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I totally agree with you. The problem is the Architect is a client of mine. 
Do I do a good deed for the public and at the same time shoot myself in the 

I have simply made some observations and am convinced that some engineer was 
out to lunch when he designed the building structure. I do not know who the 
engineer is. 

The reason that I do not want to do the exercise of checking out the design 
is that ignorance is bliss! While I have doubts as to the adequacy of the 
design I don't know it to be a fact. If I knew it as a fact I would feel 
obligated to tell the Architect and the local Building Official.

I believe that our professional responsibility is to protect the health, 
safety and welfare of the public. However, going into the building department 
will not necessarily result in any change. It would be unwise for me to make 
a claim that does not fit with whatever Code the engineer used. I do not know 
of any way that the perimeter walls could be designed per Code. But then I 
wouldn't even attempt it. A cantilever wall 22' into the air that is only 8" 
thick does not seem to be something I would want to design in the first 
place. Also to consider, the particular building department that this 
particular building was permitted in does not have a great record of checking 
the engineers work. If the calculations and plans are stamped by a licensed 
engineer or architect, they issue a permit with very little checking of the 

John Ott