This was our first project with this restoration contractor. We were actually recommended by thecounty as “a Designer that understands what they need”. As we soon discovered, this unit had burnedpreviously as, unfortunately, is not uncommon. It was a classic 1970’s complex that had been given aface-lift at some point in the 90’s. It was a typical trussed roof system as is also common to the era. Thefire 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 situationprofessionally and determine the extent of the damage and “value engineer” the repair options. Aftercompleting the damage assessment, we coordinated with a local truss manufacturer, on behalf of thecontractor, to make a field visit and profile the trusses first person per the directive of the trussspecialist. This is critical in expediting without error and to mitigate risk. The builder was pleased to saythe least. Furthermore, we were also able to document adjacent units that had minimal direct damagebut that had been vandalized during the vacancy of this wing of the building. Collateral damage is aconcern with any project and must be brought to the attention of the owner in light of their actualcoverage. In many cases these complexes are self-insured, and the owner is already prepared for theexcess expense. In any case, we understand the process and strive to make sure that communication isconsistent to all parties involved. Needless to say, this was our first contract with this builder but not thelast. Habitations is with you for the duration.