Northbrook, Ill. — Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) opened its new Janney Technical Center (JTC) at the company’s Northbrook, Ill., headquarters. The JTC’s 70,000-square-foot state-of-the-art testing and applied research facility includes a full array of chemistry, petrography, metallurgy, concrete and mortar, corrosion, and structural testing laboratories as well as environmental exposure chambers.

JTC staff include engineers and materials scientists who provide advanced testing and forensic capabilities to solve the most technically challenging problems in connection with structures, construction materials, process industries, and manufactured components. In addition, the JTC conducts applied research to advance knowledge and spark innovation. The JTC provides consulting and testing to determine root causes of problems, understand failure mechanisms, evaluate performance, characterize materials, generate engineering properties, assess service life, and determine specification compliance to meet the needs of various types of clients.

The new facility replaces WJE’s original JTC laboratory space, which was constructed in 1962 and was one-fourth the size. WJE also has laboratory facilities in Austin, Texas, and Cleveland.

The Janney Technical Center is named after WJE’s late founder Jack Janney, who always stressed the value of testing to solve problems.

“We are extremely proud of our new, world-class laboratory facility,” stated William J. Nugent, WJE President and CEO. “This investment in expanding our capabilities equips us to serve the needs of clients today, tomorrow, and for years to come.”

“Our wide range of capabilities is one of the aspects that makes the JTC unique for our industry,” said WJE Principal and JTC Director Kevin Michols. “We can examine any construction material or component through multiple lenses. Because of our various laboratories, our engineers, architects, and materials scientists can provide clients with comprehensive analysis and holistic insight to understand the matter at hand.”