Hard to definitively say exactly which architect or what building or which issues prompted this (the links being just, you know, possible examples), but the City Council has decided to crack down on architects and engineers that cheat while grading their homework. Both can self-certify permit applications and building plans as meeting city codes, and there have been allegations that some people take liberties in doing so. Yesterday, the City Council passed two bills. One requires the Department of Buildings to check the work for architects and enginees put on probation by a state disciplinary and regulatory panel. The other allows suspension and revocation of self-certification for those filing false or noncompliant permits. Everybody else that plays nice can continue to grade their own papers.
· Council Moves Against Scofflaw Builders [Sun]
· Scarano Settles; Can't Grade His Own Papers [Curbed]