United Professional Engineering has worked to preserve and restore buildings throughout Palm Beach and Broward County for over 20 years. Through our Building Envelope Upkeep and Restoration experience, we have encountered and mitigated almost every possible design error or construction mistake. We understand how the different systems of a structure interact and we know the errors to avoid thus providing you with a long-lasting design!
Over the course of time, a building may experience wear and tear. This includes moisture intrusion, fire, insect activity or even foundation settlement. All of these factors threaten the longevity of your building structure. In order to protect your investment, ongoing maintenance and upkeep is crucial. At UPE, we offer advice and services ranging from evaluation and maintenance to complete restoration depending on your structural needs.
- Damage Investigation
- Structural Adequacy Assessment
- Repair Specifications
- Rehabilitation Design
- Historical Rehabilitation Design
- Foundation Studies
At UPE, we have worked to preserve and restore concrete structures for over 20 years. Our experience has made us one of the best in the industry. Our firm performs an investigation of the problem areas to provide a diagnosis and create effective solutions . Working with contractors, property managers and owners we are able to offer options to our clients to provide the highest quality concrete restoration services.
- Concrete Beam Repairs
- Concrete Column Repairs
- Conventionally Reinforced Concrete Slab Repairs
- Post-tensioned Concrete Slab Repairs
- Stucco Repairs
- Masonry Repairs
- Conventionally Reinforced
- Parking Structures
- Plaza Decks
- Residential Structures
As buildings deteriorate over time, It is sometimes necessary to add or restore structural capacity. At UPE, our Structural Engineers work to provide designs and cost effective solutions for Concrete, Masonry, Steel, and Wooden Structural Strengthening. Whether this is due to use changes, code changes, errors in design or construction, UPE has a diverse range of expertise to provide you with an effective solution!
What we check for:
- Additional Pre-stress
- Cracked or Broken Sections
- Excessive deformations
- Lateral Thrust
- Structural Stiffening
Post Tension Repairs
In place of rebar, some concrete structures utilize steel cables under extreme tension to support the structure. Often referred to as “PT,” Post Tensioned Concrete systems are typically used in concrete slabs that occupy large spans such as high-rise buildings and parking structures. When these cables are compromised, they may fail in catastrophic fashion. UPE possesses the personnel to assess PT deficiencies and design for methods of repair. Our systematic approach and advanced testing methods, such as GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar), allows us to gather information on the condition and level of deterioration. From there, we can help to make recommendations to extend the service life of your PT systems.
Waterproofing & Painting
Waterproofing can add value to buildings for owners and tenants. These key improvements can greatly impact the lifespan and usability of the facilities while protecting the underlying structure from the elements. UPE engineers have a vast knowledge of the different applications and properties of waterproofing products.
- Pool Deck Waterproofing
- Plaza Deck Waterproofing
- Horizontal Urethane Waterproofing
- Horizontal Cementitious Waterproofing
- Vertical Waterproofing
- Expansion/ Control Joints
Although a touch of paint can go a long way to improve the aesthetics of a building, it also serves a greater purpose. Wind driven rain is a cause for much of the deterioration seen in buildings across South Florida. Choosing the right paint and application can help to defend structural components within your building. The team at UPE possesses the product knowledge to guide you through this process.
Moisture Intrusion Investigation
Moisture that gets caught within a building envelope can cause detrimental effects to the underlying structure. Trapped moisture can lead to wood decay, rusted steel, foundation undermining, and more. This typically occurs after moisture enters the building through leaks, flooding, wind driven rain, and failures in plumbing that cannot escape.
UPE has been a reliable resource in determining the extent of damage throughout a structure by inspection. With the use of thermal imaging, our licensed engineers can determine problem areas before they become major issues.
40 Year Recertifications
When your building has reached its 40-Year milestone, some counties may require a 40 Year Recertification. This is done to ensure that the building is safe and minimize structural, or building, failures. Because of this, the inspections must be done by or under the supervision of a qualified, Professional Engineer or Architect.
At UPE, our intensive structural background has prepared us to guide you through every step of the process from bidding to construction oversight. We are qualified to perform site visits, prepare reports, create construction specifications, and recommend repairs. The recertification is then enforced every subsequent 10 years.
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What Others Are Saying
They were very professional looking carefully at all the details. The inspection report was clear and precise as well they suggested to make some minor repairs needed. I highly recommend them.
This was a very good experience. There was great communication, work was done on time and professionally handled. couldn't have asked for better. Thank you for all your hard work on this project.
Mr. Giglio with UPE was very professional and explained everything expected of me before coming out to my house. He arrived right on time and was very thorough with his inspection. He was also very willing to discuss the issue with the necessary people to solve the problem that I was having.
I had a client that had some settling on a retaining wall. They called me from the site to make sure that we were on the same page. I had a report shortly after in the mail. They followed up with a call and some more advice on how to proceed with the repair. Very pleasant process
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