City of Lakewood, OH Implements Facade & Parking Garage Evaluation Ordinance
The city of Lakewood, Ohio has passed a facade and parking garage evaluation ordinance that focuses on preventing building quality and structural issues on commercial, mixed-use and residential buildings throughout the city limits. The timeline for building owners to complete the assessment by a qualified inspector is still being developed, but the anticipated deadline is November 1, 2022. This ordinance is in response to some structural safety concerns in the community. (Read Cleveland.com)
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What you need to know
Lakewood, Ohio has joined the ranks of cities implementing façade and parking garage ordinances. The city council has passed a façade and parking garage ordinance to evaluate buildings within the city limits. The buildings that fall under the following criteria are required to have an inspection undertaken:
- All buildings 30 years or older
- All buildings 4 stories or taller
- All parking garages above or below grade with ten (10) or more parking spaces.
- The evaluation must be performed by a qualified inspector, meaning a licensed design professional certified in the evaluation of the building’s façade and licensed by the State of Ohio.
The final details and timeline of the Lakewood façade ordinance are still being finalized by the City. Currently, notice to building owners of the ordinance is anticipated to begin mid-summer, with an inspection deadline expected to be in November. We encourage building owners to be proactive; the city will accept inspection reports at any time between now and the deadline.
Lakewood will review the engineers report and issue a collection notice (a.k.a. a permit) for any repairs that will need to be completed. The city will require engineered drawings and specifications for the necessary repairs.
Facade and Parking Garage Evaluation Services
Owners do not have to wait to get their buildings and parking garages assessed. Technical Assurance is a State of Ohio licensed building envelope (façade) consulting and structural engineering firm. We are local to Cleveland and ready to help Lakewood building owner’s meet the ordinance requirements.
Technical Assurance can partner with you to perform the assessment and provide the engineered drawings and specifications for required repairs that are identified in the assessment. Our repair and restorative solutions are designed to protect the structural integrity and aesthetic design of your building’s exterior and parking garage structures. Following the assessment, our team can perform bid services to find appropriate contractors to perform the repairs and can provide quality assurance/observation services to make sure the repair is properly completed in accordance with the drawings and specifications.
The goals of the facade and parking garage evaluation services are to:
- Comply with the defined City of Lakewood, OH ordinance requirements, including the evaluation and filing of appropriate documentation.
- Evaluate and understand the current conditions of the building and/or parking garages
- Improve safety and quality conditions
- Identify necessary repair, maintenance and/or restoration needs required to improve the structural integrity of the building
Client Success Stories
Standard Building Redevelopment
Technical Assurance is currently working with the Weston Development Co. on the $60 million redevelopment and historical preservation of the Standard Building, located in Downtown Cleveland, OH. Our Team’s efforts are focused on the exterior façade restoration.
Teays Valley School District
Technical Assurance performed a façade assessment and maintenance plan for 8 schools within the Teays Valley School District. The condition of each school facility differed, and no evidence of effective cavity wall drainage systems.
Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District
Technical Assurance was selected by the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District as the prime consultant for this major window replacement program, most of which had complex masonry details surrounding the windows.
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We stand ready to help Lakewood, OH building owners comply with the facade and parking garage ordinance requirements. Contact us to request a consultation on next steps!