BOMA Pittsburgh: Building Risk and Maintenance Considerations

Date:
October 13, 2021

Category:
Projects

Date:
October 13, 2021

Category:
Projects

Buildings evolve and change with time, use and the impacts of natural elements. It’s important to perform check-ups periodically to ensure everything is working properly and make repairs when necessary in order to increase the longevity of systems and reduce costly repairs in the future.

The AE Works team collaborated with Atlantic Engineering Services to present at the BOMA Pittsburgh Continuing Education Conference at the Regional Learning Alliance.

The discussion addressed questions centered around structural risk mitigation and maintenance with the following key considerations.

Architecture:

  • Properly maintained buildings should be able to manage natural elements through building systems or barrier systems that prohibit the penetration of the exterior building envelope.

  • Buildings must protect the life, safety, and welfare of occupants.

MEP Engineering:

  • Follow prescribed maintenance procedures for building systems.

  • Performing a building audit every 5-10 years will proactively uncover any systems in need of repair or upgrade. This will help you determine, plan, and budget for needed repairs.

Structural Engineering:

  • Construction types, materials (concrete, steel, masonry, wood) occupancy use, and exposures weigh into the building’s service and maintenance cycle.

  • Protect against the forces of nature - primary deterioration is typically due to water

  • Look for corrosion, cracks, movement, and other noticeable changes.