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J2 Building Consultants is a dedicated team of engineers, architects, designers, and project managers. We specialize in diagnosing potential building damage, prescribing a cost-effective solution, and overseeing the treatment from start to finish. 

Our solutions not only restore buildings, but they also restore property values, investments, communities, and the well-being of building occupants. Whether you are an apartment building owner, a commercial property manager, an HOA board member, a concerned homeowner, a contractor, or an attorney — J2 can help you!

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why do I need a consultant? 👨‍💼

J2 Building Consultants are a team of engineers, architects, designers, project managers, and inspectors who guide building repair projects from start to finish, ensuring it gets done on time and within budget. As consultants, we speak the languages of construction, project management, insurance recovery, litigation support, and funding. We provide leadership and hope to an oftentimes confusing and discouraging process. Our solutions not only restore buildings, but also restore property values, investments, communities, and the well-being of occupants.

What can I do if I believe there is defective or incorrect construction? 🚧

J2 can perform a visual building envelope study to identify any concerns and help you through what steps to take from there. It is important to get on top of this as quickly as possible though. This may help give you more options to address those concerns and inform you of damage sooner than later before it progresses to more costly repairs. If the building(s) are getting close to 10 years old or more, the options become more limited to address these concerns. Depending on the state, if the building(s) are only a few years old, there is a critical timeline to meet if the work is still under the contractors' warranty, so urgency is important.

How do I know if I need a Building Envelope Study? 🔍

An Envelope Study is a check-up for your building, it provides an ongoing, baseline record of how your building is performing.

A common mistake among building owners, associations, and management is thinking that a building’s reserve study or capital replacement plan will keep them informed about building function. The reality is that staying updated on the health of your building requires regular analysis of the building’s envelope, or the barrier between indoors and outside.

If you think of J2 Building Consultants as building doctors, then the Envelope Study is similar to an annual physical, providing pertinent information on performance and function, minimizing the occasions you could be surprised by big-ticket repairs.

What is a Building Doctor? 👨‍⚕️

We are Building Doctors. We diagnose, prescribe, and treat sick buildings. We know that unexpected or hidden building damage threatens your safety and your finances. Our team of professionals will diagnose the problem, prescribe the fix, and manage the treatment process to restore your safety and protect your investment. 

Benefits of using J2 Building Consultants as your building doctor:

  • J2 offers a holistic evaluation by employing construction experts from all industry fields in-house, eliminating the need for communication between trade-specific agencies, saving you time and resources
  • Our architects and engineers are experts in building code, and will ensure your building is performing to the highest standard for resale
  • J2 has spent years evaluating structure failures, developing an eye for building performance that can’t be taught
  • We travel nationally and can begin the assessment process virtually
  • J2 provides a variety of good > better > best options, design renderings, and cost scenarios, giving the ultimate project decisions to you, the client

Just as procrastinating against your own doctor’s appointments could result in more intensive treatments, the longer you put off regular inspection of your building, the higher the chance of invasive analysis. A phone consultation with J2 Building Consultants is free and will ensure your building’s health and longevity, increasing the overall value and reducing ongoing damage.

Will J2 attend construction meetings? 🏗️

During the repair process, the contractor needs guidance on discovered conditions and the best way to install components. J2 provides construction leadership and will answer requests for information (RFIs), review submittals and mockups, and document the changes for a final record.

Not only will we attend construction meetings, we also communicate with the client to keep them informed of progress, budget, and design updates. We maintain contact with the contractor on a daily or weekly basis to ensure your work is getting done with the utmost quality and efficiency.

What is a Scope of Repair? 📋

A complete set of plans and specifications prepared by our engineers, architects, and designers. This step is crucial for the contractor bid process, contract assembly, and permit application.

OUR PROCESS

HOW WE HEAL SICK BUILDINGS

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DIAGNOSE

We investigate, interview, review building history, and create a plan to help you understand what is wrong with the building.

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PRESCRIBE

We develop a scope of repair based on your budget, code requirements, and extent of the damage, and we get your input on updating the look of the building to increase property values.

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TREAT

We act as your representative during the repairs and help you oversee the construction and repairs to your building. J2 will guide the repair process to make sure your project is completed correctly, on-time and within budget.

FAQ's CONTINUED

What should I do about funding? 💰

We’ve been through this before. We have the expertise to help you understand where funding can come from to make reasonable repairs to your buildings. We have experience dealing with lawyers, loans, dues, rebates, reserve studies, warranties, and insurance claims.

Check out our eBook: Funding Building Repairs to learn more!

Does J2 provide testing? 👩‍🔬

Yes! J2 can perform and/or coordinate the following types of testing:

  • Moisture readings   
  • Relative humidity   
  • Slab moisture/humidity   
  • Water testing (monarch spray nozzle)   
  • Window performance testing   
  • Thermal imaging   
  • Fan air flow   
  • WuFi model?   
  • Structural wood decay/damage   
  • Borascope survey   
  • Slab movement (Ziplevel)   

If you have more questions or need additional information, give us a call!

Can I see J2's Before & Afters? 📷

When do I receive closeout documents? 💼

We provide detailed project documents such as inspection reports, scope of work, bid forms, payment procedures, meeting minutes, building details, and progress reports so you can find everything in one place. At the end of a project, J2 assembles all contract documents, construction-related documents, warranty information, punch lists, lien releases, and a final summary letter.

How does J2 handle Bid Reviews? 👷

J2 provides an independent opinion and detailed comparison to help you consider contractor bids to ensure good value, work experience, and other important factors to protect your buildings and residents. We will also lead contractor interviews and additional client communication meetings as necessary to assist you in selecting the best contractor for the job.

VIRTUAL BUILDING DOCTOR

NEED MORE ANSWERS?

We’re not afraid to give free advice and answer your building questions on the spot, we’re here to help!

Just as your doctor provides telehealth, we can provide virtual engineering services for anyone who is unsure if they need an engineer’s assessment. No copay, no retainer, we’ll answer your quick questions for free.

Our contractors are glad to have an engineer in their tool bag, and regular building owners and residents can give us a call anytime to ask us their questions and show us what problems they’re experiencing. We’re not afraid to give free advice and answer your building questions on the spot, we’re here to help! In today’s era of contact-less services, we want to answer your building questions without the hassle.

After our free call, if you’d like a more in-depth inspection or board coaching meeting, we can talk about options for inspecting your building virtually or in-person. The initial Virtual Building Doctor call saves you money and time, gives you a second opinion if needed, and provides quick expert answers for your building concerns.

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TESTIMONIALS

HEALTHY BUILDINGS, HAPPY CLIENTS

“J2 was the perfect piece between the board and management and the contractor to bring the whole project together. J2 made sure that we were getting quality work.”

“Having been through this multiple times, they knew the steps of what you needed to have on your building, the various products and how they fit together."

“We needed a really strong architectural firm to support us. We consider J2 to be the most dependable and productive consultant we’ve ever used. Our experience with J2 has been excellent."

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