Do you use forensic consultants to assess your hotel before you do a rehab? Hospitality owners and property managers across the country and around the world are approaching (or have already observed) a birthday many don’t want to celebrate.

Their buildings, typically 30-35 years old, are in need of undergoing what the industry refers to as “major upgrades” falling under the regularly planned work cycle. Examples include timely upgrades for building envelopes and HVAC infrastructure that are not part of the normal refresh cycle.

In the process, owners and managers are discovering that what may have been previously acceptable in terms of what constituted a successful building review is no longer considered acceptable because of building age.

Due to age-related factors, these buildings are requiring forensics-based surveys and analysis that utilize building forensics expertise – something unnecessary in earlier years.

These experts are tasked with reviewing and executing a 30-year refurbishment plan that includes an evaluation of overall building performance (moisture/condensation, HVAC, building envelope, and dehumidification/mold issues) and a proposal of the extent of refurbishment that will occur.