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Christine Cronin works with developers, contractors, and architects to mitigate the risk of technical failures in new construction. Ms. Cronin’s practice includes both commercial and residential design throughout North America, including the Canadian Arctic and the Caribbean. She reviews drawings and makes recommendations that promote appropriate water control, air control, energy efficiency, constructability, and durability. For clients with a portfolio of upcoming projects, she assists in developing design standards commensurate with their tolerance for risk. During the construction phase, Ms. Cronin reviews work in progress and addresses conditions or changes in sequence or scope that were not anticipated during the design phase.
In existing buildings Ms. Cronin investigates failures related to the design of the building enclosure and mechanical systems as well as material and installation defects. Failures include leaks, corrosion, rot, mold, odors, poor indoor air quality, and discomfort due to poor temperature or humidity control. Ms. Cronin’s experience in new construction and attendant understanding of the division of labor among the trades, and typical sequencing and construction practices inform not just her analysis in forensic cases, but also her repair and retrofit recommendations, which, whenever possible, are designed to minimize disruption in occupied buildings.
Ms. Cronin has extensive experience in both the design and installation of below-grade water control systems for projects as diverse as an underground particle accelerator constructed partially underneath an existing hospital, a utility tunnel between two buildings, and a lakeside private residence with an underground basketball court. She also performs hygrothermal modeling (using WUFI), particularly of atypical building assemblies, for both new construction and to illustrate failure mechanisms in forensic cases.
Ms. Cronin is Co-Chair and a voting member of ASHRAE Technical Committee 1.12, Moisture Management in Buildings, and a member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA).
Ms. Cronin received her Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and her Master of Architecture from NewSchool of Architecture + Design.