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The Art of Construction: The Life and Times of a Building Enclosure Specialist

Alan Jalón, Director of Architectural Technology at Genesis AEC, joins host, Devon Tilly, on the Art of Construction podcast

Alan is Genesis AEC’s building envelope specialist, and when a building’s envelope isn’t working correctly, he is called to the rescue. From his experience, he believes building owners and project teams need more awareness of enclosure components (air/water control layers) so they can be more proactive. Understanding the root causes of water infiltration (roof leaks, failed sealants, failed glazing, joint assembly etc.) is critical and can help decrease operational costs over a building’s lifespan, increase operational efficiency, and naturally prevent future water damage.

Join Devon and Alan as they discuss some of Alan’s favorite projects , the most common causes for why building envelopes don’t perform well, the need for more education between architects, contractors and the trades on how building components go together, Alan’s favorite trends in architectural technology, and more!


  1. Turnkey Design-Build Solutions: A contract type in construction where the contractor is responsible for both the design and the construction of the project. The owner or client only has to ‘turn the key’ to start operations.
  2. Building Envelope or Enclosure: The physical separator between the interior and the exterior environments of a building. It includes components like the walls, roof, and foundation.
  3. Enclosure Components: Elements that form part of the building envelope, including air/water control layers.
  4. Water Infiltration: Unwanted or unintended water that enters a building structure, often due to issues such as roof leaks, failed sealants, or failed glazing.
  5. Building Owners and Project Teams: The stakeholders in a construction project, including the person or entity that owns the building, as well as the architects, engineers, contractors, and other professionals involved in the design and construction process.
  6. Architectural Technology: The technology and processes involved in architecture, including the software, hardware, and methodologies used to design and construct buildings.

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About Genesis AEC

Genesis AEC – an award-winning consulting, architecture, engineering, and construction management firm – has partnered with life sciences companies for more than 25 years to complement the scientific expertise of our clients as they usher in the next generation of life-saving therapies, treatments, and technologies. Whether it’s providing AE support for existing sites; commissioning, validation, and qualification (CQV) for specific processes or equipment; or turnkey design-build solutions, our team blends sound science and technical expertise with quality assurance and safety measures to deliver unparalleled results.