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Facade Inspection

Silman’s experience with the assessment, stabilization, and repair of existing facades dates back to the firm’s inception in 1966.
Facade inspection

Much of Silman’s facade work has been prepared under the auspices of local, state, and federal agencies, making the firm well-positioned to conduct inspections and produce documentation to demonstrate compliance with New York City’s Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP), previously known as Local Law 11. The firm’s leadership includes multiple licensed engineers who are Qualified Exterior Wall Inspectors (QEWIs). Silman’s experience has already afforded thousands of owners and clients with efficient long-term facade solutions.

The firm’s engineers have performed these services on facades of all different materials, including a broad  range of masonry facades. Silman’s expertise in the use of both probes and non-destructive evaluation techniques ensures that clients are provided with the most detailed and accurate results possible.

On projects of special historic significance or those with unique challenges, Silman often collaborates with sub-consultants including laser scanning specialists and industrial rope access firms, especially when dealing with difficult-to-reach exterior elevations.

Silman’s comprehensive assessments of exterior deteriorated elements are used to map the extent of structural elements that require localized repairs, and in some cases to develop a new building envelope that is compatible with the existing materials that are to remain. Many clients for whom Silman has provided facade inspections services subsequently retain the firm to develop comprehensive scoping reports for cost-estimating purposes and to design repairs.

Read about Silman’s other building envelope work here.

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