Bill Kreysler, president of Kreysler & Associates and chair of ACMA’s Architectural Division, discusses how the recent revision to the International Building Codes has changed his business as well as the innovative application that won his company an ACE Award at COMPOSITES 2013 in Orlando, Fla.
As the winner of ACMA’s ACE Award for the Most Creative Application for using composite materials in the construction of Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall, Kreysler & Associates has been leading the way this industry since its establishment in 1982.
How was ACMA’s Architectural Division involved in changing the building codes?
We weren’t just involved, we were it! The Architectural Division of ACMA raised the funds from the members; we went out to other stake holders in the industry and raised the money. We hired a consultant. We received help from John Busel but really through volunteer member efforts, we attended committee meetings and learned about the process. We showed up at the hearing and testified before the code council for the International Building Code. It was two ACMA committees: the Architectural Committee and the Fire Code Committee. Myself and Nick Dempsey, chairman of the Fire Code committee, worked together to get this thing passed with the support of ACMA.
What codes were revised that made the Bing Concert Hall project possible?
In the 2009 Edition of the IBC (International Building Code), section 2612 was added to the 26th chapter titled “plastics” and with the help of our consultants, Hughes Associates, we had new language added that introduces FRP composites and provides test requirements and regulations which is now titled “Fiber Reinforced Polymer” and “Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer.”
How are these new codes advancing the use of composites?
Well, I can tell you that at my company, right now and for the next two years, I can guarantee that at least 75 percent of our work would not have been possible without this code change. So our company has changed dramatically as a result of this code change. That’s work we already have on the books and future work that’s been ordered but not started. We just started a project that will last for the next two years and it would not have been possible without that code change either. That’s how it’s impacting our company.
Why did Kreysler & Associates decide to use composites for the Bing Hall project? What are the advantages of composites in this application?