A multidisciplinary team of engineers, materials scientists, and technicians operates the Janney Technical Center (JTC), providing reliable answers to questions about architectural systems, structural components, and construction materials. The center encompasses more than 25,000 square feet and is one of the nation’s largest construction-based testing laboratories. It can accommodate virtually any construction-related testing or research project, from the performance evaluation of a new curtain wall or the fatigue and fracture testing of reinforcing bars to accelerated weathering tests or specialized physical and chemical testing of materials. The JTC’s capabilities range from scanning electron microscopy to 500,000-pound load testing capacity to full-scale specimen testing using our 6,000-square-foot strong floor. The JTC also maintains state-of-the-art equipment for field evaluations, for use when we need to diagnose the problem at its source.

To evaluate challenging structures and components, our team goes beyond the routine to develop specialized testing procedures, data collection systems, and equipment. This innovative and unique testing and research has often led to the development of standardized testing methods for construction materials that are commonly used today.
JTC Capbilities:
  • Facade testing and evaluation
  • Structural testing and evaluation
  • Materials testing and evaluation
  • Petrographic evaluation
  • Thermal analysis
  • Chemical testing
  • Nondestructive testing and evaluation
  • Instrumentation and load testing
  • Code compliance testing
  • Testing and identification of Chinese Drywall

Laboratory Accreditations:
Our Northbrook laboratories adhere to the ISO/IEC 17025 general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. Specific accreditations include:
Staff Accreditations:
  • ACI Level I—aggregate testing technician
  • ACI Level II—concrete laboratory testing technician
  • ASNT Level III—ultrasonic testing technician
  • ASNT NDT Level II—visual inspection
  • AWS Certified Welding inspector

Laboratory Locations:
  • Northbrook, Illinois—main laboratory
  • Cleveland, Ohio—satellite laboratory
  • Austin, Texas—satellite laboratory