Investigating Building-Related Issues with Forensic Analysis

Date: May 17, 2018 4:00pm
Location: District Architecture Center
Speaker(s): Nicholas Piteo

Thursday, May 17, 2018

District Architecture Center (DAC)
421 7th Street NW 
Washington, DC 20004
DAC is close to several Metro stations, street parking, and independent parking lots.

4:00 - 4:30PM Registration & Refreshments
4:30 - 6:00PM Presentation & Discussion
6:00 - 7:00PM Cocktail Reception

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for their attendance. Attendance is free and open to all; please invite colleagues. We will serve refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. Space is limited to the first 60 guests to register.


Facility managers and owners often find themselves faced with investigating the circumstances behind building issues to identify symptoms of failure and understand their root causes. Troublesome issues can occur at any time – as part of new construction, adaptive reuse, or simple building aging – and range in severity from minor nuisances to major defects that result in litigation. In response, project teams often conduct a forensic investigation – a systematic process of examinations, analyses, and inquiries to identify the causes and consequences of building issues. In this presentation, we will discuss the methodology behind building-related forensics and explore recent examples.

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the basic methodology behind a successful forensic investigation.
  • Identify different building issue scenarios and their nuances.
  • Determine actual implementation strategies for building-related forensics.
  • Recognize lessons learned from recent examples of forensic investigations.


Nicholas A. Piteo, P.E. | Senior Project Manager 
Nicholas Piteo has diverse experience on both building technology and structural projects. His project work includes investigations of existing structures and building enclosures, as well as design for rehabilitation and new construction. His work encompasses a variety of materials and systems, and generally focuses on evaluating issues with the building enclosure and developing and implementing coordinated strategies to avoid, alleviate, or address building enclosure issues.  



  • Owners
  • Facilities Managers
  • Property Managers
  • Contractors
  • Architects
  • Attorneys