Building Code Compliance

Building Code Compliance

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Building Code Compliance Inspection Services

ART routinely provides inspection services for Building Code Compliance, helping Owners and Contractors meet construction schedules in areas where the local building officials are unable to keep up with the residential or commercial construction demands for in-progress inspections. Typical roof assemblies and tasks provided include:

Shingle Roofs:
                  – Compliance with applicable NOA’s
                  – Conformance with RAS 115
                  – Conformance with FBC Section 2322.2
                  – Conformance with RAS 117

Tile Roofs:                                                                
                 – Compliance with applicable NOA’s
                 – Conformance with FBC Section 2322.2
                 – Conformance with RAS 115 Section 5
                 – Conformance with RAS 117
                 – Compliance with TAS 106 Uplift Test Standards

Flat Roofs:
                – Compliance with applicable NOA’s
                – Conformance with RAS 150
                – Conformance with RAS 115

To expedite permit approvals, ART can also provide engineering assistance and Special Engineering Letters, including:

Field withdrawal testing
Statistical analysis of field withdrawal testing in accordance with RAS 111.
ASCE-7 uplift calculations to determine design pressures and edge strip width.
Review of product approvals for proposed roofing assemblies
Development of fastener patterns for base sheet, insulation board and/or roof membrane, based on uplift calculations and extrapolation of fastener requirements based on ASCE-7 system pressures and Product Approval criteria.
Emergency drainage calculations.
Specialty engineering letters for building authorities/permitting, documenting that the proposed system complies with ASCE-7 and the Florida Building Code.

Laboratory and On-Site Testing

Laboratory and On-Site Testing


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Laboratory and On Site Testing Services

ART also provides testing and laboratory services to evaluate material components, confirm initial field observations, and provide a conclusive basis for implementing cost-effective solutions to your roofing upgrade needs. An overview of ART’s laboratory testing services include the following:

Instrumented thermographic survey of designated roof areas with AGA Model 750/782 imaging system.
Verification of moisture content via moisture probes and/or capacitance sampling where applicable.
Identification and painting of areas of moisture-laden materials and/or energy loss.
Core sampling analysis of system construction where applicable.
Thermographic and photographic. documentation of wet area profiles.
Convection oven dry testing of roof test samples for moisture content.
Asbestos core sample testing.
Specific testing and procedures include:
ASTM-D2829 Sampling and analysis of built-up roofs
ASTM-D3617 Sampling and analysis of new built-up roof membrane
ASTM-D92 Flash and fire points by Cleveland open cup
ASTM-D226 Asphalt saturated organic felt
ASTM-D227 Coal tar saturated organic felt
ASTM-D1863 Mineral aggregate used on built-up roofs
ASTM-D1864 Moisture in mineral aggregate used on built-up roofs
TAS-105 Field withdrawal resistance testing
TAS-106 Field verification of bonding of mortar or adhesive set tile systems
TAS-114 Testing for roof assemblies in high velocity hurricane zones
TAS-124 Field uplift resistance testing of roof membranes
TAS-126 Roof moisture survey

Completed Client Sample Project:


Notre Dame College

Disaster Recovery Services

Disaster Recovery Services
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Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Services

Unfortunately, recent experiences have taught us that no one is immune from natural disasters.

Whether the impacts are felt in isolated facilities or widespread areas, the human and business losses can be staggering.

Once the dust settles, recovering from a natural disaster can involve monumental efforts and costs.

Phone lines and cell towers may be down. Previous assessment documentation and existing building drawings may be damaged or lost.

Temporary repair services may be expensive, if available at all. Construction costs skyrocket. Tenants are anxious to limit their business losses and restore vital business operations.

Are you prepared?

ART has the experience to assist you in planning for the worst and helping in quick, efficient recovery operations following a natural disaster.

On-call assessment teams can be quickly assigned to document damages and the cost to repair. Electronic databases or asset management programs can make document retrieval quick and easy, including contact information for your emergency contact personnel, historical assessment reports documenting the value of your roofs, and CAD drawings and specs for use in the reconstruction… All easily distributed to the entire recovery team via the internet, so that temporary repairs, permanent repairs/replacements, and insurance claim settlements can be expedited and your tenants can be back in business as soon as possible.

Completed Client Sample Projects:

Liberty Property Trust

Harbor Inn at the Moorings

Asset Management Services

Asset Management Services
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Facilities Assets Management Services

ART develops customized Facility Asset Management Programs for Roofing, Waterproofing and Rooftop Mechanical Equipment. We also provide software for the Client to maximize the benefits of Asset Management, with real-time access to standard reports made available through secure Web Portal reporting systems. Typical components of our asset management programs and related services include:

Master plan and reporting system, with access to relevant information based on management levels utilized by the Client.
Electronic drawings of each roof area, including locations of all components and equipment.
Evaluate and estimate the remaining service life of the components and determine if maintainable or non-maintainable.
Database containing existing nomenclature, type, name, size and location of each facility and roof area.
Historical database including names, identifications, warranties, types and installation dates of each roof area.
Detailed cost estimates for maintenance, repair, and/or replacement options for roof areas requiring upgrades.
Life cycle analyses of repair vs. replacement options, based on Client’s economic assumptions and remaining service life of building/lease considerations.
Project priorities based on strategic value of facility or tenant space.
Multi-year budget for implementing projects on a prioritized basis, integrated with the Client’s annual budget constraints.
Reports to track status of all projects and preventive maintenance work.
Web Portal Customer Reports

Insurance Negotiation Services

Insurance Negotiation Services

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Property Loss Insurance Negotiation Services

ART regularly assists Clients in obtaining fair insurance claims settlements by providing negotiation services to our Clients following an insurance claim. Typical services provided include:

Thorough assessment of the existing roof conditions and cause of damage.
Estimate of the value of the roof before the event took place.
Estimate of the value of the replacement roof, including assessment costs, design costs, code compliance considerations, and the current market conditions for roof repairs/replacements.
Assist the Customer in negotiating fair settlements with insurance carriers.
Design and monitor installation of new roof assembly, if required, to confirm to applicable requirements.
Completed Client Sample Projects:

Moisture Intrusion Study/Expert Witness Testimony – $5.6 M Settlement

Florida International Education Building

Hurricane Damage Assessment & Insurance Claim Settlement Assistance –
Additional $550,000 in Recovered Costs

Vista Properties

Construction Phase Services

Construction Phase Services
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Construction Phase Services

The appropriate type and amount of support services during the construction phase of any project depends on a variety of factors: type and complexity of the installation, duration of the construction phase, quality of the actual field crew providing the installation and, in the case of repair/replacements projects, the strategic value of the facility content or tenants to the Customer.

The best set of construction documents and construction contracts cannot overcome poor installation procedures, and won’t necessarily result in a successful project. In the vast majority of “problem” roofing projects, poor installation procedures are the culprit. If left undetected, faulty installation procedures can result in rework, cost and schedule overruns and, inevitably, Customer frustration and dissatisfaction.

For this reason, on-site construction phase inspections by ART seasoned professionals are often considered the highest value service by our Customers. Depending on the individual project needs and Customer desires, ART can provide any combination of the following construction phase services:

Assist Owner in preparing the Construction Contract between client and contractor.
Schedule and conduct pre-construction conference and progress meetings.
Review shop drawings and product submittals.
Conduct intermediate inspection of the project.
Process the progress payments and final inspection.
Provide full project management services including full-time or part-time inspections for construction review, observation, quality control and problem resolution.
Provide in-progress Florida code compliance inspection and uplift testing services for flat, tile, and shingle roofs.
Upon contractor’s determination of substantial completion, prepare a list of incomplete or unsatisfactory items and observe the correction and completion of work.
Determine final completion, provide written notice to Client and have contractor notify manufacturer that project is ready for final observation.
Secure and transmit to Client all guarantees, affidavits, releases, bonds and waivers.
Completed Client Sample Projects:

Private Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

Sacred Heart University Chapel

Pre-Design & Bidding Services

Pre-Design & Bidding Services


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Pre-Design, Design & Bidding Phase Services

ART provides a full range of pre-design, design, construction document development, and bidding phase services for a wide variety of new and existing building roofing/waterproofing projects, including:

Pre-Design and Testing Services for complex masonry and curtain wall installations.
Certified field fastener pull testing and structural upgrade analyses for repair/replacement roofing projects.
ASCE-7 wind uplift calculations, product approval evaluations for roof system material options, fastener pattern design for roof system components, and emergency drainage system design.
Cost control through continual budget review as design proceeds through preliminary and final design phases.
Comprehensive CAD drawings, specifications, and contract documents, with construction detail drawings integrated with photographs of existing conditions for more accurate and competitive bidding.
Design-Build Requests for Proposal development services and technical specifications and drawings.
Identification and pre-qualification of potential bidders.
Management of Pre-bid conferences.
Bid review and analyses, including life cycle cost analyses of system options based on actual costs, if desired by the Customer.
Completed Client Sample Projects:

Private FDA Controlled Manufacturer

Private Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

Evaluations & Assessments

Evaluations & Assessments


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Evaluation, Assessment and Forensic Investigation Services

Unsure of the true requirements for upgrading that “problem” roof ?

Need to submit a persuasive, multi-year budget for annual maintenance and repair projects, and look good doing it?

Experiencing major problems with a recently completed project?

Forensic Evaluation and Envelope Repairs

PSU Academic Support Building

Your solution begins with a thorough, professional, and independent assessment of the existing conditions – based on facts, not guesses or opinions.

The cost difference between a “repair” and “replacement” project is substantial, and a comparatively inexpensive assessment can provide the verifiable data you need to make a well-informed business decision.  Your solution begins with a thorough, professional, and independent assessment of the existing conditions – based on facts, not guesses or opinions.

ART provides comprehensive assessments of roofing and/or waterproofing project needs and provides detailed technical reports that include:

Description of the existing project construction and summary of existing conditions, with photographic documentation illustrating representative existing conditions.
Laboratory analyses and/or on-site testing as required to verify initial site observations.
Recommendations for upgrading existing roof and/or vertical wall construction, including system options that address first costs vs. life cycle costs for budgeting considerations.
Multi-year, prioritized program for addressing maintenance, repair, and replacement needs in the most cost-effective manner, considering the remaining useful life of the building component and the customer’s business environment and budgetary constraints.
Detailed cost estimates based on primary and alternative system upgrades for client approval.
       Lab Testing and Analysis

                                                                                     Existing Roof Core Sampling                      

  Electron Microscope Analysis

Completed Client Sample Projects:

Versailles Co-Op


Due Diligence Review

Historic Pittsburgh Paints Building

ART’s team of experienced roofing and waterproofing experts is often called upon to perform due diligence reviews prior to the purchase of an existing building, to protect their Clients’ investment and minimize the risk of poorly-performing building envelopes that can be extremely expensive and disruptive to repair “after the fact”.

Planning a major new facility and need a roofing/waterproofing specialist to review the design documents, to gain more comfort that the building envelope will function properly in protecting your new facility against severe weather conditions for the next 20 years?

Exterior Envelope Design Review

Institute For Scientific Research

Prior to the bidding and construction phases of a project, ART is also called upon to provide detailed reviews of design and construction documents, so that any deficiencies affecting the integrity of the proposed roof/exterior wall components can be addressed early in the project, not during the bidding and construction phases when changes become much more expensive and cause delays of the project.

Completed Client Sample Projects:

Institute for Scientific Research

Cap Advisors