A Safe Investment in PC Associates Building Code Review

Safety and accessibility are critical to any construction project. Code requirements are constantly changing to match new products, methods, and technology. Keeping up with the pace of change can be difficult, even for large contractors; as a result, building plans often contain errors and omissions that fall short of code compliance. These code violations can have high costs. Failure to comply with building and safety codes can result in schedule alterations and budget increases. Contractors may be unable to meet deadlines, instead spending time overcoming the early design errors that violated safety codes. Contractors must request change orders to obtain the resources for code compliance, further delaying project completion.

Federal, state, and local building codes include restrictions on the types of buildings that can be constructed, the types of materials that can be used, and the locations on which construction projects can be built. Being aware of and understanding the existing building codes and the differences between lot options before construction can reduce overall project costs for both the project owner and the contractor.

For example, a project owner may be required to use a more expensive material to build on a particular lot in accordance with local building codes. Knowledge of this requirement for specific materials in the planning stage of the project could save money by allowing for the installation of the appropriate materials in the first place; otherwise, code-violating materials may be installed initially, requiring a change order and additional resources later in construction and increasing the overall costs of the project. Such a planning error could also cause time delays, requiring the project deadlines to be pushed back. All in all, ignoring the important step of building code review can have expensive consequences.

Fortunately, design errors and omissions that result in safety violations are preventable. With PC Associates building code review, owners and contractors can avoid unnecessary costs and delays. The PC Associates building code review confirms that all drawings of the building—electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and structural—meet the minimum requirements for federal, state, and local building codes as well as safety and accessibility codes. Using a new and efficient plan-checking technology called RemedyCheck®, PC Associates identifies errors between the various design drawings, alerting PC Associates experts to any inconsistencies and code violations. The experts can then correct the problem, avoiding any code violations in the planning stage of the project before they become a problem. When the building plan meets minimum code requirements, PC Associates can also offer suggestions on how to improve building safety and accessibility in order to better serve the purpose of the project.

The PC Associates building code review can be useful for any type of construction project. The company has experience working with a variety of clients on a wide range of structures: with over 20 years of experience, PC Associates has reviewed more than 1500 construction and remodeling projects. Previously reviewed projects include commercial airports, apartment complexes, vacation resorts, convention centers, museums, government buildings, hospitals, and educational facilities. PC Associates reviews projects as large as the $800 million Eastern Colorado Health Care System in Aurora, CO and as small as single story replacements and private residential buildings.

Both public and private projects are accepted for review, and both types of projects can benefit from this service.

Together, PC Associates’ RemedyCheck® and their team of qualified architects, engineers, and contractors form an effective safeguard to reduce the unnecessary expenses of change orders and time delays resulting from building and safety code violations. Regardless of the type of building or the size of the project, PC Associates’ building code review is an economical and practical choice.