• Bruce Anderson, AIA, LEED AP

Do you utilize a building assessment plan to provide accurate and reliable data for your capital bud


Performing a Building Assessment is the key to gathering accurate facility conditions information and cost data, which will result in a comprehensive report. This report is used to decide what investments should be made in facility improvements and will provide a carefully constructed action plan for moving forward.

There are five different types of Building Assessments that will give you the critical information needed.

  • Building Condition Assessment

  • Cataloging existing conditions including all major building components and preparing a risk assessment and action plan

  • Code Assessment

  • Evaluating the adherence to building codes related to life safety

  • Functional Assessment

  • Evaluate the current functional program of the building and compare against current and forecasted trends

  • Building Envelope Assessment

  • Evaluate the complete exterior of a building, compile an action plan and cost estimates

Historical Building Assessment

  • Prepare a comprehensive assessment which includes the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the preservation of National Landmark status buildings

Any analysis of a building must be based on accurate and objective data. This includes understanding the facility’s original intent, current conditions, remediation cost, functional adequacy, and future use. Without this information, it would be impossible for building owners and facility managers to decide whether their building is worth the investment required to keep it useable.

The architects at Synthesis Incorporated have been completing technical building assessments for 20 years and understand how important this step is to developing a substantive plan that institutional leaders can incorporate into their capital budgets.


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