A slate roof is one of the most visually appealing and durable of all roofing systems. However, if improperly designed or installed, it can lead to costly repairs. Read on to learn about the advantages and most common errors of slate roofing…
Drones, once seen as toys, have been embraced for their usefulness in several applications. Pie continues to explore ways to incorporate drone technology into the services we offer, such as examining and documenting hail claims, façade assessments and pre-construction conditions on projects…
The old saying “just be happy you’ve got a roof over your head!” is especially poignant in winter climates, where roofs protect us from a snowy and unforgiving winter. However, a roof over one’s head doesn’t sound like a great idea if it can no longer hold up all that snow! Luckily, engineers and architects take the effect of snow on roofs seriously and design accordingly. Nature can be unpredictable, however…
By simple definition, construction consulting is the process of preparing and reviewing construction estimates, whether for new construction or the repair of existing buildings and sites. However, the benefits of this service have far-reaching impacts in helping clients make sound preparations for their upcoming projects.
The holiday season, among its varied events and meanings, represents a time of year that emphasizes giving. Beyond our doors, we commit to Paying it Forward for the benefit of others and support many local, national, and international organizations. As we celebrate the blessings of this season, we want to share the story of two organizations that are making a world of difference to others.
For property managers and owners, however, the roof represents a substantial investment and is an indispensable part of the building’s safety and functionality. A proactive approach that includes a consistent maintenance program will extend the lifespan of the roof, minimize expenses associated with damage and repairs, and protect the building, its occupants and its contents.
Contractors understand the concept of quality control (QC) and, for the most part, do an excellent job of monitoring the quality of their work. Complex, large-scale, and fast-track projects, however, have so many details to plan and implement and move so quickly that 3rd Party assistance is beneficial. That’s why quality assurance (QA) is vital for minimizing contractor risk.
Delegated design and design-assist are two practices in the design and construction industry that have gained popularity in recent years. These practices have also caused some confusion and headaches for the parties involved perhaps due to a lack of clarity that differentiates each practice.
Many buildings have non-load-bearing exterior cladding components as a feature of their design. This cladding is attached to the structure of a building to provide protection for the building’s interior against the elements such as air, water, and heat or cold.
When I learned that Pie would soon begin using ground penetrating radar systems (GPR), I was excited that we would now have access to this effective, time-saving, and non-invasive imaging technology. I was also happy for our clients. “No more Swiss cheese!” was a thought that came to mind. Of course, that’s a statement that requires an explanation.