Kevin Kalata

Kevin Kalata
Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.


"The Dos and Don'ts of Enclosure Integration Detailing"  
8:45-9:45 AM CDT, Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Building Enclosure Conference

Presentation Overview:
Good integration detailing is essential to the performance of the building enclosure. Failure to properly integrate dissimilar materials and systems can lead to issues ranging from water penetration, air infiltration/exfiltration, energy loss, condensation, and even local structural failure.

This presentation will explore a wide range of enclosure material and system interfaces as they relate to new construction including additions to existing structures. Real world examples of problematic details and conditions will be presented, as will recommended solutions.

The presentation is intended to be interactive, as it will utilize a software-based platform to solicit audience participation through anonymous voting on posed questions related to integration detailing. All levels of expertise are welcome.

Kevin Kalata is Principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) with over twenty-six years of experience. Mr. Kalata a licensed architect (IL and SC) and structural engineer (IL), who focuses on building enclosures. Since joining WJE in 1996, Mr. Kalata has performed hundreds of investigations on a wide array of building materials and wall systems including brick, concrete, and stone masonry; architectural precast concrete; windows, storefronts, and curtain walls; insulated metal panels (IMP); aluminum and metal composite material (ACM/MCM); exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS), air and moisture barrier systems, flashings, and sealants; and various other building enclosure and cladding systems.

These investigations have included assessments related to moisture penetration, air infiltration, thermal, and structural performance for both new and existing construction. Mr. Kalata has also conducted investigations of distressed buildings, building components, and framing systems to evaluate damage from hurricanes, tornadoes, and fire, as well as to assess construction, material, and/or design defects. Mr. Kalata is the past Chair of the Building Enclosure Council - Chicago and is a member of ASTM E06.