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The 8 Top ADA Violations And How To Avoid Them

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 3/21/17 5:20 PM

American with Disabilities Act (ADA) litigation is on the rise. Accessibility lawsuits stemming from the ADA, as well as state and local accessibility laws and statutes, are on the rise nationally. Serial plaintiffs are finding more ways to create a backlog of accessibility lawsuits across the nation. It’s not uncommon for one plaintiff to be responsible for hundreds of "drive-by lawsuits."

But what can you do about avoiding ADA lawsuits?

Two things: be proactive, and know what to watch for.

Below are the 8 areas with the most common barriers that EMG documents during ADA/Accessibility Assessments.

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Topics: ADA, Accessibility Compliance, Retail ADA Requirements, Accessibility Assessments, ADA Compliance, ada violations, ADA Assessments, ADA Consulting

Need Project Management Help in 2017? We're Listening

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 2/23/17 6:16 PM

As you evaluate your project load, we invite you to consider your options. From A to Z (ADA to Zoning) and everything in between, we'll provide insight on the best way to manage your real estate transactions. Project assistance includes guiding you from acquisition to disposition. We're here to help.

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Topics: ASTM, Real Estate Life Cycle, Project Management, ALTA Survey, Phase I ESA

5 Tips: ALTA Surveys and Table A Items

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 2/23/17 2:57 PM

From Acquisition to Disposition, the real estate due diligence process has a lot of moving parts. Add in an ALTA Survey and a few Table A Items and you've possibly stirred up some confusion. 

Utilities, Wetlands, Easements, Encroachments, and Setbacks. Oh My!

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Topics: ALTA Survey, ALTA Optional Table A Item 11, 2016 ALTA/NSPS Standards, ALTA Table A

Drone Technology: Boots on the Ground or Eyes in the Sky?

Posted by Ron Stupi on 1/24/17 2:51 PM

Boots on the ground or eyes in the sky? Don’t shoot! It’s not a spy. Drones are here to rewrite how we monitor construction sites. Would you rather send out a drone to capture images or tether a human to a steep sloped roof while juggling a camera? OSHA seems to be in favor of drone use. We say, bring on the drones, but with a few caveats. It’s a new technology so it’s wise to be somewhat skeptical.

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Topics: Construction Management, Project Management, Drones, Drones in Construction Monitoring, construction monitoring

Complex ALTA Survey Coordination: A Case Study

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 9/7/16 10:51 AM

Real estate transactions. Due diligence. ALTA Surveys. Zoning Reports. Sometimes the process is easy, sometimes it can be quite complex.

When DuPont spun off its performance chemicals assets into a new company, Chemours, they needed ALTA surveys and zoning reports on 35 assets across the nation.

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Topics: ALTA Survey

EMG to the Rescue: Moisture Intrusion Mop-Up

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 8/29/16 3:11 PM

When EMG received the call from a national hotel brand stating concerns about moisture challenges at multiple locations which included: roof, window, elevator shaft leaks, interior plumbing issues, and water intrusion in guest rooms, our Architectural & Engineering (A&E) team jumped into action.

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Topics: Moisture Intrusion Assessments, ASTM E3026-15

Increase Foot Traffic at your Location with These Pokémon GO Tips!

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 8/11/16 3:43 PM

We know you’ve heard about Pokémon GO from someone in your inner circle. While teenagers think it’s just a fun game, EMG has first-hand stories from our colleagues and clients that it is a revenue generator! 

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Topics: Hospitality, Retail, Restaurant, Convenience Store, C-Store, Gas Station, Hotel

The Time Is Now - Retail ADA Compliance

Posted by Ron Stupi on 7/20/16 4:54 PM

After two decades, it’s time for retailers to get okay with ADA.


The date was January 26, 1992. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” by George Michael and Elton John was the Number 1 song; the Washington Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI by a score of 37 to 24; and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) went into effect after legislation was passed in the House of Representatives on July 26, 1990. For those with disabilities, it was an unforgettable day. They would be able to go to work, school, the bank, movie theaters and more because there wouldn’t be physical barriers preventing everyday activities. Former President George H.W. Bush likened the enactment of the law to the fall of the Berlin Wall. He said, “And now I sign legislation which takes a sledgehammer to another wall, one which has for too many generations separated Americans with disabilities from the freedom they could glimpse but not grasp.”

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Topics: ADA, Retail ADA Requirements, Americans with Disabilities Act

ALTA Surveys | Utilities

Posted by Burk Cornelius on 7/20/16 11:00 AM

Since the adoption of the 2016 ALTA/NSPS Minimum Standard Detail Requirements, one of the most confusing changes is Optional Table A Item 11. I will try to clarify some of the more common misconceptions on this issue. Most clients want / need some aspect of utilities to be shown on a survey.

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Topics: ALTA Survey, ALTA Surveys Utilities, ALTA Optional Table A Item 11, 2016 ALTA/NSPS Standards, ALTA Table A

ASTM Revises Seismic Standards: Anything Earthshaking You Should Know?

Posted by Greg Bailey on 7/19/16 3:06 PM

There may not be “a whole lot of shakin’ going on” when it comes to seismic standards, but recent ASTM updates to the Standard Guide for Seismic Risk Assessment of Buildings (E2026-16a) and the Standard Practice for Probable
Maximum Loss (PML) Evaluations for Earthquake Due-Diligence Assessments
(E2557-16a) could still significantly impact you and your business.

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Topics: Seismic Risk, ASTM E2026-16a, ASTM E2557-16a

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