AERC has developed Integrated Building Analysis (IBA) services for evaluating and assessing existing building conditions. IBA takes a holistic approach to commercial building observation and analysis by applying thermography, testing, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and our many years of architectural experience to our IBA. In summary, these services provide:
· Detailed data about your building systems.
· Identification of Deferred Maintenance items and the impact these are having on asset life-cycle.
· Identification of visible and invisible problems.
· Identification of building inefficiencies, such as gaps in insulation or leaks.
· Estimates of repair or replacement costs and simple-payback.
· Identification of the Total Value of Repair as compared to Total Building Replacement Cost.
· A Prioritized listing of Recommendations for future planning and budgeting purposes.
IBA is intended as a broad-scope, pre-planning tool to assist commercial building owners in:
1. Determining the current condition of the building,
2. Understanding the value of the repair costs,
3. Use the Prioritized List of Recommendations to plan necessary building renovation and/or repair work,
4. Use the IBA Report to effectively acquire financing and as a communication,
5. Use the IBA Report as a basis for the generation of Construction Documents to acquire Contractor Bids for repair/renovation work.
Most building owners do not realize the detrimental effects that deferred maintenance and inefficient construction have on total building operating cost, as well as shortening the life-cycle of building systems, which also adds to the overall total building ownership and operating cost. Depending on the current condition of your building, the cost of implementing our IBA recommendations can often be recouped quickly. Once repair costs are recouped, the savings in operation and maintenance costs go straight to the bottom line as increased profit, or you can use those previously-wasted dollars are on more important programs, building expansions or other improvements.
AERC has now added Infrared Thermography to its arsenal of building resources to deliver better buildings by:
*non-invasive building examination
*discover hidden air infiltration
*discover hidden water damage
*determine insulation adequacy
*determine structural integrity
*identify electrical overloads and shorts
Thermal Imaging only identifies your building problems. AERC's architectural staff and engineering resources then apply years of building experience to offer focused, cost-effective solutions to each problem discovered in a deailed written report with drawings and photos.
Our purpose in pursuing the LEED Gold Certification was three fold:
1. To understand the financial and market impacts of rigourous sustainable design from the building Owner's perspective.
2. To understand the design effort required for a LEED building and to test the product and systems availability and viability in our local market and climatic region from the Design Team's perspective.
3. To understand the impact and additional effort required of the Contractor and Sub-Contractors to actually build a Gold-level LEED building.
AERC occupied the buiding May 1, 2008 and Gold Certification was achieved on March 1, 2009 after an extremely educational and beneficial experience.
From the Owner's perspective: Costs were not unreasonably high and actual utility performance is tracking according to projections after the first year of operation. The building appraisal was increased and rent is above market-rate due to the added value of sustainable design.
From the Architect's perspective: Because sustainable materials were difficult to find in our market-area, many of the materials and systems used were found via the Internet. Also as suspected, time-proven, good design practices are at the heart of the sustainable design necessary to achieve LEED Gold Certification.
From the Builder's perspective: The critical issue, and one of the most difficult, was educating the daily construction work forces in sustainable construction practices and changing deeply-ingrained construction processes. Overall, the LEED process improved the overall quality of construction and final building environment.
On April 2, 2002, Doug Thornton, AIA, established Architectural & Engineering Resources for Construction, PLLC (AERC). As the name suggests, the firm was established to be a primary, single-source resource for our clients' building needs, whatever those may be. Our first office space was in the Pinnacle Center, designed by AERC, and located in Southaven, Mississippi. In March 2008, we moved to our LEED Gold Certified office in downtown Hernando, Mississippi, to house our seven multi-disciplined staff and sister company Land Development Resources, LLC (LDR).
Since establishing our firm we have designed hundreds of projects of multiple project types, including churches, collegiate buildings, dormitories, offices, industrial buildings, K-12 schools and banks. We have also been involved in various project delivery methods including Integrated Project Delivery, Design-Bid-Build and Design-Build. With each project, we strive to listen intently to our clients in an effort to design a building that best meets their functional, aesthetic and budgetary goals, using our experience to guide them through the oft-harrowing and sometimes overwhelming design and building process. Our goal is to provide the experience, expertise and resources necessary to make the building experience enjoyable and rewarding.
Doug Thornton, AIA, LEED AP