FORENSIC ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES
MUSSER: ARCHITECTS, INC. performs a wide variety of forensic
architectural services for Owners of existing buildings. These services
typically involve listening to complaints about the building, analyzing
the probable causes of the complaint (which may involve some disassembly
of the structure or building component in question), and developing a
A high percentage of complaints are due to water intrusion through
roofs, walls, and windows. Our experience with a wide variety of
building types has exposed us to a myriad of poorly designed and
inadequately executed details.
In buildings of an older vintage, we also are often dealing with the
results of neglected long-term maintenance. The challenge is to employ
details that correct the deficiencies while minimizing the intrusion
into the rest of the building.
We are often faced with replacement of significant portions of the
existing structural frame due to age or inadequacy relative to the
Key components of a successful solution for us are economical
sustainability and enhancement of the aesthetic presentation of the
Reconstruction design requires that we combine our technical abilities
with the Owner’s vision for their property. The success of the final
result is determined by how effectively we have rendered that vision and
solved the technical problems while respecting the budget.