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Roof Collapse: Some Causes and Prevention

Learn the common conditions that cause roof deficiencies, signs of potential roof problems, common roof failure mechanisms, and simple steps that owners and Boards can do to avoid the crisis of roof collapse.



Complimentary On site Lunch & Learn Presentations can be arranged by contacting our office.

Managing Aging Buildings' Infrastructure

Buildings are like people. They inevitably get older. The normal life expectancy of most major building components is 30 to 50 years. Managing aging building plant, equipment and structural components can be daunting. If the staff of an aging building doesn't have a sound management strategy, they can easily end up in a very stressful, not to mention costly and out-of-control situation, when resolving one problem only signals the onset of another. We recommend proactive aging building management based on four steps.
Contact us today to schedule your complimentary onsite Lunch and Learn for Managing Aging Buildings' Infrastructure.

The Effects of Severe Weather

Effects of the Recent Earthquake, Hurricane Sandy, and Severe Winter Weather on Building Envelopes in the D.C. Metro Area

In this most recent presentation, we discuss the major building types in the Washington D.C. area, including frames, footing, foundations, roofs, introduction of flashing systems, architecture, and modular design. We describe the types of damage we observed from the 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Louisa County Virginia in August 2011. We also review the types of damage reported that was not related to the earthquake.

Next we talk about the common types of damage we observed from Hurricane Sandy in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. that included tropical storm force sustained winds (approximately 40 –70 mph) with hurricane force gusts (approximately 80+ mph), and coastal flooding.

Last we discuss common damages observed during freezing temperatures and snow removal during the winter of 2013-2014. You'll find Case Studies, a list of the signs of potential roof problems, and simple steps owners and boards can take to avoid envelope water and air infiltration.



BECS is proud to introduce a comprehensive Testing and Laboratory Services Program with breadth and scope to place us at the forefront of the restoration, repair, and maintenance Industry arena.



As an added benefit to our existing clients we have extended our services to provide in-house, high resolution scanning of project drawings and plans up to sizes 36x48. We convert drawings into digital media for distribution among committees, project and property managers. Pick-up and delivery services can be arranged. Contact us to find out more!


Baltimore Downtown Partnership

Downtown Partnership is known as the organization that gets things done. We oversee the Downtown Management Authority (DMA), Baltimore’s oldest and largest business improvement district. Our programs – including our uniformed operations teams of Downtown Baltimore Guides, Clean Sweep Ambassadors, and Park Stewards – make the 106-block DMA district more attractive, vibrant, and hospitable.

Community Associations Institute

We are pleased to announce our membership in the well-known Community Associations Institute | Washington Metropolitan and Chesapeake Chapter. WMCCAI is a large, growth-oriented organization serving many constituencies - community association leaders, managers, management companies, and business partners.


On the Move

We are happy to announce our newest member of the BECS Team and Vice President of our new Baltimore Branch. Please join us in welcoming Mark K. HowellMark Howell

The BECS Baltimore Branch is now open. Mark will be consulting and managing our building envelope services for this area of Baltimore and up toward the Philadelphia region. He joins us with over 25 years of building envelope preser- vation and performance experience and has been involved in the restoration of many contemporary and historic structures. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management Technology and two Associate degrees; Civil Engineering Technology and Architectural Technology. Mark has made numerous presentations at national industry conferences as well as owners organizations and is proud to be a continuing education provider for the American Institute of Architects and a BOMI certified trainer for the Building Owners Manager Association. To learn more about Mark or to contact him directly, please read more here!