December 30, 2005
BUILDING SAFETY: MECKLENBURG COUNTY PATENTS PROCESS TO ELECTRONICALLY MANAGE "SPECIAL INSPECTIONS"
Charlotte, NC - Beginning January 17, 2006, Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement will introduce an innovative, paperless process to manage "special inspections" for commercial builders and developers. The process is called "Meck-SI.com"
Special inspections are additional or supplemental building inspections required by the N. C. State Building Code and are performed on commercial construction projects by private-sector inspectors. These inspectors are employed by the project owner and not by the County. Special inspections are necessary for various stages of a construction project, such as deep foundations, retaining walls, structural steel, masonry and others.
Meck-SI and the new Web site,
www.meck-si.com, will automate the special inspection process. It begins when the builder or developer applies for a permit and continuing through the term of the project. The Web site allows the builder to complete these mandatory inspections, while reducing the possibility making a mistake.
LEARN MORE: To introduce Meck-SI.com to the construction and development community, Mecklenburg County is hosting a presentation:
• Wednesday, January 11
• 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
• Hal Marshall County Services Center, 700 North Tryon Street
Attendees are invited to bring their lunch and learn how Meck-SI.com will make for safer and more efficient construction.
Meck-SI.com is state-of-the-art and unique to code compliance authorities around the nation. In fact, Mecklenburg County has applied for a patent for the system and hopes to sell it to other code compliance authorities.
Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement issued about 7,500 commercial building permits last year - about 30-percent requiring special inspections. For projects employing Meck-SI.com, a special inspector employed by the project owner would be present daily or sometimes even hourly to ensure compliance with the approved permitted construction documents. Special Inspectors are screened and authorized by Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement. County staff makes spot checks (in addition to their regularly mandated inspections) and reports are included in the project’s file. Meck-SI.com pulls these steps together online into one seamless resource.
Questions? Call the Commercial Technical Assistance Center (CTAC) at 704-336-3829.