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Contractor Sees Value in ICC Third-Party Plan Review Matt McConnell was apprehensive when a Texasbased city planning department recommended Code Council Plan Review Services for its required third-party plan review of a multi-million dollar, 100,000-square-foot expansion of a tilt-up warehouse. “I’ve dealt with third-party reviewers in the past and found that many will nitpick designs to the extreme, delaying project starts and increasing costs,” said McConnell, project manager for Crossland Construction, one of the top 100 general contractors in the nation and one of the top 250 largest contractors in the world. “I was a little nervous, to say the least.” For city approval, McConnell needed Code Council to review the plans across multiple disciplines: building (structural and nonstructural); mechanical; plumbing; electrical; accessibility; energy conservation; and fire protection systems (including sprinklers). The Plan Review Services group reviews all drawings and construction documents based on either the Code Council’s International Codes, legacy codes (BOCA, ICBO, SBCCI), or, as in the case of this project, the Texas state codes, based on the 2009 I-Codes, with local amendments. “Right from the start, the Code Council team gave me a straight answer about how long the review would take and the process,” McConnell said. “They held true to their word. I also appreciated the open line of communication when concerns or questions arose.” In one case, the plan reviewers were concerned about the fire suppression system related to the heat and smoke vents. “We talked through the concept, and they even offered recommendations about ways to resolve the problem based on other projects that they had reviewed,” he said. “That insight helped the project tremendously. “The next time I need a third-party review, Code Council will be at the top of my list.” Code Council plan reviewers offered ideas that helped improve the warehouse fire suppression system. Crossland Construction sets the first precast walls on the new 100,000-square-foot warehouse expansion. OCTOBER 2016 | 35


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