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Construction Code Compliance for Illinois PK-12 Schools

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HR Green’s Pete Vernon offers some excellent advice in a recent issue of the Journal of School Business Management (JSBM, Volume 28, Number 1 / Spring/Summer 2016) on how to make appropriate contract choices related to code issues. Doing it right can save resources and time while making a facility safe for students and teachers. Pete M. Vernon is an ICC certified Master Code Professional for HR Green in McHenry, Illinois. He has worked in engineering, construction, and code enforcement for over 40 years, with 15 years in Illinois PK-12 projects. Mr. Vernon was one of the first ISBE qualified Plan Examiner and Inspectors in Illinois.

“Prior to 2006, the process of code compliance in school construction was solely dependent on the architect of record certifying the accuracy and completeness of the construction documents submitted and certification that the construction substantially conformed with the approved documents. However, even thought the architect “…will visit the site at intervals appropriate to the stage of construction to become generally familiar with the progress and quality of the completed work…” the architect was “…not required to make exhaustive or continuous on-site inspections (AIA form A-201).

This is NOT to say architects do not or did not perform due diligence. However, plan reviews and inspections are specialized in their required skill sets and knowledge base. Observations and inspections are not interchangeable terms.” Full article available here.

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