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Daren S. Kneezel

Associate Principal

 
Experience

Since joining WJE in 2003, Daren Kneezel has been involved in projects ranging from investigation of high-rise building facades and masonry deterioration to laboratory testing of stone and other construction materials and in situ testing of scaffolding davits and retrofit anchorage systems. He has also performed structural and finite element analyses and developed repairs for wood trusses and thin stone cladding and its anchorage systems.

Mr. Kneezel has performed laboratory testing of various materials with a concentration on stone (marble, limestone, granite, slate, travertine, and composite stone panels) to evaluate structural and thermal performance and to determine compliance with project specifications and industry standards. This includes testing of materials in accordance with the standards of ASTM International.

REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS

Facade Assessment

  • Water Tower Place - Chicago, IL: Survey and repair of thin marble panels and sealant joints
  • 980 N. Michigan (One Magnificent Mile) Building - Chicago, IL: Investigation and documentation of thin granite veneer
  • U.S. Air Force Academy - Colorado Springs, CO: Structural analysis and repair recommendations for thin marble veneer
  • Schaumburg Corporate Center - Schaumburg, IL: Investigation and structural analysis of thin travertine veneer

 

Laboratory Testing

  • Shelby Interdisciplinary Biomedical Building - Birmingham, AL: Evaluation of strength of various screws fastened to metal studs

 

Leakage Investigation

  • 9700 W. Higgins Avenue - Rosemont, IL: Water leakage investigation and construction documents for stair and retention tank repairs
  • M2 Building - Champaign, IL: Wall drainage testing of masonry cavity wall

 

Masonry Assessment

  • Saint Lawrence Basilica - Asheville, NC: Investigation of distressed Guastavino tile dome roof and masonry
  • Chase Bank - Chicago, IL: Masonry distress investigation and repair design

 

Repair and Rehabilitation Design

  • 820 S. Michigan Avenue - Chicago, IL: Preconstruction testing of granite; review of shop drawings and calculations for stone recladding

 

Stone Testing

  • Stone Panels, Inc. - Coppell, TX: Evaluation of flexural strength, bond strength, and long-term durability of aluminum/stone composite system and anchorage
  • Empire State Plaza (Corning Tower) - Albany, NY: Evaluation of strength and long-term durability of existing three-inch-thick stone cladding and anchorage system
  • Yale University, Hall of Graduate Studies - New Haven, CT: Evaluation of physical/mechanical properties of existing roofing slate
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - PA: Preconstruction strength evaluation of multiple blocks of granite
Professional Affiliations

ASTM International

Registrations

Architect in IL

Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, 2001
Master of Architecture, Structures Option, 2003