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Forensic Analysis

Encompass investigates building problems and failures that cause property damage or personal injury.

We determine the root cause of the problem, whether it be from incorrect design, improper construction procedures, lack of maintenance, weather damage, or defective materials.

Encompass provides expert witness services for all phases of litigation.

We specialize in:

  • Construction Defect
  • Personal Injury
  • Structural Failure
  • Mechanical System Failure
  • Product Failure
  • Moisture Intrusion Investigations
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Mechanical Analysis

Heat and Cooling Equipment Load Evaluations

Encompass performs heat and cooling load evaluations and equipment evaluations to address tenant discomfort.

We can determine whether AC condensing units were improperly installed and whether they are performing up to their capabilities and they are generating the proper amount of heat.

Encompass can provide engineering design for relocation, repair, or replacement of condensing units to allow for proper unit performance and improved tenant comfort levels.

Repair & Restoration Design

Encompass is a company of problem-solvers. We find the root cause of any building problem. Then we develop unique, creative solutions to fix them.

Our experienced team provides unparalleled assistance to owners embarking on repair and restoration projects.

Whether we are developing a new facade flashing detail or planning a complete mechanical system overhaul, we approach each project with the goal of determining the most effective and cost-efficient repair solutions possible.

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Historic Restoration

Encompass’s historic preservation services include a wide range of specialized activities. We understand a clients’ needs and the community’s expectation, and we respect the history behind the facade.

We have successfully completed restorations, repairs, and renovations of many historic building, some dating to the 1860’s.

We frequently perform façade assessments, assist owners with making historically-minded choices, develop restoration plans and details, and work as the owner’s representative during construction.

Construction QA

Encompass assists owners by managing construction projects from start to finish; we plan, coordinate, and control the work so that the owner obtains a functionally and financially viable project. Encompass also performs construction observation services. We help architects, owners, builders and developers by performing periodic site inspections to ensure that the work is progressing in accordance with contract documents.

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This service routinely includes:

  • Manage the bidding process
  • Review of plans, specifications, shop drawings and construction schedule
  • Site visits & inspections
  • Progress payment verification
  • Certifying final project completion
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Construction Management

Encompass assists owners by managing construction projects from start to finish; we plan, coordinate, and control the work so that the owner obtains a functionally and financially viable project. Encompass also performs construction observation services. We help architects, owners, builders and developers by performing periodic site inspections to ensure that the work is progressing in accordance with contract documents.

This service routinely includes:

  • Manage the bidding process
  • Review of plans, specifications, shop drawings and construction schedule
  • Site visits & inspections
  • Progress payment verification
  • Certifying final project completion

Building Commissioning

Encompass verifies that the building envelope and the mechanical and plumbing systems are constructed in accordance with the building design and achieve the owner’s project requirements.

  • Perform peer review of Architect’s and Engineer’s Design drawings and specifications
  • Develop commissioning specification
  • Perform site inspections during construction
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Building Commissioning projects are the assessment, recording/documentation and testing of electrical and mechanical systems within a building to improve and fine tune performance as defined by the building’s owner.

Writing and following policy regarding Building Commissioning ensures that every building system is working properly, and work together as designed and intended. Commissioning is an indispensable tool for optimizing total building performance and is now required by code for new construction in many areas.

  • Lower utility bills
  • Improved equipment function
  • Reduced building operation and maintenance
  • Extended life of equipment

As there is more than one type of Building Commissioning, it is important to align your project goals and needs.

  • New Construction Building Commissioning
  • Enhanced Building Commissioning
  • Retro-Commissioning
  • Building Recommissioning
  • Ongoing Commissioning

Building commissioning is of greatest value to the owner when it provides a means of continuously communicating their building systems criteria and rigorously verifying compliance with them, throughout the many phases of design and construction.

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Window and Door Testing

Encompass is an AAMA-Accredited testing laboratory (American Architectural Manufacturers Association).

We test in accordance with AAMA/ASTM standards in our laboratory and in the field. Our testing crews consist of professional engineers and experienced window technicians with both field and laboratory backgrounds.

This capability provides a powerful combination to assist our customers in ensuring they receive a fully professional service that produces accurate and credible results. For more information, or to obtain a testing proposal, please contact Nate Willson, Testing Division Manager, at (952) 854-4511.

We Specialize in:

  • Water penetration testing
  • Air infiltration testing
  • Operability testing
  • Forced entry, and more

Roof Anchor Safety Testing & Design

Encompass tests and certifies in-situ roof anchors to verify they meet applicable OSHA requirement. Encompass works with building owners to develop plans for installing OSHA-compliant roof anchors. Services include:

  • Field testing existing roof anchors
  • Design new roof anchor system to meet OSHA requirements
  • Create roof anchor installation drawings
  • Obtain competitive bids from roof anchor contractor
  • Perform site visits during construction
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Parking Ramp Certification

Encompass offers the following Parking Ramp Evaluation and Restoration Services, but are not limited to:

  • Visual Observation
  • Elastic Wave Testing
  • Chloride Ion Testing
  • Sulfate Testing
  • Electro-Potential Testing
  • Carbonation Testing
  • Core Drilling/Sampling
  • Compression Testing
  • Petrographic Analysis
  • Ultrasonic Pulse Testing
  • Destructive Test Openings
  • Parking Ramp Certification (Minneapolis, St. Paul, Edina, and St. Louis Park)
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Solar Array Support

Encompass Solar Array Support Engineering Service consists of:

  • Design of Supports for Roof-Mounts, Ground-Mounts, and Canopies
  • Site Inspection
  • Structural Analysis of Existing Buildings
  • Design & Specifications for Building Modifications
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