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Threshold Inspections: Do I need one?

October 23rd, 2023 | 2 min. read

By Legacy Engineering

Threshold Inspections

In Florida, the building code mandates threshold inspections for structures over a certain size in order to ensure their structural integrity. Section 553.71(7) states that a threshold building is one that exceeds three stories or 50 feet in height, or spans over 5,000 square feet with an occupancy expectation of more than 500 people.

This requirement is absolutely essential in Florida, where buildings must endure the challenging weather conditions of hurricane season year after year. These inspections are conducted at various stages of construction to verify that the design and build comply with the stringent Florida building codes, safeguarding the safety and resilience of these significant structures.

Threshold Inspection

At Legacy Engineering, our team of qualified inspectors is fully licensed to conduct threshold inspections, a specialized process crucial for the structural integrity and safety of large-scale buildings. These threshold buildings, as defined by Florida's rigorous building codes, require a series of in-depth inspections during their construction to ensure they meet the stringent standards necessary to withstand the unique environmental challenges, particularly the annual hurricane season.

Threshold inspections are more than just routine checks. They involve a comprehensive review of structural elements at various construction stages. Our inspectors bring a wealth of experience in both structural and architectural disciplines, ensuring that every aspect of your building's construction is meticulously examined. From the foundational elements to the final touches, our team ensures that your threshold building incorporates all necessary structural components to guarantee safety and durability.

These inspections are critical in verifying that the construction aligns with the approved design and engineering plans. Our inspectors examine the quality of materials used, the strength of the foundation, the robustness of load-bearing structures, and the overall structural integrity. Their expertise in identifying potential issues early in the construction process can save time and resources in the long run, avoiding costly corrections after completion.

Unlike standard private inspections, threshold inspections are a more involved process and are billed on an hourly basis. This billing method reflects the detailed and often time-intensive nature of these inspections. At Legacy, we provide transparent billing practices, with a minimum number of hours charged, which varies depending on the project's scope and the specific contractual agreement. Our aim is to provide comprehensive inspection services at a fair and competitive rate, ensuring that your project remains on budget without compromising on quality.

By choosing Legacy Engineering for your threshold inspections, you are not just meeting a regulatory requirement; you are also investing in peace of mind. Our dedicated team's extensive experience and meticulous attention to detail ensure that your building will not only comply with Florida's building codes but also embody the highest standards of safety and quality. Our commitment to excellence is unwavering, as we understand that these buildings are more than structures; they are future homes, workplaces, and community spaces that must stand the test of time and nature.

Are you ready to schedule? If you are looking for threshold inspections for your building, please click the button below to email our private provider inspection department directly. Our inspectors are fully licensed to inspect your threshold building and help you adhere to Florida building codes!

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