Since completion of construction, the walls, windows and roof of this new building leaked with each storm. After every rainfall, staff vacuumed up over 60 gallons of water and replaced water-damaged ceiling tiles. The general contractor even “repaired” the building but it continued to leak.
Working with engineering staff and client attorneys, Hilliard Architects helped identify leaks, directed water testing, provided analyses including cost estimates for repairs, and expert witness testimony during mediation. The case settled in favor of the client for a substantial amount.
One site visit involved detailed observations of existing conditions. For instance, 2’x2’ cuts in the roof exposed plywood where moisture meters were used. The following was observed during the same tour: stained ceiling tiles, wet roof decking and framing, and excessive roof deck deflection in some areas.