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Crowdfunding Condominium Renovations
 

(Summary; crowdfunding condominium renovations with emerging platforms can lead to substantial savings when proper engineering assurance is also performed.  Contact us for more information) The 20/10 Rule After the first 20 years, a condominium building may see a major system repair every 10 years for the life of the building. […]

 
 
 
Case Study: Harrison West Tower Re-pipe
 

Introduction The Harrison West Condominium Association required a re-pipe of their historic 24-floor residential tower situated in the desirable PSU area of Portland Oregon. Community Engineering Services, PLLC formed a team with engineering specialists Dan Robles, PE,  David Coles, PE, Architect Richard Bosch, AIA and a CM consultant.  Through the […]

 
 
 
5 Questions About Reserve Fund Studies
 

The Reserve Study is one of the most important documents that a shared asset community can own. Coengineers, PLLC complies with the more stringent standard of the Canadian Reserve Study Act combined with the ASTM E2018-08 standard for building condition assessments where practical.   This standard of care provides the […]

 
 
 
Service Life of Building Components
 

The standard reference for service life of building components such as HVAC systems, Plumbing, air handlers, Digital Controls, and elevators, etc. may come from many different reference books whose authors have deduced, observed, or tested a sample of similar components to produce a “mean” service life.  It is unlikely that […]

 
 
 
Blow-in Epoxy Pipe Liner
 

Summary: Epoxy is an amazing substance when applied correctly. But what if it is not? Epoxy is a magnificent substance used in many important applications where strength, hardness, moisture protection and strong adhesion are a requirement. Epoxy coatings are used to protect industrial applications from factory floors to reinforcement bar embedded […]

 
 
 
Correcting HOA Maintenance Dysfunction
 

Here’s How The Problems Start The board of directors of a homeowner’s association is entrusted by the residents to hire a contractor to perform a complicated reconstruction project. Unfortunately, condominium board members are not very good at writing contracts or issuing requests for proposal or collecting bids. When a contractor […]