CBI Consulting Inc., with offices in Boston, Massachusetts and Miami, Florida, has over 24 years at the forefront of architectural design with green building technology, water leak and building envelope investigations, structural engineering, and historical restoration experience. Whether the project involves new construction, building envelope repair, historical restoration, or renovation and reuse, CBI is dedicated to addressing the specific and individual needs of our clients.
LEED® Accredited architects at CBI create sustainable designs and apply their understanding of the benefits of different building materials to provide energy-saving and cost-effective solutions for our clients. We have a broad range of experience with green design, new construction, space planning, building additions, and repairs to existing facilities.
At CBI structural engineering is as much an art as it is a science. With projects that range from multi-story hotels and condominiums to parking garages, offices, universities and municipal facilities, CBI has successfully provided a full range of engineering design services. Tapping into our vast experience, our team is also at the forefront of developing educational programs to assist universities in training future structural engineers.
Preservation architects at CBI work closely with local and national historical commissions to verify historical restoration work is performed according to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Preservation. CBI has worked extensively with numerous styles of building construction and has worked with countless building materials, including but not limited to stone, masonry, slate, wood, terra-cotta, bronze, and wrought iron. CBI's Preservation architects carefully choose replacement materials with the Owner to match the existing design and require little maintenance. This ensures that the end result is a building that appears aged, but that has been well-maintained over the years.
Water leaks and infiltration can cause serious structural and interior damage to the building envelope if not repaired. CBI’s waterproofing design specialists understand the various ways water can permeate a building envelope, such as improper flashing and drainage, cracks in the building exterior, the freeze/thaw cycle, and waterproofing materials that have reach the end of their useful life. We work with our clients to determine the best sustainable design solutions to improve energy efficiency and decrease long term maintenance costs for Owners.
August 2, 2012
By Steven A. Watchorn, Assoc. A.I.A., LEED AP Often during the production of contract documents the plans and technical specifications are given such high priority by members of the project team that the general requirements of the Contract risk being overlooked. These project-specific conditions may make-or-break many otherwise successful projects, unless they are carefully planned [...]
July 27, 2012
By Eric R. Kizak, P.E. Engineers are often described as techno-geeks. And while this title may apply to some, for those involved in concrete repair the tools are a bit more rustic. One of the first work items in all concrete restoration or repair projects is to define the extent of the problem. (The first [...]
July 16, 2012
By Craig E. Barnes, P.E., SECB Needle joints are defined simply as thin mortar joints, less than 3/8”. The biggest problems in dealing with needle joint masonry are the techniques of joint excavation and repacking (tuck pointing). Over many years of restoration work in Back Bay and on Beacon Hill structures where needle joint masonry [...]