|EXTERIOR INVESTIGATION |
and rehabilitation of building facades must take into account the
condition of the underlying structure if repairs are to be effective
and the results durable.
Exterior deterioration may be symptomatic of more serious problems.
These may include water damage that has compromised the integrity
of the structure or material components. Detailed investigation
may uncover damage from use, aging, nature's elements, inadequate
original design or under-specification of structural members, or
that the structure is nearing the end of its useful commercial life.
Examination and Analysis - A thorough examination by FacadeMD
includes visual, mechanical and even laboratory testing of building
materials, structural or facade components and architectural decoration
or fascia treatments. A comprehensive analysis typically includes
review of original construction plans and documents, later building
updates and repairs and pertinent maintenance activities.
Reports and Filings - FacadeMDexamination reports and filings
are designed to provide the owner/manager/agent with professional
and technical documentation pursuant to the making of informed
financial decisions, complying with required building examination
statutes, and prioritizing repairs of discovered conditions.
When the local building authorities require periodic exterior
condition filings, clients may depend on FacadeMDto be conversant
with code requirements and the necessary procedures. Even where
municipal statutes do not mandate examinations, owners/managers
may find condition surveys in their best interest. Scheduled professional
surveys serve to prolong the useful economic life of the building
and document good corporate citizenship.
Expert Testimony - As trained professionals with wide industry
experience, FacadeMDTeam members may be called as expert witnesses to
testify with regard to specific properties and general industry
practices in their areas of expertise. FacadeMDprocedures emphasize
respect for accuracy, clarity, documentation and professional responsibility
in the event of such need.