A blog by RAND Engineering & Architecture, DPC says:
"A problem we encounter all too often is a board operating in a reactive as opposed to proactive mode. If you don’t know the condition and the life expectancy of your building’s systems, you’re just going to be chasing crises as they occur. More crises means higher costs, higher stress, and lower quality on every project you undertake."
And we could not agree more. In this article, the building being expected isn't in too much strife but the property managers are wise enough to think ahead of the game and save them lots of heartache down the tracks.
Project: Bellmont Facade Engineering inspected the facade condition of a unit building in Ashfield.
The façade is generally in structurally adequate condition with a relatively small number of large concrete spalls evident in the slab edges of the balconies. Some minor “reinforcing bar ends” have corroded, and these will require repair also, but these are not considered to be a structural concern as yet.
The extent of corrosion is generally considered to be quite small and it is therefore our recommendation that early intervention and repair would provide maximum benefit to the owners.
- Concrete repairs to corroding steel reinforcement
- Render repairs
- Painting of slabs edges, balustrades and balcony soffits
- Replacement of spitter pipes with larger ones to allow easier drainage with less blockage
This issues of concrete spalling, corrosion, render/paint delamination and drainage/guttering works have been rectified.
As a result of being proactive, they have avoided even bigger issues and costs for the future. Be smart like them, call BellMont today to book an inspection (02) 9518 0775.
Enquiry after enquiry, inspection after inspection followed by spec after spec. These are the most common building defects our engineers have come across over seventeen years of business.
To learn more about these issues and how to identify them, you can head to the issues index of our site. Alternatively, if you think you’ve already identified these issues in your building and require our assistance, get in contact with us. We’d love to help get your building back in its best condition!
Located in the tranquil streets of Pyrmont, with one of the most fantastic city vistas in Sydney, this Quarry Master Drive building has been subject to major remedial renovations to rectify building fabric issues which have plagued the building since construction.
The fabric of the building was diagnosed with an extensive case of cracking and spalling render. The cause was identified by BELLMONT as being related to the poor method of isolation between differing interfacing facade materials.
Bellmont subsequently prepared a specification, procured the tenders and commissioned Polyseal as the successful remedial Builder.
The rectification works have been scheduled for completion by the end of 2012. Regular meetings with the building committee ensure the owners are continuously kept up-to-date with all project costing and programming issues.
The remedial works to the building fabric have involved the introduction of a separation barrier between external slab edge applied render and the brickwork above and below the slab edges. Such a barrier is required to ensure that materials with differing coefficients of thermal expansion are able to expand and contract independently of each other without the movement plane being bridged.
The works were (revised) completed before Christmas 2012—including a fresh façade coating to update and protect the reinforced concrete elements from the harsh marine environment.