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How do I know if a crack on a concrete building is serious or not?
One does not have to be a structural engineer to know that a crack anywhere on a building is not a good sign. Aside from being ugly, cracks can cause a lot of damage to a property that do not necessarily have to do with the structural stability of a structure. The truth of the matter is […]
What is the difference between a Project Manager and an Owner’s Representative?
Throughout the many years in the construction and the engineering business, I have heard of many nomenclatures and meanings that often get confused and misused. After all, the construction and engineering businesses are extremely complicated. Products and materials may come and go and may be referred to by many different names; and after many years, get replaced by other products. The many services and professionals […]
What is a 40-year certification Illumination Study?
If you are reading this blog, it’s probably because you have an interest in getting 40-year recertification completed for your property. But then you also need to do an illumination study in addition to the 40-year inspection. Before I go into what an illumination study is, I must define that 40-year recertification is an inspection that an Engineer does to a […]
What is an acoustical ceiling tile system?
This video shows what an acoustical ceiling (or a suspended ceiling) system is force typical commercial application. A suspended ceiling is, by far, the most common type of ceiling that is used in office, institutional and general commercial buildings.
Are you getting ripped off on your 40-year recertification?
If you are reading this blog, there is a good chance that you are one of those people that are in need of 40-year recertification. In a way, you are in luck because the internet is full of information about what a 40-year rectification is and how to go about getting this needed inspection. Click here if you want to know […]
What is the difference between an Architect and an Engineer?
In order to understand what the differences between an Architect and an Engineer are, we must first basically define these. An Architect is a person who designs buildings and is typically the point person of a design team. An Engineer is a person that specializes in the design of a unique aspect of the building […]
Community and Business Excellence Award
I always say that giving back, being thoughtful, and generous are the cornerstones of being a”good” human being. One grows up with such saying such as “its better to give than to receive”. When I was a child, I always thought that this was not true. But as a mature grown-up man, I’ve come to […]
What is an Owners representative in construction?
Simly put, and Owner’s Representative is a person that represents the Owner on a construction project. This may seem like a simplistic and obvious answer, but given many players that can be involved on a project and its legal and logistical complexities, then the answer may not be as straight-forward. For example, if the Owner […]
Why do I have to do a 40 year inspection?
He received the notification and now he wonders why one needs to do this 40 year inspection. You may also wonder why you have to spend your hard earned money to do this. The answer is reduced to one word. That word is “security.” Throughout the years, buildings in South Florida (namely in Broward and […]
Concrete Repairs on Parking Garage Structures
Introduction Parking garages are very distinct structures form all the other structures out in the world. These structures have large beams and columns and thick slabs that are designed to withstand the daily weight of thousands of heavy vehicles. Furthermore, the vast majority of parking structures are open which means that they are in direct contact […]
Basics on Photometric Study for your 40 Year Recertification
The Basics A few years ago, Cities began to require that photometric studies be done for parking lots within properties as part of the 40 year recertifications. You will ask yourself “Why?”. The answer is very simple. Let me begin by defining what a photometric study is. A photometric study is a survey of the […]
How to choose an engineer for your concrete restoration project?
Introduction Choosing the right engineer is vital to a concrete repair project. You can compare your engineer to a head coach of a basketball team. The coach teaches and advises the team members on the best approach to compete. He can also present a plan that will ensure ultimate victory. Therefore, it is important to […]
Guide on How to Hire An Engineer to do your 40 year Recertification
The Beginning You have received your notice in the mail and are asking yourself “what is a 40 Year Recertification?”. Before you proceed to read this blog, make sure you know what a 40 Year Recertification is first. Once you know the answer, you can then proceed with the next step. Obviously, you must find […]
What is Concrete Spalling?
Florida is a great place to live. First, you have the beautiful beaches. Second, you have great weather throughout the year. Third, you have great architecture that includes art-deco to modern styles. However, these positive traits come with their fair share of problems. The high concentration of “salt air” can seep into the concrete […]
How much does a 40 Year Recertification cost?
If you are reading this blog, then you have received your notice to perform a 40 Year Inspection. Simply put, a 40 Year Recertification is an inspection that is required by the State of Florida when a building turns 40 years old. Additionally, you must to inspections every 10 years thereafter. You can find a […]
Is Your Curtain Wall Leaking?
What is a Glass Wall? What is a Glass Wall? Glass walls (or Curtain Walls) is a system of glass panels that cover a building. The featured image on this post is an example of a Curtain Wall system. Curtain walls differ from regular windows in that they fit to the outside of the building […]
GB&A completed this year its first Green project as the LEED Consultant. This project was a TD Bank building in North Bay Village, Florida. It has obtained the Gold Certification by the United States Green Building Council.
After more than 10 years at its previous location, GB&A has moved to its offices to Town of Davie, Florida. The main reason for the move is so that it will allow us to attain a Federal HUB Zone certification. This certification will allow us to have an edge in obtaining federal contracts. Our new […]