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Portland BEC October Meeting
Portland BEC October Meeting: Multnomah County Central Courthouse
Multnomah County’s central courthouse was built between 1909 and 1914, when the county had only 250,000 residents and long before modern building code standards for the region’s risk of earthquakes were in place. The new Central Courthouse Project is a swiftly rising, 17-story-structure at Southwest First Avenue and Madison Street, and is slated for completion in the spring of 2020.
The beginning of the exterior envelope can be observed as the installation of the façade exterior window is ongoing. Leading up to the current stage of construction, the team engaged in numerous studies for cladding systems and curtain wall assemblies. During the design phase, 3D modeling was used not only to design and conceptualize the project but also to create prefabricated materials and choreograph different systems.
A free-standing mockup has been used extensively by the team to coordinate transition of the panels forming the moisture barrier with the fenestration systems and cladding.
The Architect, Exterior Envelope Consultant, and Building Envelope Commissioning Authority will present as a panel to offer insight into the design of the envelope and also methods used to verify installations in the field.
Oct 9 2018 – 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Aceh Community Room
Mercy Corps, 45 SW Ankeny St
Portland, OR 97204
Free to members. Membership information below. Click here to join >>
Corporate: $150.00 per year (allows unlimited attendees)
Individual: $50.00 per year (about $5.00 per lunch seminar)
Student: $25.00 per year
About the Portland Building Enclosure Council
The Portland BEC (Building Enclosure Council) was formed in December 2005 as a committee of the Portland Chapter of the AIA. It is a part of a national network of BECs established by an agreement in May 2004 between the AIA and BETEC, the Building Enclosure Technology and Environmental Council of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS).
In 2011 the Portland BEC became an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization supported by its individual, corporate, and student members. The Portland BEC is run by an elected group of officers and a board of directors.
The purpose of the organization is to promote and encourage discussion, training, education, technology transfer, the exchange of information about local issues and cases, relevant weather conditions and all matters concerning building enclosures and the related science.
The organization is charged with providing a forum for the construction industry in the crucial area of building enclosures.
The Portland BEC meets at noon on the first Tuesday of scheduled months at the Mercy Corps Building. The meeting lasts 1 1/2 hours and is structured around a presentation on issues relevant to the building enclosure. Anyone with an interest in improving the quality of the built building enclosure is welcome to attend.
Cover images courtesy Multnomah County.