Civil, Structural & Architectural Engineering
SBSA, LLC a Charles Taylor company is a multi-disciplinary architecture and forensic engineering firm that offers solutions in support of the entire life-cycle of a building. We offer a full complement of professionals who provide thoughtful attention to every step of our client’s new construction project. The team at SBSA provides professional engineering and architectural services encompassing the entire span of a building’s lifecycle from inception through rehabilitation. Our team of experts has the experience and ability to identify and provide the right solutions for our clients. SBSA has extensive knowledge of construction compliance, rehabilitation and repair, construction and property analysis, forensic analysis, and more. We have the experience and ability to identify and provide solutions for our clients. Our experts are familiar with all aspects of the building life-cycle, from initial construction through long-term maintainability.
According to the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE), Forensic Engineering “is defined as the application of the art and science of engineering in matters which are in, or may possibly relate to, the jurisprudence system, inclusive of alternative dispute resolution.” SBSA’s team of forensic experts have analyzed thousands of properties throughout the country. Our analysis of construction practice is based on Code and industry standards that provide sound and reasonable design, construction and rehabilitation standards. Our reports document the facts, analyze the findings, and provide supportable opinions.
Architectural Design & Peer Review
SBSA has been serving design and construction professionals with Solutions Before a building or site is constructed. Too often, in the typical design process of a project, many of the crucial details of the design are left to the very end of the production process, resulting in reliance on the subcontractor specialists, review of shop drawings for incorporation post Contract Documents, increased costs associated with design challenges, construction sequencing and thus potential warranty costs and deferred expenses. The detailing of a project offers the most challenging part of our design and construction process. Consider that the integration of multiple sub trades into single areas of a site results in the need for clarity of the design documents, yet the details are not addressed in the original work. This occurs because so many design and costing decisions are made after the start of the construction process that there is a hesitation to put too much effort into the detailing until the design and the budget are finally solidified and construction is underway.
Another area that creates the potential for construction issues is that details often end up being “recycled” from other past projects that may not even resemble the construction methods of the current construction, selection of products or even the base design. This common practice of reusing details and specifications can be risky and results in costly revisions, repairs, or reconstruction efforts later in the life of the building. Oftentimes, contractors will identify the inconsistencies and seek clarification by issuing RFIs and, later, Change Orders to cover their costs. However, many times the inconsistencies are missed, resulting in in-the-field modifications that leave the project at risk for costly construction errors that may not even be discovered until years later.
Having a third-party review team that specializes in assisting with product selection and detail consultation of critical building envelope components is essential.
SBSA has extensive experience in identifying and resolving potential design and construction errors before they are constructed. Coupled with on-site quality observations throughout the construction process, our Third-Party Peer Review Services have proven to be an integral part of the success of our developers, owners, designers and contractors that engage us in this work.