For more than six years, WHPacific has provided certified code inspections for all Navajo Housing Authority (NHA) construction. The Navajo Nation covers 27,000 square miles (larger than West Virginia). NHA provides housing and we provide inspections across this vast area.
These 3rd party inspections of residential and commercial projects assure NHA that contractors provide what is specified, that the project meets required codes, and that the projects are safe and ready to occupy. In the last three years we performed more than 1,600 individual inspections at more than 60 locations across the Navajo Nation.
Before anyone can inspect work, they need to fully understand the applicable codes. Not only are our inspectors trained, qualified, and certified in residential code, but when there is a question of interpretation, we have licensed engineers and architects on staff in all disciplines that quickly advise on the interpretation. In addition to building code, we have provided expert advice on Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS), and Section 504 requirements for accessibility. WHPacific has added value for NHA by being very familiar with the requirements of the NHA, the Navajo Nation, HUD, UFAS, and the local utility providers. We have a great understanding of the local issues facing the Navajo Nation that other Tribes may not face. The remote, often scattered locations of facilities and dwellings is an ongoing challenge.
This contract also includes plan design review services. During the Christmas holiday week of 2014, WHPacific assembled an internal team and performed an expedited plan review of 446 units for 10 locations. That review provided documented comments for civil, architecture, mechanical, electrical, structural, and accessibility disciplines. That review will save RFIs, potential change orders, and time in the completion of these projects.