HOA News

Reserve Studies & Funding Strategies: Trends & Best Practices

reserve studies trends best practices

Criterium Engineers’ founder, Alan Mooney, P.E., R.S., was interviewed for an informative Condo Media article on reserve studies that we are sharing with you.  Alan Mooney, P.E., R.S., will never forget how heated things got years after his firm did a reserve study for a Boston-area condominium. The good news? The association had the foresight….


The Orange Triangle in Our Logo

Orange Triangle - Criterium Engineers logo

Criterium Engineers was founded in the days when building plans were meticulously designed and drawn by hand. The dedicated engineer’s talisman—the plastic drafting triangle—could once be found on almost every drawing table in our offices. And while a clear plastic triangle might easily be lost on piles of white paper, bright orange drafting triangles always….


Find Us at CAI’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas

CAI Las Vegas event 2021

CAI’s Las Vegas event is fast approaching! Criterium Engineers’ team is headed to our first trade in-person trade show of 2021. The Community Associations Institute’s Annual Conference is being held at Caesars Forum in Las Vegas, from August 18-21. Find our team at exhibit #326.  Since 1980, homeowner associations across North America have counted on….


Client Spotlight: Southern Springs in TN

Southern Springs

Southern Springs by Del Webb, located south of Nashville, in Spring Hill, Tennessee, is a brand-new 55+ community of various styles of ranch homes with a community lodge housing a fitness center and other amenities. Southern Springs engaged with Criterium Engineers to complete a transition study as their community transitioned from the development company to….


The Invisible Wall: Site Walls Should Not be Out of Mind

Retaining wall inspection

There is no condominium community asset more overlooked than its site walls. They literally become part of the landscape and seem to disappear, yet they are vital to the health of the community. They are sometimes called retaining walls or sometimes simply landscape structures, but in the hilly interiors of Maine or the rugged slopes….


Art Wickerham, P.E., Receives Award for Distinguished Service

wickerham award

Congratulations to Arthur ‘Art’ Wickerham, P.E., of Criterium-Liszkay Engineers, who was recently presented with the 2020 H. Alan Mooney Award for Distinguished Service. Art was nominated by Don Liszkay, longtime & recently retired principal of that affiliate office. Watch the award presentation video here. This award represents the very best of our organization, both in….


Client Spotlight: Bath RiverWalk

Bath RiverWalk HOA president Phil Day shared, “We learned so much working with Criterium Engineers as we transitioned ownership to our board. When our board was ready to do a reserve study, we went back to the experts at Criterium to help us make informed decisions about our community and planning for future investments.” Located….


About the Roof

About the Roof

Inspection Techniques for Surface Survival The roof surface of your condo building is probably the most important common element under association control. Water intrusion into the interior will cause more damage or unit owner outrage than almost any other problem brought to the board’s or property manager’s attention. It bears careful consideration. There are many….


Seeing Clearly with Window Replacement

window replacement

Challenges Associated with Window Replacement Window replacement can be one of a condominium board’s greatest challenges. This is due to elements of mystery, timing, and high cost. For a variety of reasons a unit owner may want to replace one or more of her unit’s windows. After following the condo’s guidelines for obtaining approval from….


Thermal Imaging Your Condo

thermal imaging your condo

          Before & After: Condo ceiling normal view and with thermal imaging. Images were taken on a warm summer day and, on the right, show actual water intrusion in the dark purple, colder areas. Without the infrared view, the water intrusion is not visible. Winter in Maine and with it comes….