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Re: Peer Review for projects on soverign land

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Dennis S. Wish PE wrote:
> 
> I figured this might get a few interested people:>)
> I have a potential project for a local indian tribe. Because the work is to
> be done on tribal land, there is no requirment for plan check or compliance
> to local building codes. I have done this before, but only small simple
> block buildings where I followed UBC and had no liability.
> My latest project is a very creative architectural piece which is to be used
> for a Visitor Center and Pedestrian Bridge across a shallow arroyo. As
> before, there is no plan check cycle on this project.
> 
> I am not comfortable with this even though I have confidence in the ability
> of the members of the team I put together to design the structures. I
> suggested to the architect that I would want to approach my local SEA
> chapter (SEAOSC) and ask for a peer review council to review the work before
> I seal it. It seemed a reasonable request considering the potential
> liability issues.
> 
> Although I have heard that SEAOSC offers the service, I have no experience
> with it and wanted to obtain the opinions of others. The architect agrees
> with the idea but is hesitant to do any thing that might delay his
> accelerated design schedule. My design window is less than five weeks and we
> have not agreed upon a fee or have a signed contract as yet.
> 
> I perfer using SEAOSC if the services are offered since the credability of
> the reviews is important should this ever get litigated. I don't believe
> that I would get the same level of review or credibility if I were to
> suggest paying for a private plan check from a contract agency.
> 
> I would appreciate opinions on this issue.
> 
> Sincerely,
> Dennis S. Wish PE
> 
DENNIS:

YOU "MUST" DESIGN ACCORDING TO SOME RECOGNIZABLE AND ACCEPTED CODE EVEN
IF NOT DICTATED BY THE OWNER, AS IT MAY BECOME NECESSARY EVEN IN A
TRIBAL COURT.

DONN