Building Exterior Solutions, Inc. provides a full range of services to suit your project’s needs. From field evaluations, calculations/design, testing of building envelope systems, etc. we are able to provide effective solutions for your building envelope needs.
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Assist the Design Team with the selection of building envelope systems and components to meet the Owner’s program requirements during Schematic Design.
Provide reviews of the building envelope design documents, including drawings and specifications, from the Schematic Design phase through the Construction Document phase.
Evaluate Value Engineering options and provide opinions and recommendations for the Design Team’s consideration.
Building Envelope Design
Assist with the development of the building envelope design through the preparation of the construction drawings and specifications for inclusion in the construction document set.
Repair & Replacement Design
Perform document reviews, field observations and testing, calculations and analysis and other investigative services to evaluate the as-built construction and existing condition of the building envelope system(s).
Provide repair/replacement design options for the Owner’s consideration.
Prepare the associated construction drawings and specifications.
Assist with the Contract Administration and construction monitoring of the repairs.
Building Envelope Commissioning
Prepare/review the building envelope commissioning specification to establish the building envelope commissioning program.
Review the construction drawings and specifications as related to the building envelope commissioning to establish the criteria for installation, performance, and evaluation for each system.
Perform site observations during construction to ensure the building envelope systems are installed in accordance with the building envelope commissioning program.
Submittal and Shop Drawing Review
Review the building envelope system submittals for general conformance with the construction drawings and specifications.
Attend review meetings to finalize submittals to reduce the number of submittal resubmissions.
Attend the pre-installation meeting(s) for the building envelope system construction coordination. A building envelope pre-installation meeting for all the systems and components is recommended to coordinate these systems and reduce conflicts and delays. Additional meetings for each system are conducted to review the requirements for each individual system.
Mock-up Review and Observation
Review and comment on the Architect’s drawings and instructions for the field mock-ups. Once the mock-ups are constructed, BES reviews the installations and provides comments and recommendations to the project team. Building envelope mock-ups have proven to be invaluable in evaluating constructability, cost, and aesthetic concerns. Furthermore, mock-ups are representations of installed conditions for the project that can be tested and establish the basis for all future work.
Perform observations of pre-assembled building envelope systems at the Installer’s plants to ensure the system construction is in accordance with the specified requirements.
Perform site observations during the initial installation of each building envelope system and then provide periodic site observations during construction. The purpose of the site observations will be to evaluate if the installations visible at the time of our site visit are in general conformance with the project documents. BES will document our site observations in a field report presenting conditions observed and our general recommendations.
Request for Information (RFI) Review
Respond to field questions and RFI’s based upon conditions encountered during the installation of each building envelope system, including the development of details for the Design Team’s consideration.
Field Quality Control
Perform field testing of the building envelope systems as specified or provide observation of third-party testing to ensure the testing performed is in accordance with the specified requirements. Field testing is an invaluable tool for ensuring a building envelope system’s performance.
Payment Application Review
Review payment applications to ensure an accurate amount and the type of products installed are in accordance with the project documents.
Prepare or provide review of project closeout documents including, but not limited to, the development of drawings indicating repair/replacement areas and the preparation of an O&M manual for the completed repairs/replacements.
Air & Water Infiltration Testing
Field air and water infiltration testing is an invaluable tool for the evaluation of both new and existing building envelope systems. When properly performed, this testing can assist with the determination of leakage source(s) within building envelopes and to assess their repairs. In addition, field air and water infiltration testing can assist with determining the performance of field installed building envelope systems, as well as, their integration with adjacent systems.
Roof Uplift Testing
Most global roof failures are associated with damage caused by wind. More often than not, negative pressure (suction) associated with high winds is the actual mechanism by which wind damage occurs. To better understand how roof systems will behave under negative pressure (suction) conditions, roof uplift testing may be employed.
Roof uplift testing can be an invaluable tool for evaluation of roof systems for both new and existing construction. However, a working knowledge of the intent and applicability of various standards is required to effectively perform this testing. In addition, extensive knowledge of roofing and building construction is important to properly evaluate a roof system’s performance and identify the potential issues resulting in non-compliance as related to a roof system’s ability to resist uplift pressure.
Water infiltration is a common building problem. Many times the source and extent of water infiltration is difficult to determine. Although water will occasionally follow a straight path between its source and where it is observed, more often than not it takes one or more ‘detours’ by following construction such as conduit, ducts, or various types of building framing. Therefore, specialized knowledge and expertise may often be required to properly evaluate a building moisture related problem. All too often, specialty equipment used for evaluated moisture within building envelopes is misused or their output misinterpreted. As a result, misleading and incomplete information is provided resulting in improper diagnosis and remedial measures. Therefore, determining the presence and origin of water requires both a thorough understanding of building construction, as well as, appropriate test methods and equipment.
Building Envelope Evaluation
As-built Document Review
Provide review of the available and relevant drawings and specifications, reports, records of previous repairs, previous proposals, and other documents pertaining to the subject building envelope system evaluation. The review will allow us to become familiar with the design and construction of the building envelope and can identify specific conditions for closer examination.
Conduct interviews with building management and maintenance personnel that are familiar with the building envelope maintenance history including the locations and extent of the problem areas.
Perform visual observations of the building envelope systems and components from accessible areas at the ground and/or adjacent structures. The survey will provide an opportunity to observe the as-built construction and existing condition of the building envelope.
Perform up-close observations of the building envelope from suspended scaffolding and/or rope access to further access the as-built construction and existing condition of the building envelope systems. Up-close observation allows BES to identify specific conditions which may have contributed to air and water infiltration and/or interior finish damage.
Non-destructive Field Testing
Perform non-destructive field testing including, but not limited to, hammer sounding for detection of delamination and spalling, ferrous metal detection, sealant probe test, and infrared moisture testing.
Destructive Field Testing
Perform inspection openings of the building envelope systems (i.e. roof, walls, etc.) to observe the as-built construction, existing conditions, perform moisture testing, perform strength/bond/adhesion testing, and to collect material samples for laboratory testing.
Develop a laboratory testing scope. Collect the material samples for testing. Coordinate testing with third party testing lab. Evaluate test results and incorporate them into the repair design options and recommendations.
Prepare a brief written report, which will include our findings and observations, conclusions, and repair/replacement options and recommendations. Provide our opinions of probable cost based on the options and recommendations upon request.
Conventional access to the building exterior by suspended scaffold (swing stage), aerial boom, or other means is often convenient and cost effective. However for small projects, isolated building areas, buildings with difficult access, complex construction, and short-notice projects, rope access offers a safe, practical, and cost-effective alternative. In fact, most inspection projects can be performed more quickly and cost effectively by rope access rather than conventional access.
Perform as a testifying expert to assist the legal team throughout the case. Our scope of services is developed for the specific needs of each project and may include, but are not limited to, forensic evaluations, document review, calculations and analysis, cost estimating, development of written reports, depositions, testimony, etc.
Perform as a non-testifying expert to assist our clients with evaluating claims, defense approaches, grounds for suit, determining damages and/or other matters to develop the scope of claims or defenses.