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Concept Design/Schematic Design/Design Development – In these phases of work, WS Building Envelope provides systematic designs for new custom or modified existing curtain wall systems. This can range from conceptual design intent (design build) to completed system design package. In addition, WS Building Envelope will provide technical information, clarification, details and direction to assist the project team in developing cost effective solutions and technical specifications for building envelope systems that are suited to the overall building design.WS will provide valuable input with respect to the building envelope construct-ability and design compatibility with other building elements. This will provide the design team with the ability to present a more defined and expected product within bid documents resulting in better bid prices and receiving a higher quality end product.
Construction Documents – In this phase of work, WS Building Envelope provides technical information, code evaluation, wind tunnel test evaluation, design criteria, clarifications, details and direction to assist the project team in finalizing cost effective solutions and technical specifications for building envelope systems that are suited to the overall building design.WS will ensure that the project team and trade contract bidders are presented a defined scope and constructible design for the building envelope.
Peer Review of Construction Documents Prepared by Others – When not involved for design phases, WS Building Envelope provides a technical review of documents prepared by others.Comments, concerns and recommendations are made to assist in the finalization of a defined scope and constructable design for the building envelope.
Bidding and Negotiation – WS Building Envelope assists in the evaluation of the bids and proposals from the trade contractors, and will look to see that the proposals are reflective of the specified criteria, and appropriate for the project.WS will also study and consider value engineering proposals or specific exclusions or qualifications.In this way, the project team will be enabled to fully evaluate each proposal or VE item on both its technical merit and economic impact.
Performance Mock-Up Testing Services – WS Building Envelope provides a test procedure, review and evaluation of the performance mock-up design and physical testing that are applicable to the building project, and will provide an opinion as to conformance with the specified criteria.WS will also review as built drawings so that remedial details as a result of failed testing are applied to the project shop drawings and subsequent field observations.The project team receives a detailed report with captioned photographs as documented evidence of testing and remedial procedures.
Submittal Reviews – WS Building Envelope will reviews the shop drawings, structural calculations and product data for conformance to the specified criteria and design intent.WS will flag and comment on all details, calculations or product data that do not conform to the specified criteria. All comments and recommendations are based on technical merits.
Factory Observations – In this phase of work, WS Building Envelope will periodically observe fabrication and assembly conditions, methods and techniques, and flag any non-conforming items.For each and every factory observation, the project team will receive a detailed report with photographs as documented evidence of conforming and/or non-conforming work observed and pending remedial procedures.
Site Observations – In this phase of work, WS Building Envelope will periodically observe building envelope installation conditions and techniques, and flag any non-conforming items.WS will also witness all field water testing and assure that the testing complies with the specified requirements. For each and every field observation, the project team will receive a detailed report with photographs as documented evidence of conforming and/or non-conforming installation observed, results of field water testing observed and pending remedial procedures.
Expert Witness Testimony – WS Building Envelope provides litigation support as an expert professional in the resolution of construction claims disputes arising from construction deficiencies, design deficiencies, materials failures, water leakage, construction delay, and accidents.
Construction Claims & Change Order Review – WS Building Envelope provides review and analysis to report findings for any construction claim received regarding the building envelope. WS provides professional review of any change order documents to determine merit, necessity and financial feasibility.
Forensic Investigation of Water Infiltration, Sealant Failure, Unusual Glass Breakage and other Modes of Exterior Building Envelope Failures – WS Building Envelope will examine the exterior façade including curtain wall, windows, storefronts, panels, precast, granite, marble, brick, caulking and other building elements for deterioration and performance issues.WS will conduct testing and provide a written analysis regarding results and recommendations.
For building envelope consulting needs, please contact Mark Coulis, Senior Building Envelope Consultant, at (330) 860-0320 or email here .