We offer reports for commercial and residential structures with suspected structural damage due to foundation settlement or seismic activity.
Fees for the assessment and consultation are $400.
For an optional written report there is an additional $400 fee.
For more information about our assessments, consultations, and reports visit our other website: www.OCStructureCheck.com
We also provide Structural Engineering Inspections for SB326 (Senate Bill SB 326) and SB721 enacted January 1, 2020 for balconies, stairs, and decks. (California Civil Code 5551)
OUR YELP REVIEWS:
STANDARD CONTRACT FOR EXTERIOR ELEVATED ELEMENT INSPECTIONS
Re: Agreement for Structural Engineering Services
SoCal Structural (hereafter “STRUCTURAL ENGINEER”) is pleased to submit this contract (hereafter “AGREEMENT”) for structural engineering services at the referenced sites. This AGREEMENT serves as a binding contract for the scope of services, schedule, deliverables, and fees described below. By signing this AGREEMENT, the CLIENT (identified below) acknowledges and agrees to the conditions herein, accordingly, it is the CLIENT’s responsibility to be fully aware of all limitations, project scope, exclusions, and schedule.
Structural Engineering Scope of Services
For compliance with Civil Code Section 5551:
(a) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) “Associated waterproofing systems” include flashings, membranes, coatings, and sealants that protect the load-bearing components of exterior elevated elements from exposure to water.
(2) “Exterior elevated elements” mean the load-bearing components together with their associated waterproofing system.
(3) “Load-bearing components” means those components that extend beyond the exterior walls of the building to deliver structural loads to the building from decks, balconies, stairways, walkways, and their railings, that have a walking surface elevated more than six feet above ground level, that are designed for human occupancy or use, and that are supported in whole or in substantial part by wood or wood-based products.
(4) “Statistically significant sample” means a sufficient number of units inspected to provide 95 percent confidence that the results from the sample are reflective of the whole, with a margin of error of no greater than plus or minus 5 percent.
o IMPORTANT: The HOA and/or property manager may hire our firm to inspect only the minimum designated number of exterior elevated elements that satisfy the statistically significant sample definition in Civil Code Section 5551 (e.g., for 50 exterior elevated elements, 45 would satisfy the statistically significant sample definition; e.g., for 25 exterior elevated elements, 24 would satisfy the statistically significant sample definition). However, we highly recommend our firm inspect all of the complex’s exterior elevated elements.
(5) “Visual inspection” means inspection through the least intrusive method necessary to inspect load-bearing components, including visual observation only or visual observation in conjunction with, for example, the use of moisture meters, borescopes, or infrared technology.
(b) Visual inspection will be conducted by Jeremy Livermore, SE, PE (licensed structural engineer and licensed civil engineer, hereafter “Inspector” or “Structural Engineer”). The Inspector will inspect a random and statistically significant sample of exterior elevated elements for which the association has maintenance or repair responsibility. The inspection will determine whether the exterior elevated elements are in a generally safe condition and performing in accordance with applicable standards.
(c) Prior to conducting the first visual inspection, the inspector will generate a random list of the locations of each type of exterior elevated element. The list will include all exterior elevated elements for which the association has maintenance or repair responsibility. The list will be provided to the association for future use.
(d) The inspector will perform the visual inspections in accordance with the random list generated pursuant to subdivision (c). If during the visual inspection the inspector observes building conditions indicating that unintended water or water vapor has passed into the associated waterproofing system, thereby creating the potential for damage to the load-bearing components, then the inspector may conduct a further inspection. The inspector will exercise their best professional judgment in determining the necessity, scope, and breadth of any further inspection. All further inspections will require the property manager’s maintenance workers or contractors to remove surface materials (stucco, waterproofing, drywall, wood siding, plywood, etc.) for the inspectors further inspection of the structural system (studs, joists, beams, posts, connections, etc.). All associated work and costs for removal of surface materials shall be at no cost to SoCal Structural.
(e) Based upon the inspector’s visual inspections, further inspection, and construction and materials expertise, the inspector will issue a written report containing the following information:
(1) The identification of the building components comprising the load-bearing components and associated waterproofing system.
(2) The current physical condition of the load-bearing components and associated waterproofing system, including whether the condition presents an immediate threat to the health and safety of the residents.
(3) The expected future performance and remaining useful life of the load-bearing components and associated waterproofing system.
(4) Recommendations for any necessary repair or replacement of the load-bearing components and associated waterproofing system.
(f) The report issued pursuant to subdivision (e) will be stamped or signed by the inspector and delivered to the property manager for delivery to the HOA board.
(g) If, after inspection of any exterior elevated element, the inspector advises that the exterior elevated element poses an immediate threat to the safety of the occupants, the inspector will provide a copy of the inspection report to the association immediately upon completion of the report, and to the local code enforcement agency within 15 days of completion of the report.
Accordingly, our Structural Engineering scope of services includes the following services
- Task #1: Inspect exterior elevated elements to meet the above provisions and comply with Civil Code Section 5551. The exterior elevated elements will be selected by our inspector in conjunction with the HOA and property manager for notifying tenants in advance.
o Up to 12 condo exterior elevated balconies and up to 6 exterior elevated decks, walkways, stairways will be inspected during each trip to the complex.
- Task #2: Write one (1) page reports for each inspected exterior elevated element. Each report will have the official structural engineering seal (stamped/signed) to comply with Civil Code Section 5551.
- Task #1: Performed within 10 business days of notification for the site visit provided by the CLIENT or CLIENT’s representative.
- Task #2: Performed within 5 business days of the site inspection.
Stamped and Signed Calculations and Construction Documents.
We will provide these aforementioned services for the following fees:
- Task #1 & #2: $1,600 per trip to the complex and associated inspection reports produced from each trip.
o Invoices will be sent for each trip to the complex and associate reports.
• Permit submittal services and administration with the authority having jurisdiction.
• Guarantees and warrantees.
• Contractor’s means and methods of construction.
• STRUCTURAL ENGINEER will not be responsible for demolition, construction debris removal, and hazardous materials identification during our site assessment. If demolition of ceiling elements are required, CLIENT shall provide the appropriate demolition for the structural observations.
• STRUCTURAL ENGINEER will not review, make observations, show on drawings, or provide information related the existing utility or irrigation lines or any other architectural, mechanical, electrical, or plumbing items, units, or equipment as these are non-structural related items of the project.
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER may be retained for additional services not covered in this AGREEMENT with an additional agreement upon CLIENT’s request.