New Construction Commercial Inspections
As a certified ICC (International Code Counsel) COMMERCIAL COMBINATION BUILDING INSPECTOR and also PLANS EXAMINER I am fully qualified to perform new construction inspections in phases of work progress of your new commercial project. You will have the option of choosing all or only a selected number of the below recommended inspections. As your personal third party project consultant/inspector I will scrutinize the construction process and produce reports which will reveal any deficiencies discovered in the building methods or materials. These reports will be delivered to both the General Contractor and you the Client in a timely manner via e-mail for each specific inspection. It is very important to insure all work is being properly performed per the approved building plans and current ICC, NEC and ADA codes and Georgia state amendments to the codes for full compliance. Even though the local government building departments inspect the following systems, I will devote all of the time necessary to perform your inspections with the highest standards of quality found in the inspection industry. Also please know that I will be available to answer any questions that you may have both during and even after the project has been completed.
Building Blueprint Plan Review
As a certified Plans Examiner I will check the plans for proper code compliance and adherence to industry standards as well as confirming that the design professional has met the individual needs of the client. This will be an important opportunity to discover any issues or problems before construction begins.
Under Slab Plumbing
I will check both the plumbing water supply installation and drain system for proper slope, pipe size, fittings and pressure testing prior to back-filling and foundation excavation.
This inspection will include checking the soil compaction to be certain that before the placement of concrete the soil is properly compacted and excavated below grade, reinforcing steel is properly in place, and the UFER ground (concrete encased grounding electrode) is properly installed. The IBC (International Building Code) Chapter 17 indicates that an independent third party engineer perform a soil compaction analyses for commercial projects.
PLEASE NOTE: Many construction companies allow the engineer to also perform the footing reinforcement steel inspection as well as the soil compaction. In this case the client may want to simply accept the engineers report and exclude the private inspector from performing the footing steel portion of the inspection. However, unless the engineer has an electrical certification, the private inspector should inspect the UFER ground installations.
Exterior Wall Bracing & Fastening Pattern
For light framed commercial type V buildings, exterior structural panel wall sheathing is required by code to be installed and fastened per the structural drawings for proper wall bracing in order to meet our regional wind loads. I have the needed expertise to insure this important stage of work has been performed properly. (On most type II buildings, a third party engineer would be required to perform all the structural framing per IBC International Building Code Chapter 17.)
Wall Cover – Structural, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical and ADA (American Disabilities Act)
After all of the structural floor, wall, roof, electrical, plumbing, mechanical and including ADA requirements have been fully completed and prior to the installation of interior gypsum board wall covering, (drywall) I will then perform a thorough and comprehensive inspection of all these systems for proper installations.
Ceiling Cover – Structural, Electrical, Plumbing, Mechanical and ADA
After all of the ceiling grid framing, electrical, plumbing, mechanical requirements have been fully completed and prior to the installation ceiling tiles, I will then perform a thorough and comprehensive inspection of all these systems for proper installations.
As the owner of your newly constructed commercial property it is important to be absolutely sure all of the mechanical systems, means of egress, ADA, structural systems as well as foundation drainage and all other details are fully code compliant, complete and meet the approval of both the client and the inspector before the final real estate transactions are complete prior to closing on the contractual agreements.