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 United States' 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 of magnifications up to 100,000 times 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, structural monitoring, instrumentation, and nondestructive testing 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 Capabilities:
  • Structural testing and evaluation
  • Materials testing and evaluation
  • Facade testing and evaluation
  • Petrographic and microscopial evaluation
  • Thermal analysis
  • Chemical testing
  • Nondestructive testing and evaluation
  • Instrumentation and load testing
  • Code compliance testing
  • Testing and identification of Chinese Drywall

Laboratory Accreditations and Compliance:
Specific accreditations and quality programs for our Northbrook laboratory include:
 
  • ASME NQA-1 Compliant Nuclear Quality Assurance Program
  • ISO/IEC 17020:2012 Conformity Assessment – Requirements for the Operation of Various Types of Bodies Performing Inspection by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB)
  • ISO/IEC 17025:2005 General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories by the International Accreditation Service (IAS)
  • American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Standard Practice R18 Standard Recommended Practice for Establishing and Implementing a Quality System for Construction Materials Testing Laboratories by AASHTO
  • City of Los Angeles approved testing agency
  • Miami-Dade accredited test laboratory

Staff Accreditations:
  • ACI Concrete Strength Testing Technician
  • ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade I
  • ACI Concrete Laboratory Testing Technician – Level I
  • ACI Concrete Laboratory Testing Technician – Level II
  • ACI Aggregate Testing Technician – Level I
  • ACI Adhesive Anchor Installer

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