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West Lafayette city inspectors busy with increasing development

West Lafayette building inspectors are working overtime. It's all due to a spike in new development around the city.

Posted: Mar 14, 2019 12:14 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The West Lafayette skyline is undergoing some big changes.

"It looks good," said West Lafayette resident Brandt Rose. "It's progress. It's nice to able to see new buildings going up."

With the progress comes a lot of extra work for Building Commissioner Chad Spitznagle and his team of inspectors.

"Hectic is good word to describe it," said Spritznagle. "There's really a whole plethora of logistics that we battle each day."

He said a big increase in investment and development has led to a rise in inspections and permit reviews.

"Just with the size of the projects," said Spritznagle. "There's multiple phases going on at the same time."

Spitznagle said the addition of high rises has added a some new challenges.

"Each one isn't always the same to inspect," he added. "So, when we start at the foundation and work up, each one has some different plans that we need to study and check on."

But big buildings aren't the only items on the city's check list.

"We could be working with a $7,000 project or a $70 million project each day," said Spritznagle.

From residential additions to a 16 story high rise, Spitznagle said things don't look to be slowing down anytime soon."

"It's going to be interesting as far as workload and timing," said Spritznagle. "So, there's definitely going to be some comp time given out this summer."

But that doesn't mean the quality of work won't be as high as the new buildings coming to the city.

"We're on top of everything and we won't sign off on anything until we're happy with all of our inspections and tests," he said.

To put things in perspective, Spitznagle said inspectors are at projects like the Rise at least three times a week.
He estimates the project will have had several hundred inspections by the time it's finished.

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