Construction Consulting

DEFECT INVESTIGATION, RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS, AND FORENSIC ARCHITECTURE

 

B2R’s team of experienced and licensed architects, engineers, and contractors inspects, documents, and analyzes the as-built condition of a variety of existing projects including retail, mixed use, industrial, residential, high rise condominiums, and commercial construction. The process includes determining any failure mechanism(s) and preparing written reports, drawings, specifications, and repair recommendations unique for each project. B2R understands accepted testing procedures for building analysis, analyzes and interprets the results from the testing performed, and develops a conclusion from the results.

EXPERT WITNESS TESTIMONY

 

B2R’s team of expert witnesses have provided extensive deposition, arbitration, and trial testimony for complex construction defect and personal injury claims. B2R’s experts also have extensive mediation experience. B2R provides exhibits and graphics for clear and effective use at mediation, arbitration, and trial settings. B2R understands and will work hard to develop a collaborative, trusting, and supportive relationship with the attorneys we work for.

BUILDING ENVELOPE

 

B2R’s team is trained to assess various building envelope systems, including 3-coat Stucco, 1-coat Stucco, Exterior Insulation & Finish Systems (EIFS), Curtain Wall/Fenestration Systems, Hardboard Siding, and other cladding materials.

ROOFING AND WATERPROOFING SYSTEMS

 

B2R’s team is qualified to assess the performance of roofing and above- and below-grade waterproofing systems. B2R’s experts are members of the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IBEC) and National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA).

SB 800 INVESTIGATION, EVALUATION, AND RESOLUTION

 

B2R’s team provides timely investigation and analysis for the legislative requirements of California Civil Code §896 et seq.

CONTRACT REVIEW AND ALLOCATIONS – CODE ANALYSIS

 

B2R’s services include comprehensive review and analysis of contracts related to construction disputes. B2R will prepare allocation of responsibility based on the trade scope of work and construction deficiencies related to the various trades.

 

B2R’s extensive library of building codes and standards provide references for project design and evaluation of existing buildings.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT/OWNER’S REPRESENTATIVE – BUILDERS RISK

 

With experience in Project Management, B2R can manage the design and permit process, manage the construction process, develop bid packages, review payment and change order request, and act as the Owner’s representative.  B2R’s team performs Third Party Compliance, Independent third-party inspections, QA work and peer review of building plans. B2R will review and comment on building plans prior to construction as well as inspect new construction during the various phases of construction.

1ST PARTY PROPERTY LOSS AND 3RD PARTY LIABILITY (INDEPENDENT ADJUSTERS FOR CONSTRUCTION RELATED CLAIMS)

 

B2R assists building owners, developers, and the insurance community by investigation, documenting, and analyzing documents for first- and third-party claims, including water loss, earthquake, hurricane, fire loss, and construction defects. Claims are investigated, documented, and reported (including cost of repair) according to the client’s needs.

RECONSTRUCTION

 

B2R’s team can take the information collected during the forensic analysis process and apply it to the design, management, and implementation of the construction process.

Due Diligence

DUE DILIGENCE

 

Complete, accurate and thorough due diligence is essential to making sound real estate lending and investment decisions.  B2R (formerly Baucom Consulting, Inc.) meets or exceeds the client’s expectations in this process by providing nationwide services with the following objectives:

  • Serve as a single source to the client for engineering, environmental and seismic services, resulting in lower costs and greater quality control.
  • Provide accurate and thorough reports by employing only highly qualified consultants to complete and review all due diligence assignments, including licensed engineers, registered architects, and registered environmental assessors.
  • Provide standard or customized report formats.
  • Maintain the capacity and flexibility to meet the client’s requirement for quick responses and portfolio assignments.
  • Always act in an ethical, unbiased, and confidential manner to serve the best interest of the client.

PROPERTY CONDITION ASSESSMENTS (PCAs)

 

The determination of the condition of a property, and the costs associated with rectifying deficiencies is a critical element in the due diligence process.  B2R provides these services in accordance with ASTM, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Conduit, and client specific requirements.  PCA services typically include the following:

  • Coordination of site inspection with all disciplines
  • Walk through of the property to complete visual inspection
  • Comprehensive description of the noted improvements
  • Identification of noted damage, deferred maintenance, and deficiencies
  • Preparation of opinions of costs for correction of noted deficiencies
  • Preparation of opinions of costs for replacements over the reserve term
  • Identification of ADA barriers and cost estimates for removal
  • Review of governmental records for possible code violations
  • Determination of flood zone designations
  • Photographic documentation of the property
  • A seismic loss analysis of the subject property can be included if requested

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

 

Protecting the client from environmental risks associated with known and unknown hazards is crucial to the financial success of any real estate lending or investment activity.  Through strategic alliances, B2R can provide an array of environmental services to identify and correct environmental conditions:

  • Phase I Environmental Assessments are performed following ASTM guidelines
  • As required, perform testing for asbestos, lead-based paint, lead in water, or radon sampling
  • When asbestos is identified, prepare operations and maintenance plans, or supervise asbestos removal
  • Thorough investigations of possible soil and groundwater contamination
  • Preparation of Environmental Impact Reports (EIR) relative to contemplated development projects
  • Monitoring and closure of abatement operations
  • Review of existing environmental assessment to evaluate the appropriateness of the scope of work, compliance with local practice/regulation, thoroughness of the report, and standard of care

CONSTRUCTION COST ANALYSIS

 

Several factors impact the construction budget of development projects.  B2R’s Construction Cost Analysis assists the lender by evaluating the project to determine the adequacy of the proposed budget.  The analysis includes the following services:

  • Review plans, specifications, soils reports, contracts and environmental reports for completeness and adequacy
  • Develop an independent construction cost estimate
  • Perform line item comparisons between the estimated costs and the developer’s budget
  • Identify areas of possible budget deficiency
  • Identify possible budget front-loading
  • Identify conditions that may impact the construction cost

CONSTRUCTION LOAN DISBURSEMENT REVIEWS

 

B2R can review draw requests to assist construction lenders in understanding the progress of the project and determine the appropriateness of the requested payments.  This service includes the following:

  • Perform site visit to observe progress and field conditions
  • Review materials stored on and off site
  • Review overall quality of work completed
  • Analyze draw request for consistency with physical progress
  • Evaluate sufficiency of funds to complete proposed work
  • Review change orders to determine cost and schedule impact

TYPES OF PROPERTIES ASSESSED

B2R’s team has substantial experience with a broad range of property types, including:

  • Multifamily Housing
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Retail Buildings
  • Parking Structures
  • R&D Buildings
  • Schools and Athletic Facilities
  • Single Family Residences
  • Site Development
  • Retail Centers
  • Medical Office Buildings
  • Military
  • Resorts
  • Subdivision Development
  • Hotels and Motels
  • Retail Malls
  • Industrial Buildings
  • Cinemas/Theaters
  • Mixed Use Residential/Commercial
  • Restaurants
  • Office Buildings
  • Warehouses
  • Churches

Properties assessed have ranged from small, single tenant buildings to expansion of a major resort in the Bahamas with a construction budget of nearly one billion dollars.  Construction dates range from new construction to buildings constructed in the early 1900s.  Types of construction reviewed vary widely and include:

Wood Stud Framing * Structural Steel * Cast-in-Place Concrete * Non-Ductile Concrete * Post-Tension Concrete * Precast Concrete * Masonry  *  Non-Reinforced Masonry * Concrete Tilt-up * Pre-Engineered Metal

Architecture and Engineering

Design Services

B2R’s team of architects, engineers, and contractors can provide an array of design services to meet your needs.  Our design services include necessary repairs and/or replacement, construction documents, permit processing, soliciting Contractor’s bids for required repair work, acting as an Owner’s Representative, and managing and overseeing any necessary repairs. B2R always acts in an ethical, unbiased, and confidential manner to serve the best interest of our clients.

Construction Administration/Project Management

B2R’s team of architects and engineers provide Construction Administration services, including providing design clarifications, submittal review, recommendations for payment, preparation of change orders, and other administrative services as contracted. B2R can also manage the construction process and act as the Owner’s representative. B2R will review and comment on building plans prior to construction as well as inspect new construction during the various phases of construction. B2R always acts in an ethical, unbiased, and confidential manner to serve the best interest of our clients.

SB 326 & SB 721

See how B2R will keep you in compliance with the new state laws, SB 326 and SB 721

Investigative Services

Through Redline Investigations, B2R provides the following Investigative Services:

  • AOE/COE Investigation
  • Surveillance & Activity Checks
  • Witness Interviews
  • Social Media Checks
  • SIU Program Policy
  • Premium Audits
  • Accident Scene Investigations
  • Life, Health & Disability Investigations
  • Background Checks
  • Subrogation Investigations
  • Inspections
  • Fire & Explosion Cause and Origin

Visit Redline Investigations at www.redlineinvestigations.com for more information.

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ABOUT US

B2R’s team of licensed architects, engineers, and contractors bring decades of experience providing building inspections, due diligence inspections, property condition assessments and reports, damage assessments, SB800 inspections, construction defect investigations, code analysis, and building expert consultation and testimony. Our many years of experience uniquely qualifies us to provide construction consulting, due diligence, and minimally invasive and cost-effective SB 326 and SB 721 inspections and reports. Our services are always performed in an ethical, unbiased, and confidential manner to serve the best interest of our clients.

B2R offers construction consulting services across many states, with offices in Southern California, Northern California, Arizona and Florida. We also provide SB 326 and SB 721 inspection services throughout California. B2R’s due diligence and private investigation services are provided nationwide.

LATEST NEWS FROM B2R

November 12, 2020

Please join us in congratulating the following winners of the 20th Annual SDDL Golf Tournament benefiting JDRF:

1st place – score: 58

Jonathan Paul
Derek Paradis
Reno Harnish
Mike Fox

2nd place – score: 59 (Had birdie on the 3rd handicap hole)

Ben Cramer
Andrew Cate
Niamh Stirle
Mike Mertens

 3rd place – score 59 (Had par on the 3rd handicap hole)

Peterson Reporting Foursome

Longest Drive: Patrick Haase

Stay safe and we hope to see everyone next year!

October 18, 2020

B2R Consulting Group (B2R) is pleased to announce the addition of Redline Investigations (Redline) to our group of companies.

Redline adds over three decades of investigative work experience to B2R’s extensive history of forensic construction consulting. Redline’s investigators have performed AOE/COE Investigations; Accident Scene Investigations; Surveillance and Activity Checks; Life, Health and Disability Investigations; Witness Interviews; Background Checks; Social Media Checks; Subrogation Investigations; SIU Program; Policy Inspections; Premium Audits; and Fire and Explosion Cause and Origin.

Redline has established, long term relationships with a wide range of clients. Their collaborative approach to problem solving guarantees results oriented investigations in a cost-effective manner.

B2R’s services are always performed in an ethical, unbiased, and confidential manner to serve the best interest of our clients. With offices in Southern CA, Northern CA, Arizona, and Florida, and an ever-growing team of professionals, B2R is excited to share our expanding capabilities with our clients.

September 25, 2020

B2R Consulting Group (B2R) is pleased to announce the addition of Baucom Consulting Inc. (BCI) to our group of companies.

BCI adds over two decades of Due Diligence/Property Condition Assessment experience to B2R’s extensive history of forensic construction consulting.  BCI’s team of engineers and architects compliments B2R’s stable of industry leading forensic experts. BCI professionals have performed property condition assessments, seismic risk assessments, construction plan and cost reviews, construction draw reviews, and project management services for property owners, lenders, and investors throughout the United States.

Property condition assessments (PCAs) provide commercial real estate buyers and lenders with objective opinions on the conditions of major components, costs to cure current deficiencies, and future replacement estimates.  Property sellers benefit by providing potential buyers with an independent opinion on costs to reduce uncertainty and increase value.

Construction plan and cost reviews and draw reviews enable construction lenders to confidently originate construction loans and disburse funds while maintaining sufficient debt coverage.  Institutional clients have relied on BCI architects and engineers as their owner’s representative to oversee design, bidding, and construction on projects of various sizes and scopes.

Properties assessed include small freestanding buildings, multifamily complexes, regional malls, high rise office, parking structures, warehouse buildings, hospitality and resorts properties, and various specialized facilities.

Complete, accurate and thorough due diligence is essential to making sound real estate lending and investment decisions.  With offices in Southern CA, Northern CA, Arizona and Florida, and an ever-growing team of professionals, we are excited to share our expanding capabilities with our clients.

 

May 5, 2020

B2R is hosting CACM’s virtual bingo fiesta!

Get all the details on the event by visiting: https://cacm.org/events/cincodemayobingo/ 

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March 11 – 13, 2020

B2R at Southern California CACM Law Seminar

B2R will be exhibiting @CACMchat #SCLSE20, the largest gathering of community management professionals in California! Visit us at booth #113 in the Hall of Fame Expo Hall and enter to win one of two DRONES.

Get all the details on the event by visiting  http://bit.ly/SCLSE20event

#SB326 #deckinspections

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February 5 – 7, 2020

B2R at Northern California CACM Law Seminar

B2R enjoyed the CACM Law Seminar and Expo in Santa Clara in early February. Looking forward to Anaheim in March. #NCLSE20

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August 17, 2020

B2R Continues to Grow

B2R Consulting Group (B2R) has joined forces with the team at Baucom Consulting, Inc. (BCI), significantly expanding their combined scope of services.  The team at B2R consists of knowledgeable and experienced general contractors, cost estimators, architects, and engineers.

We have established offices in Southern and Northern California, Florida, and are looking to add offices in Nevada and Arizona.  We are currently servicing client needs across the country offering a wide array of services including Construction Consulting, Defect Investigation, Forensic Architecture, Expert Testimony, SB 800 Services, Contract Review, Code Analysis, Project Management, 1st  Party Property Loss, 3rd  Party Liability, Reconstruction, Design Services, SB 326 and SB 721 Deck Inspections, Due Diligence, Property Condition Assessments, Seismic Risk Assessments, Environmental Services, Construction Cost Analysis, and Construction Progress Monitoring.

For more information, please contact us.

CONTACT US

Email info@b2rconsultinggroup.com
Call us at 714.744.6100

CORPORATE OFFICE
1740 West Katella Avenue
Suite L
Orange, CA 92867

ROSEVILLE OFFICE
3007 Douglas Boulevard
Suite 175
Roseville, CA 95661

FLORIDA OFFICE
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Orlando, FL 32835

ARIZONA OFFICE
3930 East Ray Road
Suite 260
Phoenix, AZ 85044

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