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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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