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Understanding ADA Requirements for Historic Properties

The passing of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) made access to places of public accommodation a civil right and is applicable to all properties, regardless of age or status as a ‘historic property.’ In other words, all places of public accommodation must remove barriers where feasible with no exclusions or exemptions. However, some historic…

How a Geologic Review Can Avoid Costly Issues during Construction Projects and Transactions

How can geologic reviews or geotechnical investigations save you money?

Why PCAs are a Valuable Tool for Investors and Lenders

A Property Condition Assessment is used by lenders and investors to help determine the risk associated with an asset.

A closer look at the new ASTM E2018-15 Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments

ASTM has updated it A2018-15 Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments. What were the key changes?

March 2015 Events

Start            End              Conference                              Location 1 5 ICBA National Convention Orlando, FL 2 4 CLRM Roundtable Phoenix, AZ 3 3 CREJ: Multifamily Owners and Managers Conference and Expo Englewood, CO 3…

John Hancock Centre – Structural Engineering Creating Value

I recently wrote a blog about the value of architecture, in which I concluded that a building’s cultural symbolism or history, and the way its design is perceived by the public and the industry affects the return it delivers to investors.  Having spent many years living in Chicago, I decided to look at how this…

Going beyond ASTM – Property Condition Assessments

The satisfactory completion of real estate transactions relies on the satisfactory completion of due diligence. The broad definition of due diligence includes a number of non-physical issues, such as leases and contracts, property title issues, taxes and assessments, approvals and entitlements, historic and open space provisions and personal property. The physical issues related to a…

ENERGY DISCLOSURE IN COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE DEALS

The State of California as well as individual municipalities within California are on the forefront of energy disclosure.  Section 25402 of the California Public Resources Code requires benchmarking and disclosure of energy usage of commercial properties.  Energy benchmarking can be conducted through the EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager, which provides ratings based on energy usage…