A building physical condition review is the visual analysis of a built structure performed by a design professional (Register Architect or Professional Engineer). This review aims to determine the condition of the main building components and systems.
The building observations include the building envelope (facade, elevations and roofs), private interiors, common areas (parking, corridors, terraces); as well as, the mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems. This review can be more accurate and productive if accurate building records such as active guarantees, construction documents (for previous repairs or original construction), and resident survey are available.
Exploratory probes can be coordinated to help evaluate underlying elements where critical issues are noted.
Besides a written description of the existing condition of the building systems, the design professional includes in the report a prioritized list of maintenance and repairs to keep each system in proper operation. The subject list is accompanied by photographs, drawings, and cost estimates based on industry standards.
The estimated budget helps the building Board/management in planning for maintenance changes or assessments depending on the building's financials. The estimate can only be confirmed upon preparation of construction documents and a bidding process inviting qualified contractors.
The prioritized plan outlined in the physical condition report helps the building management to avoid costly emergency repairs.
Mayta Sebastian Architecture is qualified to prepare and provide a physical conditions report as well as to create a digital model of the building (via laser scanning and BIM) to facilitate the record keeping, analysis and update of the building conditions. Visit our building analytics sections for further information.