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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, PLS 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

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

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