About C-West Code Consultants, Inc.
Who We Are
C-West is an employee owned company, providing services to the Code Enforcement profession. The owners have been providing Code Review and Consulting services to various State, Municipal, and County agencies in the Colorado area for the past 30 years.
Gary J. Nickerson is a Registered Architect and ICC Certified Plans Examiner with over 25 years of experience related directly to Code Consulting and a previous 10 years in the practice of Architecture. Gary's experience has included providing plan reviews on numerous projects for the State of Colorado, including multiple higher education campus facilities and youth and adult correctional facilities. Gary was the contract Program Manager for the State of Colorado ADA Program for removal of barriers at State facilities. In addition Gary has provided reviews of many commercial projects including offices, health care, casinos, hotels, and elderly housing facilities.
Gary combines his expertise with a network of licensed Engineers to form an experienced team to review for compliance with the Uniform family of Codes as well as the International family of codes.
What We Do
C-West provides review of projects submitted for permit to Building Departments. Each project is reviewed with strict adherence to our company policy of independent objectivity as a third party. Projects have ranged from the simple to the complex across all occupancy classifications and Types of Construction. Our wide exposure and expertise allows us to provide impartial and comprehensive plan reviews clearly indicating the building classification and documenting noted deficiencies. Our reviews are individually prepared for each project and are not generated from standard checklists or pre-formatted comments. Our Plan Review Reports are written to provide the Building Official, and design team, with a clear and concise understanding of the issues. Comments from each discipline are grouped together for easy reference and each comment references a specific item in the plans or specifications as well as the Code reference.
To provide complete coverage of all adopted codes each plan is typically reviewed by an ICC Certified Plans Examiner in addition to a Mechanical Engineer, an Electrical Engineer, and a Structural Engineer. No additional fees are charged for the multi-discipline review.
On larger and complex projects C-West is available to join the Building Official in preliminary meetings with the project developers as well as provide preliminary reviews of progress drawings, again at no additional cost. We have found that this is an excellent way of bringing potential issues to the front and avoiding difficulties at permit submittal.
Our Plan Reviewers utilize the Codes as adopted by your jurisdiction including the Uniform and International series of Codes as well as the National Electrical Code and ICC/ANSI A117.1 Accessibility Standard. Reviews will incorporate amendments as provided by your jurisdiction.
Plan reviews are typically accomplished within 10 working days. Utilization of courier services, and Fed-X or UPS type services, makes door to door service as convenient as being next door to your office. If a longer period is required due to the size or complexity of the project we'll let you know up front. In addition to providing our review and written report we are available to assist the Building Official in assessing design team responses to our comments.
The advantages that teaming with C-West bring to you are many. Our expertise that allows you to receive an accurate, concise review in a timely manner is just part of the benefits.
- Our clients have indicated that by using C-West they have been able to obtain improved Insurance Services Office Building Department ratings for their departments which can translate into substantial insurance premium savings for their community.
- Some of our clients have been able to maintain a high standard of service while working within budget spending limits by arranging to have review fees issued directly to C-West.
- During peak periods review turn around times can be kept within acceptable ranges by using C-West to supplement your staff.
- Our position as an independent third party reviewer eliminates potential conflicts on politically sensitive projects.
- Our regional emphasis keeps us on top of local conditions such as soils, snow, and wind conditions critical to this area.