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Re: Who regulates building officials?
- To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
- Subject: Re: Who regulates building officials?
- From: "Nels Roselund, SE" <njineer(--nospam--at)att.net>
- Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 08:29:02 -0700
I don't think this calls for more regulation of building officials.
It's just part of the education process.for people who don't understand what it
takes to design a building.
I've had people come to me with ill-conceived plans who claimed to have
been told by the someone in the building department that all they needed was an
engineer's signature in order to get a building permit. My guess is that
the same thing has happened to many of us. Well, I won't sign it, but I'll
tell him what I need to do to turn it into a project that I can sign. And
my fee will be so-and-so. WHOOSH -- he's out the door. My
guess is that the guy in the building department told him pretty much the same
thing as I told him, and he became such a pest that the guy told him to get an
engineer's signature just to get rid of him.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, September 20, 2004 9:22
Subject: Who regulates building
A client phoned today to discuss a foundation design for a small
pre-engineered metal building. He hoped to re-use the foundation plan we had
recently designed for an adjacent building. The chief bulding official had
told him that he could re-use the foundation plan as long as we provided a
letter saying it was OK for the new building. I assumed that the new buliding
was an extenson of the original buliding and told the client to bring the
plans in for a more careful look.
The client brought in the foundation plan for his original building and the
manufacturer’s drawings for the proposed building. The new buliding was not
going to be attached to the original building, was a different size, had a
much smaller main frame spacing. It wasn't even from teh
same manufacturer. I told the client that I thought it was a really bad
idea for him to try to cut-and-paste plans for one building’s footings to
match another framing system, and furthermore that what he spent in design
fees would probably be recouped in savings on concrete for the column pads
(the tributary area for the first building’s column pads was about 3 times
more than the trib area for the proposed bldg's pads).
My main question is how can a building official think that a foundation
plan can be adapted from one size and configuration of building to a
completely different one? Is there any state body that governs building
officials, or would my only recourse be the city council? Is this something
that the state engineering licensing board could/would do anything about?
Could Arnie come out and dope-slap him? This is not an isolated
incident, we've had him tell people that we put requirements on aour plans
that did'nt need to be there and I overhead him at the front counter telling
someone, "your plans are fine you just need to 'get them stamped' by an
Name with-held to protect the guilty
PS We already told the client that we're not interested in doing