Learn About Structure Groups
WHAT WE DO
THIRD PARTY QA/QC SERVICES
The purpose of third party observation and documentation is to provide detailed written and photographic records of installation and placement of materials used during the construction process. An accurate and reliable observation inventory record, contributes to the overall quality and success of your project. This documentation can be particularly helpful when underground or hidden elements of construction come into question, especially when verification testing or observation would require costly and destructive demolition and replacement work.
Underground Wet & Dry Utility Installations Including:
• Water Lines
• Sewer Lines
• Irrigation Supply Lines
• Fire Lines
• Sewer & Storm Drain
• Area Drainage
Includes Roofing and Waterproofing Inspection Services.
• Fire Stopping
• Building Envelope Systems
• Shear Diaphram
• Window and Curtain Wall Testing
• QA/QC Services
• Moisture Vapor Emission Testing
• Below Grade Waterproofing
• Floor Flatness/Floor Levelness
CALGREEN AND TITLE 24 COMPLIANCE SERVICES
The 2013 California Energy Code (CEC) and the 2013 California Green Building Code place new emphasis, and requirements, on building energy efficiency. In addition, many local jurisdictions have further adopted the Tier 1 requirements of CalGreen. Tier 1 requires that all buildings exceed the CEC standards by an additional 10%. These stringent requirements necessitate the coordination between architect and engineer, early in the design process, to ensure the building will meet the CalGreen requirements.
Cities across the state are adopting similar green building requirements at a rapid rate. These requirements can often be complex and confusing. We will help you navigate the multitude of CalGreen compliance requirements now in place in many municipalities. SG works with building owners, designers, and contractors throughout the construction process to help ensure full code compliance and documentation requirements are met. We will work with the team early on and meet with local officials to review documentation and get you what you need to earn your planning approvals and building permits.
Structure Groups provides investigative services to document issues encountered either during the construction process or post-construction utilizing destructive and/or non-destructive testing methods. Construction litigation support services are also available.
• Roof Surveys
• Water Intrusion & Leaks
• Concrete & Masonry Moisture Issues
• Cracked Concrete & Masonry
• Steel Welding & High Strength Bolts
• Soil Settlement & Distressed Foundations
• Landslide & Sinkhole Investigations
A full scope of materials testing is provided by Structure Groups, including all laboratory testing and standard field tests. Both in the field and in the lab, our certified technicians conduct the required tests quickly and efficiently.
Inspector & Technician Certifications
• American Concrete Institute (ACI)
• American Society of Non-Destructive Testing (ASNT)
• American Welding Society (AWS)
• California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
• International Fire Council (IFC)
• Division of State Architect (DSA)
• National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET)
• International Code Council (ICC)
• Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD)
• AASHTO Material Reference Laboratory (AMRL)
• American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
• Cement & Concrete Reference Laboratory (CCRL)
• Division of State Architect (DSA)
• Office of Statewide Health and Planning (OSHPD)
Structure Groups provides quality assurance / quality control observation, monitoring and testing of construction materials in accordance with International Building Code (IBC), California Building Code (CBC) section 1704A.1.1 and Title 24, and the California Green Code (CGC). We are knowledgeable of construction materials including aggregates, asphalt, reinforcing steel, structural steel, concrete, masonry, fireproofing, and are familiar with construction processes and methods. Our project experience has ranged in complexity and size throughout California. We have provided construction observation on multiple areas of competency including drilled pier installation, site excavations, structural and architectural components, and building and life safety as it relates to the Green Building Code. Developed and implemented construction work plans for the review and oversight of recycled materials removal during both demolition and construction phases. Members of our technical team are certified by both the California Building Code – Green Council and the International Code Council (ICC).
DSA/OSHPD Project Inspection
All of our inspectors are certified by the California Division of State Architect (DSA), California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), International Code Council (ICC), and are licensed to inspect Structural Steel, Bolting, Concrete (Reinforced and Prestressed/Post Tensioned), Masonry, Shotcrete, Wood Framing, Mechanical, HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, Fireproofing, and Firestopping. We perform DSA Project Inspection, OSHPD Inspection, Special Inspection, QA-QC services and can provide Change Order Analysis, constructability review, and prepare RFQ’s and analysis of Testing Laboratory Proposals. Our formal process for the inspection of our projects includes constructability reviews, pre-construction conferences, coordination meetings, review of work in-progress, inspection sign-off, records management (including digital photos), plan review, and project close-out
• Site assessments and soil reports
• Design and construction recommendations
• Earthwork planning, estimating and site selection services
• Foundation, retaining wall, reinforced slope, dams/levees and other
• Geotechnical related site civil engineering (slopes, drainage, earthwork, etc.)
• Pavement and site utility studies
• Geophysical surveys (resistivity/conductivity, GPR, MASW, etc.)
• Soil & rock drilling/sampling
• Seismic studies and analysis: IBC/KBC, site development, seismic risk,
liquefaction studies, seismic design, etc.
• Forensic investigations: settlement of structures, slope failures, soil/rock
• Karst/sinkholes/caves: assessments and designs for planning and repairs
• Landfill services: borrow studies, liner repair, QA/QC engineering, materials
engineering, geotechnical issues, etc.
Third Party QA/QC Services
CALGreen and Title 24 Compliance Services
WE LOVE WHAT WE DO!
Prior to the construction of the new Madera County Courthouse, Madera’s original courthouse building was considered by state officials to be one of the worst in California. Built in 1991 as an elementary school and taken over by the court in the 1970s, the twice-condemned original courthouse became severely overcrowded and was in poor physical condition to be considered the main courthouse for all of Madera County for much longer.
The new Madera Courthouse was designed to demonstrate the transparency and dignity of democracy, providing a place to facilitate the workings of the American ideals of justice. It has been positioned on the site to work with the existing Historic Courthouse and Courthouse Park creating a town square.
The four-story, steel-framed structure features ten courtrooms and ten judicial chambers with clerical support; administration and jury services; traffic, civil, family, juvenile and criminal divisions; prisoner holding and subterranean parking for judges and key courts personnel; and in-custody vehicle accommodations for the County Sheriff and California Department of Corrections. The design conveys the image of a courthouse, while reflecting the dignity of the public in an approachable way.
Structure Groups was responsible for assuring compliance with all specifications, standards, codes, and drawings for this $79 million project. During construction, Mr. Clark provided oversight for the contractor’s construction team, provided scheduling, quality control observations for the entire site, budget control, and coordinating with the State Inspector to keep project on schedule.
New, two-story mixed-use commercial building with restaurant over retail, and rooftop dining deck. The ground floor will feature a cafe-type eatery, the nearly 5,000-square-foot restaurant on the second floor will come complete with a covered terrace for outdoor dining. And the top floor will feature a 4,300-square-foot restaurant with an “indoor-outdoor feel,” partially covered with a ceiling made of skylights. Views from the building will range from scenes of Mount Diablo and downtown Walnut Creek to -- for patrons on the rooftop balcony overlooking a “living roof” with a blanket of plants and grasses growing on top of the second-story terrace roof. The building will have two prominent architectural elements; a tower adorned with steel panels as the entrance to the retail store, and a brick tower covered by living “green wall” that fronts Mt. Diablo Boulevard.
Structure Groups is currently providing special inspection and construction materials testing for the project. Construction is anticipate to be completed in summer of 2016.
The Science I Building is a two-story concrete structure of approximately 25,000 square feet per floor. Built as a wet lab science building in 1972, this facility has developed many seismic deficiencies throughout the years. This project included repairing the existing seismic deficiencies and renovating the interior space for use as a faculty office/classroom facility.
The updated building now contains 70 offices, six laboratories, eight classrooms with support space, one open computer lab and three conference rooms. During the demo phase a section of the roof and second floors slabs were removed to install a light monitor. Photo voltaic panels have been installed on over 75% of the roof area so the building will be more energy efficient.
This 55,000-square-foot recreation and wellness center provides a much-needed amenity to the student body of over 13,000 at California State University, East Bay.
The overall project consists of a two-story facility with state-of-the-art technology in the areas of health, fitness, and recreation. The facility houses a two-court gymnasium, an elevated jogging track, a fitness center, two multi-purpose activity rooms, locker rooms, massage therapy rooms, and administrative and support spaces. It features 70 percent natural ventilation to cool the building, sun shades, and a Trombe wall, which is a large concrete wall with a glass curtain to naturally trap and radiate heat inside the building.
The objective was to create a recreational and wellness solution that is an exciting and lively place to see and be seen, where students can work out, hang out, and relax while immersed in a sustainable environment.
The Daniel Webster Elementary School Modernization Project consists of major modernization to existing buildings and construction of a new elevator and building expansion. The modernization of the existing Classroom and Administration buildings includes building systems (heating, lighting, electrical, telecommunications, alarm, fire sprinkler, security, and plumbing), finishes (flooring, ceiling, painting), major accessibility improvements such as a new two-stop elevator, second story library expansion, a new interior corridor to serve both levels of the main classroom building, and new ramps and stairs. The modernization of the existing auditorium includes new heating, new fire alarm system, new flooring, and renovations to the existing warming kitchen.
Exterior site work includes new ramps and stairs, exterior lighting, paving, re-routing of existing utilities, new gates and fencing, slurry and striping, exterior painting, and new play structure and matting. Minor modifications at existing portables on-site. The new elevator includes construction of new lobby and flex room.
The Foothill College Physical Sciences and Engineering Center is comprised of three Type II-B steel-framed buildings that house the engineering, chemistry, physics, and nanotechnology
departments. The facility includes classrooms, laboratories, “breakout rooms,” a faculty conference room, and a student lounge with a coffee shop. An outdoor court and lower
plaza are designed with displays and outdoor seating to promote the sciences and provide opportunities for social interaction.
SC provided construction inspection of the $43 million dollar, 57,000 square foot Physical Science and Engineering Center. Michael Clarke and Matthew Kelly performed inspection of concrete foundations, structural steel, metal deck flooring and roof deck, metal stud framing, insulation, built up membrane roofing, steel door frames, wood and metal doors, aluminum windows, door hardware, overhead coiling doors, glass and glazing, gypsum board systems, ceramic tile, wall installations, painting, toilet accessories, plumbing fixtures and sanitary sewer system, underground utilities, fire sprinkler systems and alarm, HVAC equipment and ductwork, building electrical systems and lighting systems and fixtures.
This project is constructing an academic building and the supporting infrastructure to house the School of Business and School of Information Technology & Communication Design (ITCD).
The bi-level structure will be approximately 35,000 assignable square Feet / 58,000 gross square feet of classroom and laboratory space that will contain a variety of classroom sizes including an auditorium; configured lecture, telecom and computer lab space; faculty offices; meeting and student need spaces such as break out rooms, tutoring areas and
The two and three levels tied together by an atrium, including eight classrooms; 12 laboratories; offices for faculty members, departments and the dean of the College of Business; conference rooms; student study areas; and a graduate student lounge
The building will be certified LEED Gold.
In 2006, Contra Costa Community College District began an energy efficiency and solar program aimed at making its facilities more efficient and easier to manage, while reducing its energy costs and exposure to utility price fluctuations. This program included solar power generating systems at three Northern California colleges—Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College and Los Medanos College—and upgrades at CCCCD’s administrative office and the three colleges. CCCCD
collaborated with Chevron to make the buildings more energy efficient. The project included three types of improvements:
1. A 3.2-MW solar power generator with photovoltaic panels mounted on 34 parking canopies in six parking lots at Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College and Los Medanos College
2. High-efficiency lighting and energy systems installed at the three colleges and administrative office, as well as high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment at its administrative office
3. High-voltage electrical system replacements at Diablo Valley College and Los Medanos College.
The solar installation is expected to generate about 4 million kw-hours of power each year, supplying up to half of the District’s electricity needs. The clean, renewable power offsets the production of about 5.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually—equivalent to removing more than 629 cars from the road or planting 636 acres of trees.
Since the campus rests atop an active fault line, two of the oldest classroom buildings were seismically retrofitted between the summer and fall semesters.
The nearly 60-year-old Biological and Physical Science buildings, as well as the Football Press Box and maintenance warehouse, received necessary retrofits in the five-week gap because of their proximity to the Hayward Fault, an active earthquake fault running through campus that geologists consider past due for a major earthquake.
Alterations to the Press Box included new framing on cantilevered roof/ floor. The alterations to the Science Buildings included new structural steel columns and buttress footings for seismic bracing and new T-Bar bracing wires/compression struts throughout. The Biological building required new structural sheer walls with footings, new seismic strapping, blocking and angle brackets at beams, new Rod-X bracing at exterior structural columns. This project also included a new ADA parking lot and path of travel.
This project was a very challenging because the original building was built in the early 1950’s and has been renovated multiple times since constructed. Being proactive on this project with expedited inspections and constant monitoring of work in progress prevented loss of time and funds due to work not being completed correctly.
This occupied construction project includes special inspection for the modernization of the exiting multipurpose room, modernization of an existing three-story classroom building, construction of a new library/ administration building, and associated site work and ADA upgrades, while taking care to protect occupied portions of the campus adjacent to the project site.
SCG was able to save the district money by getting DSA & SEOR/AOR approval to torque test post installed anchors by our onsite inspector. The approved documents called for constant special inspection of epoxy dowels, DSA, SEOR/AOR approved IOR inspection for the epoxy anchors.
Services provided by SMG includes all construction materials testing and special inspections for the following projects:
Preschool Building - The new 2,961 SF one-story building will include (2) flexible classrooms with wet areas and teacher office, student restrooms, kitchen/work room, staff toilet, laundry, and associated mechanical/ electrical room. A sliding glass wall between each classroom allows the two spaces to function together as a single classroom or operate independent of one another.
Design Lab Building - The new 1,168 SF one-story addition will provide a flexible learning environment that can easily be reconfigured to accommodate the various types of activities. Part shop, part art studio, part science lab, the large open work space is supported by a long work bench, sink and wet area, adjustable shelving, display areas, white boards, and a projection screen. An adjoining existing classroom doubles the area of the Lab by opening a folding glass divider wall. A covered outdoor lab area with sink will extend the classroom environment outdoors and place
the Lab on display in the Bell Courtyard.
Sellman Multi-Purpose Building - The new 8,452 SF one-story replacement building will provide dining capacities for 250 students, assembly space for 500 occupants, and athletic uses for basketball, volleyball, and other indoor physical education activities. The MPR will feature a play court space for PE/athletics. Support spaces will provide a warming kitchen, toilet rooms, PE and theater storage, and an office / meeting room. Storage for retractable theater seating and dining tables are integrated in to the wall of the court space and are design to be quickly and easily deployed and retracted.
The $16 million Bothin Burn Center will be located on the fifth floor of Dignity Health Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and will feature a 16-bed unit, as well as the latest medical technology and equipment, including state-of-the- art life support, monitoring equipment and ultrasonic hydrotherapy for bathing wounds. Other features planned include spacious treatment rooms designed to maximize patient comfort and facilitate care, a patient gym and an operating room. Structure Groups is currently providing materials testing services for the center, which is expected to open early next year. The center will be the largest burn unit in Northern California
“My expectation of individuals who perform services for the company that I work are high. Elizabeth responds quickly, performs her work as required, and is quite pleasant to communicate with.”
“Elizabeth is a top notch professional who gets the job done each and every time. I highly recommend her to take care of your project needs!”
“It is with pleasure that I provide this letter of recommendation for Mike Clarke of Clarke Inspections, as a DSA Class 1 Inspector of Record. As the Project Architect for the Foothill College Physical Sciences and Engineering Center, I have worked closely with Mike for the past 14 months of the project’s construction phase. Throughout that time, Mike has provided valuable oversight to the construction process, ensuring that contract and code requirements were adhered to, and that the project was constructed to a level of quality expected by the Client, the Foothill De Anza College District. Mike has also worked closely with the District’s Testing Laboratory, and the DSA Field Engineer to ensure that the project will achieve DSA certification upon completion. He has proved to be very diligent, and I would recommend him for any project requiring a Class 1 DSA inspector.”
“Mike was the IOR for Nightingale Elementary Classroom Replacement Project for Stockton Unified School District. The project was a modernization where modular classrooms were replaced with permanent classrooms, along with some minor upgrades to a very old campus. Mike's extensive knowledge of DSA Construction combined with his user-friendly attitude made a somewhat challenging project very smooth and economical. His ability to provide key advice to Owners, Architects and Contractors made it easier to avoid pitfalls that would end up costing money and time. In fact, the Change Order percentage for the project was about 3%, including Owner Changes. This is unheard of for Modernization Project.”
“Elizabeth has always responded very quickly to our request for proposals and the immediate need for special inspection services. Her work has been detailed and accurate with no surprises. She has always been very professional and fair in contract negotiations.”
“I became familiar with Michael Clarke during his employment with the Lammersville Elementary School District in 2007. During that time, he was the DSA Project Inspector for a new 20-million-dollar K- t2 Elementary School in the community of Mountain House and I was the project Architect. That school was completed on time and under budget due to a strong team effort which included the District, General Contractor, Architect and Project Inspector.”
“Elizabeth and her team are always on top of things. In the fast paced construction world this is almost as good as gold.”
“Through the course of the project I had the opportunity to work with several of Structure Consultant's inspectors. They all possess the necessary certifications, credentials and experience to perform the duties of the IOR, however, they take the position of Inspector of Record to a new level. All of Structure Consultant inspectors are well trained and possess a wealth of experience. Their technical back ground, combined with a working knowledge of the building code makes their inspection process flawless. Nothing gets overlooked or missed.”
Elizabeth Clarke, Owner/CEO
Ms. Clarke has more than 20 years in the construction materials testing industry with a sharp focus on project management and operations with significant experience on large-scale projects for both public and private clients. She manages engineering operations while providing daily project and contract oversight, quality control and reporting, as well as, manages special projects and maintains client relations. He quality assurance experience ranges from large government buildings to commercial structures, serving the education, healthcare, telecommunication, and public works markets. She is known for being proactive while focusing on client needs to provide customized services, keeping projects on time and within budget. Elizabeth continues to mentor younger industry members working with the local tradeswomen, teaching part-time CAD Design Drafting Techniques through the Community College District, and lending her hand to Habitat for Humanity.
Len Fadda, Owner/Principal, Human Resources Manager.
Len comes to us with over 15 year’s experience in both Human Resources and Financial Management. Oversees all functions for Human Resources. Designs and implements policies and programs in human resources including talent management, total rewards, employee relations, and training & development. Identifies trends and looks for the best practices that support business goals resulting in client-focused solutions. Evaluates and advises on the impact of long-range strategic human resource planning to provide the best talent and benefit programs for our employees assuring our legacy within the engineering industry.
Tom Clarke, Senior Special Inspector
Mr. Clarke’s expertise spans over many years covering both public and private projects for new construction, upgrades, and modernizations. Most specifically, he has been working for the past 10 years with school districts throughout Northern California on projects ranging in size from $1 million to $100 million. He has performed successfully as a Project Inspector while responsible for all aspects of inspection. Adding to his in-depth knowledge of the Building Code and Title 24, he has proven he is an asset on the construction site managing and coordinating large teams of inspectors, monitoring the budgets, and establishing reporting procedures.
WITH OUR CONSIDERABLE EXPERIENCE IN A VARIETY OF SECTORS, STRUCTURE GROUPS WILL DELIVER.
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