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Re: Chapter 17- IBC
- To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
- Subject: Re: Chapter 17- IBC
- From: ASLCSE(--nospam--at)aol.com
- Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2008 15:32:54 EST
In a message dated 2/20/2008 10:39:03 AM Pacific Standard Time,
How well, or not well, are special
inspections being enforced out there?
We have a situation in which the
Owners Rep and local Building Code Official are of the opinion that our
requirements regarding tests and qualifications are “excessive” (i.e. they
have probably never done them before, and they are tight on money). The SSI is
directly based on the CASE documents which have been used as baselines for
enforcement in other county building departments in the state. As reference,
the project is in a rural county and is a 42,000sf 2story special concentric
steel braced frame in a SDC D. In particular the CBO is allowing a local
architect (actually the Owners Rep), who does not meet the qualifications in
the SSI, to perform “inspections”. Some of the inspections are simply not
being done and others not done thoroughly. We have been repeatedly
documenting this to the owner and those involved to no avail other then
raising tempers. The CBO believes he has the discretion to implement the SSI
as he sees fit, but we are not of the same opinion. To further complicate a
bad situation, the building is a county building, so they have a vested
interest. We are clearly concerned for the quality of the project as well as
fulfilling our own professional and legal obligations to the public.
Has any one come across this
before? Any opinions on how to move forward? Is this really up to the CBO?
I think the CBO can ask for "Structural Observation", but "Special
Inspection" (by a Deputy Inspector) is only required when specified in the
Antonio S. Luisoni