Licensee was charged with violating Section 471.031(1)(g), Florida Statutes; negligence in the practice of engineering. Licensee signed, sealed, and dated two Residential/Architect Letters of Compliance which indicated that licensee had personally inspected the construction of a roof for a porch as well as the enclosure of a patio/porch and that the structures were in compliance with the FBC-R. The Letter of Compliance is a Certification as defined in Rule 61G15-18.011(4), FAC. Upon inspection of the roof work by a state licensed building inspector, it was noted that the work being performed was not complete as stated in the Certification. Additionally, the Certification noted that “the dead load of the wood frame provides sufficient resistance against wind inducted lift forces—this was grossly incorrect. Upon inspection of the porch enclosure by the Building Department a stop work order was issued and the enclosure was demolished. During demolition of this enclosure, the Building Department, during a site visit, observed that there was no foundation under the masonry walls and that the slab edge did not have any reinforcing steel, both of which are contrary to the Certification that the enclosure was in compliance with the FBC-R.
Ruling: The case was presented to the full Board upon a Settlement Stipulation. The Board imposed Costs of $2,513.70, a Reprimand, Appearance, Licensee is SUSPENDED for a period of two years from the date of the Final Order. At the end of the period of suspension, Licensee shall APPEAR prior to reinstatement which is not guaranteed, a Board-approved course in Advanced Engineering Professionalism and Ethics and the Board’s Study Guide. A Final Order was issued on December 9, 2016.
Violation: Section 471.031(1)(g), Florida Statutes