Threshold Inspections are performed on a threshold building in accordance to a structural inspection plan prepared by the structural engineer or architect of record. These inspections are a law in Florida and are part of the Florida Statute under section 553.71. The definition of a threshold building is any building which is greater than 3 stories or 50 feet in height, or which has an “Assembly” occupancy classification that exceeds 5,000 sq. ft. in area and an occupant content of greater than 500 persons. In addition, the owner of a building which does not meet these minimum requirements, may designate his building as a threshold building, subject to more that the minimum number of inspections required. To perform these inspections you need a licensed engineer or architect with a certification as a “Special Inspector” of threshold buildings and the Board of Professional Engineers and of Architects has a list of all these inspectors.
Who or what agency requires it?
The enforcing agency shall require that a special inspector perform the structural inspections for these buildings (see Florida Building code section 109.3.6). The cost of these inspections shall be paid by the fee owner of the building.
Who typically is responsible for calling the inspections?
The contractor is typically required to call all inspections to the special inspector and to the building department. Always verify with the building department as to their follow-up procedures prior to covering any are to be inspected.
Who does the inspections?
The special inspector can use an Authorized Representative to perform the day to day inspections. This representative shall have qualifications that include licensed engineer or architect, graduation form a related engineering or architectural program, successful completion of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals examination, a Florida licensed general contractor, or a Florida licensed Building Inspector.
What are additional inspection requirements of a threshold building?
All shoring and reshoring procedures, plans and details shall be submitted to the building department for record keeping. Each shoring and reshoring installation shall be supervised, inspected, and certified to be in compliance with the shoring documents by the contractor.
How GFA International can help?
GFA International can provide all these services and many more tests and inspections required by codes and specifications. Check out their profile at ConstructionConnection.com for further information.