Façade Consultants

Façade Consultants is a Chicago-based firm providing consulting, testing, forensic investigation, and expert witness services throughout the United States and abroad.

We work with owners, architects, general contractors and manufacturers to identify, correct, and prevent the root causes of building envelope failures.

We work with attorneys as an expert witness, analyzing the issues and providing a clear understanding of the facts that impact their case. We are a credible expert witness, able to testify on legal matters related to injuries, fatalities, and construction defects involving building façades.

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Our Vision II Our Mission

Our Vision

We see a future where it is easier to achieve a high standard of quality and safety, reducing defects, losses, injuries, and fatalities related to building envelope failure.

Our Mission

Façade Consultants is committed to providing clear, accurate, actionable insight to help our clients successfully navigate complex construction projects and legal matters.

Message from the Founder

We are different. Most façade consultants come from academia. We come from doing. We get dirty. We go high up on the outsides of buildings. We take things apart and put them together.

Our roots are as a top Chicago-based façade contractor of windows, curtainwalls, glass, panels, entrances, storefronts, louvers, sunshades, formed metal, castings and more. In that capacity, we built the facades of hundreds of buildings, large and small. Literally millions of square feet of products, successfully installed.

We have built high-rise and mid-rise condos and apartments, office buildings, museums, schools and hospitals, religious, military and penal institutions, even power plants.

As a façade contractor, we were 100% responsible for engineering, testing, managing and installing our projects and products. And if things went wrong, as can happen in construction, we figured out how to fix it, and did so at our cost.

This is the type of experience and responsibility you can’t get in school.
As I said, we are different. We are all about problem solving.

We can help…

If you are involved in a dispute about façade construction quality
If your building façade is drafty or has cold spots
If your building facade has problems with water leaks or air leaks
If your building façade has issues with condensation, glass fogging, glass breakage, glass distortion, unwanted noises or other failures
If you have been injured by glass in a shower, window or storefront
If a loved one has fallen from an unsecured window
If glass evidence is a part of a criminal investigation
If you are developing a new building façade product

We issue reports with common-sense clarity and undisputed credibility. We testify with authority.
At Façade Consultants we bring our deep experience and knowledge to you.

Mark Meshulam

Mark has over 40 years of construction experience, with a focus on building façades. He spent three decades as a window and glazing contractor at Builders Architectural Products in Northbrook, IL.

For the past ten+ years, he has served as an expert facade consultant for clients in Chicago, around the United States and around the world.

Mark speaks...

Mark is a well known and respected speaker in construction industry events and on TV news.

Diagnosing Window Condensation Using Absolute Humidity, RCI Inc. Convention, Houston, TX
On the Weakening of Weathered Window Glass and Its Effect on Human Impact Resistance: Two Fatality Case Studies, IIBEC Building Enclosure Symposium, Louisville, KY
Building Envelope Checklist, NeoCon, Chicago
Energy-Efficient Building Envelope Design and Construction, Half Moon Education, Inc., Wheaton, IL
Forensic Investigation, Professional Development Seminars, Wheaton, IL
Historic Window Rehabilitation, National Glass Association Convention, Atlanta, GA
Lick Your Building Envelope, EcoFair360, Elkhorn, WI
People Are Dying - The Hidden Danger of Weathered Window Glass, Material Science & Technology Conference, Pittsburgh, PA
Nightmares on the Edge: Lawsuits About Concrete Slab Tolerance and Deflection Related to Windows and Curtainwalls), IIBEC Building Enclosure Symposium+, Houston, TX
Tuning the Building Envelope, Association for Energy Affordability Conference, Chicago
Windows and Energy Conservation, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL
Windows and Glass: Top 10 New Technologies that can Save Facilities Money , Facilities Management Summit, Chicago
Windows for Buildings, An Introduction, Online course for CEU credits, PDH Online, Fairfax,VA
Consumer Alert: Spontaneously Shattering Glass, ABC, Good Morning America
Exploding Glass?, Inside Edition
Ledge at Willis Tower Back In Business After Cracks Appear, Inside Edition
Spontaneously Shattering Sunroofs Prompt Federal Investigation, ABC, Good Morning America
Glass Window Failures Leading to Fatalities (The Death of People), Fractography of Advanced Ceramics Conference, The Smolenice Castle, Slovak Republic
2 Investigators: Glass Shower Doors Can Shatter Without Warning, CBS, Chicago, Boston
2 Investigators: Older Glass Windows Are Potentially Deadly, CBS, Chicago
Consumer Beware: Glass Shower Doors Can Shatter Suddenly, ABC, Los Angeles
Consumers Report Tempered Glass Sinks Exploding Without Warning, NBC, Chicago
Exploding Shower Doors A Problem In Texas & Nationwide, CBS, Dallas
How Safe Is The Glass Used In Doors And Windows?, CBS, Pittsburgh This news piece was nominated for an Emmy Award and received a Murrow Award
Safety glass not so safe when it explodes in the shower. Here's how to make yours 'safer', KUTV, Salt Lake City, UT
Shattering Shower Doors, CBS, Dallas
Seen At 11: Expert Explains Coffee Tables, TVs, Shower Doors Shattering Without Warning, CBS, New York
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