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How do I know if a crack on a concrete building is serious or not?

By Greg Batista, PE

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 […]

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What is the difference between a Project Manager and an Owner’s Representative?

By Greg Batista, PE

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 […]

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What is a 40-year certification Illumination Study?

By Greg Batista, PE

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 […]

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What is an acoustical ceiling tile system?

By Greg Batista, PE

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.  

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Are you getting ripped off on your 40-year recertification?

By Greg Batista, PE

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 […]

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What is the difference between an Architect and an Engineer?

By Byron Andino

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 […]

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Community and Business Excellence Award

By Greg Batista, PE

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 […]

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What is an Owners representative in construction?

By Greg Batista, PE

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 […]

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