In reading a letter about the building department of the City, it was in reference to two different families who complained about the poor inspections during the construction of their homes.
Each county has a building code which is required by the state. Each project requires a building permit in its location; the above families, I assume that each hired an architect and engineer to design and prepare documents for a building permit to build their homes. The city reviews the documents to make sure that they follow the codes. During construction the building department follows a standard procedure during that phase; for which they pay a fee for the permit to build.
The architect and engineer should be hired to include monitoring in the construction phase to assure that the building is being built in accordance with the construction documents they prepared. I am not familiar with these two homes, but to assure compliance to the owners desire, monitoring by the professionals should be done. We can’t expect the City inspectors to do all of that.
I, as a local architect, request that monitoring be a part of the agreement with the owner. I’m not expecting the city to do my job. I have always had good feelings, working with the contractor and the city and most important, the owner.
Herbert Rosser Savage, AIA