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OUR RECENT ARTICLES

Investigation of the role of fire retardant treatment in the failure of wooden trusses

Fire retardant treatment processes have led to expanded applications of dimension lumber, notably for commercial and multifamily buildings that must meet more stringent fire code requirements than single family homes. Several chemical treatments widely used in the 1970s and 1980s were later found to cause progressive strength loss and embrittlement over many years. This paper, coauthored by BECS Senior Consultant Mike Drerup, describes an extensive, laboratory based assessment of a structure that was critically weakened by FRT-induced strength loss over a twenty-year period.

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Trouble Under Foot: Resurfacing Historic Floor Systems

Successful flooring installations are dependent on proper accommodation of the structural substrate, which is often achieved through the use of self-leveling under layments. This paper describes an in-depth laboratory-based study of several commonly-used cementitious levelling products.

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Understanding and Maintaining Facility Maintenance & Repair Project Warranties

This article, authored by Steve Turner, P.E., and Principal of BECS, describes how facility maintenance and repair projects involving façade, roof, garage, windows, and balcony replacement, often involve various trades and materials. Understanding the protection and value of the warranties that come with these materials and what that protection can provide requires proper interpretation of warranty terms, guidelines, and an understanding of the flow of work and external factors that can hinder, reduce or even negate warranty agreements. This article provides guidelines owners and associations can follow in order to develop and maintain an effective warranty program.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Mike Drerup, P.E., Senior Consultant at BECS Presents:
Structural Forensic Engineering (6.50 C.E. Hours)
Tuesday, December 20th | Fairfax, Virginia
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Who Should Attend: Architects, Engineers, and Contractors
To Learn More and Register, Visit Halfmoon Education

Mike Drerup, P.E., Senior Consultant at BECS Presents:
High Performance Building Envelopes: Designing for Energy Efficiency and Durability (7.0 PDH’s. Hours, MD Category A) | Thursday, January 26th, 2017 | Jessup, Maryland
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Who Should Attend: Architects, Engineers, and Contractors
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Community Associations Institute

Come meet the BECS Team! We will have giveaways and a chance to win an iPad!
WMCCAI’s 2017 Conference & Expo | Friday, February, 24 – Saturday, February 25th, 2017
Walter E. Washington Convention Center Washington DC
Don't miss the largest Conference & Expo in the Washington metro area for the community association industry. More than 200 industry-leading companies will exhibit at the 2017 Conference & Expo
Who Should Attend: Community Managers, Management Company Executives, Product and Service Providers, Association Board Members
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TESTING & LAB SERVICES

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.

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DIGITAL SCANNING

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!

LUNCH and LEARN

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.

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On the Move

We are happy to announce our newest member of the BECS Team. Please join us in welcoming Christopher FeehelyChristopher Feehely

Chris has more than 20 years of construction experience in building enclosure consulting and commissioning, quality control, and project management. Working as a building enclosure consultant, he has applied years of construction experience to refine his ability to identify failures in enclosures and his experience with forensic investigations allows him to provide informed provide feedback on enclosure design consulting. As a BECS project manager, Chris is responsible for managing projects and providing quality assurance construction observations, preparing condition surveys and daily field reports, and developing design specifications and repair details. To learn more about Chris or to contact him directly, please read more here!

Baltimore Downtown Partnership

BECS is proud to be members of the 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.