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COVID-19 Response: UES Continues Business Operations as Normal

We continue to operate our office and are actively performing site inspections and delivering reports to our clients. We are also accepting new jobs and will be here to serve you in the days and weeks ahead. We realize that this situation is ever-evolving and are implementing a number of strategies that will allow us to continue to deliver reports and perform inspections in our local Kansas City community and nationally for the foreseeable future.

We are taking the necessary steps while performing site inspections to keep our consultants and our clients’ on-site personnel safe and in compliance with social distancing guidelines. We realize that we may need to re-evaluate or adjust some of our practices as the situation evolves. If you have any standards in place we should be aware of, please let us know and we are happy to accommodate.

Communication is crucial during this time. We have always taken an approach to open communication lines with our clients during their inspection and report process. We continue to put this into practice as we move forward to conduct business and deliver our environmental and engineering services with as limited interruption as possible, while ensuring we’re keeping our staff, our clients’ staff and the public safe during this unprecedented time.

Thank you for your continued trust in UES Consulting Services as your partner. We know working together, we will get through this uncertainty. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our office at 816.221.0627 or reach out to via email to our communication team info@uesconsulting.com

 

Advice on Avoiding Issues with the ADA

First and foremost, what is the ADA?

It is the American Disabilities Act which pertains to all Commercial Real Estate transactions. The ADA defines disability as – “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.” This Federal bill includes everything from how you can hire and fire to how you can enter a building.

So how do you avoid issues with the ADA on Retail Properties?

Reading below is a good start to gain intel on some crucial accessibility problems to avoid.

The American Disabilities Act appoints retail businesses as “places of public accommodation” so developers must provide access for people with disabilities when constructing new facilities. Every space is unique and has its own set of problems but there are more common issues that will be discussed below.

  1. Curb Ramps. Not up to standards curb ramps are very common. The property may have curb ramps but, unfortunately, often times they do not comply since they do not have regulation slopes, dimensions, or landings. ADA requires curb ramps along the accessible route which includes the path from parking spaces. Noticeable warnings are necessary in local jurisdictions and certain states. Design details for curb ramps encompass clear landings at the top of the ramp, appropriately flared sides, and maximum slopes.
  2. The Legend of The Grandfather Clause. This is a major misunderstanding about the ADA in general, not specific to retail properties. The ADA is federal law, not a building code. Properties built before 1991 are not excluded by a grandfather clause. The ADA regulates that tenants and building owners are required to constantly remove familiar barriers.
  3. No Entry from Public Sidewalks. Retail properties need to include at least one accessible route from public transportation stops, streets and sidewalks. It’s necessary for these accessible routes to include maximum slopes, proper head clearances, free from obstructions, and minimum dimensions. Retail properties also need to grant easy access from buildings that are on the same site.
  4. Parking. This area of compliancy is often times complicated. Common issues are unacceptable striping/identifications of the parking spaces and too few ADA spaces. ADA Standards are very stringent about the markings, size, parking identification of accessible parking spaces, the ground slope, free from obstructions, and has to be adequately conserved.
  5. Historically Significant Facilities. City governments usually believe they have no duty to change historically significant buildings and facilities to improve accessibility for people with disabilities.

UES Consulting and our team of inspectors are well-versed in any needs related to Commercial Real Estate transactions. We’re aware how thorough and time-sensitive Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and Property Condition Assessments are and we can help the process run smoothly and close on time.

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MBA CREF 2020

MBA CREF 2020 Recap

The UES team attended MBA CREF in San Diego this week. It’s always a great meeting, chocked full of quality education, networking with clients and making new connections. The MBA does a good job of delivering market trends, forecasts for the year ahead and information that we need to help guide our environmental consulting services. […]

Lifestyle Forward Amenities, the Digital Frontier and Multi-Family

As our digital footprint expands, so does our innate desire to connect with and be apart of a community. Much community starts with our living environment and how we are able to connect with those in close proximity, along with the neighborhood for which we inhabit. As mixed use multi-family continues is growth across all […]

Advice on Avoiding Issues with the ADA

First and foremost, what is the ADA? It is the American Disabilities Act which pertains to all Commercial Real Estate transactions. The ADA defines disability as – “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.” This Federal bill includes everything from how you can hire and fire to how you can […]

COVID-19 Response: UES Continues Business Operations as Normal

We continue to operate our office and are actively performing site inspections and delivering reports to our clients. We are also accepting new jobs and will be here to serve you in the days and weeks ahead. We realize that this situation is ever-evolving and are implementing a number of strategies that will allow us to continue to […]

Advice on Avoiding Issues with the ADA

First and foremost, what is the ADA? It is the American Disabilities Act which pertains to all Commercial Real Estate transactions. The ADA defines disability as – “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.” This Federal bill includes everything from how you can hire and fire to how you can […]

Commercial and Multifamily Originations Set a Record by Rising to New Levels

Commercial and Multifamily Originations rose to new levels in 2018 with a record amount of loans resulting in $573.9 billion loans. Learn how this happened, what factors such as growing property values, low interest rates, solid fundamentals, and strong appetites from lenders and borrowers led to this record. We break down the numbers and find out Commercial Bank portfolios led the capital source then GSEs, Government Sponsored Enterprises, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae then Life Insurance Companies and pension funds, Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities issuers, investment funds, REITs and mortgage REITS. Multifamily properties had the highest mortgage bankers’ origination volume followed by retail properties, industrial, health care, office buildings, and hotel/motel

What’s Next with Commercial Real Estate?

Commercial Real Estate has never been in a better spot but you have to ask the question, what’s coming next? MBA Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research Jamie Woodwell expressed his opinion for the sector at the MBA Commercial/Multifamily Servicing & Technology Conference. “We’re currently in the longest economic expansion ever,” Woodwell said. “There […]

The What, Why, and How of a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment

So, what is a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment? A Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment, commonly called an ESA, or Phase 1 ESA, is an assessment done to research the historical and current uses of a property as part of a Commercial Real Estate transaction. Why do Commercial Real Estate transactions require a Phase 1 […]

CRE Investors! Here are 3 ways to quicken decisions in uncertain markets.

Check out 3 ways for CRE Investors to quicken decisions in uncertain markets. With movements and changes in the US economy and real estate industry it’s crucial for investors to keep up to pace and pivot to remain successful. Included are reasons for this change in the CRE industry, ideas to fill property space with new-age tenants and diverse tenants, ways to build capital relationships and maintain banking communication, and instructions to diversify your assets. Specific statistics and helpful practical steps combined with expertise from a leader of a commercial real estate firm qualify for a must-read. “To stay relevant, future real estate leaders need to continue on the path of innovation. While transformation is tough, the only way to continue growing is to advance with the times. As it was in previous cycles, great things come to those who are able to pivot during the hardest times.”

Multifamily Housing Market in 2019

Multi-family housing market trends for 2019. Commercial real estate news shared by leader in environmental and engineering consulting. Trends and economic growth in multifamily housing markets for 2019.

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Qualified Opportunity Zones in Kansas City

Did you know that 52 million Americans (1 in 6) live in economically distressed communities? This is a major problem that Congress recently took a step to fix. Thus, Opportunity Zones were created in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Opportunity Zones are an innovative, flexible, and bipartisan solution for catalyzing private sector-led […]

End of the Year Swing is Here! We’re Ready…

You’re feeling it, because we are too. It’s the race to the finish line, the final cut of 2018 and, it’s HERE! While you may not be ready for Christmas yet (*cough* 49 days), or the start of a new year (Hello 2019 in 56 days), the calendar says it’s time to finish those real […]