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What is the Joint Commission Survey for Health Care Organizations? A Primer for Facility Directors

Posted by Debra Andrews on 6/20/17 1:50 PM

Because of a misconception that The Joint Commission’s survey only focuses on healthcare and medicine, hospitals often miss the environment of care and life safety standards included in the survey. Here’s a helpful summary of the survey to ensure your facilities director is ready to help you pass all the standards—not just the most widely known. If you’d like more information, you can also download our free The Joint Commission Survey Summary Tip Sheet.

Joint Commission Survey Summary Tip Sheet

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Topics: Joint Commission Survey, JCAHO, Healthcare Facilities

Score Big with Your Capital Plan

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 6/6/17 10:18 AM

Buildings need continual repair and maintenance. But you can’t play favorites. How do you determine which building(s) in your portfolio receive the time, attention, and dollars that they deserve (and need)?

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Topics: Capital Planning, planned capital programs, capital projects, facility condition assessments, facilities master plan

The 8 Top ADA Violations And How To Avoid Them

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 3/21/17 5:20 PM

American with Disabilities Act (ADA) litigation is on the rise. Accessibility lawsuits stemming from the ADA, as well as state and local accessibility laws and statutes, are on the rise nationally. Serial plaintiffs are finding more ways to create a backlog of accessibility lawsuits across the nation. It’s not uncommon for one plaintiff to be responsible for hundreds of "drive-by lawsuits."

But what can you do about avoiding ADA lawsuits?

Two things: be proactive, and know what to watch for.

Below are the 8 areas with the most common barriers that EMG documents during ADA/Accessibility Assessments.

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Topics: ADA, Accessibility Compliance, Retail ADA Requirements, Accessibility Assessments, ADA Compliance, ada violations, ADA Assessments, ADA Consulting

Need Project Management Help in 2017? We're Listening

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 2/23/17 6:16 PM

As you evaluate your project load, we invite you to consider your options. From A to Z (ADA to Zoning) and everything in between, we'll provide insight on the best way to manage your real estate transactions. Project assistance includes guiding you from acquisition to disposition. We're here to help.

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Topics: ASTM, Real Estate Life Cycle, Project Management, ALTA Survey, Phase I ESA

5 Tips: ALTA Surveys and Table A Items

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 2/23/17 2:57 PM

From Acquisition to Disposition, the real estate due diligence process has a lot of moving parts. Add in an ALTA Survey and a few Table A Items and you've possibly stirred up some confusion. 

Utilities, Wetlands, Easements, Encroachments, and Setbacks. Oh My!

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Topics: ALTA Survey, ALTA Optional Table A Item 11, 2016 ALTA/NSPS Standards, ALTA Table A

ALTA Surveys | Utilities

Posted by Burk Cornelius, PLS on 7/20/16 11:00 AM

Since the adoption of the 2016 ALTA/NSPS Minimum Standard Detail Requirements, one of the most confusing changes is Optional Table A Item 11. I will try to clarify some of the more common misconceptions on this issue. Most clients want / need some aspect of utilities to be shown on a survey.

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Topics: ALTA Survey, ALTA Surveys Utilities, ALTA Optional Table A Item 11, 2016 ALTA/NSPS Standards, ALTA Table A

ALTA Surveys: Wetlands

Posted by Burk Cornelius, PLS on 7/12/16 7:30 AM

The 2011 ALTA/ACSM Minimum Standard Detail Requirements wetlands are
addressed in Table A Item 19. It read as follows:

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Topics: Smith-Roberts National, ALTA Survey, 2016 ALTA/NSPS Standards

ALTA Surveys: Appurtenant Easements

Posted by Burk Cornelius, PLS on 6/28/16 12:58 PM

Some of the changes to the 2016 ALTA/NSPS Minimum Standard Detail Requirements served as clarification to the previous (2011) Standards. Some unfortunately, caused more questions. Although, that might just be attributed to things changing after we had been used to it being a certain way for years.

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Topics: Appurtenant Easements, ALTA Survey, 2016 ALTA/NSPS Standards

HUD Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP) Guide

Posted by Kimble Holden on 4/1/16 8:30 AM

In January 2016 the HUD Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP) Guide was revamped with a refocus on HUD's dedication to affordable housing and energy reduction.

Our HUD team works closely with Lenders to provide Phase I ESAs with 4128 forms, Capital Needs Assessments (CNAs), and Architectural Engineering and Cost Reviews per the MAP Guides for HUD Approved Lenders.

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Topics: HUD, AEC, CNA, HUD MAP Guide, Phase I ESA

Due Diligence 101: Property Condition Assessments

Posted by Greg Bailey on 7/28/14 2:22 PM
What is a Property Condition Assessment?

Pop Quiz:  If houses get home inspections, what do commercial properties get?
The answer:  Property Condition Assessments – or PCAs, as they are commonly called.
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Topics: Property Condition Assessment, 101

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