We offer end-to-end building envelope and roofing consulting services from the initial evaluation to developing and implementing asset management programs. We identify the problem, provide concept solutions to correct the problem, develop detailed and enforceable bid and contract documents, and provide quality assurance inspections. Our team of roofing, waterproofing and building envelope consultants are here to assist you with all aspects of the evaluation, design, construction process and are equipped to ensure that your project is successful.
Our core services can be categorized into the following four phases; Evaluation, Design, Construction and Management.
Inspection and Evaluation
We provide comprehensive assessment of the roofing, waterproofing and wall assemblies to identify deficiencies and potential problem areas. The data collected during the inspection is critically analyzed to determine the condition of the building envelope systems and components and to assist in the development of a cost effective management plan that includes immediate, short- and long-term remedial work recommendations.
Non-Invasive Moisture Inspection
Infrared (IR) scans and capacitance testing can quickly and accurately identify water entry pathways and areas of entrapped water within the roofing and wall assemblies. A non-invasive moisture inspection can discover and identify problems before they are detected. Regular roof IR inspections in conjunction with necessary remedial work can identify and correct latent deficiencies before they become larger and more costly to fix.
Lichy has mastered the art of identifying the most troubling and frustrating leaks. Our proven strategies and methodologies for pinpointing locations of leaks has made us a nationwide leader in leak detection and prevention. We utilize state-of-the art equipment and proven procedures to locate and identify the water entry pathways. Once the source is identified, we develop a tailored-made solution to rectifying the problem. If you have a leak, we’ll take a peak.
Destructive | Deconstruction Testing
Sometimes it is necessary to disassemble, probe or core completed assemblies to accurately assess modes of failure, the extent of damage, to verify moisture content, determine the type and condition of concealed materials and method of construction, etc. Whenever viable, Lichy & Associates utilizes non-invasive (IR-imaging, capacitance, ultrasonic) testing or minimal invasive methods (sensor probes) prior to deconstruction and core testing to minimize the amount of destructive testing necessary.
Investigation to determine underlying causes of failures or deficiencies that may include but not limited to design error, poor installation, unsatisfactory workmanship, improper repairs, material defect, lack of maintenance, weather and storm damage, physical forces beyond the design limit standards, etc. We can identify the causes of the failures and provide clear, detailed information to document the problems and recommend corrective actions.
The results of the findings of the inspection and/or investigation are critically analyzed and incorporated into a written report complete with photographs, plot plans with locations of observed deficiencies and immediate, short- and long-term recommendations for all necessary remedial work along with budget estimates. The report provides you with relevant and useful information so that you can make informed decisions that result in the best long-term solutions for your facility.
Litigation & Expert Witness
We provide impartial expert assistance to building owners, contractors, attorneys, manufacturers and insurance professionals on building envelope claims and disputes arising from design error, faulty construction, material failures, water-leakage and property damage. We have experience with mediation, deposition and litigation and our principals have accepted as building envelope experts by several courts around the country, including US Federal Court, Washington DC.
The knowledge gained from our vast experience in evaluating and analyzing roofing, waterproofing, and wall system products, assemblies, and procedures gives us a distinctive ability to develop innovated and cost-effective design solutions that meets our clients performance and budget requirements. We thoroughly understand proper design and construction techniques and are committed on providing our clients with the very best design solutions.
Specifications & Drawings
The design is communicated by means of written technical specifications, plans and details. Our specifications, plans, and details are suitable for bidding purposes as issued. We develop bid and contract documents that are clear, comprehensive and enforceable. We also conduct the pre-bid conferences with pre-qualified bidders and prepare supplemental drawings, addenda, and bulletins, if required.
Design Assistance | Peer Review
Independent overview of the design from the initial development through construction. Our goal is to improve the performance of the roofing, waterproofing and exterior wall systems with regard to sustainability, durability, performance, air and water penetration, energy efficiency and future maintenance requirements. We provide significant value to a project, proactively helping the design team avoid future failures.
Oversee and manage the contract between the Owner and Contractor. We review and evaluate the contract documents, schedule of values, pay requests, submittals, change orders and close-out documents (warranties, guarantees and as-built drawings). We will also attend or conduct pre-construction and project meetings, answer technical questions, and will resolve ant disputes that may arise. We also act as liaisons between the Owner/Architect and the Contractor.
Quality Assurance Observations
Quality assurance observation service is a vital component of a successful roofing project. A full-time or part-time trained quality control inspector (QCI) will monitor and evaluate the work to assure you that the work is completed in strict accordance with the contract documents and good workmanship standard. The QCI will prepare and submit daily reports, attend meetings and will conduct a final inspection and prepare a punch-list.
Roof Asset Management
Roof Asset Management is proactive approach to managing your roofing assets on all of your buildings. When managing multiple roofs, we are your best resource to prolong the expected life of your roofs, reduce maintenance cost and frequency of emergency repairs, avoid premature roof replacement, and help you budget for both short- and long-term expenditures. We utilize a web-based software to store all relevant data and documents, track, and analyze your roofing portfolio.
Lichy & Associates, LLC is a nationally renowned consulting and inspection firm who specializes in all elements of the “Building Envelope”. This includes roofing, exterior walls assemblies, and below grade horizontal and vertical waterproofing. We have become nationwide leaders in the industry in solving the most complex problems.
We investigate problems and provide effective solutions for existing buildings with performance deficiencies and we prevent problems in buildings during the design, construction and asset management phases. Give us a call to discuss how we can solve your most troubling building problems and how we can lower your cost of ownership.
Services We Provide
- Roof Inspection
- Building Envelope Evaluation
- Non-Invasive Moisture Inspection
- Destructive | Deconstruction Testing
- Forensic Investigation
- Leak Detection
- Litigation & Expert Witness
- Specifications & Drawings
- Design Assistance | Peer Review
- Contract Administration
- Quality Assurance Observation
- Roof Asset Management
- Roofing & Waterproofing Consulting
- Building Envelope Consulting