To: "'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Subject: RE: retaining wall design
From: "Kim, Henry D." <Henry.Kim(--nospam--at)veco.com>
Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 11:05:03 -0600
Just curious, how is the project you are currently working on affected by
the existing condition ? If the proposed new work is not dependent on a new
retaining wall, wouldn't a cya letter to both the owner and the architect be
sufficient ? If you do indeed do a lot of work in the jurisdiction you are
correct in being concerned about showing up the building official.
Henry David Kim
VECO Engineering Inc.
Office...(907) 762-1525 (voice) - (907) 762-1595 (fax)
Home...(907) 243-0918 (voice & fax)
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> From: John Buchanan[SMTP:jjb(--nospam--at)scruznet.com]
> Reply To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Sent: Monday, May 10, 1999 8:30 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: retaining wall design
> An exisitng single story light wood framed structure. The exterior walls
> are a combination of concrete masonry walls and wood walls.
> The origional structure was built in 1948. In 1964 a new basement was
> to the structure.
> When the basement was added an approximately 5'-0" cut was made in the
> under floor area and new concrete walls were poured in place to retain the
> approximately five feet of cut.
> In one location there is a concrete wall, but the wall was never back
> filled. Approximately 3' of space exists between the wall and the
> unsupported cut.
> I have recommended a new retaining wall be constructed or back fill be
> placed behind the wall to support the cut.
> 1. The client does not want to do this becouse the existing condition has
> existed since 1964.
> 2. The chief building official visited the site, looked at the cut and
> the client a retaining wall is not required.
> 3. The architect (understands the need for a wall) is having a hard time
> justifying to the client why a new retaining wall is requiered.
> 1. Write cya letter to client.
> 2. Write cya letter to builiding department.
> 3. Refuse to sign off on the project and alienate a good architect and bad
> 4. Notify BORPELS that the building official is practicing engineering
> out a license and never do work in the juridiction again.
> 5. Hide my head in the sand?
> 6. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
> John Buchanan