This was our first project with this restoration contractor. We were actually recommended by the county as “a Designer that understands what they need”. As we soon discovered, this unit had burned previously as, unfortunately, is not uncommon. It was a classic 1970’s complex that had been given a face-lift at some point in the 90’s. It was a typical trussed roof system as is also common to the era. The fire started in the kitchen and soon burned through the roof and licked out through the gable facade. We quickly assessed the damage and engaged a local truss engineering specialist to assess the situation professionally and determine the extent of the damage and “value engineer” the repair options. After completing the damage assessment, we coordinated with a local truss manufacturer, on behalf of the contractor, to make a field visit and profile the trusses first person per the directive of the truss specialist. This is critical in expediting without error and to mitigate risk. The builder was pleased to say the least. Furthermore, we were also able to document adjacent units that had minimal direct damage but that had been vandalized during the vacancy of this wing of the building. Collateral damage is a concern with any project and must be brought to the attention of the owner in light of their actual coverage. In many cases these complexes are self-insured, and the owner is already prepared for the excess expense. In any case, we understand the process and strive to make sure that communication is consistent to all parties involved. Needless to say, this was our first contract with this builder but not the last. Habitations is with you for the duration.