Our Environmental Services
Services We Offer
Contaminated Sites Management
Risk Management and Site Specific Liability Assessment
Electromagnetic Surveys (EM) for salinity mapping
Phase I, II, III Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)
Detailed Site Assessments for Reclamation Certificate Applications
What Is A Building Conditions Assessment?
A Building Condition Assessment (BCA) provides companies with comprehensive building deficiency information and forecasts possible future maintenance or repair requirements for a single or multiple properties. It is also sometimes referred to as a Facility Condition Assessment or Property Condition Assessment.
Building Condition Assessments are carried out in two steps, the first being the site inspection, which is a systematic recording of the building systems with the use of photographs, note taking, drawings and information provided by the property owner.
The second step is analyzing the data collected and turning it into a report that includes a summary of the building, its systems condition, tables that reflect the immediate and projected long-term costs of maintaining the building.
A detailed Building Condition Assessment will provide estimated costs connected with renewal, repair, and code compliance issues.
Building Condition Assessments can also be used to determine the need for the following:
Facilities operational costs including lifecycle and building systems renewals
Maintenance programs including current and deferred, such as structural, window replacement, HVAC systems, etc.
Functional deficiencies need to be identified, photographed, and recorded, using industry standards (Building Codes, Accessibility, BOMA, IFMA, & LEEDS), and applying replacement costs using traditional cost databases like BCIS, RS Means, and historical benchmark data.
Data Driven Maintenance
The information we gather allows key facility team members to address current operational requirements, while also improving the portfolio renewal forecasting and addressing capital funding for capital projects.
From the data gathered, the facility management team can develop long-term maintenance programs that can address specific needs and conditions of the buildings, which in turn helps the facility management personnel to maintain the building portfolio in an operational condition while reducing maintenance costs.
How Often Should BCAs Be Conducted?
BCAs should be conducted on a regular basis; the standard is a three to five- year basis. The BCA frequency also depends on the buildings usage, structural integrity, age, and size.
The Building Condition Assessment scope should include most of the following items:
Types of buildings – commercial, institutional, high and low-rise residences, offices, Government – local and national
Site components – parking lots, walkways, curbs, lighting, and site drainage
Structural & Foundation systems - exposed systems only
Roofing systems – types, age, and condition
Exterior enclosure – masonry, curtain wall, EFIS, etc.
Interior systems – walls, partitions, doors, finishes, etc.
Parking garages – multi-level, above and below ground
Plumbing systems – existing
Electrical systems – existing
Mechanical systems – boilers, HVAC, etc.
Vertical transportation systems – elevators, moving walkways
Building and fire code issues, accessibility compliance updates
Non-evasive technologies - Infrared Thermal Imaging (if required)
Special type programs
What Our Report Includes
Photograph documentation – each system and requirement
Assessment of the property's interior and exterior conditions, systems, components and deficiencies
Recommendations to rectify physical deficiencies – based on Consultant’s experience
Budget cost to remedy physical deficiencies – based on the costing tools used by the software if system is unique the suggested cost should be applied
Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments
We have completed hundreds of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments throughout Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and the northwestern United States.
With more than 20 years of experience specialized in commercial and industrial Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments, we bring a strong ability to help clients understand and address any environmental liabilities they may be facing.