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File #: CM 20-340   
Type: Committee Memo Status: Approved for Consent
File created: 11/19/2020 In control: Committee of the Whole - Finance, Administration, and Communications
On agenda: 11/24/2020 Final action:
Title: Willow Run, LLC/Building X Contract for Outside Technical Review
Attachments: 1. Agenda Memo, 2. Attachment A: Three Party Consultant Agreement for Building X
TO: Committee of the Whole - Finance, Administration, and Communications
FROM: Mayor Angela Birney
Acting Deputy Chief Todd Short

Rich Gieseke
Acting Fire Marshal
Scott Turner
Assistant Fire Marshal

Willow Run, LLC/Building X Contract for Outside Technical Review

This is a request for approval of a Three-Party Contract for technical review and inspection of performance-based design elements for a new high-rise building as authorized in 2015 IFC 104.7.2. All fees incurred by the city shall be reimbursed by the permit applicant.

Willow Run, LLC is currently in the building permit phase for a new high-rise building located in the 10300 block of Willows Road known as Building X. As part of the building design, non-fire rated structural steel supporting columns and beams and a multi-story atrium with a performance-based smoke control system have been proposed. These design elements are not covered by prescriptive code and can only be approved in a performance-based design and review process. This process requires specialized engineering, fire modeling and smoke control evaluation to ascertain that the proposed alternate methods and materials are at least equivalent to protection provided in prescriptive code.

This request is for Council to approve a contract for outside technical review for an amount to not exceed $200,000, with the City to be reimbursed for all costs by the applicant, Willow Run, LLC. This will cover the reviewing and rendering an opinion on the equivalency of the applicants proposed designs, review of any modifications during the construction process and conduction of special inspections related to the approved designs prior to the final building inspections.

The building and fire code allow for non-prescriptive building methods when the method meets the minimum safety requirements of the prescriptive code. ...

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