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Architects' Guide: Common Expansion Joint Field Problems and How to Avoid Them

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Architects Guide: Common Expansion Joint Field Problems and How to Avoid Them

“Expansion joint covers” can be dirty words in the architectural industry — and not only because of their impact on the aesthetics of a space. Architects play a pivotal role in ensuring that expansion joint systems not only blend well but function effectively, have proper clearances to adjacent construction conditions and meet the needs of each unique project. Doing so can be challenging, which is why many architects dislike them; however, if you don’t address them properly, Mother Nature will install her own version free of charge.

Matthew Fisher, a former architect and construction manager, now a product manager at an industry-leading manufacturer of expansion joint systems, covers the common challenges of expansion joint detailing, common field problems, and how to avoid them.

About Matthew Fisher

Matthew Fisher is the Senior Product Manager for the Expansion Joint Systems division at Inpro®. He has 25 years of experience in architecture, construction management, and building materials management. Both by training and serving seven years as a practicing architect, Matthew knows the design process and the importance of design intent.

His eight years in construction management and onsite coordination gave him a depth of expertise and understanding of the rigors and pressures of building projects on time and budget. For the last ten years, he has been the expansion joint systems product manager at Inpro and enjoys the ability to continue his learning by working with architects and contractors in the field.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is certified as a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), and holds the Construction Document Technologist (CDT) credential.

Host: Hannah Feniak

Hannah Feniak is Architizer’s Managing Editor. When she’s not leading our talented team of writers and interviewing the industry’s most innovative designers, Hannah is likely to be found exploring the latest exhibition openings. A trained art historian and educator with a focus on architecture and urbanism, Hannah holds degrees from McGill University in Montreal and NYU.

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    Hannah Feniak Managing Editor @ Architizer

  • Guest speaker
    Matthew Fisher Senior Product Manager for Expansion Joint Systems @ Inpro


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