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Preventive Maintenance in Hospitality: 5 Tips for Building Engineers

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 7/26/18 12:32 PM

We all know those hotels – the ones with the leaking faucet, the groaning A/C that never quite cools the room, or the scary ceiling mold. We’ve either been unfortunate enough to wind up in one, or we’ve read a bad review and stayed far away. No building engineer wants to put this kind of face forward, but it can be tough to stay consistently on top of preventive maintenance. New problems seem to hit you almost every day, and budgets are never unlimited.

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Topics: Hospitality, Capital Planning, Retail ADA Requirements, Hotel, planned capital programs, ADA Compliance, ADA Assessments, ADA Consulting, capital projects, facility condition assessments, FCA, capital plan, capital improvement plan, preventive maintenance, building engineer

Affects or Does Not Affect | That Is The Question (ALTA Surveys)

Posted by Burk Cornelius, PLS on 5/31/18 10:28 AM

Ever since the 2016 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements were released, there has been much conversation in the surveying community about the role of the Professional Surveyor in addressing title exception documents on an ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey.

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Topics: ALTA Survey, 2016 ALTA/NSPS Standards, Servitude, Easement, Professional Surveyor, PLS, 2016 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements

EMG's 2017 Real Estate Due Diligence Transaction Highlights

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 5/29/18 12:17 PM

EMG is pleased to share some of our real estate due diligence transaction highlights from 2017. These successful deals were all delivered on  time ,  and with EMG's trademark accuracy and consistency. We thank you for entrusting your deals to the professionals at EMG.

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Topics: Seismic Risk, ALTA Survey, Phase I ESA, PCA, real estate due diligence, ESA Report, Radon Testing, Fannie Mae Phase I, FEMA Elevation Certificate, Seismic Risk Study

Open Store Remodels: 5 Best Practices that Minimize Business Disruption

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 5/22/18 2:15 PM

You’ve been thinking about an open store remodel for months, maybe years, but worry that dust, noise, and chaos will drive customers away and negatively impact your bottom line. You delay and delay again, struggling in a space you’ve outgrown or that no longer serves your needs. Sound familiar? It does to us. We hear these concerns all the time.

While open store remodels aren’t invisible, disruption can be kept to a minimum by following a few proven best practices. Whether your “store” is retail or a restaurant, bank branch, or other facility, business doesn’t have to slow to a frustrating crawl. Everyone on site can stay safe, and your project can move forward on track and on time with your revenue stream intact.

To explore these best practices, we recently sat down with some of EMG’s open store remodel experts. With decades of collective experience overseeing thousands of projects, Chris Varney, Tracy Follmer, and Eric Berger understand how to balance the need to remodel with the need to conduct business as usual. Here’s what they recommend:

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Topics: open store remodel, remodel existing stores, retail facilities, project management best practices, store remodel

EMG honored by Department of Defense for extraordinary support

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 5/16/18 2:50 PM

On May 15, 2018 Maryland Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, announced EMG Corporate Headquarters was honored with an Above and Beyond Award in recognition of extraordinary support of its employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Nestor Benavides (pictured right), EMG chief executive officer accepted the award on behalf of the agency during an ESGR employer recognition event held May 12 in Annapolis, Maryland.

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Topics: ESGR, EMG Military Employees, Above and Beyond Award, EMG Corporate Culture

Creating a Comprehensive Facility Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 4/16/18 12:55 PM

Set a Clear Path Forward with a Facility Condition Assessment (FCA)

Assembling your Capital Plan, sometimes referred to as a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), is an essential roadmap for Facility Managers to effectively predict and budget for required building repairs and component replacement over a fixed time. The process begins with these three steps:

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

Financing Energy Efficiency: Untapped Opportunities For Commercial Building Owners

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 3/14/18 1:39 PM

Research shows that buildings whose mortgages include underwriting for energy efficiency see increased net operating income, reduced energy consumption, or increased energy savings. (IMT.org)

Last fall, EMG participated in providing data to Emily McLaughlin, Senior Associate with Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) for a property condition assessment case study.

As you read through the analysis you will find that IMT’s examination found some fairly significant market gaps and barriers. IMT incorporates discussion about tried and tested multifamily financing (i.e. Fannie Mae Green Rewards) as a means to demonstrate how this type of financing could work more effectively in the commercial sector.

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Topics: Fannie Mae Green Financing, Freddie Mac GreenUp, Multifamily Green Financing, Green Financing Questions, Fannie Mae Multifamily Green Financing, ASHRAE, Freddie Mac Multifamily Green Advantage program, Green Assessments, Fannie Mae Green Rewards program

EMG is approved to perform Green Assessments

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 3/12/18 3:11 PM

EMG means Green

Energy efficiency and preferential loan pricing are two compelling reasons to consider Green Financing for your current or future transactions. EMG is qualified and ready to be your “go-to” green resource!

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Topics: Green Financing, Fannie Mae Green Financing, High Performance Building Consultant, Multifamily Green Financing, Green Financing Questions, Greenwashing, Freddie Mac GreenUp Plus, Fannie Mae HPB Consultant, Freddie Mac Multifamily loans

EMG Featured in HUD's RAD Photo Essays series

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 3/6/18 1:17 PM

EMG's Rental Assistance Demonstration ("RAD") project, Bohn Tower in Cleveland, was featured on HUD's website in its RAD Photo Essays series. Bohn Tower rises 22 stories in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Our team worked with property owner Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA).

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Topics: HUD, Bureau Veritas, RAD Photo Essays, EMG HUD Programs, RAD, Rental Assistance Demonstration

Happy New Year from EMG

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 1/17/18 11:00 AM

Happy New Year! Thank you for being part of our amazing 2017! We worked seriously and lived playfully, which is our motto at EMG. Take a look at a quick replay of our year.

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Topics: Happy New Year

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