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November Technical Lunch Meeting


What:  Virginia Building Code: An in-depth discussion on history, development, and evolution of the model code

Presenter:  Chris Snidow, III, P.E; Commercial Plan Review Engineer for the County of Henrico

When: November 14th, 2018

Time: Lunch is served at 11:45AM

Networking from 11:30AM – 12:00PM

Presentation begins at 12:00PM

Where: Westwood Club; 6200 W Club Ln, Richmond, VA 23226

   6200 W Club Ln, Richmond, VA 23226

Registration Price:  $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Note the price will increase to $30 for both members and non-members at COB Friday, November 9th.

PDH: 1 Credit

Building Codes are written with life-safety provisions which result in the minimum construction allowed for buildings and structures. We will be discussing the current Building Code as well as the Permit Review processes. Although Engineers of Record usually have limited interaction with this process, there are many points of interest with which they should be familiar. A discussion, which will be interactive, to explain the history leading up to the current code, code development cycles, and the evolution of the Virginia code from the model code will follow. The Virginia code will be covered in detail with emphasis on effective dates, what is and is not covered by the code, and RDP seal requirements. The Plan Review process discussion will include documents required to be submitted for review as well as code information that must be indicated on the Construction Documents. Discussion will follow about information available in Chapters 18 through 26 of the Virginia Construction Code, Special Inspections requirements, and a final mention of the Existing Building (Rehab) Code will be made.

Presenter: Chris Snidow, III, P.E; Commercial Plan Review Engineer for the County of Henrico
University of Virginia, Architecture Design

Chris Snidow is currently a Commercial Plan Review Engineer for the County of Henrico. He reviews plans for Structural, Energy, Fire Rated Construction, Accessibility, and Energy compliance with the Virginia Construction Code. He received a BS degree in 1974 and a ME degree in 1979 from Virginia Tech. He has been a PE in the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1978. For almost 30 years prior to joining the County, Mr. Snidow was a designer in Private Practice for several firms in the Richmond Area. He was the lead structural engineer on several projects throughout the United States. Some of his familiar local projects were the Arthur Ashe Center, the Ballroom of the Richmond Convention Center, and the Moot Courtroom at the University of Richmond. He has also worked on several office buildings in the Innsbrook Corporate Center, as well as industrial projects such as Feed Mills and Silos and Wastewater Treatment Plants and restoration of Historical Structures. He uses his experience to review commercial plans for projects in Henrico County and for Code Development at the State as well as at National levels.


On November 14 the technical meeting was held at the Westwood Club with a lot of new faces in attendance.  Chris Snidow from Henrico County presented on the Virginia Building Code: An in-depth discussion on history, development, and evolution of the model code.  Chris discussed the history of the current code and the code development cycles, relating it closely to how politicians operate to get their bills passed.  He emphasized how Henrico County adopts the code, and touched upon the exemptions and how some aspects of the code can change from version to version.  Using props he also demonstrated how some of the codes had changed throughout the years.  Thank you again to Chris for providing a better understanding of the Building Code and how it works.  Many in attendance felt they learned a lot from the discussion.


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