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How to Sell the Results of a Reserve Study Without a Revolt

While the importance of associations building a strong reserve fund is no mystery to you, raising fees or assessments is often a sensitive subject with homeowners. Every association needs a long-term planning goal, and a reserve study creates an accurate timetable for all major improvements. Learn how to address those sensitivities and sell the results….

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June Marks the Start of Hurricane Season

Hurricane season preparation info from FEMA

The engineers at Criterium encourage residents, homeowners, condo/apartment owners, and commercial property owners to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season which begins June 1st. This year’s seasonal forecast was recently announced by NOAA’s Climate Prediction. They predict a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year with a range of 9 to 15 named storms. Dr. Gerry….

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Did You Win? Maine Lobster Dinner for 4 and 2 LL Bean Totes

We loved meeting hundreds of attendees at our trade show booth at the Community Associations Institute’s Annual Conference & Expo in Orlando last week. People like you—property & community managers, HOA board members and many others—asked us lots of great questions about reserve studies, transition studies and the many other consulting engineering services we can….

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Fire-Rated Assemblies – Building Science Webinar

Fire-Rated Assemblies presentation

Welcome to Criterium Engineers’ educational Building Science webinar series. In this episode, Scott Forbes discusses fire-rated assemblies as part of construction basics. We’ll look at high-risk conditions in attached and detached residential construction and other important topics associated with fire-rated assemblies. If you have questions about this presentation, contact us. Presented by: Scott Forbes, Vice….

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How Safe Is Your Deck?

Deck Safety - feet standing on deck

May is National Deck Safety Month® and your spring maintenance checklist should include a thorough inspection of your deck and railings. It’s important to ensure their safety before the outdoor entertainment season begins with family gatherings and neighborhood barbecues taking place on your deck. Here are a few items to consider as you check your….

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Water, Water, Everywhere

Typically when I am discussing water problems with the condo’s property manager or the board, the focus is on leaking roofs, foundations, windows, or other building envelope points of water infiltration.  Instead, this article’s focus will be on water damage problems from inside sources and their prevention. It is hard to talk about inside water….

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Office of the Month April 2019: Criterium-Lalancette & Dudka Engineers

April 2019 Office of the Month - Criterium Lalancette Dudka team

Congratulations to the team at Criterium-Lalancette & Dudka Engineers, our Criterium Engineers April 2019 Office of the Month. The two offices recently combined when Andrew Dudka, owner of the Criterium Massachusetts affiliate, acquired Vermont-based Criterium-Lalancette Engineers, owned by Rick Lalancette. As with any acquisition, this meant a great deal of planning, a myriad of tasks,….

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Still Hot – Condo Market Forecast

This time of year I like to share my observations of the Maine real estate market and forecast things to come (spoiler alert) the news is still good. Describing Maine’s real estate market is like describing its weather. First there is a discussion about the southern part of the state and later the northern part….

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Paving Isn’t Sexy: But Proper Maintenance is Essential

Cracked Parking Lot

Engineering Advisor | Volume 26, Number 1 When was the last time you thought about your parking lot? The honest answer, probably, is not in recent memory.  It’s not a question of ‘out of sight –out of mind.’ Parking lots and other paved areas are highly visible, but they aren’t all that interesting.  There is nothing….

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Stairways and Decks Aren’t Safe Unless their Railings Are Secure

Your Home | Volume 35, Number 1 You’re standing in the basement waiting for a friend, who is following you down the stairs. Missing a step, your friend reaches for the railing, which breaks away from the wall. This will not end well for your friend, who may be seriously injured or worse; and it….

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