Structural Investigations & Structural Engineering Design – We are licensed Civil Engineers and possess General Engineering and General Building contractor’s licenses. Our engineering services include foundation inspections; property site investigations to assess structural defects and quality of construction; the structural design and evaluation of building gravity and lateral load-resisting systems; and due diligence Probable Maximum Loss (PML) seismic risk studies.
Luxury Home Inspections – Serving Greater Los Angeles and all Southern California since 1979, we specialize in the inspection of luxury residential properties 6,000 SF to 50,000 SF. These surveys are conducted exclusively by Don Boatwright, licensed Civil Engineer; and consist of an in-depth evaluation of the systems and components that comprise these properties including a complete engineering investigation of the foundation and structural systems. Mr. Boatwright’s engineering background, extensive construction knowledge, and meticulousness provide the quality and expertise that is essential for selective buyers of notable properties.
Commercial Inspections & Apartment Inspections – BOATWRIGHT provides comprehensive physical condition assessments of commercial buildings and multifamily dwellings. These surveys are an exhaustive on-site examination of the foundation, structure, and numerous systems and component parts of a building. The inspection findings are presented in a detailed written report that presents a clear understanding of the property, providing our client with valuable knowledge that is helpful in making informed decisions.
Seismic Risk Assessments – Our Probable Maximum Loss (PML) seismic risk assessments are a detailed engineering evaluation that follows the guidelines, criteria, and approaches set forth in ASTM E2026 & ASTM E2557. These in-depth studies can be used by mortgage brokers to make lending decisions, insurance brokers to rate assessments, and building owners to make seismic retrofit plans. We also offer the more exhaustive HUD seismic risk assessment that is required for HUD backed projects. These studies conform to ASCE 31 and meet the requirements of the HUD Seismic Resistance Standards set forth in HUD Section 223(f) Appendix D, Paragraph A, “Seismic Resistance for Substantial Rehabilitation and Existing Projects”.
State Mandated Balcony Inspections – We provide compliance investigations of balconies, stairs, and other elevated components required by California SB 721. Following the collapse of a balcony in the Berkley area in 2015 that killed six people and injured seven, this bill was enacted in August 2018 for the purpose of increasing the safety of certain elevated elements at buildings having three or more dwelling units.
Specialty Assessments – Our specialty assessments include Condominium Conversion inspections, Health and Safety inspections, Property Condition Assessments (PCA), Project Capital Needs Assessments (PCNA), and Physical Needs Assessments (PNA). These inspections identify material violations of the L.A. Building Code, L.A. Housing Code, California Uniform Building Code, or the HUD physical conditions standards set forth in 24 CFR § 5.703, as well as defects that could affect the habitability or safety of a property including its structural integrity.
Legal Services – We have worked with local building departments for decades and are knowledgeable and skilled at resolving problems such as non-compliance citations, or obtaining permits for unapproved additions, conversions, remodeling, or modifications. We are also experienced at forensic investigation and provide expert witness for construction-related and inspection-related disputes.