Process for Building Envelope Inspection, Repair, Restoration | Remediation

Our Process

At J2 Building Consultants, one of our eight core values is hospitality. It isn’t just about the construction details, it is about listening to our customers and helping them find long-term solutions.

J2’s process for healing your sick Apartment / Townhome / Condominium Community or Commercial Property consists of three clear and simple steps: diagnose, prescribe, and treat.

Just like building doctors, our goal is to make sick buildings healthy through effective solutions and efficient project management.

For a more detailed explanation of what to expect throughout each phase of our process, visit our About page.

Diagnosis

In this initial step, we investigate, interview, look at a building’s history, and create a plan to help you understand what is wrong with the building. Just like your doctor observes key symptoms, we’ll begin with a visual, non-invasive inspection of your building to locate signs of damage. This may include a building envelope study or inspection.

With years of experience and a variety of experts, our team is trained to see things others can’t. We carefully look for water intrusion, improper installation, and other common construction defects. Cracks, stains, stress, settlement, and other clues will give us an idea of the damage lying beneath the surface.

If necessary, we then do invasive testing, where we actually remove some building components to examine the condition of the underlying structure. This allows our team of experts to determine if there is hidden damage caused by water intrusion. Think of this step like blood work your doctor will do to get to the root cause of an illness.

During the diagnostic phase, we are also interested in past reports, previous repairs, existing plans, and feedback from the residents or building tenants. We’ll want to know if the problem is widespread, which could indicate construction defects.

Prescription

Once a full diagnosis is completed, we develop a scope of repair based on your budget, code requirements, and extent of the damage, and we get your input on updating the look of the building to increase property values. J2 has architects, engineers, and designers on hand to make your building healthy and beautiful.

We’ll create plans and details to explain the project to a contractor, provide documentation for the contract, and provide plans to the building department if a permit is necessary. Our licensed architects and engineers can stamp these plans as required.

Hosting a contractor bid process is not only good business practice but often required by your governing documents. We’ll coordinate a bid process for contractors so you can compare them to make sure you are getting the best service at the best price. Bid results are often confusing, but we’ll help you interview contractors and select the best construction team.

We assist you with financing options such as introductions to banks that will provide loans, filing the appropriate paperwork with energy rebates, and other discounts that are available to you. We can also help you through the insurance process if a claim needs to be made. We speak the language of construction so you don’t have to worry.

Treatment

Once we have a diagnosis and solution in place, we act as your representative, making sure your project is completed correctly, on-time, and within budget.

We manage the project to keep the contractor on schedule, keep owners updated on the process and changes, and monitor the budget. During the project, we create weekly photo documentation and reports of construction methods and progress for your records.

We coordinate manufacturing requirements or additional testing so you can get the most out of your warranties.

Our team will

  • attend board meetings
  • update you and the residents on the project
  • answer questions
  • communicate with contractors on your behalf

J2 will eliminate your stress, improve your building, and document everything along the way.

Once completed, provide you with a “close out binder” with all relevant project information for the future.

After the project, we help you

  • create a maintenance plan
  • update your reserve study or capital replacement plan
  • provide a one-year warranty review.

For a more detailed explanation of what to expect throughout each phase of our process, visit our About page.