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A CLOSER LOOK INSPECTION SERVICES

A Closer Look Inspection Services provides 3rd Party Residential and Commercial Energy inspections in the DFW area. We are Green Building Certified for Green Building Certifications on Residential properties. We generate energy reports, Manual J, S and D’s for permitting. Our company also performs pressure testing on the building envelope and duct systems to demonstrate code compliance. A Closer Look is also actively involved in Infrared Scans of Electrical Systems for safety and insurance purposes as well as IR scans of low sloped roofs to locate moisture under the roofing membrane. This incredible infrared technology is also used to verify grout cores and beam placement in block wall construction, water intrusion and energy efficiency. Our inspectors and auditors hold multiple certifications and are available to meet all your construction consulting, inspecting and testing needs.

ACME BRICK COMPANY

Acme Brick Company has a 126 year old tradition in brick making and is the largest US-owned brick-making company in the world. Acme operates 22 plants and 36 sales offices in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri and New Mexico. Over 100 distributors also sell Acme brick nationally. Products include brick, tile, pavers, glass block, masonry supplies, and the IBP Glass Block installation system. The company employs approximately 2200 workers, including a full time engineer that provide technical assistance and training for customers and employees and that promote masonry education at universities and vocational schools.

ALL ABOUT FIRE LLC

All About Fire LLC (AAF) is a firestop inspection company that provides 3rd party firestop inspection services in the state of Texas. Our projects range in size from a single fire rated walls to billion dollar transportation projects. We take a hands on approach from the day the project enters design phase to the day it receives a Certificate of Occupancy. Our inspections are conducted on each UL system for each floor. Documentation is provide via email and backed up on a hard drive for the life of the structure. Let us be your next firestop inspector.

BBS CONSULTANTS - STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS

BBS Consultants, Inc., is a consulting engineering firm providing structural investigations and analysis dealing with distressed building structures, foundation failures, and drainage related problems. We also provide structural design for residential and commercial projects.

BUILDING OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS (BOAT)

The Building Officials Association of Texas (BOAT), a Department of the Texas Municipal League, is a professional association of 400 members including building officials, municipal inspectors, plans examiners, fire marshals, code enforcement officers, directors of planning with a variety of development and construction product related building supply companies, and real estate inspectors. BOAT's goals are to establish higher standards of uniformity and efficiency in administering and enforcing model building codes, to create and establish better public relations and understanding at the local level of the Building Inspection Departments with our communities and to educate and inform the membership of new code developments, legislation that affects all our Texas cities.

CITY OF ALLEN

The City of Allen is located in Collin County and a northern suburb of Dallas. The City covers 27.11 miles, with a population of 97,807 and still growing. Allen residents are a mix of young to mature adults and well educated with 96 percent of the adult population with post high school education and 53 percent w/bachelor’s degree or higher. The household per capita mean income is $101,736 - well above the Dallas and Collin County averages. Interstate 75 intersects the City with Sam Rayburn Tollway. Allen has exemplary public schools and is very accessible to higher education opportunities. There are 54 City Parks with approximately 1,184.52 acres of park land within the City.

CITY OF ARLINGTON

The City of Arlington is located in the middle of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The City covers 96.3 square miles, with a population exceeding 338,000. Arlington maintains a diverse economy evidenced by thriving retail shopping centers, active industrial districts, and entertainment opportunities anchored by the Six Flags Over Texas Amusement Park, Hurricane Harbor Amusement Park and the Texas Rangers Baseball Club.

CITY OF BENBROOK

Benbrook, Texas: Small Town, Big Backyard! Benbrook is located in southwest Tarrant County, but there is nothing ‘sleepy’ about our small town. Benbrook is meeting the challenge of robust residential and commercial growth with enthusiasm and a vision for an exciting future, while maintaining our family-friendly neighborly feel. Incorporated in 1947, Benbrook offers amenities that exceed our larger neighbors. From superb hike and bike trails, to over a thousand acres of parkland, Benbrook is the place to play! We are proud of our natural resources, annual events, schools, and exceptional city services. Our 22,000 citizens consistently rate Benbrook as an excellent place to live, ranking top among hundreds of cities nationwide in the National Citizen Survey. Benbrook was recently ranked in the top 10 healthiest housing markets in Texas! Given our strong economic outlook, low crime and property tax rates, infrastructure improvements, and business-friendly approach, Benbrook is poised to meet the 21st century challenge of balanced growth and exceptional quality-of-life.

CITY OF CARROLLTON

The City of Carrollton straddles the Dallas and Denton County boundary lines in North Central Texas. Carrollton has exceptional public schools and is very accessible to higher education opportunities. Carrollton residents are relatively young and well educated with 68 percent of the adult population with post high school education. The current population is about 133,168. The household per capita mean income is $69,368 - well above the Dallas and Denton County averages. Interstate 35E intersects the City with the George Bush Tollway in the center of Carrollton. There are three DART stations in the City, which is at the north end of DART’s Green Line. There are over 1230 acres of park land and 28 miles of trails and walking paths within the City of a total of 38 square miles. A high percentage of the land in Carrollton is developed.

CITY OF DALLAS

Dallas is the county seat of Dallas County and portions of Dallas extend into four adjacent counties. Dallas is the main core of the largest metropolitan area in the South and the largest inland metropolitan area in the United States that lacks any navigable link to the sea. The city has a total area of 385.8 square miles and makes up one-fifth of the much larger urbanized area known as the DFW Metroplex, in which one quarter of all Texans live. With an estimated population of 1.3 million, the city is home to 300 corporate headquarters that each employ more than 1,000 people globally. Of Forbes’ largest privately held companies, seven are located in the Dallas area. The construction of the Interstate Highway System reinforced Dallas' prominence as a transportation hub with four major interstate highways converging in the city, and a fifth interstate loop around it. The City of Dallas is located in an area is a fast-growing economy in a local market of 7.1 million residents. Whether you run a small business or major corporation, Dallas is globally connected and centrally located, making it the ideal location for your business. Dallas has the talent, facilities and market access to help you succeed. A growing transit system includes 62 rail stations, plus two more planned. Area colleges and universities enroll 342,000 students, and Dallas has the largest arts district in the U.S. Thousands of restaurants, 28 libraries, 80.9 million square feet of shopping, 23,000 park acres, 143 miles of trails, plus franchises for all the major professional sports leagues provide endless entertainment.

CITY OF DUNCANVILLE

The City of Duncanville is located in the southwest portion of Dallas County. The City covers 12 square miles and has a population of about 36,000. Just 10 miles from downtown Dallas, Duncanville offers the advantage of Metroplex life while maintaining the lifestyle of the small community. A shining example of Duncanville's community spirit is our Kidsville Project. Built in 1989, Kidsville is the largest volunteer-built creative playground in the world. A strong per capita household income provides the community with one of the elements which make up a strong pride in the quality economic base. Duncanville takes great pride in the quality of our educational system and our successful athletic programs. The Texas Historical Commission has designated the City of Duncanville as an official Main Street City.

CITY OF FARMERS BRANCH

Farmers Branch, the birthplace of Dallas County, is in the heart of one of the most exciting metropolitan areas in the world. Farmers Branch has over 27,000 residents and a daytime population of more than 80,000 people who come to work here each day. It is a premier commercial, financial, and trading center with a broad diversified economic base that plays an important part of the high-tech area of Dallas County. Farmers Branch is a key component to the area’s economy as it is home to more than 65 corporate headquarters, 24 Fortune 500 corporations, and some 2,600 small and mid-sized firms.

CITY OF IRVING

The City of Irving is centrally located between Dallas and Ft. Worth on the eastern boundary of DFW International Airport. Irving was founded in 1903 and has a current population of approximately 190,000 with a land area of 69.3 square miles. The property tax rate in Irving is one of the lowest in the area at 48.8 cents per $100 valuation. Irving is one of only 18 cities nationwide that enjoy a AAA bond rating from two major Wall Street investment firms. The total property tax value in Irving is $12.5 billion with building permits being issued for five consecutive years with annual construction valuation in excess of $500 million. Irving is the owner of Texas Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, and is also home to the annual Verizon Byron Nelson Classic.

CITY OF PLANO

The City of Plano has a population of 278,000 and a land area of 75 square miles. Plano is home to many prestigious corporate campuses including Toyota, Liberty Mutual Insurance, JPMorgan Chase, FedEx, J.C. Penney Corporation, Frito-Lay, Dr. Pepper, Alcatel, Ericsson, Dell, Cinemark and Rent-a-Center, to name a few. Plano has won numerous awards for its beautiful parks and school systems. With its malls, hotels, theaters and restaurants, Plano has become a popular destination for North Texans.

CITY OF SOUTHLAKE

The City of Southlake is the 4th largest city in Tarrant County with an approximate land area of 22 square miles. Southlake was the fastest growing city in the county over the past 10 years and has a current population estimated at 22,270. The site of the first permanent settlement in Tarrant County, Southlake has a rich history and city leaders strive to maintain the unique charm and beauty that residents have come to expect and enjoy. Nationally recognized projects such as the Southlake Town Square and Sabre's Corporate Campus headquarters symbolize the quality of development characteristics of Southlake. Visit our award-winning website at: www.cityofsouthlake.com for additional information.

CITY OF WICHITA FALLS

The City of Wichita Falls is comfortably nestled in the North East corner of the Panhandle/Plains area of North Texas. Wichita Falls is an economically progressive city home to commerce and industry with worldwide interests. The City also has several institutions of higher learning, a strong international presence through Sheppard Air Force Base, a well-educated, eager workforce and a community spirit geared toward family, friends and a desire to see that this thriving city continues to grow and prosper. By most accounts Wichita Falls can be summed up with two words, pleasant and comfortable. This is a family oriented city conveniently located within two hours of two metropolitan areas with populations exceeding a million or more citizens; Dallas-fort Worth and Oklahoma City. Wichita Falls has a population of approximately 107,000 and is the county seat of Wichita County and considered the population center of North Texas.

CONSTRUCTIVE ENGINEERING

Constructive Engineering applies forensic-civil engineering technology skills to a wide range of project problem-solving needs including those related to construction, materials and structural performance problems, and inspection services for residential, commercial, and industrial facilities. In addition, technical services are provided for construction materials and construction product research and development, production studies, QC/QA program development and evaluations, personnel training, product use troubleshooting, and marketing assistance. Related litigation case fact study, construction site failure investigations, strategic planning and expert witness testimony are also provided.

DFW DRYWALL & ACOUSTICAL CONTRACTORS ASSN.

The Dallas/Fort Worth Drywall & Acoustical Contractors Association is dedicated to supporting the professional growth of the Commercial Contractors in DFW. DACA raises the level of professionalism of the commercial contracting market by keeping its members well informed and by helping them comply with rules and regulations affecting their businesses, their employees, and their customers; in fostering better working relationships and a more cohesive working environment between contractors, suppliers and consultants; and in supporting the health, safety and education of its members and their employees.

FORTERRA

Forterra Company produces and sells bricks, ready mix concrete, aggregates, cement and concrete products, including concrete pipe and boxes, pre-stressed and precast bridge sections, and retaining wall panels. Forterra's Technical Services Department operates a laboratory which provides technical support and customer service to Forterra operating units. These services include testing and evaluation of construction materials, problem solving, and assistance in quality control/quality assurance programs.

G.R. BELL AND ASSOCIATES, INC.

G.R. Bell and Associates, Inc., Fire Protection Engineers designs and installs fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems throughout Texas. Service, inspection and testing of fire systems including fire extinguishers and extinguisher systems are included. Bell and Associates, Consulting Engineers specializes in engineering for building construction. Structural and equipment inspection of residential and commercial buildings, as well as contract municipal construction inspections, are provided along with plan review and structural design. Mr. Bell is certified by the Texas Association of Real Estate Inspectors and is a senior member of the American Society of Home Inspectors.

HKS, INC.

HKS, Inc., headquartered in Dallas with offices in Atlanta, Detroit, Denver, Ft. Worth, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Orlando, Palo Alto, Orange County, Phoenix, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Tampa, Washington, D.C., and alliances in India and China, provides professional services in architecture, planning, structural engineering, interior architecture, and graphic design. Founded in 1939, the firm has executed commissions for structures valued in excess of $31 billion. Since its inception, HKS has grown to be one of the largest architectural and engineering firms in the nation with over 1,300 employees and projects in 400 cities located in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and 19 foreign countries. The firm’s project experience includes corporate headquarters, office buildings, healthcare facilities, sports facilities, hotels and resorts, banks, justice and aviation facilities, religious, public buildings, multi-family housing, educational facilities, retail, and a variety of industrial projects.

HUBER ENGINEERED WOOD

Huber Engineered Woods innovations meet today’s building needs. ZIP System® sheathing and tape streamlines installation by eliminating housewrap with a built-in water-resistive-barrier. Advanced stiffness, moisture resistance, and a polyurethane bond, make assemblies with AdvanTech® subflooring and subfloor adhesive so strong they’re backed by a Squeak-Free Guarantee. Visit HuberWood.com and SqueakFreeGuarantee.com.

HUCKABEE & ASSOCIATES, INC.

Huckabee is a 75-person architecture, engineering and program management firm that was founded in 1967. The firm focuses solely on educational facilities from K-12 to Higher Education. During the firm's 35 years Huckabee has completed over 1,000 educational facilities. Huckabee is focused on building High Performance Schools built of all masonry construction.

JERALD W. KUNKEL, P.E.

Jerald W. Kunkel Consulting Engineers, Inc. was founded in 1993, now employing a staff of seven, including three structural engineers. Since the firm’s origin, it has provided structural engineering, inspection and expert witness services for commercial, single family and multi-family projects not only in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area but throughout the country. Mr. Kunkel’s design experience includes bridge design, steel and concrete design of commercial buildings and concrete and wood framing design of residential structures. The firm is also involved in the design of slab-on-grade foundations in the expansive clay soils of north central Texas and at various locations nationwide.

L P BUILDING PRODUCTS

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation is a leading manufacturer of quality engineered wood building materials including OSB, structural framing products, and exterior siding for use in residential, industrial and light commercial construction. From manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Canada, Chile and Brazil, LP products are sold to builders and homeowners through building materials distributors and dealers and retail home centers. Founded in 1973, LP is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under LPX. For more information, visit www.lpcorp.com.

ROOF TECHNICAL SERVICES, INC.

Roof Technical Services, Inc. (Rooftech) is an architectural and engineering firm specializing in roofing and waterproofing. Rooftech was established in 1983, offering a broad scope of services including testing, inspection, analysis, maintenance, design, and quality assurance programs. Rooftech's projects include some of the most prestigious projects in the Metroplex, including the Kimball Art Museum, Infomart, the Dallas General Mail Facility, TCU's Daniel Meyer Coliseum, and American Airline's Alliance Maintenance Base.

SIMPSON STRONG-TIE CO., INC.

For more than 60 years, Simpson Strong-Tie has focused on creating structural products that help people build safer and stronger homes and buildings. A leader in structural systems research and technology, Simpson Strong Tie is one of the largest suppliers of structural building products in the world. The Simpson Strong-Tie commitment to product development, engineering, testing and training is evident in the consistent quality and delivery of its products and services.

SPEED FAB-CRETE CORPORATION

Speed Fab-Crete is celebrating 66 years of service as a design-build general contractor and a precast concrete products manufacturer. Speed Fab-Crete is a leader in Design-Build project delivery and other types of “alternative” delivery for construction projects. The firm produces architectural and structural precast load bearing, high strength concrete walls; concrete “double-tee” roof members; highway sound walls; and other specialty and unique precast concrete products at its manufacturing plant in Fort Worth, Texas. Speed Fab-Crete also fabricates structural steel for buildings projects. This combination of services enables Speed Fab-Crete to control much of the construction of the building envelope with its own forces (unlike many “broker-type” general contractors) allowing for compressed schedules accelerating owner occupancy. Speed Fab-Crete is currently producing concrete walls and roof structures for storm shelter projects to FEMA-361/ICC-500 standards designed to withstand 250 mph tornadic winds!

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF REAL ESTATE INSPECTORS (TAREI)

The Texas Association of Real Estate Inspectors (TAREI) is a statewide organization located in Austin representing licensed real estate inspectors. TAREI is committed to the highest quality in real estate inspection services and education. TAREI is dedicated to exerting a beneficial influence upon the real estate industry by uniting those in, or interested in, the profession to provide a strong voice in matters affecting the inspection industry; and by promoting and maintaining high standards of conduct in the profession as expressed in the TAREI Code of Ethics. The Association holds seminars, maintains an ongoing public relations program, publishes a quarterly newsletter and is involved in government relations on the state level. TAREI was founded in 1977 and is the oldest inspection association of its kind in the U.S.

TOWN OF HIGHLAND PARK

The Town of Highland Park, Texas is a home-rule municipality comprised of 2.2 square miles located 4 miles north of downtown Dallas. In 1906, John Armstrong began the development later named the Village of Highland Park. On November 29, 1913 the citizens voted to become a municipal government, and incorporation was granted by the Dallas County Commissioners Court on December 1, 1913, when its population was 1,100. In 1919, the city of Dallas sought to annex Highland Park, beginning a lengthy controversy that lasted until 1945. In 1931, the Highland Park Village was constructed, being the first shopping center of its kind in the United States. Today, Highland Park has a population of 8,590 residents, approximately 3,000 homes and 59 acres of park land.

TOWN OF LITTLE ELM

Little Elm is a quiet lakeside community with a lake attitude located in Denton County and with 66 miles of corporate city limits bordering Lake Lewisville, and is rated one of the safest places to live in Texas. Little Elm is 21.44 square miles with a population of 31,220 with additional 20,000 in our ETJ, it is also one of the fastest growing communities in North Texas. Little Elm was incorporated in July 1966; adopted the council / manager form of government and its Home Rule Charter in May 2001. Almost everywhere you travel in town, neighborhoods have a view of the lake, a growing fact for which we are becoming more famous for within the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

UNIFIED BUILDING SCIENCES & ENGINEERING, INC.

Unified Building Sciences & Engineering, Inc., is a professional engineering firm providing services to industry, contractors, architects, municipalities, other engineers, and the insurance industry. The company specializes in structural engineering design and analysis as well as providing construction management services. We strive to stay abreast of the current technology and automation in an effort to professionally address our clients' needs. We are located in Richardson, Texas, at Apollo and International Parkway.

WEATHERIZATION PARTNERS

WPL is a third generation locally owned specialty distributor and educator of building envelope products. We specialize in exterior air and water management products including the DuPont™ Tyvek® Weatherization System, Keene RainScreen, Hyload Flashing, and QuickFlash panels. WPL is one of the original DuPont™ Tyvek® distributors and has won numerous awards including 17 National Distributor of the Year Awards for outstanding service and demand creation. WPL distributes material to over 2,000 transactional customers in 12 states and employs a team of 35 outside sales specialists that are a resource to the trades. In Texas, we have 20 Specialists that work with builders, architects, installers, code officials, and owners to help find solutions to protect projects and reduce risk. All of these specialists are certified to teach to AIA-registered seminars and educate architects, building officials, builders, and students throughout our territory. Our core competencies are Demand Creation, Demand Integration, and Demand Fulfillment.

WISS, JANNEY, ELSTNER ASSOCIATES

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates is an inter-disciplinary engineering, architectural, and construction materials science firm specializing in the investigation and remediation of commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings and all types of structures and pavements. Since its establishment in 1956, WJE has provided a wide range of consulting, research, and design services for all areas of construction technology. WJE resources include a headquarters office and laboratory facility in the Chicago area, and branch offices in most major U.S. cities. WJE services include assessment of existing structures, failure analysis, instrumentation, construction materials evaluation, historic preservation, research and development, and specialized design and problem solving services for new construction.