Enclosure Practice

Enclosure Practice

Walter P Moore provides a comprehensive suite of services to support the creation, design, detailing, performance, installation, maintenance, and renewal of enclosure systems. Our Enclosure Practice includes specialists in every aspect of enclosure, façade and roofing systems, offering holistic stewardship of the building envelope throughout its life cycle. We create and steward enclosure systems that meet aesthetic and performance goals, are highly sustainable, and are cost effective to build and maintain. Our specialists bring proven knowledge in the engineering, detailing, manufacturing, procurement, and construction of new building enclosures as well as in evaluation, repair, maintenance and renewal of existing enclosures.


The Creation Process - Enclosure Engineering

During the design phase our façade designers and engineers collaborate with architects to enable the creation of elegant and affordable façade systems that meet a specific set of performance objectives. We supply timely and objective information across a broad spectrum of expertise: material selection, optioneering, geometric complexity and performance modeling, waterproofing and final design and system detailing. We integrate enclosure design with structural design to create a truly holistic solution. Our specialists bring expertise across all façade performance criteria, including thermal performance, acoustics, structural behavior, air and water management, hygrothermal performance, solar reflectivity, heat gain, shadowing, glare, and tuning of the enclosure for optimal HVAC performance. We recommend appropriate procurement strategies and guide the design process through performance-based specification or full prescriptive design.

The Renewal Process - Enclosure Diagnostics

For existing enclosure systems of all types, Walter P Moore's diagnostics specialists bring extensive experience in developing maintenance programs, enclosure assessments, comprehensive retrofit and restoration, and building reuse and repositioning strategies. Our enclosure teams harvest lessons from the assessment and repair of existing enclosures and infuse those lessons into our design process for new enclosure systems, improving the practicality and performance of our designs. Our integrated cross-discipline methodology is fundamental to our comprehensive service offering, leveraging system integration and coordination to create cost effective solutions, improve interdisciplinary communication, optimize building performance, and preserve design intent.


Erik Verboon
Senior Principal / Structures
David Ford
Senior Principal / Diagnostics

Benefits of Comprehensive Stewardship

1. Our holistic approach addresses all enclosure system performance goals over the life cycle, improving building performance, decreasing maintenance expenses, and reducing risks.

2. Our integration of enclosure design with structural design can yield substantial improvements in cost and performance of structural and HVAC systems through building system performance optimization, modularization, and installation.

3. Specialized diagnostics skills and feedback loops build maintainability, durability, and value into the design, reducing life cycle costs for maintenance.