Is your building ailing or is it in good health? Like a visit to the doctor for an annual physical, a periodic condition assessment of a building is used to identify problem areas or to verify that all is well. Just like the doctor that performs your physical, the inspector that performs the condition assessment must be knowledgeable and experienced in the systems and materials under evaluation. Without this experience, tell-tale signs may be overlooked or misinterpreted.
SKA provides the knowledge and experience necessary to detect and evaluate problematic building conditions. As a long-standing, full-service engineering firm specializing in buildings, SKA’s expert designers and engineers are intimately familiar with all the major building systems including structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, facades, roofing, and waterproofing.
In addition to new building design experience, SKA also has specialists that focus on material failure evaluations and repair designs. This experience provides the capability to use the understanding of building systems and materials to make repair recommendations that actually solve problems, not just cover them up.
SKA understands that the purpose and scope of condition assessments can vary widely. The focus can be on a specific building system or material, an overall building review, or an entire campus of buildings. The purpose can be for development of specific repair recommendations or for development of long-term maintenance budgets. Condition assessment services can be simple cursory visual reviews with a list of observed conditions, detailed evaluations with repair recommendations and cost estimates, or something in between. Whatever the situation, SKA works with you to develop an assessment program that meets your needs, up to and including full-service engineering for repair designs with contract documents and administration of the bidding and construction of remedial work.