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Hi Steve:


Does you evaluation include elevators?  The best elevator evaluation manual is a consultant.  I’ve had very cool experiences with Lerch Bates.  They are in La Canada, California.  They have saved my client a lot of construction money in buildings with 30 year old elevators.


Structurally, are you planning to do a dynamic analysis for wind/seismic? 


Architecturally, my mind races to fire safety.  Fire-proofing, sprinklers, exit stairs, areas of refuge, etc.  I wish I could point to a manual for these items, but am not aware of one which has the current research included (especially fire-proofing after the World Trade Center disaster).



IDS Group, Inc.

Bob Freeman, Architect, EIT



From: David Topete [mailto:d.topete73(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, August 05, 2009 5:18 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: high-rise evaluation



Since that was fed, could it possibly been a UFC document?  If so, then maybe Steve can try there, though I don't believe many federal or DoD/military structures are "high rises."

Good luck, Steve. 




On Wed, Aug 5, 2009 at 4:40 PM, Glenn Otto <ggator1256(--nospam--at)> wrote:



This may not be helpful, but about ten years ago, we did some Fed work to do a long term evaluation of the Defense Intelligence Agency bldg in DC for purposes of budgeting maintenance over 10-15 years.  I don’t remember the name of the guideline we followed, but there was some specific form or outline document we had to use.  Sorry, that is the only clue I have.  (otherwise I am “clueless”  J  )


A Structural Engineer, P.C.

Glenn C. Otto, P.E.

2108 Flowerdew Ct.

Virginia Beach, VA 23454




-----Original Message-----
From: SGE Structural [mailto:sgordin(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, August 05, 2009 4:59 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: high-rise evaluation


Good afternoon,


I am trying to find documents (for example, guides or manuals) pertaining to the engineering evaluation of the condition of existing high-rise buildings (structural, as well as mechanical, electrical, and other aspects). 


Could anybody give me some advice on where to look for such documents?




V. Steve Gordin, SE
Irvine CA

David Topete, SE