AVELAR offers a variety of in-house Architectural & Structural Engineering consulting services including peer review, review of existing structures for code compliance and building conditions assessments. We also provide quality assurance reviews for new construction of commercial and residential structures.
It is vital to consult with building code experts who understand the complicated process of determining the codes that were in effect at any given time in each jurisdiction. AVELAR maintains a massive
library of current and historic code books that allow us to pinpoint the codes in force for any building at any time. Our architectural expertise in code analysis is supplemented by staff that includes one of the longest tenured certified ICC (International Code Council) Master Code Professionals in the area.
Common-area components such as roofs, roadways and siding can become serious financial liabilities for a Community Association without expert planning. Through careful inspection and financial analysis,
AVELAR can help determine the longevity of common-area components and the amount of financial reserves required to meet the future obligations of maintenance, repair and replacement.
Consulting Services include:
Identifying and addressing potential issues associated with poorly defined construction documents is essential in avoiding problems during the building phase. AVELAR provides valuable support that helps minimize the risks to architects, developers, contractors and building owners of commercial or residential projects. We can help guide the process with information attained from participating as experts in a vast amount of construction litigation cases, as well as from our extensive knowledge and experience in building systems and materials, and successful completion of numerous reconstruction projects.
AVELAR can also provide piece of mind and confidence during the construction phase by observing the work as it is performed or providing third-party inspection services. We can ensure that the work conforms to the plans and specifications prepared by the Architect of Record, and that it conforms to the manufacturer’s standard details and requirements.
Code Compliance of Existing Structures
The AVELAR team can help owners protect against future claims when their building is being built, repaired, or reconstructed.
We offer expert advice for:
Course of Construction Review
As forensic Architects and Structural Engineers, we are familiar with the recurring problems that can plague even the most conscientious builders and architects. We have acquired knowledge and skills from a wide range of construction-related problems that make us uniquely qualified to identify liability issues and effectively manage risk. We can complement a client’s in-house expertise to spot potential problems before they arise, and promote design and construction practices that pre-empt commonly claimed construction defects that could potentially lead to future litigation.
We offer these services to assist in completing successful construction projects:
Community Association Services
Improperly maintained common-area components can lead to extensive damage, devalued property, and increased vacancy or tenant turnover. By combining our proven expertise, innovative approach, and cutting edge technology, AVELAR supports Community Associations in successfully planning for and managing the ongoing upkeep and repairs of common-area components.
SB326 Inspections & Reporting
SB 326 requires Associations to conduct visual inspections of exterior elevated elements and load-bearing components six feet above ground, including: balconies, decks, patios, and elevated walkways to be conducted by a licensed structural engineer or architect of a random and statistically significant sample of exterior elevated elements for which the association has maintenance or repair responsibility.
The inspection shall determine whether the exterior elevated elements are in a generally safe condition and
performing in accordance with applicable standards.
For existing HOAs, the first inspection of Exterior Elevated Elements needs to be completed by January 1, 2025.
AVELAR provides Structural Engineering Inspections for SB326 (Senate Bill SB 326) and SB721 enacted January 1, 2020 for balconies, stairs, and decks. (California Civil Code 5551)
Common-area components such as roofs, roadways and siding can become serious financial liabilities for a Community Association without expert planning. Through careful inspection and financial analysis, AVELAR can help determine the longevity of common-area components and the necessary amount of financial reserves required to meet the future obligations of maintenance, repair and replacement.
We have an established track record in providing top quality, competitively priced Reserve Studies. Our staff holds the highest credentials awarded in the Reserve Study industry, including Reserve Specialist and Professional Reserve Analyst designations.
Our background as architects, general contractors, and construction professionals gives AVELAR an advantage over most Reserve Study preparers.
Specifically, Community Associations benefit from our:
Architectural Project Management Services
For over forty-five years AVELAR has expertise in managing and expediting reconstruction projects by providing a full range of services tailored to meet a variety of needs.
Scope of Work Development and Bidding
Deciding on what type of repairs are necessary can be a difficult task. AVELAR can define the appropriate scope of work for the project so that all concerns are addressed. We can also guide the Association through the bidding process to ensure the selection of a qualified contractor.
Contractor and Consultant Coordination
Extensive construction projects often require multiple design professionals and consultants whose work must be integrated and coordinated. AVELAR can provide coordination services with other design professionals or special inspectors required by the jurisdiction to help the construction project run smoothly and efficiently.
Construction Management Services
The AVELAR team can assist Community Associations by professionally managing repair and/or maintenance projects including, re-roofing, asphalt rehabilitation, exterior siding/deck repairs and painting, pool rehabilitation and more. We will ensure that the work is completed as specified in the construction documents and manage any needed changes in the scope of work as they arise.
At some point, every Community Association will experience issues related to an aging infrastructure. With our vast experience, AVELAR can help the community’s Board of Directors and Association managers understand the depth and extent of the issues with a comprehensive site survey. Site surveys can be component specific (e.g., looking for safety issues such as deteriorated deck or staircase supports) or they can encompass many site components at once (e.g., general inspections to identify components where maintenance has been deferred). Whatever the situation, our site surveys will identify those components in the most immediate need of repair, the best and most cost-effective way to repair them and a realistic cost to do so.
Homeowner Representative Services
Our experience has shown that thorough construction knowledge, good communication skills and strong coordination are the keys to a successful repair or reconstruction project, regardless of the scope or complexity. Many homeowner associations lack the necessary time, skills, and personnel to successfully manage repair or reconstruction projects for multi-residential structures. The RA&A team can assist by acting as an owner’s advocate and liaison with the construction team.
Our homeowner representative services include:
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