Pie Expands Assessment & Rehab Designer-of-Record Services into Military Projects
Ensuring that the structures on military bases can continue to operate efficiently and effectively as designed is an ongoing challenge for the U.S. armed forces. As buildings age, often they begin to develop cracks in the concrete, settlement issues, leaks in roofs and around windows, and other problems that must be addressed.As a leader in building forensic science, Pie is taking on an increasing number of projects with military entities. These engagements typically begin with a full assessment of the facility’s building envelope and structural condition and a report to the client that provides findings and preliminary repair options. In many cases, this work leads to Pie being retained as the “designer-of-record” on a project, a role that involves designing the repairs and providing contract administration and quality assurance for the work performed by third-party contractors.
“We currently have multiple projects underway across all of Pie’s service sectors including our building science group and the forensic engineering and rehabilitation group that I manage,” said Eric Hand, Department Manager for the Forensic Science group at Pie. “In these initiatives, we’re capitalizing on Pie’s success with past military projects to deliver insightful assessments and exceptional rehab results for our armed forces clients that help them optimize the use, and extend the life of their facilities, while working within budgetary constraints.”
An example of this type of project is work that Pie is doing at the Colorado Army National Guard Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site at Fort Carson. The facility was developing both interior and exterior structural cracking that was having a negative impact on operations, including limiting the functionality of large overhead bay doors. Pie was engaged to do an assessment of the cracking and also to survey the civil and geotechnical issues that may have been contributing to structural problems. That contract led to being named the designer-of-record on the rehabilitation for those issues.
“On the heels of successful military assessment and rehab projects late last year, we’ve made an effort to leverage the strong relationships we’ve built with our contacts to position Pie as a trusted and valuable resource for armed forces entities,” said Hand. “We look forward to taking on more contracts in this area.”
Pie’s growing momentum as a service provider to the military includes two other notable projects currently underway in Wyoming. One involves building envelope assessment and window testing at the Army Aviation Support Facility at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne. The $44 million, 98,000 sq ft. building constructed in 2010 has developed leaking and exterior cladding failure. Another is an assessment engagement in Laramie at the Field Maintenance Shop on the Wyoming Army National Guard post. Pie is currently investigating and documenting cracking and settlement issues with an eye toward helping mitigate those issues and manage the rehabilitation of the structure.