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The UBC requires the owner or EOR acting as owner's agent to employ 
special inspectors.  On design/build projects, the EOR is often the 
contractor's "agent,"  in a contractual sense, and would pass special 
inspection costs through to the contractor.  This may give some the 
impression of a conflict of interest.  But since the EOR always 
should be acting as the owner's or the public's agent, in an ethical 
sense, there should be little objection to the EOR employing 
special inspectors for design/build projects.  Does anyone have any 
practical experience with this?  Have Building Officials in your area

Dave Evans, P.E.
TNH, Inc.