Building Condition Surveys

Building condition surveys are also   known as a Due   Diligence     Inspection,     or structural   engineering   condition   survey. These are physical   evaluation   of an existing   building’s systems,   components   and site improvements. Building condition typically   includes items such as site characteristics, structure,   roof, mechanical,     electrical,   plumbing,   fire/life safety, and access   and egress.   Most commonly building surveys   are performed prior to a real estate transaction   for commercial   property. EMA Structural & Forensic engineers utilizes the ASTM Standard E2018-99     as a guideline   for conducting     Property Condition   Assessments.

EMA   has structural   Engineers  committed   to providing     our clients   with detailed,     impartial   reports   which   are certified   by   Registered   Professional Engineers.

We provide   a full range of inspection   services   including:

  • Building condition survey
  • Roof inspections   & studies
  • Construction I Building Defects
  • Commercial Construction Monitoring
  • Demolition and Plans Review
  • Construction Draw Inspections

Facility Asset Management observes the condition of structures by examining five different evaluation criteria. The
criteria included:
• Foundation
• Stairs, rails and porches
• Roof, gutter, downspouts and chimneys
• Exterior surfaces
• Windows and doors
Evaluators utilize the same assessment criteria found in the Linden Gateway analysis; the foundation
of which was based on the University of Oregon’s Community Planning Workshop. The evaluation
matrix assigned a numerical rank to the observed condition of the aforementioned housing criteria. The
numerical ranking corresponds to the following short explanations; well maintained, moderate maintenance,
minor repair, moderate repair, major repair, and not salvageable. A more detailed explanation of the
evaluation criteria can be found in the chart in Appendix F – Building Condition Survey Evaluation Criteria and
Definitions.

Under the new statute, districts must conduct Building Condition Surveys (BCS) on a staggered schedule as assigned by the Commissioner in calendar years 2020 through 2024, and every five years on that same five year cycle thereafter.  To develop the schedule, NYSED created five groupings within each of the State’s Labor Market Regions (LMR).  One for each year.  Data regarding the number of instructional buildings per district was used to equally distribute the number of buildings to be surveyed in each BCS cohort year.  Next, data from the 2015 Building Condition Survey was used to assign groups with the highest number of buildings identified as ‘poor’ or ‘unsatisfactory’ to BCS cohort years 2020 and 2021.

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