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Building Plans Examiner II

Company: City of Meridian
Location: Meridian
Posted on: July 5, 2019

Job Description:

Building Plans Examiner II To Apply for this position please visit the following website: Job Summary:Performs comprehensive building plan reviews, structural plan reviews and review of structural calculations on every commercial and residential project, alteration or remodel submitted to the City of Meridian. Verify through plan review, plan review corrections and re-submittal that all project submittals meet the minimum life safety compliance of the adopted codes and other resources and reference materials as adopted by the City of Meridian prior to permit issuance. Plan review shall include, but not be limited to, determination of a legal parcel, site setback and easement verification, fire separation requirements, structural calculations, energy (Comcheck/Rescheck), accessibility, re-submittals and Accessibility compliance for any and all building projects and applications received by the City of Meridian. This class is distinguished from Plans Examiner I by the performance of more complex and diverse duties involved in reviewing both commercial and residential construction plans, which requires additional certifications and years of experience to efficiently perform the work.Essential Duties & Responsibilities:Performs plan reviews on construction plans, engineering calculations and specifications for new buildings, building additions, and building alterations for commercial and multi-family buildings to verify compliance with the International Building Code, International Residential Codes, International Energy Conservation Code, accessibility codes, floodplain codes, planning codes and ordinances as adopted by the City of Meridian;Reviews commercial and multifamily projects which may include high hazard occupancies, institutional occupancies, large assembly occupancies, fire-resistive construction, and high-rise construction;Responds to questions about building codes; Provides building code interpretations and technical advice orally, graphically, and in writing;Explains the building permit review processes to a diverse range of people including architects, engineers, developers, building inspectors, and non-technical people with a varying range of expertise;Resolves conflicts and communicates options for code compliance;Trains and provides technical support to Plans Examiner I staff;Assists and conducts reviews of residential plans when necessary during peak work periods;Schedules and leads meetings to answer questions and facilitate service;Schedules and leads consulting meetings with applicants for projects of varying complexity and economic impact to verify completeness of permit applications and construction documents to accept projects into the review system for review;Schedules and leads meetings for large complex projects;Communicates code requirements, design issues, and permit processes to applicants in a large meeting environment;Works cooperatively with internal staff, Building Official and applicants to accommodate scheduling needs and assisting in developing phased permitting strategies;Schedules and leads plan review meetings with other team members and inspectors for code changes and code updates as needed;Provides frequent technical support, direction, and mentoring to the plans examiner staff and building permit counter customers;Collaborates with building inspectors on plan submittals and plan changes after permit issuance;Works with building inspection staff, contractors and design professionals after the permit has been issued to resolve code issues encountered during construction;Evaluate structural engineering reports and calculations, perform general math calculations, interpret adopted codes, and explain technical information and code requirements by oral, written and graphic means;Create and provide training and technical support to others, work cooperatively with management to resolve complex issues;May review and approve submitted certificates of valuation for projects to ensure accurate valuation;Utilize the city's enterprise software, and provide data entry and comments related to plan review workflows;Every time a plan review is delayed and a resubmittal is requested the building plan reviewer shall add comments to the system so City staff is aware of the resubmittal request;Communicate effectively at a level necessary for efficient job performance;Complete assignments in a timely fashion and recommend process enhancement for faster timeline to permit;Creates and facilitates internal training sessions for plans examiner staff;Assists the Plan Review Supervisor in evaluating and assigning work to other plan review staff;Assists the Plan Review Supervisor in assigning and monitoring the work to the contracted structural engineer(s) to the extent that the City of Meridian chooses to utilize a third party structural review service;Collaborates with other plan reviewers and inspectors on all deferred plan submittals and plan modifications received by the City;Reviews and assists applicants to prepare acceptable alternate code requests or modifications to adopted building codes;May propose, research, draft, new policy and standard operating procedures (SOP) for building services related to residential and commercial construction and collaborating with the Plan Review Supervisor and Building Official;Reviews and recommends changes to the local amendments when preparing for adoption of new codes;Develop and maintain plan review checklists for the department for consistency and uniformity of process;Collaborates with the Building Official and other city personnel to confirm final project approvals as needed, before the Certificate of Occupancy is issued;May serve on committees and attend meetings for process improvement;Attends code training and code update seminars to stay current with code changes through the International Code Council (ICC);Maintains continuing education units for International Code Council certifications;Handles sensitive and delicate situations with a high degree of confidentiality and in a courteous, professional, and timely manner;Prioritizes and organizes own work to meet deadlines;Works independently and under the direction of the Plan Review Supervisor;Operate office equipment, e.g., photocopier, facsimile machine;Perform general office duties like document scanning and other administrative tasks associated with the position;Assist City in enforcing appropriate ordinances related to land use, Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, building sites, and building uses;Provide plan review comments, redlines, re-submittal requests and other correspondence via email to design professional of record and archive in the location specified by City;Stamp the electronic or hardcopy plan set(s) with appropriate language to signify approval or rejection;Attend meetings, provide support, training, and input related to a future electronic plan submittal program that includes an electronic document review program;Performs other duties as assigned;Job Specifications:High school diploma or GED required;Bachelor's degree in architecture, structural engineering, or related field, or a Certificate of Achievement in Building Inspection Technology from an accredited college is desired;One to three years of work experience performing building plan review of complex commercial and residential projects and/or residential design work is required.Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:Ability to communicate effectively with people who are angry, hostile or confused;Ability to maintain composure and exercise sound judgment in adverse conditions;Must be able to work independently with limited oversight from supervisor and complete assignments in a timely fashion;Ability to read and interpret building plans;Must be able to develop innovative and equitable solutions to complicated code issues;Ability to interpret and effectively explain residential and commercial building code requirements, relevant standards and problems with architectural and structural plans to other city staff, owners, contractors, building tenants and designers;Ability to operate City required software including plan review, word processing, permit tracking, email and internet related programs;Individuals must be capable of operating vehicles safely and have an acceptable driving record;Ability to handle a large volume of submittals and customer service, foresee and resolve conflict at a high level, prioritize tasks, effectively prioritize workload to minimize complaints and maximize efficiency, read and interpret complex commercial and residential building plans and specifications;Must possess current word processing, database, email, and internet computer software application knowledge;Knowledge of local ordinance amendments and codes; construction materials and properties; construction trade and common practices; time management principles and advanced customer service principles;..... click apply for full job details

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