Services

Our core business is waterproofing and building enclosure design for new and remedial construction. We work for owners, architects, and contractors. We recommend materials and systems, develop details for those systems, and write technical specification sections. We are also very involved in the construction phase of projects assisting all parties in ensuring that the materials and systems are installed as designed and perform as expected.

We also act as the prime design professional on certain kinds of work such as re-roofing and cladding rehabilitation.

Much of our work involves high-end residential projects. We have been fortunate to work with interesting products and systems such as exotic materials like titanium and non-standard hybrid waterproofing systems designed for exceptional performance. We maintain regular communication with manufacturer's representatives and have attended contractor training seminars so that we have a good understanding of the materials that we specify.

We like fixing buildings almost as much as we like keeping them from leaking in the first place.

Remedial design is often more interesting than the waterproofing design that we do for new construction. When designing new waterproofing solutions the risk is real but the damage is hypothetical. In remedial design the damage is real. Usually you are addressing fairly discreet issues and you have the benefit of hindsight, but there can be significant challenges in determining the best way to approach a repair.

We enjoy problem solving, and that is biggest part of the remedial design process. Not only do you have to figure out what is causing the damage, you also have to be able to visualize the potential sequencing of repairs. A detail or repair scheme that cannot be executed by a contractor is of limited value.

Testing can often identify issues with manufactured assemblies or installation procedures before they become endemic to the building. Ideally this is part of a mock-up or field sample that applicators or installers complete with observation of interested parties. This process can ensure that the final assemblies meet everyone's expectations.

We have found that it can be especially important to test windows and doors. Once exterior cladding surfaces are in place it can be difficult and expensive to replace fenestration. Interior finishes can mask water penetration until significant damage to the building and its components has occurred. We have often found that newly installed windows and doors do not perform to their rated water penetration resistance.

Windows and doors do not usually perform better over time. If the window that is being installed does not perform to the levels that the building in its environment demands then it should not be installed. Sometimes there are fixable manufacturing issues or correctable installation problems that can be found by incorporating a window testing regimen during installation.

It is important to establish test parameters for any test of new construction well in advance so that all parties know what to expect, and it is clear what constitutes a fail or a pass and, importantly, what happens if there is a failure.

We provide construction litigation support to attorneys representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Over the years we have been collectively involved in hundreds of cases. We have taken projects from the initial investigation through litigation and eventually into remediation. Some relationships with owners in litigation cases have spanned nearly a decade.

Of course many construction litigation jobs, especially defense jobs, involve just a few short site visits, some document review, and a short report. It all depends on the complexity of the job and the parties involved.

Construction litigation support is not our primary business, but it meshes well with our expertise and experience in building enclosures. Construction litigation is often a byproduct of water infiltration although when one building system is performing poorly it often turns out that others have issues as well.

Often construction litigation leads to remediation, which we consider part of our core business.