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Services for Existing Facilities Continue to Expand in 2009

Most of our clients are familiar with our three core service areas: geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, and construction materials engineering and testing. Many of these services are provided either before or during construction of a structure. While these three services generate the bulk of Terracon’s revenue, we are rapidly expanding our fourth service area, which is facilities engineering services.

Many of our existing clients have slowed down new development during this period of economic uncertainty, and are instead spending dollars to improve the performance or correct deficiencies in their existing facilities. The facilities services that Terracon provides can be grouped into several major categories. These categories are:

Building Science and Forensics
Building systems and components can sometimes fail prematurely, or just do not perform as anticipated due to poor installation, substandard materials, or other reasons. Terracon’s facilities engineering staff includes mechanical engineers, structural engineers, architects, and roof, building envelope, and pavement specialists. These individuals have the experience to diagnose the cause and origin of facility related problems, and determine the most cost-effective means of corrective action. Our services in this area also include expert witness testimony when required.

Energy and LEED® Services
Services in this area include energy audits, building commissioning and retro-commissioning, carbon footprint studies, greenhouse gas emission studies, and LEED inspections and consulting. This is a rapidly growing segment of the facilities services we provide.

Due Diligence to Support Real Estate Transactions
Terracon is one of the largest providers of property condition assessments (PCAs) in the United States. These services, performed by engineers, architects, and other specialists, are performed for investors, lenders, and owners of commercial property. PCAs are intended to provide the client with useful information on the overall condition of the facility, and what immediate and long-term costs can be expected in terms of repair and replacement of components and systems. These services are provided on single sites, as well as multi-site portfolios.

Asset Management
We help building owners and operators, including colleges and universities, health care systems, and federal, state, and local agencies figure out how to spend limited facility improvement dollars and get the most “bang for their buck.” These owners of multiple buildings need a comprehensive system in order to maintain a near real-time database of assets and their current condition in order to allocate capital expenditures wisely. We have the systems and experience, along with strategic teaming partners, to help clients achieve their goals in this area. Recently, we teamed with AME (www.ameinc. biz), one of our strategic alliance partners, to provide a large healthcare provider in the Midwest with an asset management system. This included condition assessment field work and a database for maintaining their assets in the future.