Project Developer Selects Consultant for Third-Party Inspection

July 28, 2009
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To ensure that its building envelope components are installed in compliance with the building code C.J. Peete Redevelopment, in New Orleans, has hired IBA Consultants to provide third-party inspections (also known as private inspections).

According to IBA, the use of private inspections in lieu of municipal building inspections is a growing trend, particularly in areas with construction projects where size, complexity, and pace of construction are overwhelming for building officials. In fact, several states, such as Florida, New York, Nevada, and Washington, now mandate these types of private inspections by code or law.

Onsite third-party inspections can help developers save time and money through quick approvals of the current installation and the necessary authorizations to begin the next phase. The inspectors can also mitigate the chance for building envelope failure. For the C.J. Peete’s project, the inspectors will concentrate on: fabrication and installation of curtain wall systems; fabrication and installation of structural glazed panels; fire stopping; railing and safeguards; and roofing.

The new C.J. Peete mixed-income community will include 460 rental units: seven public housing units, 186 public LIHTC units, 144 LIHTC units, and 123 market-rate rental units, as well as the rehabilitation of two historic buildings and the building of a K-8 school, recreation center, and a health clinic.