February 8, 2023 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM 2023-02-08 05:00 PM 2023-02-08 07:00 PM Below Grade Leakage - Causes and Solutions OBEC Canada America/New_York

Leakage through below grade foundation walls is an unfortunate and common occurrence in many new and older buildings. Foundation wall waterproofing systems are always changing as technologies and systems evolve, however, these components are often poorly designed and can be poorly installed during original construction. For many older buildings there may never have been a waterproofing system installed at time of original construction. This presentation will provide background on typical foundation wall assemblies and waterproofing systems employed, the typical failure mechanisms that lead to leakage, and provide discussion on several approaches to deal with the leakage. The solutions presented will vary based upon their cost and overall performance level, with the pros and cons of each option being presented.


James Cooper​​, BASc, P.Eng., LEED® AP O+M | Principal​ 
Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.

James is a leader who is committed to the development of young talent. As a coach and mentor, he provides meaningful feedback and fosters the restoration technical expertise of the Engineers-in-Training in his group. A testament to his capabilities, James has been nominated for RJC's Rick Banman Mentorship Award, is a regular speaker at RJC’s conferences, RJC Building Science and Restoration Conferences and won RJC's Barrie Sarjeant Award for showcased project excellence. He is also part of the RJC's internal network exploring ways to use software to improve efficiencies.

Embracing RJC’s business philosophy, James holds clients’ success as a key objective. It is an obligation he keenly fulfills by remaining informed of new technologies, developments and processes in the restoration community. James’ experience includes structural steel, cast-in-place, post-tensioned, and pre-cast concrete structural restoration and assessment work. His demonstrated ability to build relationships and provide a high level of technical know-how has gained the confidence of his clients, including Dream Unlimited, Triovest, Knightstone Capital, BentallGreenOak and First Real Properties/Yale Properties.

James graduated from the University of Toronto. He proudly serves as an ambassador for RJC at career fairs and other industry events. He is a LEED Accredited Professional.


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