A multidisciplinary team of engineers, materials scientists, and technicians operates the Janney Technical Center (JTC), providing reliable answers to questions about architectural systems, components (structural, materials, parts), and construction materials. The center encompasses more than 25,000 square feet and is one of America’s largest construction-based testing laboratories. It can accommodate virtually any construction-related testing, metallurgical 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, 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 Capbilities:
  • Structural testing and evaluation
  • Materials testing and evaluation
  • Facade testing and evaluation
  • Petrographic and microscopial evaluation
  • Thermal analysis
  • Chemical testing
  • Metallurgical testing
  • Corrosion analysis
  • Fatigue and fracture analysis
  • Nondestructive testing and evaluation
  • Instrumentation and load testing
  • Code compliance testing
  • Testing and identification of Chinese Drywall

Laboratory Accreditations and Compliance:
Our Northbrook laboratories adhere to the ISO/IEC 17025 general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. Specific accreditations include:
  • ASME NQA-1 Compliant Nuclear Quality Assurance Program
  • International Accreditation Service (IAS)
  • American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) accreditation R18 for testing of cement, concrete, and aggregates
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct material tests
  • Miami-Dade County approved test laboratory
  • International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) 17020:2012: Third Party Inspection
  • Materials and Equipment Acceptance (MEA) approved testing agency, NYC Department of Buildings
  • City of Los Angeles approved testing agency accredited laboratory

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