Thomas W. Hutchinson

Thomas W. Hutchinson, AIA, CSI,  Fellow-IIBEC, RRC
Principal, Hutchinson Design Group, Ltd.


"Designing Resilient Roof Systems: How and Why Making the Roof Last Longer is Important"  
1:15-2:15 PM CDT, Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Building Enclosure Conference

Presentation Overview:
Storms have become repetitive and the damage to infrastructure, buildings and life safety has reach historic proportions. From these catastrophes has arisen the concept of resiliency.

CIB determined several years ago that sustainability was no longer a goal of the built environment: Why? Because the building industry was so good in educating clients in regards that sustainability is no longer a goal to be discussed but is a client assumption to be provided.

So, what is this Resiliency? In regard to roofing, the essence is to design a roof that: Can weather the storm(s) with minimal damage and be quickly repaired so that the building in question can be operational. This program will review the concept of resiliency as it relates to roof system design. A case study will be presented.

Mr. Hutchinson is a graduate of the University of Illinois with master’s degrees in both architecture and civil engineering. As a licensed architect in Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio, and a registered roof consultant, Mr. Hutchinson has received recognition globally for his expertise in roof system design and building envelope issues. He has made numerous presentations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Technical presentations have included topics such as: Keys to Sustainable Construction, Environmentally Sensitive and Energy Conscious Roofs, and Preventing Building Envelope Failures: A Key to Sustainable Construction.

Mr. Hutchinson believes in the complete integration of all building components into roofing and building envelope system design. Mr. Hutchinson is currently a principal of Hutchinson Design Group, Ltd., Secretary for the CIB/RILEM International Joint Committee on “Roof Materials and Systems”, past President of RCI, and was named Fellow in RCI. Mr. Hutchinson and the Hutchinson Design Group, Ltd. have recently celebrated a few milestones, their 10 year anniversary in the beginning of 2013, as well as being awarded the prestigious RoofPointTM Excellence in Design Award on four of their recently completed projects in 2012 and two in 2013.