Building Inspection Engineers: The First Line of Defense

Commercial real estate in New Jersey is a significant investment for stakeholders. Whether they purchase, lease, fund, maintain, or improve the building, owners will want to make the most of their expenditures.

With a structurally sound commercial property, stakeholders can avoid unexpected repair and replacement costs while remaining compliant to building codes and standards. Keeping the building well-maintained also helps to provide a healthy and safe environment for tenants.

To determine their building’s present condition, commercial property owners must hire a certified commercial building engineer to perform a thorough assessment. A  is equipped with the knowledge and skills conforming to the industry’s latest standards. They also keep their client’s best interests in mind when completing the task as they follow a code of ethics.

Certified structural engineers will examine different building components, including its structural frame and envelope, fire suppression systems, HVAC systems, and electrical and mechanical systems. Each structural part has a role to play in keeping the commercial property safe and reliable.

For example, the columns, beams, girders, and trusses connected comprise the building’s frame and provide structural support to keep it stable and hold its shape. Meanwhile, the structural envelope protects the property’s interior from outdoor elements, mainly water intrusion.

As fire is among the most dangerous safety hazards, adequate and accessible escape routes, properly functioning alarm systems, and enough fire extinguishers enable tenants to act and safeguard themselves quickly. Furthermore, a working electrical and mechanical system allows occupants to use machines and equipment in the building that require electricity.

Moreover, regulated temperature and efficient airflow from a properly performing HVAC system provide a comfortable environment for people inside the commercial establishment.

After finishing the , certified structural engineers will determine defects in these building components, even those that might be overlooked by undertrained individuals. Afterward, they will detail these findings in a report and estimate possible costs for repairs and replacements.

Because of their work scope, building inspection engineers are dubbed as the first line of defense against possible risks in commercial properties. Their input contributes significantly to stakeholders’ decision-making process.

For more information on the role of commercial building engineers, below is an infographic from Lockatong Engineering.

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