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6/3/19 Construction Administration Phase

posted by Jen

Once the J. Hershey Building Consultants team makes recommendations to our client on what the issues are and how to repair them, we then assist the Association with the preparation of bid repair documents as needed for bidding and permitting.  We offer coordination and preparation of these documents for all site and building related issues.

After bidding is complete and a contractor has been hired we perform construction monitoring on behalf of the Association to observe that work is being performed in accordance with the contract.  Our site visits are followed up with easy to read written reports and color photographs so our clients know how the repair work is progressing.

The replacement of the roofing for the Association shown below will first begin with the removal of the air conditioning units.   This Association consists of (1) 3-story building containing (24) units.  Replacement of the roofing shall begin next week and is anticipated to last three weeks.

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05/16/19 Reserve Study Florida

posted by Jen

Our team is on-site this week in a suburb of Orlando, Florida performing a Reserve Study site visit for a large scale 55+ community.  This Association consists of (938) single-family homes and the Association is responsible for maintaining:

  1. Clubhouse including an indoor tennis court, stage, exercise room, library, kitchen, billiard room, craft room and meeting rooms
  2. Indoor and outdoor pools
  3. Craftsman barn
  4. (6) Tennis courts
  5. (8) Shuffleboard courts
  6. (4) Bocce ball courts
  7. (6) Horseshoe pits
  8. RV parking lot
  9. (5) Lakes
  10. All streets and common area lighting and landscaping
  11. Indoor pool and related components
  12. Outdoor pool and related components
  13. Craftsman barn

We have the expertise to provide comprehensive Reserve & Transition Studies for any sized Association and because we are regularly involved in many building repairs we have accurate information on construction costs for all types of components and building systems.

Give us a call today at 844-543-7743 or email Jen at jk@jhersheygroup.com to request a proposal.

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05/10/19 Transition Study in PA

posted by Jen

We are on-site today at this beautiful condominium association just west of Philadelphia performing a Transition Study site visit.  This 55+ community has recently transitioned over from the developer and consists of (64) units in (2) 4-story buildings.  These buildings contain underground parking, a fitness center, library and solarium! Contact us today at 844-543-7743 or click here to fill out our online Reserve/Transition Study Request Form. With budget season right around the corner, now is the time to complete your Reserve or Transition Study so you have an accurate and detailed capital improvement plan moving forward.

 

 

 

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050119_Project Management

posted by Jen

J. Hershey Building Consultants regularly provides complete project management for our Community Association clients including the initial property evaluation, design of drawings and specifications, assistance with bidding and construction monitoring. It is our goal to simplify the lives of the property managers we work with everyday by being their “go-to” firm!  Give us a call today at 844-543-7743 to discuss your project.   Below is an example of a current project!

Construction has wrapped on the balcony repair and railing replacement project for the Association shown below. Our team has been involved from the start providing all phases.   This Association consists of (152) units in (6) 3-story buildings.

 

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04/25/19 April’s Blue Print

posted by Jen

The April issue of The Blue Print is now available to read by clicking here!  This month’s newsletter unveils a brand new section titled “J. Hershey Media” where we will keep you updated on articles, podcasts and videos we have created.  We also talk about several J. Hershey Building Consultant projects currently in progress for our community association clients in three different states!  Along with community association projects in Illinois, Michigan and Florida we also have active projects in Pennsylvania and Ohio!  As we celebrate our 10th Anniversary in May our success would not be possible without our clients, business partners, friends and family.

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04/10/19 Spring Projects

posted by Jen

Spring has sprung and the J. Hershey Building Consultants team is busy providing Project Management services for several large community association projects!  Project Management services include:

  • Providing construction monitoring to include in-progress site visits to review the construction status.  Site visits are followed with a written report that outlines the construction work performed, schedules, payment applications as requested, and issues that may arise.  We also provide contract administration to include answering questions generated from the Association, property management and contractors.

When you hire J. Hershey Building Consultants to provide all phases of work from the initial evaluation through project management this is the type of service you can expect….

“Initially we hired J. Hershey to determine the scope of work for our re-roofing project and write the specifications.  Your work was done in a timely manner and well detailed.  The bidding phase went smoothly, and your firm fielded various bidders’ questions in a disciplined manner.  Also, your bid summary was comprehensive and assisted us in selecting a contractor. The construction went smoothly and finished on time.  Your firm performed timely site visits to verify workmanship, etc… and periodic payout requests were handled in a timely manner.  All in all, we highly recommend your services.”
Property Manager
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The images below show various community association projects where we are currently providing Project Management services.  Please reach out to us today at 844-543-7743 or jk@jhersheygroup.com to discuss your upcoming project needs!

Facade Repair Project

Balcony Railing Replacement Project
The top floor balcony shows the original railings and the lower balcony railings have been replaced

Roofing contractors are measuring for new custom metal flashing

 

 

 

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04/03/19 Who is performing YOUR Reserve Study?

posted by Jen

Do you know the qualifications of the person performing your Association’s Reserve or Transition Study?

Is the person who is visiting the property a licensed professional or are they an unlicensed employee who may or may not have a college degree in architecture or engineering?

Does the licensed professional produce bid repair documents or provide construction monitoring of capital improvements for multi-family properties or is their experience restricted to the preparation of Reserve Studies?  We consider it to be beneficial for a professional who is preparing your Reserve Study to have experience with building design as well as involvement in the building construction process.

When you hire J. Hershey Building Consultants, your Study may likely performed by the President of our company, John Hershey.  With over 30 years of experience, John is a Reserve Specialist, Licensed Architect, CAI Educated Business Partner and a member of the CAI National Business Partner Council.  John is regularly contacted by Property Managers and Property Management companies to solve complex issues that arise at Community Associations.

Click here for our easy-to-use online Reserve/Transition Study Request Form.  Below are examples of a recent Reserve Study and Transition Study completed by our team!

RESERVE STUDY
The Association shown below is responsible for maintaining the exterior of (63) ranch-style homes along with a pond, gazebo, lighting and landscaping.

TRANSITION STUDY
The Association shown below maintains the exterior of (27) units in (9) 2-story buildings along with mailbox kiosks, streets, sidewalks, lighting and landscaping.

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03/18/19 “What’s the Diagnosis…Leak Investigation”

posted by Jen

J. Hershey Building Consultants is a proud member of Community Associations Institute Chapters in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida.  Recently, our President, John Hershey, had an article published in the CAI South Gulf Coast Community Voice Magazine!  “What’s the Diagnosis…Leak Investigation” focuses on one of the most common and frustrating issues property mangers and community associations face…water leaks! Please click here to view the article which begins on page 10.

As a CAI Educated Business Partner and a designated Reserve Specialist, John regularly travels to events throughout the country, guest speaking, networking and building relationships with property managers, association board members and business partners.  Please reach out to John today at jmh@jhersheygroup.com to discuss any upcoming speaking engagements or article needs for your company or publication!

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03/11/19 Building Evaluation

posted by Jen

In 2015, we performed an evaluation and provided drawings and specifications for a facade repair project at the Association shown below.  This Association is now ready to move forward with making the repairs.  Before we can issue the drawings for bidding we will perform a second building evaluation to determine if additional repair work is needed due to the amount of time that has passed.  We will then modify the drawings as necessary and prepare the bid packets.  To request a proposal for your building evaluation needs please contact Jen at jk@jhersheygroup.com or 844-543-7743!

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02/27/19 February Blue Print

posted by Jen

Our February issue of The Blue Print is hot off the press and ready for your viewing!  Click here to read a wonderful testimonial from a long time J. Hershey client and learn about current design and consulting projects in the works!

 

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02/20/19 Home Renovation

posted by Jen

The J. Hershey Architecture team is on-site today at this home in Chicago measuring the space to prepare drawings for the proposed addition and renovation! This home was built in 1896 and  renovations will include expanding and redesigning the second floor to accommodate two bedrooms and a larger second floor bathroom.  Are you considering a home renovation or addition this summer?  Now is the time to being the process so that you are ready to go when the ground (finally) thaws!  Give our expert architects a call today at 844-543-7743 for a proposal!

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02/08/19 Reserve & Transition Studies

posted by Jen

Do you know the difference between a Transition Study and a Reserve Study?  The main difference is that a Transition Study is typically done when the property has transitioned from the developer to the homeowners. Click here for a great article further explaining the difference from our friends at the law office of Kaman & Cusimano, LLC.   This week, the J. Hershey Building Consultants team is on-site in Columbus, Ohio, performing Transition & Reserve Study site visits at the properties shown below! Click here for our online Reserve Study Request Form to submit your proposal needs today!

In 2012 we completed a Reserve Study for the high-rise condominium association shown below in downtown Columbus.  In 2016 and again this week have performed an update to the existing Reserve Study.  Our Client had these wonderful words to say about working with the J. Hershey team:

“I have worked with John Hershey since 2012.  In 2012, we executed a nationwide search for a professional Reserve Study company to examine Miranova.  J. Hershey Architecture was selected as the company to complete the survey.  The work was stellar and put Miranova on the right path for fully funding the reserve account in addition to safety compliance, ADA compliance and deferred maintenance projects.  In 2016, Mr. Hershey completed a study update and verified that Miranova was indeed maintaining itself to industry standards.”
Kim Bock, Property Manager
Miranova Condominium Association, NAI Ohio Equities

This 4-story loft building contains (47) units and has recently transitioned over from the developer.  The association is responsible for maintaining the roofing, common area components including the lobby, hallways and elevator as well as common area mechanical spaces.

The association shown below contains (178) single family homes.  They are responsible for maintaining a playground, entrance monument, sidewalks and streets.

 

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01/29/19 January’s Blue Print

posted by Jen

Do you know the difference between a Transition Study and a Reserve Study?  Are you a CAI Business Partner that would like to earn the special designation of a CAI Educated Business Partner?  Answers to these questions and more including the scoop on an upcoming J. Hershey Architecture design project can be found by clicking here to read our January issue of The Blue Print!

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01/18/19 Structural Evaluation

posted by Jen

The J. Hershey Building Consultant team performed a Structural Evaluation this week at the building shown below.  This two-story building on the north side of Chicago was built in the 1920’s and contains (2) units.   Our Consultant was directed to evaluate the condition of the floor structure beneath the kitchen of the first floor unit for possible water damage.   Our site visit was followed by a written report detailing our findings complete with color photographs.   Property Managers regularly seek our expertise for recommendations on structural issues, determining the source of water infiltration into Units and performing building evaluations.  Please give us a call today at 844-543-7743 or email Jen at jk@jhersheygroup.com to request a proposal for a building evaluation at your Community Association!

 

 

 

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01/09/18 Winter Reserve Studies

posted by Jen

Happy New Year!  Community Associations should not let the cold weather or threat of winter deter them from having their Reserve Studies completed during the 1st Quarter!  Our President, John Hershey, is on-site today performing a Reserve Study site visit for a large HOA in northern Illinois.  This Association consists of 746 units including a combination of single-family homes, duplexes and townhouses.  Having a Reserve Study completed early in the year gives your Association the opportunity to get a head start on potential capital improvement projects or other repair needs as determined by the Study.  In the coming month, the J. Hershey Building Consultants team will be performing Reserve Study site visits in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Illinois! Click here to complete our easy-to-use Reserve Study Request Form or email Jen at jk@jhersheygroup.com to request a sample report for review.  Our Level 1 Reserve Studies are always completed by a Licensed Professional with Reserve Specialist credentials!

 

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12/18/18 December’s Blue Print

posted by Jen

Happy Holidays!  Our December issue of The Blue Print is one of our most important issues because it is where we thank you…the clients, friends and business partners who have helped make the J. Hershey Group a success! Click here to see how we give thanks and highlight upcoming events where you can find the team throughout 2019!

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12/03/18 – Roof Maintenance

posted by Jen

The Association shown below has hired us to prepare drawings and specifications for the replacement of the roofing at (2) of their (5) 3-story buildings.  During a recent site visit to observe the current conditions of the roofing and perform field measurements for the drawings and specifications a large amount of water was found to be ponding on the roofs.  This ponding was caused by leaves and debris clogging the drainage system.  A great reminder this time of year, would be to have your Community Association maintenance representative review the condition of your flat roofing for ponding to reduce the risk of water infiltration into the building.  Give us a call today at 844-543-7743 to discuss your upcoming 2019 capital improvement project needs.

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11/29/18 November’s Blue Print

posted by Jen

Along with two exciting announcements regarding our President, John Hershey, this month’s issue of the Blue Print gives readers a snapshot of the various types of community association projects the J. Hershey team works on throughout a single month.  No two projects are the same!  This issue also features a list of community association events throughout 2019 where you can stop by to say hello and network with our team!

 

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11/12/18 Water Infiltration

posted by Jen

The J. Hershey Group of companies and its team members have an extensive knowledge of residential and commercial design, engineering and construction.  This allows us to provide our property management clients with a full range of services that many others do not offer. We offer this range of services to help simplify the efforts associated with the daily responsibilities of property managers.  Last week, we performed a site visit to determine the source of water infiltration into the first floor of condominium unit in Chicago, Illinois. Our site visit was followed by a written report detailing our findings complete with color photographs and an estimated cost of the proposed repair work.  Residential property managers regularly seek out our President, John Hershey, for his expertise in resolving water infiltration issues.  Click here to read an article on water infiltration written by John and published in the CAI Illinois Common Interest magazine!

 

 

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11/07/18 Roofing Evaluation

posted by Jen

J. Hershey Building Consultants recently performed an evaluation of the flat roofing on (3) 4-story buildings, as shown below, for a community association in northern Illinois.  The purpose of the evaluation was to determine the remaining useful life of the roofing.  We have the capability to perform evaluations on every site and building component issue that may be found on an community association’s property. We perform evaluations related to site drainage, erosion, building settlement, structural cracks, underground parking garages, wall cladding, wood balconies, steel and concrete balconies, flat roofing, sloped roofing and flashings, ice damming, attic ventilation, water leaks and infiltration.  Give Jen a call today at 844-543-7743 or jk@jhersheygroup.com to discuss your building evaluation needs!

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10/04/18 Construction Administration

posted by Jen

The J. Hershey Building Consultant team is currently providing Construction Administration services for several projects.  Examples of these projects include a roofing replacement of (5) 2-story buildings containing (25) units and a masonry repair project for (12) single-story buildings containing (79) units.  Our services during this phase include in-progress site visits to review the construction status.  Each site visit will be followed with a written report that outlines the construction work performed, schedules, payment applications as requested, and issues that may arise. The J. Hershey Building Consultant will also provide contract administration to include answering questions generated from the Association, property management and contractors.  If your Association is considering taking on a capital improvement project in the spring of 2019, now is the time to hire the architect/engineering firm to evaluate the project, create the drawings and specifications and prepare documents to bid the project during the winter!  Contact us today at 844-543-7743 to discuss.

ROOFING REPLACEMENT 

MASONRY REPAIR

 

 

 

 

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09/17/18 Exciting News!

posted by Jen

We are pleased to announce that effectively immediately, John Hershey, President of J. Hershey Building Consultants, has been asked to serve as a Board Member on the Community Associations Institute (CAI) National Business Partners Council.  According to CAI, “The Business Partners Council represents product and services providers and professionals. The Council is made up of twelve members, with at least one person who is one of the following: Accountant, Attorney, Banker, Insurance Professional, Information Technology Professional, and Reserve Specialist. The Council provides input on policy matters to the CAI Board of Trustees, and serves as a key resource to staff”.   John is a member of nine Community Associations Institute Chapters and regularly travels to CAI events throughout the country, guest speaking, networking and building relationships with property managers, association board members and business partners.

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09/14/18 Window Replacements

posted by Jen

J. Hershey Building Consultants visited the Association shown below to determine if windows replaced by a Unit Owner were installed according to the specifications we prepared.  Our site visit will be followed with a written report complete with photographs, detailing our findings.

We regularly perform site visits to Community Associations to determine if the work performed by a Contractor was in accordance to their contract with the Association.  We understand that Community Associations are always looking to save money, however, we have found that when our company is hired from the beginning to assist with specifications, bidding and construction oversight, our involvement could not only save the property manager’s valuable time but also save the Association money that would offset our fees.

Please give Jen a call today at 844-543-7743 or jk@jhersheygroup.com to discuss your upcoming capital improvement project!

 

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08/29/18 Late Summer Reserve Studies

posted by Jen

J. Hershey Building Consultants are on-site today in Media, Pennsylvania, performing a Reserve Study for the Association show below.  These newly constructed buildings consist of (26) 3-story town-homes. The Association is responsible for maintaining the exterior of the buildings, rear parking spaces, site lighting and common area landscaping.  This Association is within walking distance to downtown Media and many of the units feature elevators!

With budget season in full swing there is still plenty of time for community associations to request and receive a Reserve Study proposal!  Lock in 2018 prices by having the Reserve Study approved at your 4th Quarter Board Meeting.  Give Jen at call at 844-543-7743 or jk@jhersheygroup.com to request a proposal.  You can also click here to fill out our easy-to-use online Reserve Study Request Form.

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08/27/18 August Blue Print

posted by Jen

Our August issue of The Blue Print features up-to-date information on current J. Hershey projects from a gutter analysis we will be performing in northern Ohio to the completion of a home renovation by our Design Build team in Libertyville.  We are also looking to hire a Licensed Architect or Engineer with Reserve Study experience, more information on how to apply can be found in the J. Hershey Happenings section!

The Blue Print by J. Hershey, August 2018

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08/13/18 Professional with Reserve Study experience wanted!

posted by Jen

We are looking for a Licensed Architect or Licensed Engineer with Reserve Study experience to join our J. Hershey Building Consultant’s team!  This person can be licensed in any state and will have the opportunity to work on multiple projects within a short period of time.  Experience with production drawings and construction management is desired but is not a requirement and this person may work remotely from home or from one of our four office locations.  To apply please send resume and cover letter to John Hershey at jmh@jhersheygroup.com!

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07/25/18 July Newsletter!

posted by Jen

The J. Hershey Building Consultants team has been busy in recent weeks working on projects in multiple states from Illinois to Ohio, over to Pennsylvania and down to Florida!  Click here to read our July issue of The Blue Print which highlights these community association projects along with beautiful images of the home the J. Hershey Design Build team recently completed in Libertyville, Illinois.

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05/23/18 – May’s issue of The Blue Print

posted by Jen

The J. Hershey team had a great time networking at the CAI National Conference and Trade Show earlier this month!  Click here to read the May issue of The Blue Print which include a recap of the National Conference, updates on current community association projects, in-progress pictures of J. Hershey Design Build home renovations and much more!  As always, for all your consulting, design, construction and community association needs please do not hesitate to contact us at 844-543-7743 to discuss your project!

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05/15/18 Happy Anniversary

posted by Jen

The J. Hershey team is celebrating our 9th anniversary today!  Thanks to our amazing Clients, we are thrilled at the growth the company has experienced these past nine years including the addition of offices in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida as well as the introduction of J. Hershey Building Consultants and J. Hershey Design Build in 2017!  As always, it is our mission to be your “one-stop shop” helping to guide your design, consulting or construction project from start to finish.  Please contact us today at 844-543-7743 to discuss your upcoming project needs and thank you for being part of our journey!

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05/09/18 – Roof Replacement

posted by Jen

The J. Hershey Building Consultants team is preparing constructions drawings and specifications for the replacement of the roof shown in the images below. This Association consists of (1) 3-story building containing (24) units and is located in Westlake, Ohio, close to the shores of Lake Erie. Once the drawings are complete and approved by the Association we will assist with bidding and construction oversight for the duration of the project. It is not uncommon for J. Hershey Building Consultants to save our Clients time and money when they hire us to perform all four phases from initial evaluation through construction administration. It is our goal to be your “one-stop” shop guiding the project from start to finish.  Please give us a call today at 844-543-7743 or email Jen at jk@jhersheygroup.com to request a proposal!

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05/02/18 Capital Improvement Projects

posted by Jen

Now that spring has sprung, our team has been busy performing construction administration services for community association projects where drawings, specifications and bidding were completed with our assistance at the end of 2017. During construction we perform scheduled site visits to monitor the progress, assist with payout requests, answer questions on behalf of the board and prepare written reports for the association detailing the progress.

Current construction administration projects as shown below include the roof replacement of a 4-story, (36) unit building, the roof replacement of (25) 2-story town-home buildings and we just completed construction drawings for the balcony railing replacement of (152) units in (6) 3-story buildings. We are now moving into the Bid Phase of the balcony railing replacement project and will be meeting bidders on-site this week to review the specifications and answer any questions so they may prepare their proposals for the Board’s review!

Give us a call today at 844-543-7743 to discuss your capital improvement project needs.  It is not to late to begin construction this summer!

 

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04/25/18 April’s Blue Print

posted by Jen

From specific questions to ask your potential Reserve Study professional to images of in-progress J. Hershey Design Build projects our April issue of The Blue Print has something for everyone!  Click here to read and as always, feel free to give us a call at 844-543-7743 to discuss any of your project needs!

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04/23/18 Questions to ask your Reserve Study Professional

posted by Jen

Last week, J. Hershey Building Consultants performed a Reserve Study site visit at a vintage 4-story walk-up building in Evanston, Illinois, which contained a laundry room, package delivery room, storage lockers, an underground parking garage as well rear wooden stairs.  A Reserve Study site visit was also performed for a town-home association which consisted of (8) buildings containing (36) units.  Along with review of the exterior of each building the Association also maintains a pond, general landscaping and the street.

When hiring professionals to produce a Reserve Study it is important to ask detailed questions regarding the experience of the professionals…this should go beyond the standard…”Has the professional previously produced Reserve Studies for properties which are similar to our property”?

Some questions to consider may include:

·Is the person who is visiting the property a licensed professional or are they an unlicensed employee who may or may not have a college degree in architecture or engineering?

·Is the person who is visiting the property a licensed architect or a licensed engineer?  If they are a licensed engineer, then what type of engineering degree?  Examples may include, civil engineer, structural engineer, mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, etc.  A licensed architect is commonly very familiar with all aspects of building construction.  On the other hand, someone who is an electrical engineer is unlikely to have in depth knowledge of structural design.

·Does the licensed professional produce bid repair documents or provide construction monitoring of capital improvements for multi-family properties or is their experience restricted to the preparation of Reserve Studies?  We consider it to be beneficial for a professional who is preparing your Reserve Study to have experience with building design as well as involvement in the building construction process.

·Depending on the type of property, we recommend the Association give consideration to have multiple professionals involved in the preparation of a Reserve Study.  A town-home Association with no common mechanical systems for example may not significantly benefit from having multiple professionals involved.  However, a mid-rise or high-rise building with common mechanical, electrical, and fire protection systems may benefit from the individual expertise of multiple professionals, especially those who are familiar with current design practices when evaluating capital improvements.  One or more professionals to consider when evaluating a building with complex systems may include an architect, structural engineer, mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, and elevator consultant.  An architect or an architect and a mechanical engineer is generally recommended for complex building systems.

Below are some images from our visits last week.  To request a Reserve Study proposal please give Jen a call at 844-543-7743 or click here to fill out our easy-to-use online request form!

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04/18/18 – Facade Repairs

posted by Jen

In February, the Board of Directors for the Association shown below hired us to perform an evaluation of the facade on each of their buildings.  Based on our detailed written report, the Board has now hired us to prepare specifications for the facade repairs.  In March, this Association also hired us to perform an evaluation of the roofs.  Each of the (25) roofs was reviewed to determine their condition and a matrix was prepared listing roof repairs needed in order of importance.  This Association is located northern Illinois and consists of (79) units in (25) single-story buildings.  Give J. Hershey Building Consultants a call today at 844-543-7743 to discuss your capital improvement project needs!

 

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04/11/18 Dolce Organic Salon Grand Opening

posted by Jen

In 2017, The J. Hershey Architecture team designed the conversion of an existing 6,000 square foot medical office building into the Dolce Organic Salon, Med Spa and Salt Room.  On Sunday, May 6th, from 12:00pm-4:00pm they are having a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening at 18820 Bagley Road in Middleburg Heights, Ohio.  The Grand Opening will include tours, refreshments, discounts, entertainment and more!  Make sure you stop by and check out their amazing Salt Room.

To discuss the opportunity to design your commercial or residential space, give us a call at 844-543-7743!

 

 

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04/09/18 Reserve Studies in the Snow!?

posted by Jen

J. Hershey Building Consultants were on-site in Columbus, Ohio, to perform a Reserve Study on this chilly, snowy day!  This past weekend our Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania offices all saw several inches of snow…we all wish we were working out of the Orlando office this week!  This time of year it melts quickly and does not inhibit our ability to view the common elements the Association is responsible for maintaining.  This Association includes (35) units in (4) 2-story buildings with a separate fitness center.  The street is also maintained by the Association.  Give us a call today at 844-543-7742 to discuss your Reserve Study proposal needs.

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04/3/18 – Reserve Study Near Case Western Reserve University

posted by Jen

Last week, the J. Hershey Building Consultants team was on-site to perform a Reserve Study site visit for the Association shown below in Cleveland, Ohio.  This Association consists of (19) town-home style units in (5) 3-story buildings.  Along with a review of the building exteriors which include attached garages and 4th floor decks the Association is also responsible for maintaining mailbox kiosks, driveways and landscaping including fencing which you can see in the image below.  These high-end town-homes are located across the street from Case Western Reserve University and were recently built!  This Association will now have a detailed, professional, Reserve Study in place to help them accurately plan for the future.   To inquire about a Reserve Study proposal for your Association please click here for a link to our easy-to-use online request form or email Jen at jk@jhersheygroup.com.

View of the front of the buildings

View from the top floor decks

View of the attached garages at the rear of the buildings

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03/29/18 March Blue Print

posted by Jen

Happy Spring!  The J. Hershey March issue of The Blue Print is now available to read by clicking here!  This special issue announces the addition of two new members to our team.  Please join us in welcoming Krystal Balmes and Anne Yannarella!  Our March issues also features several community association projects the J. Hershey Building Consultants team is working on from the initial evaluation through the creation of specifications and drawings for repairs.  The J. Hershey Design Build team is busy wrapping up construction over the next month on three homes in the northern Illinois area.  Each Blue Print issue so far this year we have brought you a progress video from one of the homes in Libertyville, Illinois, and this issue features video #3.  As always, please feel free to contact us directly at 844-543-7743 to discuss any of your upcoming project needs!

 

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3/26/18 – Ohio Building Evaluation

posted by Jen

J. Hershey Building Consultants were on site today at the Association shown below in Wasdworth, Ohio, to perform an evaluation of the roofs, overhangs, gutters and downspouts. The Association includes (23) 2-story buildings containing (136) units. Upon completion of the site visit the Consultant will create a written report detailing their findings including color, captioned photographs and recommendations for repairs as necessary.

Once the Board reviews and approves the Written Report they have the opportunity to continue working with J. Hershey Building Consultants on the other phases of the project. Those phases include creating the drawings and specifications as necessary for any repairs, assistance during bidding and performing construction administration for the repairs once the Contractor has been hired.

It is not uncommon for J. Hershey Building Consultants to save our Clients time and money when they hire us to perform all four phases from initial evaluation through construction administration. It is our goal to be your “one-stop” shop guiding the project from start to finish.

Please give a call today at 844-543-7743 or email Jen at jk@jhersheygroup.com to discuss your upcoming project needs!

 
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03/22/18 J. Hershey Design Build – Home Renovation Update

posted by Jen

The J. Hershey Design Build home renovation in Libertyville, Illinois is progressing well!  The front porch as shown in the image below is being re-built using a composite railing system and the wood siding has been removed from the exterior and is being replaced with vinyl siding.  The roof line at the rear of the home has been raised and this area, as shown below, will become the new master bedroom, master bathroom and laundry area!  New windows are also going in this week throughout the entire home.  Click here to view a video of the progress!

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03/05/18 Libertyville Home Under Construction

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The kitchen is being framed out in the J. Hershey Design Build project shown below in Libertyville, Illinois.  This single-story home has been gutted from front to back and the new design includes a new master bedroom and bathroom, kitchen and living area.  Give Jen a call today at 847-549-5499 or email at jk@jhersheygroup.com to discuss your home renovation project!

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03/02/18 Water Infiltration Site Visit

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J. Hershey Building Consultants are on-site today performing a water infiltration evaluation at this high-rise building in the heart of Lincoln Park in Chicago!   Three units within this building are all experiencing a similar issue.

Property Managers regularly use J. Hershey Building Consultants as an expert source on solving water infiltration issues for community associations.  Our detailed, non-biased opinions, give Property Managers the steps necessary to correct the issues which other professionals and contractors are unable to solve.  We currently have a 100% track record in solving these issues and as always, if a J. Hershey staff member is unable to determine the source of your water infiltration problem there is no charge for our service!

Give Jen a call today at 844-543-7743 or jk@jhersheygroup.com to discuss project needs at your Association!

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02/28/18 February Blue Print

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The February issue of The Blue Print is now available to read.  This issue highlights happenings at each of our companies including the completion of a J. Hershey Architecture designed 6,000 square foot salon and spa in Middleburg Height, Ohio!  Our J. Hershey Building Consultants team has been busy performing reserve studies and building evaluations which has lead into the preparation of specifications and drawings for capital improvement repair projects scheduled for this spring and summer.  This issue also features progress updates on the four J. Hershey Design Build homes currently under construction throughout northern Illinois! Check out the link above and give us a call today at 844-543-7743 to discuss all your project needs!

 

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02/22/18 J. Hershey Happenings – Trade Shows and Lunch and Learns

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The J. Hershey team brought lunch to a northern Illinois property management firm this week and presented a seminar on Roof and Attic Issues within Community Associations.  This seminar was good for (1) CEU Credit for Property Managers with the CAM designation! We currently have (4) seminars approved by the Community Association Management International Certification Board (CAMICB), each one is worth (1) Continuing Education Unit.   Give Jen at call at 844-543-7743 or email jk@jhersheygroup.com to schedule a seminar at no cost to you!

 


 

This weekend we will be attending the Community Association of Illinois’ 36th Annual Condo-HOA Conference! Stop by our Booth #116 Friday or Saturday to learn more about the variety of services we can offer to Community Associations as well hear about our Lunch and Learn opportunities.  We look forwarding to see you!

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2/6/18 J. Hershey CEU Credit Approved Seminars

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J. Hershey Building Consultants offers 6 FREE seminars per quarter for Property Managers to get their CEUs.  Each course is held in YOUR office and is certified through CAMICB.  We’ve already held 5 sessions in 2018!  Contact Jen at 844.543.7743 or jk@jhersheygroup.com to schedule your session.  Below are images from recently completed CEU Seminars in Illinois and Ohio!

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01/31/18 January Blue Print

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Click HERE to read the January 2018 issue of The Blue Print!  J. Hershey is now comprised of three distinct companies, each of which is featured in this issue along with our new website and phone number!

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09/26/17 September Blue Print

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Our September issue of The Blue Print is ready for viewing! Do you know what sets J. Hershey Architecture apart from our competitors? Check out our “Association Projects” section below for some insight! This issue not only highlights our Association projects but also some great design projects our Team is currently working on.

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9/19/17 Association Budgets

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It is that time again where Community Association Boards and Property Managers begin to think about their budgets for next year.  A great article came out recently in the Chicago Tribune talking about the importance of making sure your yearly Association budget is done correctly. It is hard to have an accurate budget without a current Reserve Study! Email Jen today at jk@jhersheygroup.com to request a Reserve study Proposal or a Sample Report!

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9/7/17 Privacy Wall

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We are currently designing repairs to the stucco privacy wall for an Association as shown below in Pennsylvania. The wall stretches approximately 900 feet. Along with the privacy wall repairs we are also redesigning one of the drive entries to include reworking the ingress/egress, adding a “faux” gate house with electronic powered gates and re-configuring the road pavement.

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8/29/17 Roofs

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The low slope roof sections at the property shown below were recently re-roofed and unfortunately it now has more leaks than before. We were asked for our expert opinion to evaluate the cause of the current leaks. Note: Unfortunately, professional specifications and construction oversight were not performed prior to our involvement as is often the case.

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8/22/17 CEU Credits

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Are you a Property Manager needing CEU credits but do not have the time to travel somewhere for a class? What if we could bring the class to you? J. Hershey Architecture is certified by CAMICB to provide 1 CEU Credit for Property Managers on the topic of Water Infiltration or Reserve Studies. We can come to your office and present a one-hour Lunch and Learn, afternoon break, or breakfast seminar at a time that works for your entire Team at no cost to you! Pass this on to whoever in your office oversees scheduling office events and have them call 847-549-5900 or email Jen at jk@jhersheyarchitecture.com to schedule. It’s that easy!

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8/09/17 Caulk

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Caulk is a great product when used properly, but very often it’s use exacerbates the issue rather than correcting it. If you have water infiltration issues please give us a call before attempting to make the repairs.

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08/07/17 Chicago Water Storage Tank

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Due to recent failures of some aging rooftop water storage tanks on historic Chicago buildings, many Associations are choosing to have them removed if no longer in use. This past weekend we performed construction oversight for the removal of the water storage tank shown below. This particular building was built in 1921 and converted to residences in 2006, which means their water storage tank was almost 100 years old!

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7/26/17 July Blue Print

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Check out our July issue of the The Blue Print which features an update on John’s recent travels to our Orlando office and an upcoming speaking engagement with CAI Central Ohio! This issue also covers the wide variety of expert services we can offer property managers to simply their lives and be the one-stop firm for the needs of their Associations.

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7/20/17 Swimming Pool

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In this heat wave a pool is a wonderful amenity. Why not enclose it for use throughout the year. That is what this community Association in Pennsylvania would like to do. For a design consultation with one of our design professionals contact us at www.jhersheyarchitecture.com.

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7/14/17 Florida

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JHA staff had a fantastic time last night attending the CAI Central Florida Meet the Managers Event in Orlando! As a Business Partner we rotated the room every three minutes, networking in a “speed dating” format with Property Managers from over twenty different management companies!

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7/11/17 Erosion

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There is a right way and a wrong way to control erosion along the shoreline of a pond. We were informed this stonework was done only a year ago (probably at a significant cost) and it is already failing. How many problems can you see with this construction?

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7/6/17 Structural Issues

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Do you have a community association with structural issues resulting from poor drainage like the retaining wall in this photo? Have you hired multiple contractors over the years and still don’t have it solved? Send our President, John Hershey, an email at jmh@14.141.175.107 with your questions and let’s work together to solve your water related issues.

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7/4/17 Happy 4th of July

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Happy 4th of July from all of us at J. Hershey Architecture! Did you know that on July 13th JHA staff will be attending CAI Central Florida’s Meet the Managers Event? This sold-out, limited seating event gives business partners a chance to sit down and meet one-on-one with property managers in a “speed dating” format. As a member of multiple CAI Chapters we understand that successful relationships between business partners and management companies helps to ease the daily stress on managers by providing them with a reliable support system.

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6/26/17 June Blue Print Newsletter

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J. Hershey Architecture’s June issue of The Blue Print is now ready to view!  This issue includes updates on our association and design projects including an exciting commercial project in northeastern Ohio!

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6/19/17 Repair Projects

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Construction administration for repairs is a service we regularly provide for multi-family Associations. For each Association shown below, we first performed an initial evaluation of their balconies to determine the extent of renovations needed, then created the repair specifications and assisted with the bid process. Contractors were chosen for the repairs and we are now monitoring the work with weekly site visits followed by a comprehensive report detailing the progress. If your Association is in need of a repair/replacement project contact us today at 847.549.5900 for a proposal!

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6/16/17 Design Projects

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Our Residential and Commercial Design Team has been busy designing multiple projects! A snapshot of what they are currently working on includes:

1. Designing a 20’x20′ bonus room with a wet bar for a vacation home just a block away from the shores of Lake Geneva in Wisconsin.

2. Converting an existing 8,000 square foot medical office building into a salon and spa complete with multiple treatment rooms for facials, massages, manicures, pedicures, hair styling and more.

3. Designing a second-story master bathroom and closet addition above our Client’s existing garage and a first-floor deck off the existing family room to enhance their outdoor views.

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6/9/17 Habitat for Humanity

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We are honored to have had the opportunity to create the design drawings for these two Habitat for Humanity homes that will be breaking ground in North Chicago next weekend! J. Hershey Architecture has had a long-standing relationship with Habitat for Humanity Lake County and we would like to say congratulations to the the James and Lewis families as they begin a new chapter in their new homes!

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6/7/17 JHA Team Building Event

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JHA Staff members participated in an off-site team building event yesterday! Along with planning future company goals some fun was had including the “Marshmallow Challenge” as shown below. Teams had to create the tallest structure possible using only 20 pieces of spaghetti, 3′ of masking tape and a small piece of twine. Bill, Jen and Chris crushed John and Rob with the winning structure being over 27″ tall! Here is a link with more information on the “Marshmallow Challenge”! A great day was had by all.

https://www.tomwujec.com/design-proj…/marshmallow-challenge/

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6/5/17 Reserve Study Update

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Has your Community Association had a major capital improvement project completed since its last Reserve Study? We performed a Reserve Study update for this Association after the completion of a re-roofing project so their Reserve Schedule can be updated for greater accuracy. Give us a call for a proposal!

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6/1/17 Masonry Review

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If your property is 40 years old or greater it may need the masonry mortar joints re-pointed. We can prepare scope specifications for the mason so the new mortar closely matches the original unlike the work shown in these photos. Email Jen at jk@14.141.175.107 for a proposal!

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5/31/17 Property Evaluation

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The HOA shown below is newly constructed and has not been entirely transitioned over from the developer. We were asked by the Property Manager to evaluate drainage issues some Homeowners are experiencing in their backyards and provide our expert opinion and recommendations (as necessary) for corrective actions the developer should be taking. If your Association needs an expert building or property evaluation give us a call today!

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5/24/17 JHA Reserve Studies

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JHA staff was on-site this week in northern Ohio performing three separate Reserve Study site visits! Each site visit will be followed by an easy-to-read, property specific Report. This Report is an investment for your Association that will serve as a useful reference document for many years. To request a Reserve Study RFP please click the link below!

https://jhersheygroup.com/cons…/reserve-study-request/

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5/2/17 JHA’s May Blue Print

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Click here to view our May issue of The Blue Print where we feature a link to John’s recently published article on water infiltration as well as a snapshot into our current community association and residential design projects!

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5/19/17 Reserve Study Podcast

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J. Hershey Architecture’s President, John Hershey, was recently invited to sit down with Tony Campisi, Executive Director for the CAI Pennsylvania/Delaware Valley, for a Podcast on the importance of having a Reserve Study for your Condominium or Homeowner Association. You can listen to the Podcast by clicking here! Please visit our website at www.jhersheyarchitecture.com and click on “Reserve Study RFP” to request a Reserve Study proposal for your Association!

 

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Building Evaluations

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This month we will be performing both a Reserve Study and a Balcony Evaluation at the building shown here. JHA staff was on-site for a meeting with the Board to prep for the upcoming site visit!  Spring is the perfect time to schedule your building evaluations!