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….
The team at Criterium encourages residents, homeowners, condo/apartment owners, and commercial property owners to prepare for the hurricane season which begins each year on the first of June for the Atlantic and for Hawaii. The Eastern Pacific season geared up on May 15. This year’s highly publicized Atlantic seasonal forecast was recently announced by NOAA’s….
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….
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….
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….
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….
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,….
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….
So what to do in a Maine winter? Certainly snow sports, a good book, or dreams of spring golf are excellent pursuits but for the chairperson of the condo maintenance committee, winter is a good time to be planning building envelope repairs. The building envelope comprises the roof, siding, and foundation with all of the….
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….