A thorough building evaluation is an essential part of understanding and planning for construction of new space. Just like a tailored suit, your new or renovated location should fit you precisely.
Structure Tone’s staff works with your facilities staff, real estate broker or owner’s representative to conduct detailed building evaluations to help you understand if the properties under consideration can accommodate and support your business needs today and in the future. Our staff assists with site selection by inspecting the prospective buildings and noting existing conditions, including items such as:
building code compliance vertical transportation mechanical, electrical and structural systems power availability to emergency systems hazardous conditions or materials such as asbestos safety and environmental safety related items energy efficiency utilities and accessibility millwork and interior finishes moisture protection components waterproofing systems and fireproofing landscape and irrigation systems
A complete building evaluation is like the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Site and building evaluation provides the information needed to make the most fiscally prudent decisions for the long term. This evaluation process is designed to help eliminate unanticipated costs and provide the means to negotiate lease provisions, helping our clients secure the most for their money and a space that suits their needs.
Life Cycle and Sustainability Analysis
Structure Tone can also perform useful life cycle analysis (LCA) of the building and its installed equipment. Through LCA, we perform a comparative analysis that evaluates the direct and indirect cost burdens associated with a product, process or activity.
Life cycle analysis is considered one of the best tools to evaluate building costs because it examines the full range of impacts over all the phases of a building’s useful life. Structure Tone makes a complete assessment of the building materials and equipment, which can translate into cost savings for tenants and/or owners.
Further a building assessment can help evaluate the existing sustainability of a location or its adaptability to LEED or eco-friendly measures. Today, many companies’ corporate missions include environmental stewardship. Knowing if and how a new office space can support that goal, and at what cost and effort, may be an integral decision driver.