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Creating a Timeline and Budget for your Capital Planning Process

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 10/10/17 12:39 PM

Do you want your Capital Plan approved? In this blog, we will move your organization one step closer to that goal! Our last blog, Score Big with Your Capital Plan presented steps to create a scoring system to rank your Capital Projects. With a scoring strategy in place, your next step is to set a razor sharp schedule and budget to move forward. Adding these two tactical elements to your capital plan document helps bring it to life and enables your stakeholders to quickly assess whether the plan is practical and will be successful. We've organized our advice into 6 helpful tips.

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Topics: Capital Planning, planned capital programs, capital projects, k-12 capital plan, capital planning software, FCA, capital plan, FCI, PCA, Equipment Inventory, Facility Equipment Inventory

Score Big with Your Capital Plan

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 6/6/17 10:18 AM

Buildings need continual repair and maintenance. But you can’t play favorites. How do you determine which building(s) in your portfolio receive the time, attention, and dollars that they deserve (and need)?

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Topics: Capital Planning, planned capital programs, capital projects, facility condition assessments, facilities master plan

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

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

When to Repair or Replace Your Parking Lots

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 3/24/16 5:27 PM

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Your company’s parking lots are often the first customer touchpoint. Do your lots appear as inviting expanses of carefully-tended blacktop, or are they full of potholes? Be sure your lots reflect the pride of your Company Brand.

Our Parking Lot Tip Sheet will help you assess issues you might not be aware of:

  • Excessive capital expenditures
  • ADA compliance concerns
  • Customer complaints that lead to legal claims
  • and more

What messages are your parking lots sending, and how do you know when to repair or replace them?

EMG’s Tip Sheet will help steer you in the right direction. If you answer “yes” to many or all of the questions in this tip sheet, it may be time for action.

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Topics: Property Condition Assessment, ADA, Paving, Site Condition Assessments, Parking Lot

Facility Roof Decision Time: Repair vs. Replace

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 3/18/16 11:21 AM

Protect the valuable human and industrial capital contained within your facilities. Make informed decisions about your facilities’ roofs with EMG's Roofing Repair & Replacement Decision Guide.

Roof repairs can be costly, and replacements involve a significant capital investment. EMG has completed hundreds of successful roofing projects. Obtain valuable insight into what wears them out and how to spot problem areas.

Our decision guide addresses five important factors to consider when determining whether you should replace or repair your facilities' roofs.

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Topics: Property Condition Assessment, Multi-site Roof Repair, Roof Condition Assessment, Facilities Roof Replacement

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