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Tom,
Bronze Young SE, owner of CalWest Engineering in the Palm 
Springs area recently became the acting building official for 
the city of Rancho Mirage. He is also the contract plan checking 
company for the cities of Palm Desert and La Quinta. Bronze has 
instituted a similar policy in these three cities that require 
the Engineer of record or the Architect of Record (doing his own 
engineering) to submit a letter to the building official that as 
to the best of his knowledge he has provided all minimum 
information for the structural systems to plan check. He is 
required to provide the city official with a document that shows 
that he has reviewed all sub-systems which are related to the 
structural system of the building and has found them to be in 
conformance or compliance with the structural design.
In addition, the cities are now requiring structural observation 
on any structure that does not conform to conventional framing 
standards as established in UBC 2326. This has caused a riff 
among developer, architects and contractors (as well as the 
historical "bottom-feeder") but has been shown to improve the 
quality of construction, save the owner money normally expected 
with changes incurred in the field, and reduce the engineers 
time involved in detail revisions. Each engineer that I spoke 
with out here has supported Bronze's efforts as did Wildan 
Associates who has the contract for plan check with the city of 
Indian Wells and the county.
This is a very necessary provision to try and change many of the 
bad habits that have been evolving over the years.

Dennis Wish PE