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- From: IteUrsi(--nospam--at)gnn.com (Franklin Lew)
- Date: Sun, 24 Mar 1996 19:59:52
It is a rare building official who will relax the building code requirements for a "temporary" building. As other responders have noted, the best intentions of owners have a way of being modified, and a temporary building often winds up staying for an indefinite duration, or being recycled to another site. When confronted with such a request, I require a written committment by the owner to demolish or remove the structure by a specific date, and require a performance bond so that the department can contract to have that done if the owner fails to follow through. During the war years, U.C. Berkeley put up 14 two-story woodframed structures. They were designated at T-1 through T-14, "T" standing for "temporary". The expectation was that they would be demolished after the war, when steel and concrete no longer would be diverted to the war effort. Well, I had freshman classes in T buildings in the fifties, and the last of those building was demolished only three years ago to make way for a new library. My daughter had a class in a T building in the eighties, and by that time, students knew the buildings not at "temporary", but as "timeless" buildings! Frank Lew, CBO, SE ...
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