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ALTA Surveys: Wetlands

Posted by Burk Cornelius, PLS on 7/12/16 7:30 AM

The 2011 ALTA/ACSM Minimum Standard Detail Requirements wetlands are
addressed in Table A Item 19. It read as follows:

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Topics: Smith-Roberts National, ALTA Survey, 2016 ALTA/NSPS Standards

A Seamless Multi-Site Remodel Is Possible

Posted by Chris Varney on 7/12/16 6:30 AM

Tackle a multi-site remodel program the right way.

Remodel Tip Sheet from EMGWe've gathered the top 6 EMG expert considerations that will help you prepare for a successful remodel program.

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Topics: Retail, Multi-Site Remodel, Project Management, Facilities Management, Remodel, Renovation

ALTA Surveys: Appurtenant Easements

Posted by Burk Cornelius, PLS on 6/28/16 12:58 PM

Some of the changes to the 2016 ALTA/NSPS Minimum Standard Detail Requirements served as clarification to the previous (2011) Standards. Some unfortunately, caused more questions. Although, that might just be attributed to things changing after we had been used to it being a certain way for years.

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Topics: Appurtenant Easements, ALTA Survey, 2016 ALTA/NSPS Standards

Hotel Facility Management: 3 Headaches…And Some Relief

Posted by John Ott on 5/18/16 5:05 PM

Hotel Facility Management: 3 Headaches…And Some Relief

It goes by many names: Facilities Manager, Real Estate Strategic Manager, Facilities System Specialist, Properties Coordinator, Director of Construction. I could go on. Despite the different titles, the essence of the job is the same—to oversee and maintain existing assets, assuring the hotel building(s) and its systems work together perfectly for both guests and employees. It’s a huge job whose complexities could have anyone reaching for the Excedrin. 

Here, we discuss three common problems FM’s are facing today and offer some remedies that draw not upon the power of acetaminophen, but technology. 

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Topics: Hospitality, Facilities Manager, Facility Manager

HUD Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP) Guide

Posted by Kimble Holden on 4/1/16 8:30 AM

In January 2016 the HUD Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP) Guide was revamped with a refocus on HUD's dedication to affordable housing and energy reduction.

Our HUD team works closely with Lenders to provide Phase I ESAs with 4128 forms, Capital Needs Assessments (CNAs), and Architectural Engineering and Cost Reviews per the MAP Guides for HUD Approved Lenders.

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Topics: HUD, AEC, CNA, HUD MAP Guide, Phase I ESA

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

ASTM E2600-15: Overview of recent revisions to the Vapor Encroachment Screening Guide

Posted by Jim Bartlett on 3/7/16 4:45 PM

In December 2015, ASTM Subcommittee E50.02 (Real Estate Assessment and Management) approved revisions to the Standard Guide E2600 for Vapor Encroachment on property involved in real estate transactions. This was the first update in 5 years.

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Topics: Vapor Encroachment, ASTM E2600-15, Vadose Zone, VEC, ASTM E2600, COC, VES, ASTM

VIDEO - EMG Says "Yes to More" Real Estate Life Cycle Services

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 3/30/15 11:51 AM

EMG can say "Yes to More" of your service needs throughout the entire life cycle of real estate.

Do you have projects that don't fit within your organization's core competency?

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Topics: Energy Audit, Seismic Risk, Environmental Site Assessment, Property Condition Assessment, Energy, ADA, Project Management Consulting Firm, Capital Planning, Engineering Assessments, Real Estate Life Cycle, Accessibility Compliance, Construction Management

Why Commercial Enterprises Shouldn't Snub the Americans with Disabilities Act

Posted by Scott McNeice on 3/24/15 10:56 AM

The Risks Outweigh the Cost Savings

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 50 million Americans have disabilities, many of whom need special accommodations when shopping and lodging. The federal government isn’t leaving it to retailers, hotels, and shopping centers to decide what to do. There’s some pretty extensive and complex legislation to ensure the special needs of disabled citizens are met, and lately the Department of Justice and opportunistic third parties are keeping very close eyes on which companies and brands are complying. Want to retain your stellar public image? Keen to minimize or avoid costly lawsuits?  Committed to corporate compliance? These are all great questions, and if you answered “yes” to one or more of them, keep reading! 

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Topics: Hospitality, ADA, Retail

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