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Other Highlights
Five-Year Anniversary
Erin Reynolds, R.L.A., ASLA, has reached her five-year anniversary milestone as a member of the KHH landscape architecture team.
Community Service
KHH Principal Gordon P. Hyatt, R.L.A., is completing a two-year term as President of the Jamesville, New York, Community Museum.
And Chase Makes Eight
Congratulations to Mark and Carrie McIntyre on their adoption of Chase, their eighth child. As part of National Adoption Month, they were featured on NBC's "Today" on November 7, and in a feature article in The Syracuse Post-Standard on November 5. The online article may be seen here: Click Here
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Fall/Winter 2013
SU Sadler Hall - Unique Features, Firm Deadline
 A summertime construction project involving an addition and complete renovation of an active Syracuse University cafeteria had a very short - and firm - timeframe in which to be completed. This was the case with the Sadler Dining Hall project, completed in August 2013. Far from a standard, rectangular addition, the project included:
  • A concrete deck with a vegetated roof. Barrier-One was used to allow the roof membrane to be installed within two weeks of placement of the concrete;
  • An exposed-aggregate, polished slab-on-grade floor in the cafeteria addition;
  • An irregular, sloped-roof addition with an overbuild section over the existing roof.

Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt provided full structural design services, and also served as the project's special structural inspector, teaming with CME Associates. Having the engineer serve as inspector (for the concrete and structural steel work, in this case) allows discrepancies to be resolved quickly - frequently right on the jobsite. KHH also served as SWPPP (storm water pollution prevention plan) inspector during the course of construction. 

Articulated steel-framed stair at the Sadler Cafeteria expansion
Upgraded Envelopes, Unintended Consequences

Adding insulation or even an improved air barrier system to existing buildings can save energy and improve interior comfort, but there are secondary effects. These include greater accumulation of snow on roofs, and colder temperatures for exterior masonry, which could lead to accelerated deterioration.


Such conditions should not be a surprise, and can be properly managed if they are anticipated. These energy improvements can be implemented without fear by confirming that the roofs are adequate for the anticipated load, and ensuring that the masonry is frost resistant and the changes to the wall systems do not result in entrapped moisture or vapor.


Principal Jim D'Aloisio has written an article published in the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association's BuildingEnergy magazine's fall 2013 issue about this topic. See 


Failed glulam beam over an elementary school cafeteria

KHH Provides Support to Local USGBC Chapter

Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt has continually provided in-kind service donations to the USGBC New York Upstate Chapter. In addition to volunteer time by our staff, we furnish them with the following:

  • Gratis use of our Conference Center for their annual Board Retreat and planning session, as well as for continuing education events and meeting spaces;
  • Fifty percent discounted rates for the part-time use of our administrative assistant, Teresa Reller;
  • Hosting and maintenance of the Chapter's bookkeeping program on our server, allowing remote access for the staff and officers. 

The mission of the Chapter is compatible with the company's values, and their Board members and staff, especially Executive Director Tracie Hall, have wonderful positive energy. Check out their activities and events at 

Recent Presentations by KHH Staff
Principal Jim D'Aloisio has presented the following:
  • "Climate Reality: An Engineering Challenge" at the NYSSPE Annual Conference in Lake Placid in June, and at the NYSSPE Long Island Chapter's Back-to-School Conference in Framingham
  • "Thermal Bridging Mitigation in Building Structures" at the AIA-NYS Annual Convention in October in Syracuse
  • "Building Envelope Energy Efficiency: The German Experience" for ASCE Clarkson Student Chapter in November, and also as a webinar in July
  • "30 Suggestions for Building Structure Sustainability" and "Infrared Building Thermography: Visualizing Building Energy Performance" at the NYSSPE Long Island Chapter's Back-to-School Conference in Framingham
  • "LEED v4: What's Next?" and "Ethical Aspects of Climate Change for Engineers" at the CNY Engineering Expo in November in Syracuse. 

Landscape Architect Erin Reynolds presented "Porous Pavements" at the ERAPPA conference in Rochester in October.

New and Noteworthy
New Staff Member Welcomed
Matthew Kelly, E.I.T., has joined the KHH staff
Matthew Kelly, E.I.T.
after completing three months during the summer and fall as an engineering intern. Mr. Kelly graduated from Clarkson University in December 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, concentration in Structural Engineering. He came to KHH after working as an engineer and drafter at Peterson-Guadagnolo Engineers in Syracuse. Mr. Kelly lives in Syracuse, having grown up in the Tipperary Hill section, and enjoys basketball, golf, and skiing in his leisure time.
Thermal Bridging Workshop in Boston

Jim D'Aloisio will be co-facilitating a four-hour workshop on Thermal Bridging detailing strategies at the Structural Engineering Institute's Structures Congress in Boston, MA, in April 2014. He has also been accepted in a poster session for the topic "Portland Cement Reduction Strategies for Concrete." See


KHH Participates in United Way Fall Campaign

Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt staff members exceeded their company goal by pledging $6,952 to the United Way fund drive. As part of this initiative, they also donated 177 items to the Food Bank of Central New York. Those items constituted 135 pounds of food. Many thanks to administrative assistant and archivist Teresa Reller for coordinating this effort! | 315-446-9201 |

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