Weidlinger Principal Co-Chairs Facades Conference
Weidlinger Principal Dr. Mohammed Ettouney represents the engineering firm's leadership in the
burgeoning field of dynamic facade design, a major contributor to high-performance buildings.
New York, NY, February 01, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Weidlinger Associates, Inc., helped originate and
organize the Metals in Construction magazine 2013 Facades Conference, “Dynamic Facades:
Architecture's New Frontier.” Weidlinger Principal Dr. Mohammed Ettouney is co-chair of the steering
committee for the event, along with Gary Higbee, AIA, Director of Industry Development for the
Ornamental Metal Institute of New York (OMINY). The conference, presented by the Architectural
Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers and OMINY, will take place February
13, 2013, at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium in New York City.
The daylong event will focus on new developments in the growing area of dynamic, or “active,” facades,
now widely recognized as an integral component of high-performance building systems. Facade-related
design choices—most notably, dynamic fenestration (the design and placement of windows) and
ventilation—can dramatically affect the performance of a building and its occupants.
“Far from being purely aesthetic, facades are increasingly used to support sustainable, energy-efficient
design and improve worker productivity by regulating the entire building environment,” said Ettouney.
“The technology is advancing very quickly, and as a major contributor, Weidlinger recognized the
importance of sharing information about this rapidly expanding field.” Many of the firm's designs and
upgrades for buildings at the World Trade Center site, federal office buildings around the country, and
embassy structures throughout the world epitomize the state of the art in dynamic facades.
Guest speakers representing a number of leading architectural and engineering firms will address a range
of topics, including the changing role of the building envelope, dynamic fenestration and ventilation,
types of active facades, developments and innovations in materials and design tools, and monitoring and
control systems. Other topics will be the importance of integrating the management, coordination, and
sequencing of active-facade design and the costs and benefits of dynamic facades. Case studies based on
real-life projects will be presented to illustrate strategies for assessing the economic, environmental, and
social impacts of dynamic-facade design for both new and existing buildings. Presentations will be
followed by a moderated panel discussion.
For more information about the conference, including registration details, visit
Weidlinger Associates, Inc., is a 300-person structural engineering firm that designs and rehabilitates
buildings, bridges, and infrastructure and provides special services in applied science, forensics, and
physical security. The firm, which celebrated its 60th year in 2009, is recognized worldwide for its
innovative and practical design solutions and for its long-term commitment to advancing the state of the
art in engineering. Headquartered in New York City, the firm has branch offices in the United States and
the United Kingdom.
Weidlinger Associates, Inc.
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