BTC and Elara Engineering Co-Author Article for Community Association Institute (CAI) Magazine

Building Technology Consultants, Inc. (BTC) Principal, Kami Farahmandpour; Senior Engineer, Chris Kottra; and Elara Engineering (Elara) Principal, Stave Maze have co-authored an article for CAI’s Illinois Chapter entitled “Transition Studies: More Than Pros and Cons.”  A copy of the article from the Summer 2016 Issue of CAI’s magazine, Common Interest can be found at Transition Studies: More Pros than Cons.

The article discusses several aspects of transitional studies performed during a developer turnover of a condominium association.  During a developer turnover, properly detecting and identifying issues with the infrastructure of an association can provide an opportunity to have the developer correct such issues.  Missing out on such an opportunity can expose a young association with little reserves to large capital expenditure.  Although individual unit owners may have performed some due diligence through home inspections, the ownership “transition” period is the most opportune time for community associations to assess the condition of their common elements.  Such assessments, commonly known as transition studies, should be performed by experienced engineering professionals that have the expertise to identify potential deficiencies that may require future attention.

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