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Manuel Morales, PE
Manuel Morales graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from INTEC in the Dominican Republic and is a Florida Registered Professional Engineer with over 15+ years of building envelope experience including inspections, consulting, testing and structural design of façade, cladding, roofing, and waterproofing systems. Mr. Morales’ specialties include building code compliance, building forensics, moisture resistance design, and hurricane resistance design.
Cristina Moreno, EI
Cristina Moreno graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Florida International University. She has over 6+ years of experience in engineering, consulting, inspections and field testing of building envelope components ranging from glass and glazing systems to waterproofing, roofing and exterior wall cladding. She has an excellent ability to work with any team to effectively accomplish project goals.
Mr. Echezabal brings over 31+ years of experience. He became a Florida Certified General Contractor in 1984 and has worked as an Architectural Project Manager providing field quality control and producing full project specification for various architecture firms. He focuses on the prevention of water intrusion into commercial structures. He serves on the Broward County Board of Rules and Appeals, Roofing and Fire subcommittees and was president of the Ft. Lauderdale Chapter of CSI.
Paul Catledge, PE
Mr. Catledge is a Professional Engineer registered in multiple states int he eastern United States. Florida, Indiana, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan, Louisiana, and New York, are a few of them. He has over 16+ years of engineering experience including structural analysis and design of bridges, geotechnical analysis, design and inspection of foundation systems, as well as glass and glazing systems. Mr. Catledge also has nine (9) years of experience overseeing construction materials testing and structural inspections.
Testing Department Manager
Jude Sosa holds an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. He has over 19+ years of experience in field and laboratory testing, and Quality Control inspections of building envelope components ranging from glass and glazing to exterior cladding and waterproofing. Mr. Sosa’s expertise includes conducting and overseeing tests per industry standards including AAMA, ASTM and the Florida Building Code’s Testing Application Standards (TAS).
Jose Martin Rodriguez
Jose Rodriguez is Project Glazing Consultant with over 26 years of experience in the glass and glazing industry including project management, components selection, shop drawing and submittal review, production supervision, and architectural design. Mr. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture from Universidad Catolica Madre Y Maestra in Dominican Republic, and he is a Certified General Contractor in the State of Florida.
Jorge Jimenez, EI
Jorge Jimenez graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from INTEC in the Dominican Republic. He has over 3+ years of experience in construction engineering having worked in various industries ranging from residential, building, and infrastructure by managing projects and performing field site inspections.
Yanira Roman attended Evangel University in Springfield, MO and also Northeastern University in her hometown of Boston, MA majoring in both Accounting and Business Management. In her 25+ years of financial experience she has worked in all aspects of accounting including AR, AP, Budgeting, and Financial Reporting. She also handles all administrative and Human Resources related inquiries. firstname.lastname@example.org
Business Development and Sales Manager
Joel Tipton graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Central Lancashire. In 2014 made the move to Palm Beach Gardens from Darlington, England. Joel has a wealth of experience in sales, negotiation, and relationship development . Joel is always looking for great networking opportunities and a game of golf. You can contact him at email@example.com
Yunior Vazquez graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the CUJAE in Cuba. Mr. Vazquez has more than 16 years of professional experience in the design and construction industry and has been a Certified General Contractor in the State of Florida since 2015. His areas of expertise include the building envelope project consulting, inspections, and field testing of building envelope systems such as glass and glazing, waterproofing, roofing, and exterior wall cladding. His short-term goal is to be accredited by the IIBEC as a Registered Exterior Wall Consultant.
Building Envelope Inspector
Henry Huot graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a versatile individual with experience in residential renovations, CAD drafting, and field and laboratory testing of construction materials. His ability to learn allows him to tackle problems in several departments making him valuable part of the Façade+Envelope team.
Building Envelope Inspector
Jhariel Tello graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from INTEC in the Dominican Republic. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Operations and Engineering with Drones. He has over 4 years of experience in engineering, supervision and control in different areas such as buildings construction, hospital remodeling and computer-aided engineering for roadways. His understanding of quality control gives him the tools to excel as an inspector.
Building Envelope Inspector
Badres Castillo graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of South Florida. He hopes to utilize his skills and engineering knowledge for the public good. His adaptability coupled with his eagerness to observe and learn allows him to thrive on our team.
Benjamin Delgado graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida. He has a professional background in structural engineering, construction, and building forensics with an emphasis on concrete high-rise structures. Benjamin is also an Engineering Intern (EI), professionally licensed in the state of Florida, and a remote pilot for small, unmanned aircraft systems, authorized by the FAA and DoT.
Assistant Project Consultant
Mateo Setty graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design from Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He has developed a passion for design development and passive sustainable building systems, originating from vernacular precedents. Born and raised in New York City, studying in San Francisco, and establishing myself in Miami has given him great exposure to different environments which expanded his design perspective.
Juan Carlos Ortiz graduated with a Bachelor of Science from INTEC in the Dominican Republic. Juan Carlos has over 3 years of experience in residential construction. He loves seeing construction blueprints being made into reality. Possessing an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) license and actively pursuing a Professional Engineer (P.E.) license, Juan Carlos is committed to continuous learning. He aims to broaden his scope, bringing a wealth of expertise to every project.
Testing Department Technician
Luis Martinez graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the CUJAE in Cuba. He has more than 10 years of professional experience in the design and construction industry. His areas of expertise include the inspection, and field testing of Building Envelope Systems like glass and glazing, waterproofing, roofing, and exterior wall.
Who We Are
Façade+Envelope was founded in 2013 with the desire to offer a service unparalleled in our industry. In order to achieve this we have methodically incorporated our products as the company and our client base have grown. Understanding the importance of communication has been the key to this success. It is ingrained in our team from day one, whether it is in our relationships with clients, our community or each other.
Having developed a very strong reputation as building envelope consultants and engineers in South Florida, our founders decided to begin the firm by offering specific services instead of our full range of products. This was done in order to ensure the quality of our work and to establish the reputation of Façade+Envelope beyond that of its founders.
We began by providing specialty services as glazing engineers for glass, aluminum and steel systems including windows, storefronts, curtainwalls, canopies and balcony railings. By incorporating our training, experience, expert knowledge of the latest Codes and Standards, as well as state-of-the-art engineering software, we have successfully worked as glazing engineers on tens of high-rise and mid-rise projects. Over thirty five of our projects are some of the most renowned buildings of recent years, not only in South Florida, but in Texas, The Caribbean and the Midwest of the United States.
Working hand in hand with our clients we have engineered various groundbreaking glass and glazing products including all-glass facades, point supported glazing systems and single-span, ultra tall storefront systems, all complying with the very stringent requirements of the Florida Building Code’s High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ).
We use our engineering expertise to ensure the enhancement of our communities and the continued success of our clients.
Desire to Excel
As our specialty engineering department became well established and our team grew, we began offering additional building envelope related services including consulting, inspections and field testing. Now we would not limit ourselves to glass and glazing but instead we expanded to the other envelope components that make up the range of our expertise including: waterproofing, roofing, exterior stucco, coatings, EIFS and sealants.
Applying the same key principles (the desire to excel and recognizing the importance of communication) we have continued to meet and exceed clients’ expectations by providing a wealth of knowledge as well as a customer experience that helps ensure lasting relationships. As consultants we aid in, among other things, review of the architect’s schematic design, the selection of proper materials, the design of adequate transitions and the assurance that the design intent and criteria make it onto subcontractor’s shop drawings and submittals.
The quality of the installation and workmanship by building envelope contractors (roofers, waterproofers, painters, glazers, etc.) is assured by our inspection and field testing services. Inspections include monitoring key items such as surface preparation, materials used, and procedures followed, as well as verifying that glazing systems’ structural and weatherproofing components (glass, framing, anchorage, sealants, etc.) are installed in compliance with approved documents including shop drawings, calculations, test reports and Product Approvals.
Field water infiltration and air infiltration testing help confirm the proper performance of the overall components, whether they are glazing systems or horizontal waterproofing surfaces. Through testing we can help discover and identify performance issues which cannot be determined through visual inspection alone.
The latest stage of our expansion of services comes through key partnerships with experts in the fields of Energy Optimization and User Comfort. This is vital to our definition of “unparalleled” service as our industry in Miami and South Florida is not yet driven by these crucial design factors. We seek to educate our community on the importance of these parameters as they affect both our planet and the well-being of the end user.
Through the expertise of building science architects and engineers we assist in designs incorporating and optimizing thermal comfort, natural lighting, natural ventilation (computational fluid dynamics-CFD) and HVAC systems. Services for existing buildings include energy audits, industrial energy optimization, simulations for energy, natural lighting and thermal. Experience with local and international standards from societies such as ASHRAE, USGBC, BRE and PHI, contributes to environmental building certifications such as LEED v4, BREEAM and PASSIVHAUS.
Through structural engineering and building envelope consulting, inspection and testing we strive to safeguard the life-safety of the end user and the protection of property. Through energy efficiency and user comfort consulting we seek to reduce the impact on the environment and to ensure the comfort, health and happiness of the end user.
Taking it Global
From our beginnings we have concentrated on Building Envelopes as a specific industry. We feel that this industry is not limited however to a specific location. Even though the incorporation of more stringent Building Codes in South Florida has lead to the need for specialty glazing engineers and consultants, life safety and user comfort should be safeguarded globally. With this in mind we will continue our strategic growth in order to offer excellent services wherever they are needed.