This month Jalal Farooq represented Al-Farooq Corporation at Facades+ AM, the premier conference on high-performance building enclosures. The program included three panel discussions covering issues unique to the South Florida region, including innovative building skins, high-performance facades, and some of Miami’s newest projects.
As one of three panelists covering Commercial Facades: Approaches to High-Performance Envelopes in the Tropics, Jalal joined industry veterans Ray Crawford of Crawford-Tracey Corporation, Josh Gelfman of Terranova Corporation, and Allan Shulman of Shulman + Associates. The group presented timely industry issues, how they’ve overcome them, and showcased relevant projects across South Florida.
During his presentation, Jalal discussed some engineering challenges behind projects Al-Farooq Corporation has worked on including the University of Miami School of Architecture and the Lennar Foundation Medical Center. He also detailed the unique engineering methods essential to meet specific code requirements for the Arthrex office tower in Naples. The crowd of architects even got a behind-the-scenes look into what impact product testing is like for manufacturers like Crawford Tracey and engineers like Al-Farooq Corporation.
The panel presentation ended with a Q&A session where attendees learned more about the different ways buildings can be engineered to avoid flood damage and provide for fall protection.