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- To: "'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
- Subject: RE: special inspection of design/build projects
- From: Harold Sprague <harold.sprague(--nospam--at)neenan.com>
- Date: Wed, 7 Oct 1998 16:31:11 -0600
Talk about timing. Fort Collins has just adopted the 97 UBC, I now work for a design/build company, I passed the special inspection for steel, and I have a project that requires special inspection. The way we are approaching this issue is that the EOR personally writes the letter and selects the special inspector manager(which can be an employee of our company). The special inspector manager then assigns the individual special inspection roles (i.e. structural steel, concrete, foundations, etc.), and supervises the distribution of the reports in a similar manner to the program adopted by Kansas City, MO. You can get the KC, MO protocol off of their web site. The KC, MO program identifies a "special inspector of record" as opposed to a special inspector manager. The EOR is acting within his professional obligation and duties in assigning the special inspector manager. The EOR must be satisfied that the special inspector manager will act professionally in identifying deficiencies. The Kansas City program goes a step further and requires the special inspector of record to be a licensed engineer. Regards, Harold Sprague, P.E. The Neenan Company harold.sprague(--nospam--at)neenan.com -----Original Message----- From: Dave Evans [mailto:DEVANS(--nospam--at)tnhanc.alaska.net] Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 1998 3:02 PM To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org Subject: special inspection of design/build projects 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 objected...etc. Dave Evans, P.E. TNH, Inc.
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