Month: June 2013

Jim DeStefano made a Fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute

The Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers has made Jim DeStefano a Fellow of the institute. In order to qualify for this position, an engineer must not only be a licensed Professional Engineer, but must also have had charge of important work in the field of structural engineering. Throughout his career, Jim has worked to further the professional of structural engineering and to raise the bar for other engineers in the industry.

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Live from Daryl’s House

80’s pop start Daryl Hall has been making waves again with his restored Georgian Colonial in upstate New York. The property recently sold for 6 million dollars but has quite a story to tell. DeStefano & Chamberlain worked together with Hall to combine two antique timber frames to create this period home. Since the completion of the restoration, the singer/song writer featured the house on a series of webcast performances. Live from Daryl’s House showcased well-known and upcoming artists in his private recording studio. This unique home shares many characteristics of early colonial homes and will certainly have many more stories to tell.

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GreenSource features the Biomass Heating Facility

The Hotchkiss School Biomass Heating Facility is featured in GreenSource–the magazine of sustainable design. The new facility is targeting LEED Silver certification for its use of wood chips as a renewable fuel source for the private school in northwest Connecticut. The project was designed by Centerbrook Architects and Planners and the Engineer of Record was DeStefano & Chamberlain.

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Check out the progress photos.

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DeStefano & Chamberlain finally has a Facebook page!

We will be posting photos of our exciting projects, articles relating to the building industry, and of course, funny jokes and videos for your entertainment. Be sure to Like us on Facebook to follow all of our activities!

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Collection of Robert A.M. Stern’s projects published

Robert A.M. Stern Architects have recently published a collection of their latest projects. Featured within Evidence are the Hotchkiss School dormitories where DeStefano & Chamberlain were the Engineer of Record. DeStefano & Chamberlain have also collaborated with RAMSA on the Choate Rosemary Environmental Center and the newest residence hall at the Hotchkiss School.

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Megastorm hits the Northeast

This year Mother Nature celebrated Halloween dressed as Hurricane Sandy. Making landfall over the state of New Jersey, the category one hurricane crashed into a low front transforming into a nor’easter as it continued north. Megastorm Sandy was felt as far west as Michigan bringing with her heavy rains and in some cases a few feet of snow. Up and down the coast, residents experienced major flooding from the high storm surge and wind gusts up to 90 mph. Several hundred-thousands were left without power in the storm’s aftermath with New York and New Jersey suffering from the most damage. Sandy is going down in history as the largest (best dressed) storm to ever hit the northeast; the most expensive too.

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As the residents of Connecticut picks up after the storm, DeStefano & Chamberlain is available for damage assessments to all building & marine structures. Please contact our office directly at (203) 254-7131

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Featured Article in US Builders Review

DeStefano & Chamberlain, Inc. gets featured in the summer edition of US Builders Review. The Art of Structural Design showcases the firm’s history of high quality work with architecturally exposed structures. Special thanks for our sponsors: E.M. Rose Builders Inc. and Carolina Timberworks.

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Shope Reno Wharton’s first publication hits the shelves

DeStefano & Chamberlain is happy to announce that our friends at the firm of Shope Reno Wharton have published their first collective portfolio. House, Home & Heart: Artistry and Craftsmanship in the Architecture of Shope Reno Wharton is a compilation of “redefined modern architecture within a context of traditional sensibilities” (P. Goldberger). Showcasing their designs in over 400 photographs, this book takes a closer look at SRW’s latest residential projects. DeStefano & Chamberlain has been collaborating with SRW for over 30 years.

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Deadly Tornado hits Springfield, MA

A tornado ravaged downtown Springfield, Massachusetts and several of the surrounding towns in an afternoon storm. The winds brought down trees, scattered debris, and damaged numerous buildings. DeStefano & Chamberlain was called in to investigate the structural integrity of Monson Town Hall which was severely damaged in the storm.

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Will your roof stand up to all this snow?

Kevin Chamberlain was interviewed by the Hartford Courant regarding potential roof collapses due to this winter’s heavy snowfall. Homeowners worry as the state gets bombarded with snow and wonder if they should shovel the snow off of their roof.

“There’s no hard and fast rule for when you have too much snow,” says Kevin. “The thing about houses and wood structures in general is that they are pretty resilient. They give warning signs–sags and cracks. It’s important to pay attention to them.”

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SIP Installation of Virginia Home featured in USA Today

The use of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), in place of traditional framing, is gaining momentum as seen in the story of a Virginia home. USA Today features owner Wendy Koch’s Green House Blog which follows the progress of construction of her new sustainable home. DeStefano & Chamberlain Inc. designed the SIP structure.

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Design for Flooding: Architecture, Landscape, and Urban Design for Resilience to Climate Change

Recently published, Design for Flooding (2011) includes a section on Flood-Resistant Design that has been co-authored by Jim DeStefano and Donald Watson. Discussion topics include flood design analysis, coastal regions, and best practices for building design.

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Sustainability Guidelines for the Structural Engineer

Jim DeStefano has written the Wood Construction chapter for this ASCE sponsored publication. The Sustainability Guidelines for the Structural Engineer (2010) is divided into several discussions regarding sustainable strategies for design, construction, infrastructure, and building materials.

Pick up your copy at ASCE.org.

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Timber Frames: Designing Your Custom Home

Our friend and client, Jeremy Bonin–an architect specializing in the design of timber framed buildings, has authored a new book on timber framed homes.

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ACEC 2008 Engineering Excellence Award

DeStefano and Chamberlain along with Dan Conlon Architects received the ACEC 2008 Engineering Excellence Award for the St. Patrick Church. Kevin Chamberlain (center) along with Dan Conlon (far right).

www.dconlonarchitects.com

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Interview with CNN

Jim DeStefano was interviewed by CNN the day of the World Trade Center collapse.

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Interview with ABC

Jim DeStefano was interviewed by ABC Eyewitness News on August 3, 2007, following the bridge collapse in Minnesota.

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Cherokee School: the Largest SIPS Project

DeStefano & Chamberlain, in collaboration with Panelwrights, has engineered the Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) system for the Cherokee School Project in North Carolina. With a total of 376,000 S.F. of SIPs, this is the largest SIP project ever built.

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Westport Weston Family Y

Jim DeStefano is on the building committee for the proposed new Westport Weston Family Y which will be located on the site of Camp Mahackeno. The project is being designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects.

www.westporty.org

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Timber Frame Engineering Council

Jim DeStefano is a founder and past chairman of the newly formed Timber Frame Engineering Council (TFEC). The TFEC is a group within the Timber Framers Guild of structural engineers and others with an interest in timber frame engineering. The TFEC is dedicated to advancing the technology of timber frame engineering. The goals and objectives of the group include: Providing an open forum for the discussion of engineering topics. Promote appropriate research to advance timber frame and SIP technology. Produce technical publications and articles on various topics. Advocate amendments to building codes and technical standards. Conduct engineering sessions in conjunction with TFG Conferences.

www.timberframeengineeringcouncil.org

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SEI: Structural Engineering Institute

Jim DeStefano has been appointed to the ASCE/SEI 24 Flood Resistant Design and Construction standard committee. Jim also serves on the SEI Sustainability committee.

www.seinstitute.org

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Framing gone wild

bracing through room

Wait you didn’t want the bracing through the middle of the room?!

 

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