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We like big slabs and we cannot lie!

We like big slabs and we cannot lie!

This SBSA project took 15 concrete truckloads for the subsurface leveling rat slab, then 42 additional concrete truckloads for the  30’x30’x5’ main slab. All for a Terex/Demag 500 ton tower crane, the largest in Colorado.

SBSA retained as Architectural Consultant for Cherry Hills Farm.

SBSA retained as Architectural Consultant for Cherry Hills Farm.

SBSA, Inc. has been retained to provide Architectural Control Consulting for Cherry Hills Farm. Cherry Hills Farm is a neighborhood community comprised of 216 luxury single family homes constructed in open greenbelt and park-like settings.

We will be providing an architectural standard review, revision, and compliance for all large-scale construction activities in the community including new home construction.

The purpose is to maintain a semblance of uniformity by requiring all construction activities in Cherry Hills Farm to follow a formal architectural submittal acceptance and construction compliance verification process through SBSA.

SBSA performs ADA Peer Review for developers, architects, and insurance companies. Conforming to the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) and HUD Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines (FHAG) on a project is a complex process that requires careful review during design and construction. Having a project reviewed by a third party for compliance with (ADAAG) and (FHAG) is an important step in reducing the risk of being in non-compliance with federal accessibility laws in commercial construction.

SBSA Inc. Architectural and Engineering fiThe SBSA team consists of both architects as well as engineers and we can truly understand and empathize with designer’s concerns pertaining to accessibility compliance, particularly in the commercial realm of design.

With over 70 years of combined design experience among the architectural staff, we are fully aware of the most current regulations and challenges in providing for accessibility requirements in new construction. Designing for compliance is not necessarily difficult, but it can become lost at times due to other programmatic complexities required for a successful design.


Congratulations to newest SBSA Reserve Specialist, Ryan Jessop, EI

Congratulations to newest SBSA Reserve Specialist, Ryan Jessop, EI

Ryan Jessop, EI received his Reserve Specialist (RS) designation today. He has worked hard to gather the experience, documentation, and references necessary for the application and actually did so well ahead of our planned schedule.

Ryan received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering, with a Civil Specialty from the Colorado School of Mines and has passed the FE civil test. Ryan became a member of the SBSA team after working at Bock and Clark Environmental, where he conducted Property Condition Assessments and Environmental Assessments for Commercial Real Estate for two years. Since joining SBSA, Ryan has been performing reserve studies, destructive testing, construction observations, and assists with feasibility studies. Achieving his Eagle Scout award in 2005, where Ryan designed and managed a project to create a retaining wall in the landscaping adjacent to a handicap entrance at the Arvada United Methodist Church, as well as insulating the hydroponic radiation heating systems for the classrooms.

SBSA and its staff have provided thousands of reserve studies and capital expenditure analysis over the last 20 plus years and has built an extensive knowledge of the needs associated with common interest community construction. The staff at SBSA work together with community management, boards of directors, and association committees to foster unique ideas and tasks for inclusion into the long range planning of your property. This method of communication allows for a mutual approach in the tailoring of the study and incorporation of special considerations.

We leverage our experience with property investigations, design and quality assurance of new construction into our line of Reserve Studies and Capital Expenditure Planning services.  This knowledge of actual design and owner’s services provides for a complete analysis than our completions approach of addressing this from a standpoint of accounting without the reality of the corrections, repairs, rehabilitation and the improvements to real property.

SBSA is the only company with Reserve Specialists, Certified Cost Consultants and Registered Professional Architects and Engineers on staff. 

This distinction allows us to address a variety of your projects needs in-house and with staff aware of Associations requirements. SBSA, Inc. specializes in the design, construction, and real estate markets. We are based in the Golden, Colorado area and deliver Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Construction Administration, Building Envelope Repair, Forensic Analysis and Testing services in over 30 states.

We are recognized for our commitment to honesty and smart supportable solutions. SBSA’s team of experts are hand-picked, experienced, and dedicated. Our clients include attorneys, insurance companies, builders, developers, homeowner associations (HOA’s), facility and property managers, buyers, sellers, and owners. We are confident in our ability to listen and provide professional solutions and will work with you to craft a scope of service meeting the personalized needs of your project.

The goals and values central to SBSA help us to tackle any challenge and provide a clear path to the completion of a project. Our process, coupled with a strong work ethic, ensures every client a professional and responsive experience from beginning to end. Our organizational philosophy has fostered numerous long-standing clients and stands as a central pillar of our success.

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Ornamental Fencing Proper Preparation and Installation

Ornamental Fencing Proper Preparation and Installation

Ornamental metal fencing is used in thousands of communities across the country with most being constructed with steel tube posts, rails, and spindles. Fannie Mae has listed steel fencing as having an estimated useful life of 50 years. Most communities have historically experienced significantly less useful lives than 50 years, with some only getting 20 years out of their fence. So, the question is, “How do we get a steel fence that lasts?” Proper detailing and installation of ornamental fencing is paramount for long-term performance. While some municipalities have set-back and fence size requirements, most items that affect long-term fence performance are in the hands of the installer. Let’s start with the base, or footer foundation, for the fence system. If you are looking for a foundation with a life cycle that is in alignment with the expected life of the fence elements themselves, SBSA recommends a concrete footer system.

Depending on the size of the project, it may be more economical to have ready-mixed concrete delivered. Keep in mind that typical minimum orders are one cubic yard, which equals 27-cubic-feet (or 46,656-cubic-inches). The footer should terminate above grade and should be finished with the slope away from the post. This will prevent moisture from collecting at the metal post base and causing premature corrosion of the metal. The steel tube posts, rails, and spindles should have weep systems strategically placed to drain moisture that gets into the system out; this includes condensation. Keep in mind that interiors of the steel fence members are not coated and are immediately susceptible to corrosion. The weeps should be placed on the various members in a downward fashion as to allow air in and keep moisture out. The steel fence members should be coated prior to usage, and that coating needs to be proactively maintained. The Society for Protective Coating (SSPC) has specific directions to maintaining steel fencing. Determining correct coating for the conditions present will provide the longest life of the coating.

Proper surface preparation of ornamental fencing is imperative for the coating to adhere and protect the metal. Surface preparation can include pretreatments to remove corrosion, or portions of the previous coating. In these cases, the chemicals used in the pretreatments may require time for the reactions to occur, prior to the application of the primer coating. No matter what corrosion resistant coating is used, following the manufacturer’s specifications and installation instructions is a must. These will identify conditions, specifications, and curing times for the products. Just because your coating feels dry, it may not be cured yet. This affects the maintenance and care of areas around the newly coated fence. Consult with your landscaping staff so that the fence has proper time to cure to its full strength. This may mean that some typical landscaping operations in the immediate area need to be postponed until curing is complete. The ornamental fencing must be cyclically inspected, as corrosion is fast and progressive. Any damage should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent further deterioration of the coating and steel itself. Following these steps should keep your fence on track for its 50-year estimated useful life, and prevent surprises to your community’s budget.