In 1966, Heitmann & Associates, Inc. started assisting architects in developing more effective custom curtain wall designs. Since then, we have developed a full palette of services covering just about any wall type and material used in commercial enclosure construction. Working with owners, architects, general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, insurance companies or attorneys, HAI's services cover a wide range of enclosure issues.
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There are a number of ways a new construction project can get off track relative to the building enclosure. Since Heitmann & Associates, Inc. total focus is on the building enclosure, we apply our experience and expertise to each phase of the design and construction process to make sure all the issues are being handled properly. We provide timely information to support the design and construction process and integrate our services to effectively support the design and construction team. Generally, the services include:
If an enclosure is experiencing problems, has not been properly maintained, or has reached the end of its useful life, Heitmann & Associates, Inc. can help guide the process to rehab or reskin the facility. Typically working with an architect, HAI will:
Heitmann & Associates, Inc. provides a full range of services to the cladding system subcontractor. Many of our regular clients bring HAI their most difficult design problems and unusual geometry. Using recent versions of AutoCad, we can prepare and print drawings or using the Internet we can transmit drawings electronically. Specific services include:
When problems occur, Heitmann & Associates, Inc. can investigate the situation and recommend the most appropriate course of action. By reviewing documentation, performing field investigations, and supervising testing, HAI's experts can determine the cause of problems, develop corrective solutions and cost estimates. If needed, HAI can also prepare bidding documents and assure the repairs are properly implemented in the field.
When developing major real estate deals, nothing can be more disconcerting than to determine after the fact that your newly acquired building has wall systems with problems. HAI's extensive experience with building enclosures can be applied to give you information on what (if any) problems already exist and what maintenance issues you will likely face in the future. Some specific services include:
As one of the leading experts with building enclosure systems in the world, Heitmann & Associates, Inc. is often contacted by the legal community, insurance companies, and other private and public agencies to investigate and provide unbiased opinions about problems, issues and solutions. We regularly provide our technical expertise to determine what happened, what should be done and how much it will cost. Our specific service package in this area includes:
Heitmann is an approved NYC Class 1 Special Inspection Agency for TR-1 inspections of wall panels, curtain walls and veneers including EIFS in accordance with the NYC Building Code Section 1704.10 and TR-8 Inspection for energy code compliance in accordance to RCNY 5000-01.
TR-1 Inspections of selected materials, installation, methods of construction, fabrication, erection or placement of wall systems, are preformed to ensure compliance with approved construction documents and referenced standards in compliance with NYC Building Code.
TR-8 Inspections of wall systems and sill foundations are performed for insulation, insulation R-values, air sealing and leakage, and thermal infestation to ensure compliance with approved construction documents, referenced standards and NYC Building Code.
With the increased emphasis on overall building energy efficiency and new LEED standards, many owners are adding the building enclosure to their commissioning programs. Many of the services we have offered over the last forty-plus years are typically requested in Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) scopes.
We feel that there needs to be an emphasis on on-going inspection and testing as enclosure systems are being installed rather than final tests once the building is finished and any problems identified will be expensive to mitigate. Our BECx services are customized to meet each specific project’s needs and can include the following:
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