While we have multiple office locations and our work is routinely performed throughout the United States, we are headquartered northeast of downtown Los Angeles in the City of Pasadena. Our founder, Chuck McClain (see below), was born in Pasadena, and his career began as an apprentice in a small building diagnostics firm in which he was taught the art and science of building evaluations while inspecting historic structures throughout the City.

About Chuck McClain, AIA

For nearly 40 years, Charles “Chuck” McClain, AlA, has focused extensively on developing, performing, and reviewing comprehensive Property Condition Assessments. He is a Licensed Architect (CA, 1991), Certified Infrared Thermographer by the Infraspection Institute (1988), and a member of the American Institute of Architects, ASTM International, and International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC).

In 1991, Chuck authored the Building Systems Evaluation Handbook, one the first books dedicated to building evaluations and condition assessments. Published by Government Institutes Inc. as a handbook for executives, managers, and real estate professionals, the book was designed to assist building professionals, real estate investors, and property owners to establish engineering due diligence and evaluation programs in order to make informed investment decisions and/or determine the financial and operational viability of a property or portfolio of properties.

During the 1990s and early 2000s, McClain worked with numerous national due diligence consulting companies, performing hundreds of condition assessments at commercial properties throughout the U.S. and developing his specialties of staff training, reporting development, and portfolio delivery systems.

As a member of ASTM International, McClain has assisted in the development and issuance of several industry-standard publications including E2018 Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments: Baseline Property Condition Assessment Process, E2797 Standard Practice for Building Energy Performance Assessment for a Building Involved in a Real Estate Transaction, and E3224 Standard Guide for Building Energy Performance and Improvement Evaluation in the Assessment of Property Condition.