Facade of Wellesley College Residence Hall

Put your best face forward. A cracked, leaking, rusted, or crumbling facade not only diminishes property value, it could mean trouble. We’ve reached up to gingerly inspect an exterior wall, only to find pieces of it dropping into our hands.

This is your building’s first impression.
Make it count.

Nothing says more about the integrity of a building than a gleaming facade. Beyond aesthetics, we’ve helped building owners and managers optimize energy efficiency, improve lighting and ventilation, and solve moisture and mold problems by correcting design flaws, construction errors, and the effects of time. Our services for facades and windows include:

  • Failure investigation
  • Window evaluation and restoration/replacement
  • Curtain wall rehabilitation
  • Structural evaluation
  • Document and historical data review
  • Surveys to meet local law and landmark requirements
  • Facade cleaning programs
  • Materials selection and specification
  • Rehabilitation design and detailing
  • Bidding assistance
  • Construction management / contract administration
  • Rehabilitation and maintenance master planning

From proactive repairs to reskinning a building, our facade work runs the gamut. Fortunately, our outcomes do not. Every time, we consistently deliver clients a water-tight, attractive building exterior.

New York City Local Law 11, Boston 9-9.12, Philadelphia PM-315, Pittsburgh 9-2004 + more Facade Ordinance Inspection

When you retain Hoffmann Architects + Engineers to perform a mandated facade inspection, rest assured that we’ve been here before. Because we specialize in solving building enclosure problems, our design professionals correctly identify exterior wall defects.

Trust the exterior experts for exterior inspections.

Our investigations go beyond the basics to evaluate why deterioration conditions exist, as well as what to do about them. We keep current on the latest amendments to municipal codes, so you don’t have to. And we offer advice on maintenance to perform before the building inspection, to avoid costly penalties and rush repairs.

When it’s time to fulfill facade compliance obligations, Hoffmann delivers dependable guidance and proven results.

New York  |  Boston  |  Philadelphia  |  Pittsburgh

Featured Journal Article The Facade Inspection and Repair Laws Keeping Cities Safe

More than a dozen U.S. cities have enacted laws requiring periodic inspection and repair of exterior walls, and others are likely to join the growing list. With so many buildings covered under facade rules, owners and design professionals need to know not just the basics of compliance, but also the nuances that differ from one city and inspection period to the next.

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