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Foundation Forensics

Cracks in foundations are by far the most common structural complaint raised in either reserve fund studies or transition studies.  They can occur in the youngest or newest condo building.  As condo documents usually assign the maintenance responsibility of their repair to the association, board members and property managers take them very seriously.  Maine condo….

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Cinamon Building: It’s Not About the Spice!

Cinamon Building Portland Maine

Congratulations to our clients Jim & Rebecca Henry, represented by Josh Soley of Maine Realty Advisors, on their recent purchase of the Cinamon Building at 1 Pleasant Street in downtown Portland, Maine. The historic structure built in 1900 is named not for the aromatic spice, but instead for the longtime owners—the Cinamon family—with a slight….

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Michael Pritchard Joins Criterium Engineers Team

Michael Pritchard - new employee

Michael Pritchard recently joined the Criterium Engineers team. Michael graduated from the University of Maine in Orono in May with a degree in Construction Engineering Technology where he had internships in project management and construction, in areas similar to some of our market areas. He is from Scarborough, Maine, and based at the Criterium Engineers….

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Solar Panels — Right For Your HOA?

solar panels - the power of the sun shown through hands shaped a hear

Solar panels may be an option for your community. Legislative incentives are available in states around the country.  There is a growing consensus that climate change is real and its consequences will have significant impact on our quality of life and regional economic future. While the cause of climate change may be debated, its potential….

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Burning Questions & Fire Safety Checklist

Fire Safety checklist - burning match

⇒Go to checklist The words ‘safety or security’ mean different things to members of a condominium or HOA community.  While the board or property manager may be focusing on the common element safety dangers such as the pool or the walkways/ paved surfaces, unit owners’ biggest concern is unit security and household accidents.  In reality,….

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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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Hurricane Season is Here—Are You Ready?

Hurricane season preparation info from FEMA

The engineers at Criterium encourage residents, homeowners, condo/apartment owners, and commercial property owners to prepare for the hurricane season which begins each year on the first of June. 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….

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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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