Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Building Diagnostics Harrahs Cherokee Casino

HICAPS and its BD partnership with FCG, HCR, & West & Stem were recently awarded a contract to do building system construction monitoring and quality assurance on the $250million Harrah’s Cherokee Casino by the Yates Rentenbach partnership. Services include: •Constructability review of contract documents relating to the new Special Events Center building envelope; i.e., roof, EIFS, curtain wall, composite wood panels, composite metal panels, precast wall panels, and natural stone cladding •Review of shop drawing / submittal packages for the above systems •Survey of the existing Casino building envelope including infrared imaging •Roof installation Quality Assurance monitoring including full time observation and monitoring •Final inspection of the roofing using infrared thermography and nuclear scans •Pre-installation meetings and mock up reviews of the various building envelope components •Weekly site visits to review installation of the various building envelope systems paying particular attention to penetration flashings. Doors and windows will be field tested utilizing AAMA 501.2-03 hand held spray nozzle and AAMA 503-3 Spray Rack testing •Final Envelope QA Assurance utilizing infrared thermography to assure that the entire shell is moisture free.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Building Diagnostics Services

We are often asked “what exactly is building diagnostics?” It sounds like something might be sick. In a way this is correct. The failure of building components can cause damage to a building and shorten its overall life expectancy, often without any visual signs. A loss of building efficiency and structural damage can occur, creating hazardous conditions and unhealthy environments. We have partnered with FCG Roofing Consultants of Asheboro, NC, HCR Hummer Construction Resources of Roanoke, VA and West & Stem Architects of Winston-Salem, NC to provide a One Stop Shop approach to building assessments. Please visit our partner links to learn more about them. Another feature of our building diagnostics and assessments services includes energy audits. Energy audits of your commercial building will increase comfort, lower energy bills, increase your resale values and provide discounts with insurance companies and tax related incentives

Tom Smithey, AIC, CPC, LEED AP, CET, ALCM, who has been with HICAPS Inc. since 1999, is the Program Director for the Building Diagnostics Division. He is a graduate of the Building Construction Program at Virginia Tech and is a Certified Professional Constructor. He is one the professionals working with NASCLA to draft a National Contractors’ Licensing Exam and personally holds General Contractor Licenses in NC, SC, VA, GA and FL.