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Andi Mele

Associate III

 
Experience

Andi Mele joined WJE in 2015 and has since been involved in a variety of building enclosure investigation and repair projects. He has performed observations during construction of new building enclosures and repairs to existing systems. Mr. Mele has also conducted and witnessed numerous exterior envelope mock-up and field tests, including water leakage and air infiltration testing of air and weather barriers and window/curtain wall systems in accordance with ASTM and AAMA standards.

Mr. Mele has participated in peer reviews of exterior enclosures and assisted in the design of interface detailing with emphasis on constructability, waterproofing, and mitigating condensation potential. He has expertise in evaluating moisture-related building enclosure issues through thermal and hygrothermal analysis of building assemblies.

As an NFRC Certified Simulator, Mr. Mele is proficient in the use of THERM and WINDOW to analyze thermal performance and localized heat transfer effects in building enclosures.

REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS

Building Enclosure Consulting

  • Private Residence - New York, NY: Exterior envelope design review and thermal analysis
  • Amherst College - Amherst, MA: Building enclosure commissioning services, including design assist and field testing observations
  • Mount Carmel East - Columbus, OH: Exterior envelope design review and construction observation services

 

Water/Air Leakage Assessment

  • Adventist Cancer Institute - Hinsdale, IL: Storefront window testing and construction observation services
  • John A. Logan College - Carterville, IL: Moisture distress condition assessment, design review, and construction observation services
  • Northwestern University, Arthur Rubloff Building - Chicago, IL: Water leakage investigation, development of repair documents, and construction observation

 

Facade Assessment

  • AccorInvest Hotel Portfolio - Various Countries: Characterization of exterior cladding and wall assemblies through document review and field investigation
  • 5200 North Sheridan - Chicago, IL: Evaluation of brick and limestone masonry distress conditions, development of repair documents, and construction observation services
  • High-Rise Building - Oklahoma City, OK: Investigation of brick, limestone, and decorative metal exterior cladding distress conditions

 

Repair and Rehabilitation

  • 135 Bishopsgate - London, UK: Water leakage investigation; development of integration detailing at roof/wall interface
  • 2 East Erie - Chicago, IL: Water leakage investigation, development, and testing of repairs
  • 300 South Wacker - Chicago, IL: Development of mechanical penthouse screen wall construction documents and construction observation services
  • OSF St Mary Medical Center - Galesburg, IL: Development of exterior envelope repair construction documents

 

Windows and Curtain Walls

  • Private Residence - Chicago, IL: Exterior envelope design review and thermal analysis
  • Private Residence - New York, NY: Thermal analysis; observation of laboratory air, water, and structural mock-up testing
  • Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas - Bentonville: Design review; air and water penetration field testing
  • 311 South Wacker - Chicago, IL: Assessment and modification of existing curtain wall system for new louver infill
Professional Affiliations

National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC)

Registrations

NFRC Certified Simulator

Education

Illinois Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science, Architectural Engineering, 2015
Master of Architectural Engineering, 2015