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John:
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.
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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
> 
> 
> Condition: 
> 
> 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
> added
> 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.
> 
> Problem:
> 
> 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
> told
> 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.
> 
> Solution:
> 
> 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
> client.
> 
> 4. Notify BORPELS that the building official is practicing engineering
> with
> 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.
> 
> Thanks
> 
> John Buchanan
> 
> 
>