Webday Wednesdays - Challenges and Opportunities of Revitalizing Aging Façades

For the month of May, the RAIC is pleased to present a weekly series on the subject of Advanced Building Envelopes.


Challenges and Opportunities of Revitalizing Aging Façades
Date: May 8, 2019
Presenter: Rob Wood

Curtain wall failures are a common and often highly visible problem for commercial owners and managers. This presentation discusses various methods of failure, including air and water penetration, structural failures, and aesthetic degradation. Unlike the construction of a new high-rise, the restoration of a fully occupied building poses challenges that go beyond detailing the work and hiring the trades. Selecting the optimal method of retrofit, including the refurbishment of the existing system, overcladding, and full removal and replacement, is crucial to delivering a successful project. Case studies highlight these approaches, their relative advantages and disadvantages, and technical considerations. Case studies include retrofits at 60 Bloor Street West, The Zurich Building (400 University Avenue, Toronto), Toronto City Hall, and Oxford Tower in Edmonton.

At the completion of this session, the participant/learner will be able to:

  • To understand the essential functions of curtain wall systems and the ways in which they can fail.
  • To understand the reasons why curtain wall systems fail.
  • To understand the factors that go into selecting the appropriate method of retrofit for a given building.

Continuing education learning hours: 1 credit

Mr. Wood is the President of C3 Specialty Glazing Solutions, a leading provider of curtain wall retrofits on occupied commercial buildings, and a member of The C3 Group of Companies. At C3, he has overseen the retrofit of high rise office towers across Canada, including Toronto City Hall’s two office towers; 400 University Avenue in Toronto; and towers in Edmonton, Halifax, and Sudbury.

Rob Wood is a graduate of the System Design Engineering program at the University of Waterloo. He has been with The C3 Group since 2001, and has held various management positions within the group. Rob is on the board of the Great Lakes Ontario Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and is a member of other organizations, including BOMA Toronto and the Professional Engineers of Ontario. He is an active speaker, having conducted seminars and presentations on curtain wall retrofit to OBEC, the OAA, and other organizations.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, May 6, 2019, at 5 p.m. ET

$25 for RAIC members, plus applicable taxes.
$30 for non-members, plus applicable taxes.

SCHEDULE: The Webinar will take place on Wednesday, May 8, at 1 p.m. ET in English.
The Canada-wide schedule by time zone is:









 10 a.m.

 11 a.m.

 12 noon

 1 p.m.

 2 p.m.

 2:30 p.m.


 11 a.m.

 12 noon

 1 p.m.

 2 p.m.

 3 p.m.

 3:30 p.m.

More information, including online access instructions and a PDF copy of the slides will be sent to you by email on the Monday prior to the Webday webinar. 


May 8, 2019 1:00 PM   through   2:00 PM

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