Foundation and Basement
Our engineers and architects will examine the foundation of your building. We will look for concerns such as cracks in masonry walls or settlement of basement floors to find problems with the foundation.
We can use the existing floor system of the building if it's intact and sturdy. Our team will inspect the flooring and find out if it needs any additional work or strengthening. You may also need to install HVAC systems, stairways and electrical elements in the building. Our architects will assess whether you have the required ceiling and floor height to accommodate the installations.
We will inspect the roof for structural damages to determine the extent of repair needed. Our team will look for cracks, corrosion of metal elements and anything that is out of order. We also carry out inspections for water leakage.
Exits and Stairways
The existing stairways and exits of the building may not comply with the current building codes. We will inspect the existing infrastructure to design the layout and placement of new stairways you may need. The aim of the inspection is to utilize available space, improve safety and minimize structural changes.
The building envelope is one of the most important factors that determine the energy efficiency of the building. The building envelope is made up of the exterior walls, roof, windows and doors. Our building envelop specialists will evaluate the building envelope to assess if there are any signs of leakage.
Evaluating the building envelope and its components also let us determine the useable life and their approximate replacement value. We may also look into the maintenance history and any other capital modifications. Our team will also carry out water tests, if required.
The inspection along with your aesthetic preferences will allow us to plan the modification. We will know if you need to replace any doors or windows and all the repair work needed. You may also be able to salvage or preserve the components based on their condition.
Electrical and Mechanical Systems
The existing electrical and mechanical system may not suffice to meet the requirements of the new building. We will perform an energy audit of the building for developing strategies for air quality and energy use.
Our engineers will conduct a thorough inspection of the current heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. We will assess if the current systems meet the requirements of the new building or need to be changed.
Installation of new systems may also affect different aspects of the building. We will check the current ventilation system to determine if it suffices the new design. The electrical system will also come under inspection. We will check the wiring, switchboards, junction boxes to evaluate if they comply with current fire codes.