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Wheaton Sprague Building Envelope is a national Curtain Wall Design Consultant offering full-service consulting for exterior cladding systems
Whether you are using glass, brick, stone, metal, architectural precast
concrete, terra cotta, EIFS, or other materials, our goal is consistent: the
ultimate success of the building enclosure by marrying visual impact,
constructability, sustainability, enclosure performance and cost.
Often cladding comprises 20% of construction cost on new projects. A specialist consultant with expertise in the building envelope can increase your success in achieving budget, design, and performance targets.
With a staff of multi-disciplined, experienced professionals, and a passion and specialization for the building enclosure, Wheaton Sprague Building Envelope provides the following general construction services:
There are many problems that can occur with regard to the building enclosure. Wheaton Sprague’s entire focus is the building envelope. Our experience and expertise is applied to each phase of the design and construction process in an effort to ensure that all of the issues related to the building envelope are being handled properly. See further information under Owner / Architect / Contractor services.
Rehabilitation and Re-clad
For problems with an enclosure, or if a building envelope has not been appropriately maintained, or has reached the end of its useful life, the building envelope experts at Wheaton Sprague can assist in guiding the process toward rehabilitation or re-skinning / re-cladding of the facility.
Cladding System Design, Engineering and Drafting
For glazing and cladding subcontractors, Wheaton Sprague can assist in complex design problems and unusual geometry. Using current versions of AutoCAD, and Revit for BIM, WS can prepare and transfer drawings.
Remedial Investigation and Forensics
When problems occur in a building envelope, Wheaton Sprague will investigate the situation and recommend the most appropriate course of action. Reviewing documentation, performing field investigations, and supervising testing, WS’s building envelope experts can determine the cause of problems, develop corrective solutions and provide cost estimates.
The following is a global overview of our primary Consulting Services. More detailed services descriptions are located on this website:
- Concept / Schematic, Design Development
- Construction Document Development
- Expert Witness Testimony
- Construction Administration Services During Project Construction
- Thermal Design and Analysis Services
- Testing and Witnessing of Testing - Laboratory or Field
- Observation, Peer Review
- Forensic Investigation of Building Envelope Failures or Defects
- Blast/Impact Design, Engineering
- Facade inspections for ordinance requirements
Why consider a Building Envelope Consultant?
On the front end, prior to construction, we can provide design assistance to help you prevent leaks or other defects after the building is built. On the back end, if you have existing trouble with water infiltration, air infiltration, or other defects in the building envelope, we can assist you with finding the cause and providing the repair procedure. An overwhelming number of lawsuits are due to failures in the building envelope. We can help you to avoid costly failures and prevent costly lawsuits by getting the components of the vertical facade built and installed correctly.
The exterior cladding of a building is it's main aesthetic component
Our desire is to help architects and owners see their aesthetic goals come to fruition without compromising any building performance, and to help them avoid or repair the very common, frustrating and costly problems of water infiltration and condensation. In addition, to provide a building that will see increased longevity and maximum efficiency for our clients is a very rewarding aspect of our business.
Water infiltration and condensation in exterior cladding such as windows, doors, skylights, curtain walls, etc. are continually noted as the number one area of lawsuits for owners and architects. It would greatly benefit an owner to have an experienced, expert building envelope consultant at their disposal.
Check out Mark's latest article on "Maintaining Facade and Envelope Integrity" here.
Click here to download our corporate Building Envelope Consulting Division E-catalog
For building envelope consulting or forensic needs, please contact Mark Coulis, Senior Building Envelope Consultant, at (330) 860-0320 or email here