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This brings up an interesting point.  There is a perception
out there that commercial projects should be built to a
higher standard than residential.  Shouldn't they be the
same?  I've designed homes that are significantly larger
than some of the commercial projects I've worked on.
I realize that there will be differences based on
occupancy and other related matters.

Are we as an engineering community holding commercial
jobs to a higher standard than homes?  One example I
can think of would be the amount of reinforcing required
in foundation walls.

Dan Goodrich, P.E.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Neil Moore" <nmoore(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2001 8:33 PM
Subject: RE: Aase ruling

> Jason and Dennis:
> On the other hand,  I had a take-over project with 46 townhouses.  23
> uphill and 23 downhill, basically two plans, each alike.  The foundation,
> framing and exterior stucco completed.  Although every one of the  plans
> were the same, it appeared to be a different crew on each one.
> Took us three years to complete the project, including putting a
> designer on the site to straightened out all of the glitches.  The
> superintendent,  who was from a central California mountain area, accussed
> us of "commercially" engineering the buildings.  Of course the project was
> a 1000 feet from the San Andreas fault and was on a high bluff facing the
> ocean.
> The sherriff came in one day and took him off the project.  This was
> sometime after he had threatened one of my engineers.
> Neil Moore,  S.E.
> neil moore and associates