As we approach the close of another year, it’s a good time to look back at how building inspections have quietly shaped the stability of our homes, businesses, and communities. In residential inspections, our dedicated engineers meticulously inspect every system to ensure the safety and comfort of your home. We extend our appreciation to our….
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Criterium-Lalancette & Dudka Engineers proudly announces its sister office, Criterium-Dudka Engineers, has received recognition as one of the Top 10 Construction Forensic Services Companies by Construction Business Review. Criterium-Dudka Engineers has received this prestigious acknowledgment due to their expertise in addressing complex water infiltration and building deterioration challenges across various property types, including suburban condominiums,….
Is your HOA looking to repurpose underutilized assets? Here’s is an engineer’s perspective on one way to utilize the tennis courts on your property and once again make them an asset for residents. The article takes a fun look at a fast-growing sport that may be a good fit for your community association. An Addictive….
Liabilities and Risks of Ignoring Issues: An Engineer’s Perspective Question: A recent reserve study identified a number of repairs/replacements that should be addressed in the community. However, while the reserve is being funded on a monthly basis, there isn’t enough in the current reserve fund for the repairs/replacements. With inflation and knowing that owners won’t….
With winter approaching, I am often asked what cold-weather planning the building committee should be considering. Surprise is expressed when I suggest the condominium’s attics and their venting. It is true an attic only needs one tenth the ventilation in the winter than in the summer to control moisture buildup and temperature, but the wintertime….
Lighting Safety – Exterior Lighting Plans and Considerations While our crime rate is low compared to the urban violence found in other parts of the country, some condominium and homeowner associations still recognize a need for security tools such as key fobs, Ring doorbell systems, cameras, gates, and guard houses. Of all these systems, perhaps….
Addressing the Reality Since brick masonry exterior facades are supposed to have useful lives of 100 years or more, a prevalent myth is masonry facades are virtually maintenance free, needing little discussion by the condo board, and a rare cost item in reserve fund studies. In reality, masonry maintenance is discussed often with a great….
A Proactive Approach is Best If you are responsible for your condo or HOA’s physical condition, this is no time to relax. Planning now can pay big dividends in being able to hire a repair contractor before the spring/summer crunch arrives. With that in mind, the following list can provide a guide to issues….
Now more than ever, building managers and condo boards have been reviewing the cost of deferred repairs and their fiduciary responsibilities when it comes to facility safety and maintenance. But where to look first? There are many types of condos: from high-rises to townhouses, to one-story duplexes, buildings with flat roofs or high-sloop roofs, buildings….
Most Common Areas of Concern As a member of the board or the property manager, what element of the condominium complex poses the greatest risk to the unit owners and liability to the association? Slips and falls during the icy season? Decks collapsing from rot? Electrical fires? Well, if you picked “decks,” you are almost….