• AIA CM Workshop: Water Infiltration

AIA CM Workshop: Water Infiltration

  • 25 Feb 2009
  • 5:00 PM - 6:59 PM
  • Preservation Worcester, 10 Cedar Street, Worcester MA 01609

AIA Central MA Workshop:

Water Infiltration: tips and lessons learned in designing effective waterproofing

Susan Knack-Brown PE

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Preservation Worcester
10 Cedar Street,
Worcester MA 01609

The 2009 AIA Central Massachusetts workshop series begins with a session on water infiltration that takes place on Wednesday, February 25. Successful performance of a building’s enclosure requires careful incorporation of water, vapor, air and thermal barriers.  However, it is the failure of the waterproofing system, or water barrier, which is the most common reason for complaints about a building enclosure’s performance.  As such, this presentation focuses on the design of waterproofing systems for various window, wall, and roof systems.  Through a combination of design reviews and case study examinations, we will discuss a number of important requirements for the successful performance of the waterproofing system and provided tips on how to design effective waterproofing as well as handle owner expectations on system performance.


The presenter is Susan Knack-Brown from Simpson, Gumpertz and Heger. She specializes in the investigation and remedial design of building enclosures.  She has participated in and supervised numerous design projects, including the roof reconstruction of the New York State Capitol Building and the copper dome replacement on Boston’s landmark Quincy Marketplace.  In addition, Ms. Knack-Brown has participated in investigations on numerous buildings including historic buildings like the Wadsworth Atheneum.  

The AIA Central MA board meets after the monthly workshop. The agenda will be announced.

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