast and fiber reinforced concrete, bio and plastic composites, timber cladding
Tender documentation development for the full facade package. During the tender stage tenderers (facade contractors) were interviewed and their submissions reviewed.
Calculations, drawings, installation sequences and material/ product proposals submitted by the contractor were reviewed and discussed during regular construction meetings with the contractor, developer and architect.
Factory inspections and prototype testing were part of our services to maintain quality and consistency of the quality of the facades. Site inspections were carried out monthly or bi weekly to ensure the facade is installed as per drawings and calculations and to minimise risks due to for example poor workmanship.