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Hiring an Engineering Firm...is it required?
There are 3 reasons why it’s important to involve a Professional Engineer (PE) or architect in the planning/design/construction of a municipal sand/salt facility (or any other public facility). Two are based in state law and one in practicality. There are 2 state laws that address this issue.
Some towns consider NOT hiring a design/architectural firm. The belief that "we can build it cheaper and better" is common. The MaineDOT discourages this practice for several reasons because some towns have actually suffered structural problems in their "homemade" buildings and have compromised their State reimbursement. A sand/salt facility is a public facility which provides long term benefits. Local and state funds must be spent responsibly. MaineDOT Guidelines state that:
From the engineers or contractors' perspective, it is illegal to construct a public facility and practice engineering without a license. A large publicly-funded building without any stamped drawings in sight is a clear indication that there is probably unlicensed practice to be found. A simple investigation can quickly identify someone responsible for the design. If it turns out that there is a PE taking responsibility for the design and has not provided stamped, signed, and dated engineering documents, then that PE is in violation of the State Board’s rules andregulations and is flirting with reprimands, fines, or worse. If the responsible person is not a licensed PE, then the State Board does not deal with the person and turns over the case to the Attorney General for action. All of the Maine Professional Engineering information is found here: https://www.maine.gov/professionalengineers/
This page last updated on 6/27/13
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