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The timbers for the new Thompson Exhibition Building at Mystic Seaport have started to go up! DeStefano & Chamberlain provided the structural engineering for the new building. Designed by Centerbrook Architects, it stands in contrast to the other buildings on the campus and features an exterior appearance of a cresting wave, while the interior resembles an early whaling ship.
Stay tuned for more updates as construction progresses!
The Hotchkiss Biomass Power Facility designed by Centerbrook Architects and engineered by DeStefano & Chamberlain has been selected as #10 on the Huffington Post’s “20 of The Most Ingenious Works of Architecture in 2014”. Check it out here!
DeStefano & Chamberlain have been hired by the town of Fairfield to provide the design for the Penfield Pavilion renovations following Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene. Following the 1-2 punch of these storms, the build was left with undermined foundations and damage to the decks and floors. DeStefano & Chamberlain has been brought on board to provide both structural and architectural designs for the renovations and lifting of the building to safeguard it against future storms. Click here and here to see some pictures of the damage.
The Kohler Environmental Center at the Choate Rosemary School has been awarded the Green Good Design Award by the Chicago Athenaeum: Muesem of Architecture and Design in conjunction with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design, and Urban Studies. The award is given to forward thinking company’s and brands as a recognition of sustainable design, architecture, and products.
The timber frame at the Haystack Club Base Lodge has been finally topped off. The structural insulated panels (SIP) and rough carpentry have now begun to go up and the building envelope is nearing completion!
Several months ago, DeStefano & Chamberlain, Inc. sponsored an exhibit at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, CT. The exhibit explained various green technologies in the building and engineering industry including a case study of a project DeStefano & Chamberlain undertook which employe a number of energy saving and environmentally responsible building techniques. Though the exhibit has come and gone, you can still see some of the displays here and here!
Be sure to check out the most recent events at the Discovery Museum to see what they have to offer!
The Hotchkiss Biomass Facility has recently been selected for three design awards.
These three awards recognize the unique design and architecture of the biomass facility. The structure used curves glulams to create a rolling roof plane which served as the base for the facility’s green roof.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Get your copy here!
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.
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.”
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.
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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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.
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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.
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.