Chicago eases high-rise inspection requirements

11/5/2009 | Chicago Journal

The Chicago Department of Buildings is to relax its requirements for examinations intended to check for loose materials on the facades of high-rise buildings. Buildings that passed previous inspections will no longer need close-up inspection, which require scaffolding to be erected, and will instead be given a visual once-over from ground level by inspectors equipped with binoculars. "This decision is shortsighted, will result in long-term problems, create higher deferred cost and is not in the interest of public safety," complained Steven Elver, president of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois.

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