The Final Review

John Kapecki

I earned my B. Arch degree from the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. At Burnham, I am involved in building code and zoning reviews, due diligence inspections, standards & tests presentations, and life safety evaluations. I have prior work experience at a Chicago architecture firm in the design of high-rise condominiums and retail developments. I also serve on the Economic Development Planning Board for the Village of Justice.

Posts by John Kapecki

Troubled Towers: San Francisco’s Sinking Millennium Tower is Not Alone

Oct 5, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Recently, San Francisco’s sinking Millennium Tower has received a fair amount of press. The luxury skyscraper has sunk about 16 inches and is also starting to tilt. Fortunately, problems of this magnitude are rare, but Millennium Tower isn’t the first troubled skyscraper to appear in the news during the last few decades. We thought it would be interesting to recall some other examples of problematic towers from across in the United States.


A Look at Hoboken, New Jersey’s Resilient Building Design Guidelines

Sep 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

In October 2015, Hoboken, New Jersey published its Resilient Building Design Guidelines, intended to increase protection against flooding. Hoboken was severely flooded during Hurricane Sandy, and since that time, has been proactively working to design and build a more resilient city. In our recent post about President Obama’s initiative to promote resilient building codes to respond to climate change, we described a number of national programs supporting ways to mitigate climate change’s impact. We thought we would take a closer look at Hoboken’s Resilient Building Design Guidelines as an example of one program component of a city’s strategy to improve building resiliency.


Expediting the Use of Structural Glass in Chicago

Jul 13, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The use of glass as a structural material is becoming more popular as architects and designers have greater access to new glass technologies and manufacturing methods. For example, the use of interlayers has expanded glass applications in addition to preventing the glass systems from failing. Structural glass can be defined as using glass material to support the specified design loads being applied in lieu of a structural frame or other supporting assembly system. This year, the Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB) streamlined the process for using some forms of structural glass. We at Burnham thought it would be helpful to review the approval options for using structural glass in Chicago.


ADA Door Requirements: What's Wrong with this Picture?

May 5, 2016 8:00:00 AM

It's crucial to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but unfortunately, some of the accessibility design requirements are commonly misunderstood or overlooked. We at Burnham Nationwide conduct ADA compliance reviews and site inspections and frequently see the same violation of the ADA’s door standards, which can pose a lawsuit risk for non-compliant buildings.

Do you know what to look for when complying with door requirements? See if you can find the violation of the ADA’s door rules in this picture: