How Facility Assessment Can Save Your Business
The objective of a Facilities Assessment, also known as Property Condition Assessment, is to identify physical deficiency with a specific property. It is the process conducted to provide thorough information about all current building deficiencies, from structure to systems and then to estimate the costs associated with renewal, repair, and code compliance. The process measures the actual as well as the required condition of an asset and determines the actions needed to maintain it at its required standard.
A number of areas are evaluated, including the building site (drainage, retaining walls, paving, and parking), the building envelope (exterior walls and windows, the structural foundation and framing) and all interior elements (the units, rooms, common areas). The roof is also assessed, including the plumbing and electrical. If the property contains elevators, escalators or moving walkways, they are examined as well. And finally, code compliance, safety, accessibility, air quality and other considerations are evaluated.
Typically, there are three main reasons for performing a Facility Assessment. They may be done as part of a loan underwriting process. Lenders and investors want to make sure that the cost to maintain the property would not put the loan at risk. Another reason might be for a purchaser in need of property that wants to know the major issues or costs they would incur if buying a property so that they could use the information for negotiating the purchase price. Finally, they might be done for financial or strategic planning by current property owners.
One example of a facility assessment done by Intelligent Engineering Services (IES) is the San Antonio International Airport’s West Wall of their Fire Station. Our recommendations included installing a root barrier around the drip line of a nearby tree, installing a horizontal moisture barrier outside of the west wall, underpinning and jacking of the grade beam under the west wall, grout injection of the voids created below the beam and below the slab, and repairing the CMU walls, brick veneer, parapet. We also advised re-roofing the west zone of the roof, since after performing a floor elevation survey, we observed cracking and separation in CMU partitions and brick veneer, distress in parapet framing, and “oil canning” of the roof membrane where the roof and parapet meet.
The IES team utilizes highly skilled engineers to assess existing conditions and provides recommendations and/or design documents for the necessary improvements. Visit our portfolio for other examples of the work we do or give us a call at our San Antonio location at (210) 349-9098 for more information.