All Hazard Condition Assessments

The principals and staff of Building Technology Incorporated have an excellent track record in design, building condition assessment and rehabilitation, and historic preservation. BTI also provides related professional services such as economic and life cycle cost analyses, construction reviews, and expert witness testimony.


BTI regularly conducts comprehensive building surveys for condominium associations, cooperatives, and commercial real estate companies to establish the current condition and life expectancy of building elements and systems; building maintenance requirements and schedules; and life cycle maintenance, repair, and replacement costs. These surveys serve a number of purposes, including use in settlement instruments, short- and long-range budgeting, replacement reserve schedules, and operations and management plans. BTI often provides direct technical and project management services related to rehabilitation, maintenance and repair of the buildings it examines.

BTI clients include many building owners in the Washington, D.C., area. Among them are:

ACLU Building, Alexandria Knolls West, Allen Pond, Annapolis Office Park, Avondale Cooperative Apartments, The Balmoral, Barclay House, 1803 Biltmore Street, 1832 Biltmore Corporation, Briarwood Apartments, Cardinal House, Cathedral Park, Cathedral Park West, 8001 Cessna Avenue Offices and Warehouse, Chalfonte Apartments, Church Street, City Commons, Clifton Terrace, The Colonnade, Columbia Plaza Condominium, 1669 Columbia Road, 4707 Connecticut Avenue, 8101 Connecticut Avenue, Connecticut Avenue Club Hotel and Restaurant, Crystal Gateway Condominium, Delta Towers Apartment, Dent Place, The Dresden, Duncan/Dewitt Apartments, Dupont Park Apartments, East End Condominium, Edsall Terrace, The Elizabeth, The Essex, FBI Academy, Falkland Apartments, The Farnsboro Condominium, Forest Park Apartments, 8708 First Avenue Parking Facility, Foxhall, Galveston Street Apartments, Georgetown North, Greenfields at Brandermill, Grosvenor Park I Condominium, Grosvenor Park II Condominium, Gulf-Reston Commercial Properties, Holly Hill Condominium, Hunters Crossing, Huntley Square Condominium, Kenesaw Cooperative Association, Kenwood Condominium, Kenwood Forest II, Lake Side Terrace Office Building, 1776 and 1778 Lanier Place, 1726 M Street Office Building, 2710 Macomb Street, Manor Country Club, Market Square East, The Marlyn, Mayflower Square II, McLean Chase Condominium, Miramont Villas, Montgomery Village, Mount Vernon Lakes, Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 13321 New Hampshire Office Building, 801 North Capital Office Building, 1800 North Kent Street Office Building, 4620 North Park Avenue, Northbrook I, Oak Tree Plaza, 7979 Old Georgetown Road Office Building, 6342 Old Town Court, The Olympus, Palazzo Condominium, Palisade Gardens, Park Overlook Homeowners Association, Park West, The Parker House, 9316 Piney Branch Road, Pineway Towers Condominium, Plaza West, Prudential Building, Port Royal Condominium, 2500 Q Street, 2800 Quebec, Riggs Hill Condominium, Rock Creek Commons, The Southern Building Office Building, Stonebridge Condominium, Tanglewood, Thayer Towers Condominium, The Towers in Westchester Park, Tuckerman Station Condominium, Tuckerman Station Home Owners Association, Tyler-Polk Office Building, Tysons Corner Sheraton, Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, Uplands Terrace, V Street Warehouse, The Van Ness, Van Ness Cooperative, Van Ness East, The Warwick, 3 Washington Circle, Watkins Mill Homeowners Association, West Spring, Westlake Park, Whiskey Bottom Square, White Oak Professional Park, The Willoughby of Chevy Chase, Windmill Square, 2828 Wisconsin Avenue, The Wisconsin, Wisconsin Office Park; The Woodley, The Woodley Park Towers, The Woodward, and Yorkville Cooperative.

BTI has authored major publications on building inspection and condition assessment for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The first two, Structural Assessment Guideline and Guideline for Residential Building Systems Inspection, have recently been reprinted for private sector sales. The third, One and Two Family Dwelling Inspection Guide, has been distributed for use to all HUD field offices and to model code organizations.


BTI is well known for its work in the field of historic preservation. Recent major projects are as follows:

Cost Analysis Study, Maintenance and Repair of Military Historic Structures. BTI, in joint venture with Schmuecker/Araoz Architects, is developing a computerized database and cost analysis model applicable to historic structures on military installations throughout the United States. The study covers all services (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps).

Historic Army Family Housing Study. BTI supplied technical assistance to the Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, for an in-depth study of historically significant Army family quarters. The project included a detailed inspection of approximately 2,000 housing units and a determination of the initial and long-term costs involved in their preservation. BTI developed the project scope of work, advised the Corps on contractor selection, and provided project oversight and review.

DARCOM Historic Survey. Under the direction of the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record (HABS/HAER) of the National Park Service, BTI completed the Army DARCOM survey, the largest single historic inventory and documentation project ever undertaken in the United States. This four-year project involved the inventory of over 40,000 buildings at 70 Army Materiel Command (formerly DARCOM) installations throughout the country and the preparation of a 60-volume set of historic property reports. In addition, BTI and its subcontractors prepared detailed graphic, written, and photographic HABS/HAER documentation for the historic Rock Island and Watervliet Arsenals in Illinois and New York, the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Tennessee, and the V-2 Rocket Facilities and Trinity Site at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. This documentation now is being used by the Army to fulfill its responsibilities under the National Historic Preservation Act and resides in the HABS/HAER collections at the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

Historic World War II Sites in Alaska. Under a subcontract to the Envirosphere Company of New York, BTI provided the architectural expertise for a definitive study of historic Alaskan World War II sites. Involving on-site investigations in the Aleutian Islands and a considerable amount of historical research, the Envirosphere study will form the basis of a comprehensive management plan for the Alaska World War II cleanup.

Fort Lewis and Vancouver Barracks Survey. Under a contract with Fort Lewis, BTI completed an historic inventory of Fort Lewis and Vancouver Barracks in the state of Washington. Work included the preparation of a historic properties report and two National Register district nominations.


BTI has been the architect for large and complex building projects, which involved the work of many design professionals and other building specialists:

Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District. Under a contract to the Kansas City District, BTI provided architectural services for the design and construction of a 616-man Unaccompanied Officers' Quarters. Architectural services included the preparation of complete plans and specifications as well as overall construction administration. Bid below the construction cost estimate, the $14.5 million project was completed in 1987. BTI originally prepared performance-type design and procurement documents for this project.

Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Imperial Government of Iran. Through an affiliated company, BTI provided complete architectural services, including design, plans and specifications, quantity takeoffs, cost analysis and site supervision, for the Building Housing Research Center in Tehran. The project consisted of several laboratories, an administration and exhibition building, a concrete casting yard, and other facilities.

BTI provides space planning and architectural services for commercial and retail facilities. The firm developed construction documents and details for Sutton Place Gourmet, Inc., a large gourmet supermarket and restaurant in Alexandria, VA. In addition, BTI has designed several stores for Mail Boxes, Etc. USA and I Can't Believe Its Yogurt, Inc. Medical offices have been completed for Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, the Osteoporosis Assessment Center, and Four Corners Foot Health Center.

BTI principals have played key roles in the design and execution of many other architectural projects including:

  • American Society for Metals headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Apartment houses for Aloni, Strauss, & Levin in Haifa, Israel
  • Avon High School in Avon, Connecticut
  • Building system for the Montreal school system in Montreal, Quebec
  • Central National Bank Headquarters Tower (interiors) in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Clevite Corporation manufacturing facility in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dormitories for Case-Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dormitory for Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio
  • East Liverpool Elementary School in East Liverpool, Ohio
  • Erie County National Bank in Vermillion, Ohio
  • Farmington Woods Condominium in Farmington, Connecticut
  • 500-apartment project in Rehovot, Israel
  • General Analine and Film Corporation (interiors) in New York, New York
  • Housing for the Israel Navy in Haifa
  • NASA Research Laboratory at Case-Western Reserve University
  • National Steel Corporation regional offices (interiors), Pittsburgh
  • Planned Unit Development in Perkiomen, Pennsylvania
  • Scripts Howard Television Station in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Severance Mall Shopping Center in Cleveland, Ohio
  • The Greens Condominium in Branford, Connecticut
  • The Hanna Mining Company headquarters (interiors) in Cleveland, Ohio
  • The Point Condominiums in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Urban Farms Planned Community in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
  • Villas for Carmel, Dux, and Karaban in Haifa
  • Villa for Segal in Hadera, Israel


Working for the Resolution Trust Corporation, financial institutions, and other interests, BTI conducts pre-bid reviews of construction documents, life cycle cost analyses, and field progress inspections. In addition, BTI principals serve as expert witnesses and provide support services for the review of public and private offerings.

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