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Rex A. Cyphers

Rex A. Cyphers P.E., Principal
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Specializing in the structural, material, and architectural engineering elements of building enclosures, Rex provides facade repair / revitalization design and construction services, litigation support and failure investigations of building enclosures and structural systems, and enclosure commissioning services for new and renovated buildings.

“Solving problems is extremely rewarding for me. The range of problems I get the opportunity to help resolve is the biggest reason I enjoy my work. Whether I’m developing a repair for a 100-year old masonry building, doing a peer review or hygrothermal analysis for a new structure, or simply helping to resolve leakage issues into a modern building, I find satisfaction in the ultimate resolution of all these issues. Keeping an open mind is key for me because there are so many factors that can contribute to the cause and ultimate resolution of a problem.”

Years with WDP

Rex joined WDP & Associates in 2003 and directs the Charlottesville, Virginia, office. He has 10 years of prior professional and military experience, having served in the United States Marine Corps and the West Virginia Army National Guard.

Education

  • Master of Science, Civil Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, 2003
  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, 2002
  • Graduate Certificate, Cultural Resource Management, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, 2003

Thesis

  • M.S. – "Strengthening Historic Covered Bridges to Carry Modern Traffic"

Registrations / Certifications

  • Professional Engineer: VA, WV
  • Licensed Field Auditor, Air Barrier Association of America

Awards

  • ICRI Baltimore – Washington, DC Chapter Outstanding Repair Project Award, 2nd Place, for UVA JAG School Repair & Renovation

Industry Engagements

  • American Society for Testing and Materials
    • Committee E-06 “Performance of Buildings”
    • Task Chair ASTM WK48703, "Standard Guide for Evaluation and Rehabilitation of Mass Masonry Walls"
    • Task Chair ASTM WK48704, "Standard Guide for the Evaluation, Rehabilitation and Retrofit of Existing Steep Sloped Roof Assemblies"
  • Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) Transition and Flashing Technical Committee

Technical Papers/Publications & Speaking Engagements

Rex has authored and co-authored numerous articles published in technical journals and presented at national conferences over the past ten years.

  • "Study of Mortar's Influence on the Water Penetration Rate of Brick Veneers" with Wagner, A.W., presented at the 12th North American Masonry Conference, May 17-20, 2015, in Denver, CO.
  • “Who’ll Stop the Rain: Innovative Brick Veneer Assembly Performs after Insulated Metal Panels Failed” with Weston, R.H., at the 12th North American Masonry Conference held May 17-20, 2015, in Denver, CO.
  • “Envelope Commissioning on a Budget,” November 20, 2014, with Kevin Lewis, Asst. Superintendent, Loudoun County Public Schools, at the Construction Owners Association of America Fall Owners Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN.
  • "Why Buildings Leak,” Virginia Chapter of the COAA, Spring Workshop, April 3, 2014, Charlottesville, VA.
  • “Evaluation of the Potential for Corrosion, Mold Growth and Moisture Accumulation within Typical Brick Veneer Wall Assemblies Designed per 2006 International Energy Code in a Mixed Humid Climate” with C.M. May, A.R. Whitlock, to be published in the proceedings of ASTM STP 1549 on Building Walls Subject to Water Intrusion and Accumulations: Lessons from the Past and Recommendations for the Future, April 14-15, 2013, Indianapolis, IN.
  • “Value Analysis from Behind the Curtain – The Illusion and the Reality of Value Analysis and Building Enclosures” with J.E. Peterson, W.R. Nash to be published in the proceedings of ASTM Symposium on Building Walls Subject to Water Intrusion and Accumulations: Lessons from the Past and Recommendations for the Future, April 14-15, 2013, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • “When The Levee Breaks, Preventing Water Penetration Through Brick Veneer,”  with A.W. Wagner, the Construction Specifier, September 2012
  • “The Challenges of High Performance Building Envelope Design and Construction,” with C.M. May, CONSTRUCT 2011, Construction Specifier Institute, September 13th to 16th, Chicago, IL.
  • “Building Envelope Design Peer Review - Success, Failures and Strategies,” with A.M. Cyphers, Construction Owners Association of America, Spring Owners Leadership Conference, May 4th to 6th, 2011, Baltimore, MD.
  • “Why Buildings Leak,” Building a Sustainable Future – A Design and Construction Conference, March 29, 2011, Richmond, VA. 
  • “The Challenges of High Performance Building Envelope Design and Construction,” James River Green Building Council, September 14, 2010, Charlottesville, VA. 
  • “Comparative Study Of Freeze And Thaw Test Procedures On Molded Brick,” with A.R. Whitlock, ASTM International Masonry Symposium, June 8, 2010, St. Louis, MO.
  • “Comparative Study Of Two Freeze And Thaw Test Procedures On Molded Brick,” with A.R. Whitlock, 7th International Masonry Conference, November 2006, sponsored by the British Masonry Society.
  • “Strengthening and Preserving Historic Covered Bridges with FRPs,” Poster Session, 2003 Association for Preservation Technology International Annual Conference, September 2003.
  • “Preservation of Historic Covered Bridges Using Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymers,” with E.L. Kemp, Rao Ganga, V.S. Hota, SAMPE International Technical Conference, November 2002.

     

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