Giles has extensive experience in dealing with the first step of a client’s needs in assessing property conditions prior to acquisition in their initial development phase. Improper handling of this critical phase can result in unnecessary resources being expended to bring a project to fruition. In essence, PCAs are due diligence projects, similar to yet more detailed than home inspections, that are specific to commercial real estate.
Giles specialists are experienced in providing engineering and architectural evaluations of existing structures and site improvements, assessing the physical condition, general code compliance, repair and maintenance issues, capacity, necessary capital expenditures and recommendations for corrective actions.
The scope of Giles Engineering PCAs typically include:
- Review of pertinent, user-provided documents
- Interviews with the property owner, manager, or others familiar with the facility
- Visual evaluation of:
- Topography and drainage
- Condition of parking lot, pavement and flatwork
- Condition of landscaping, appurtenances and recreational facilities
- On-site utilities
- Building foundation, exterior walls and roof
- Interior walls, floors, ceilings, plumbing fixtures, electrical system, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
- A cursory evaluation of life, safety and fire protection considerations
- A Tier 1 (limited visual accessibility) Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) survey
- Summary of findings in a written report
- Opinions of probably costs, including immediate, short term and deferred maintenance costs