Criterium-Tauscher Cronacher Professional Engineers Assess the Clean Up for Hurricane Sandy

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C.O.O. of Criterium-Tauscher Cronacher Richard Koller speaks out on Hurricane Sandy, projected damage and what residential and commercial property owners should anticipate in order to protect their assets.

Our NY and NJ offices have been struggling to get back online quickly, like everyone else, to assist the communities, municipalities, and Insurance Companies in expediting progress.

Long Island based Professional Engineers at Criterium-Tauscher Cronacher assess the clean up for Hurricane Sandy. The 55 year old company will have its work cut out for it after being both impacted by the storm and having a slew of residents in Long Island, New Jersey and the New York Metro area dealing with the aftermath. C.O.O. of both Criterium Engineers and Criterium-Tauscher Cronacher Richard Koller says the devastation is still a shock but cautions commercial and residential property owners to consistently document damage as much as possible.

The Tauscher-Cronacher team was forced to relocate due to a lack of electricity in order to continue to manage day to day operations. Due to the firm’s experience, however, the New York office operations remain fairly seamless due to a back up system outside of the North East region to account for unanticipated events such as Hurricane Sandy. The entire Criterium team has been a beacon of engineering advice for many past events, including most recently Hurricanes Irene and Katrina.

“We have been called to inspect structures on the South Shore for damage due to storm surge and flooding. Our NY and NJ offices have been struggling to get back online quickly, like everyone else, to assist the communities, municipalities, and insurance companies in expediting progress,” Koller reports.

Clean up from an event like Hurricane Sandy can come in many forms. A myriad of photos circulating show damage to rooves or corresponding structures due to falling trees and wind. Moisture remediation from driving rains and flooding will likely be a focus for the days to come for residential and commercial property owners.

“It is critical to document the damage whenever possible in as much detail as possible,” Koller states. “When it comes to insurance companies and FEMA, more is more. Additionally, while it is understandable to want to begin rebuilding immediately, the process should be done without haste. Consulting with registered, credentialed professionals may be a consideration to qualify the extent of repair needed and its cost. As a result of the demand for repair, a homeowner must also maintain a higher level of due diligence in these times of disarray. The best an owner can do is document what they had before and after damage, to the detail.”

The Criterium-Tauscher Cronacher team has already been involved in a few FEMA calls for clients and colleagues. For the hardest hit areas such as Long Beach and the Rockaways environmental approval through FEMA will often be required before residents can move back in and begin rebuilding. This is due to chemical and sewage contaminants. Tauscher Cronacher local efforts remain supported by Criterium Engineers which have a nation wide network of credentialed specialists outside of the Tri State area standing by ready to assist as rebuilding continues to progress.

About Criterium-Tauscher Cronacher:
Criterium-Tauscher Cronacher Professional Engineers has been providing building and home engineering to the New York Area and is the largest engineering firm now nationally affiliated with sixty offices in forty states. Criterium-Tauscher Cronacher is known as the Nation’s first home inspection firm pioneering inspection standards for industrial and commercial properties that still govern Engineering practices for home inspections and building safety evaluations today. Criterium-Tauscher Cronacher exclusively works with full time, licensed Professional Engineers and Registered Architects with a reputation garnered by inspecting over 200,000 structures.

The company seeks to empower local residential, commercial property owners and Condo and Co-Op Associations to maximize reserve fund expenditure in order to maintain long term value of the properties.

About Richard Koller:
Richard Koller graduated from Fordham University in 1990 with a degree in Pre-law/Political Science. His work and track record in the Financial Services Industry and Real Estate Industry inspired his 2012 election as the COO of Criterium Engineers. For six years Mr. Koller has maintained operations of the New York based office, Criterium-Tauscher Cronacher and will be now unifying and expanding sixty nationwide offices. Mr. Koller looks to lead the company into new markets such as community associations and quality assurance for new construction.

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