As part of the due diligence process, a prospective property purchaser retained Rimkus to complete an assessment of a high rise in Philadelphia. Our assessment was focused on the building façade and elements of the structural system.

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Multi-Use Commercial Office
  • Commercial

Background

The 36-story office building was constructed in the late 1960’s and was a 490-foot high structure clad with limestone panels and glass window system. The limestone panels were located typically at the structural columns and floor slabs. The glass window system was located between the limestone panels. The primary building columns were structural steel, connected to concrete piers founded on bedrock.

The inspection of the exterior of the office building was performed from the ground, the roof and with the use of a 50-foot-long suspended scaffold on each elevation. Inspection of the structure was conducted in accessible areas at the below-grade floors, in mechanical rooms, and tenant spaces.

Services Provided:

  1. A visual, non-destructive inspection of the property with a goal toward identifying deficiencies and/or repair items in connection with the exterior cladding of the office building and the structural systems.
  2. Estimate for identified deficiencies were provided in each report.
  3. A report for the building exterior and a report for the structural system were provided and included the following:
    1. Executive Summary
    2. Methods
    3. Field Interview and Observations
    4. Cost estimate for repairs

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