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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Heath Check-Ups for Buildings


With many buildings facing problems of ageing, there are housing societies and single property owners like clubs and hotels who have started hiring structural architects and consultant on full-time retainership basis. "The trend was earlier restricted to corporate houses and companies. Now, even housing societies and single property owners are hiring structural architects, either at a charge or on case-to-case basis," structural consultant and conservation architect, Mr. Chetan Raikar said. The retainee structural architects do work from periodical inspections, suggesting repairs, and reviewing the repair designs and plans. Structural architects are like the family doctors, who provide solutions for a better position and consistent evaluation.