Forensic Architecture Process Overview
What To Do When Your Building Goes Bad
Buildings with persistent problems have been around as long as man has been creating shelter. That’s not new. What is new is the extent of the problems. As buildings have gotten larger, taller and more complicated the magnitude of the defects has greatly increased. As architects have pushed the envelope of technology and form, the ability of the workman has not kept pace and defects have been the unwelcome consequence. Famous failures such as the John Hancock Building in Boston and the Kansas City Hyatt Skywalk collapse have captured much attention, but small insidious defects have actually caused more damage. Leaks are more damaging because they often go undetected, or they don’t get the needed attention until the damage is done. That’s where Architectural Building Forensics comes in. It is the study, evaluation and testing of buildings with persistent deficiencies to determine their cause and solution.
DLM Architects consists of registered architects who are experienced in the evaluation of defects and damage to existing buildings and buildings under construction. We have various investigative techniques and instruments which assist our architects in determining the cause and origin of the building’s problems.
The services we provide to building owners are as follows:
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