SEAM Meeting: Renovating the Boston Public Library Johnson Building

SEAM will be hosting a dinner meeting detailing the recent renovations to the Boston Public Library.

Major renovations to an iconic building can create substantial structural challenges, particularly when the building remains occupied during construction. The recent transformation of the Boston Public Library by William Rawn Associates opens up the Johnson Building to be inviting to library users and improves the connectivity between the Johnson and McKim Buildings.

The structural scope included the removal of an existing mezzanine to create a grand two-story lobby along Boylston Street, replacement of a portion of a 7-story column for the installation of a new glass elevator and removing a segment of a masonry bearing wall to create a missing link between the Johnson and McKim Buildings.

Key to the success of the transformation of the BPL Johnson Building was the early and continued coordination between the architect, engineer, contractor and specialty construction engineer. The project is featured in this month’s Structure magazine with a follow-up article slated for next month’s edition. This presents a great opportunity to hear about the project first hand.

DATE: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

PRESENTERS:
Nathan C. Roy, P.E. is an Associate at LeMessurier and teaches at the Boston Architectural College. Nathan was the project manager for LeMessurier, the Structural Engineer of Record for the BPL transformation.

Ethan A. Rhile, P. E. is a Senior Associate with Becker Structural Engineers, Inc. Ethan was the project manager acting as the Specialty Shoring Structural Engineer for the BPL transformation.

LOCATION:
Embassy Suites Portland
1050 Westbrook St, Portland, ME 04102

CREDITS:
1.5 PDH will be awarded

COST:
$40 for SEAM members, $60 for non-members

AGENDA:
6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Registration/ Social
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Presentation

RSVP: by noon Friday, September 21, 2018

 

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SEAM Seminar: Engineers’ Guidelines for Historic Structural Systems

SEAM will be hosting this half day seminar presented by Mr. Donald Friedman, P.E., F.APT, F. ASCE
The seminar will review several types of historic, archaic and obsolete structural framing systems. We will explore original design bases, how systems appeared on period documents, how to identify on site and how to analyze such systems under current building codes. The seminar will give a survey of historical changes in building technology, discuss their meaning today and consider how the safety of historic systems compares to that of modern structural systems.

Date:
Monday, May 14, 2018

Presenter:
Donald Friedman, P.E., F.APT, F. ASCE

Donald Friedman is president of Old Structures Engineering, PC, a structural engineering consulting firm for historic and old buildings. A professional engineer with over 30 years of experience in the investigation, analysis, and restoration of landmark buildings. Mr. Friedman holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.A. in Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research, and is a licensed engineer in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. He is certified in the practice of structural engineering by the Structural Engineering Certification Board, and is a Fellow of the Association for Preservation Technology and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Mr. Friedman’s design experience includes the integration of modern construction into existing buildings with archaic and obsolete structural systems; repair and restoration of steel, masonry, iron, wood, and concrete structures; and the investigation of historic buildings to determine structural type and condition. In addition to Mr. Friedman’s project work, he has taught engineering of historic buildings in the building conservation programs at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; he has spoken at numerous conferences on such topics as the structural analysis of masonry facades, and the failure of obsolete structural forms; he is the author of After 9-11: An Engineer’s Work at the World Trade Center, Historical Building Construction, and The Investigation of Buildings, and the co-author of Building the Empire State and The Design of Renovations. Refereed papers include “Methodology of Conservation Engineering,” “Cast-Iron Columns in Renovation Design,” “Hidden Intricacies: The Development of Modern Building Skeletons,” and “Ambiguity in Building Investigation.”

LOCATION:
Abromson Center, Level 2
University of Southern Maine
88 Bedford Street, Portland
Parking is free and located in the main parking garage attached to the Abromson Center
(Note: Access to Abromson Level 2 is through Level 3 of the garage)

CREDITS:
4 PDHs will be awarded, Diamond Approved
Note: NCSEA does not warrant that a course complies with the continuing education requirements in all jurisdictions

COST:
$90 for SEAM/NCSEA members, $130 for non-members

AGENDA:
8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration (Beverage and fruit provided)
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Morning Session (with break)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Afternoon Session

RSVP:
by Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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SEAM April Meeting: Structural Fire Protection

SEAM will be hosting an evening seminar presented by Eric Apolenis from Coffman Engineers, based in Atlanta Georgia. The presentation will cover structural fire protection design as it pertains to 2018 codes and standards.

The presentation will consist of three main parts:

1. Prescriptive Structural Fire Protection Strategies
2. Changes in Structural Fire Engineering
3. Performance Based Design (PBD) Approaches for Structural Fire Protection

Included in the discussion will be relevant IBC and ASCE provisions for fire protection with background information on calculating fire resistance rating, types of construction, and fire and smoke protection features. A case study using performance based design will also be discussed.

DATE:
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

PRESENTER:
Eric Apolenis, P.E., Engineer, Fire Protection
Coffman Engineers, Atlanta

LOCATION:
DiMillo’s On the Water
25 Long Wharf, Portland, ME 04101
Please park at the Wharf – it will be validated by the restaurant

CREDITS:
1.5 PDH will be awarded, Diamond Approved
Note: NCSEA does not warrant that a course complies with the continuing education requirements in all jurisdictions

COST:
$50 for SEAM members, $70 for non-members

AGENDA:
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Registration/ Social
5:30 pm – 6:15 pm Dinner
6:15 pm – 7:45 pm Presentation

RSVP:
by Friday, April 6, 2018

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT MEALS
When you register online you will be given a choice of three meals (see detailed meal list below) – be sure to make a selection. If you don’t – we will choose for you!

• Grilled Vegetables over house made polenta served with garlic bread

• Maple Baked Haddock Fresh Filet of Haddock, topped with Seasoned Bread Crumbs and Maple Cream Sauce

• Black Angus Sirloin Steak 9 oz. Black Angus Steak served with bleu cheese and garlic butter and House made onion rings. Cooked Medium Rare to Medium Unless otherwise requested

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SEAM Meeting: Beyond Contract Basics

Gregg Ritter of Clark Insurance will be leading a seminar on the Do’s and Don’ts of effective contract writing. This seminar will be useful even for engineers with standard contracts, as there are new recommendations for clauses as issues have arisen over the past few years. The program is designed to help you review client-developed agreements and to improve your contract negotiation skills. You will:

  • Understand the general purpose of 25 different types of contract clauses or issues and the risks commonly associated with them.
  • Be able to identify contract and negotiation solutions to these risks.
  • Be able to recognize clauses that contain onerous language and those with acceptable wording.
  • Learn to revise clauses to reflect a more equitable allocation of risk.
  • Be better prepared to justify these modifications.
  • Acquire strategies to provide alternative or additional language to protect yourself.

DATE:
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

INSTRUCTOR:
Gregg Ritter (Vice President, Senior Account Executive)
Gregg, a graduate of the University of Vermont and a resident of Portland, has distinguished himself in the area of professional liability for architects and engineers. He has more than 20 years in the industry and joined Clark in 2003. He serves as a VP of the agency as well as a Fiduciary of the Clark Insurance Employee Stock Ownership Trust.

LOCATION:
***NOTE! HEADQUARTERS HAVE MOVED!
Clark Insurance
1945 Congress Street, Building A
Portland, Maine 04104

CREDITS:
2.0 PDH will be awarded
XL Insurance Premium Credit

COST:
$40.00 for SEAM members
$60.00 for non-members

AGENDA:
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Registration/social time
5:30 pm – 6:15 pm Dinner
6:15 pm – 8:15 pm Seminar

RSVP:
by Friday, March 9, 2018

 

 

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