Code Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

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    1. Call to Order, Roll Call and confirmation of quorum.

      Members of the Code Advisory Committee
      Ned Fennie, A.I.A., Chair
      Stephen Harris, S.E., Vice-Chair
      Gina Centoni
      Marc Cunningham
      Ira Dorter
      Henry Karnilowicz
      Arnie Lerner, FAIA, CASp
      Don Libbey, P.E.
      Zachary Nathan, AIA, CASp
      Deepak Patankar, AIA, LEED AP
      Jim Reed
      Jonathan Rodriguez
      Brian Salyers, F.P.E.
      Tony Sanchez-Corea, III
      Paul Staley
      John Tostanoski
      Rene’ Vignos, S.E

    2. Approval of the minutes of the Code Advisory Committee regular meeting of March 13, 2024.
    3. Recognition by the Building Inspection Commission for all members of the Code Advisory Committee.
    4. Discussion and possible action regarding proposed ordinance

      Discussion and possible action regarding proposed ordinance amending the Building Code to extend the deadlines for existing buildings with a place of public accommodation to comply with the requirement to have all primary entries and paths of travel into the building accessible to persons with disabilities or to receive a City determination of equivalent facilitation, technical infeasibility, or unreasonable hardship; to extend the period for granting extensions from those deadlines; and to extend the time for the Department of Building Inspection’s Report to the Board of Supervisors regarding the disability access improvement program.. (File # 240297)
      Possible action would be to make a recommendation to the Building Inspection Commission for their further action.

    5. Discussion and possible action regarding draft language for seismic retrofit criteria

      Discussion and possible action regarding draft language for seismic retrofit criteria for certain concrete buildings and certain rigid-wall-flexible diaphragm (RWFD) buildings, applicable to the 2022 San Francisco Existing Building Code. Reference Mayor’s Directive 24-01.
      The possible action would be to make a recommendation to the Department of Building Inspection for their further action.

    6. Review of communication items. The Committee may discuss or acknowledge communication items received for discussion.

      Review of communication items. The Committee may discuss or acknowledge communication items received for discussion.
      • Special meetings in the first week of June
      • Fee increase
      • Updates on actions taken by the BIC and BOS regarding proposed ordinances that were discussed and voted on by the CAC in 2023

    7. Public Comments

      Public Comments on items not on this agenda but within the jurisdiction of the Code Advisory Committee. Comment time is limited to 3-minutes or as determined by of the Chairperson.

    8. Committee comments on items not on this agenda.
    9. Subcommittee Reports: (Discussion & possible action)

      a. Housing Code Subcommittee:
      Subcommittee Chair: Henry Karnilowicz
      Subcommittee Members: Ira Dorter; Jim Reed; Paul Staley

      b. Mechanical Electrical Plumbing & Fire Subcommittee:
      Subcommittee Chair: Brian Salyers, F.P.E.
      Subcommittee Members: Henry Karnilowicz; Jim Reed; John Tostanoski

      c. Administrative & General Design and Disability Access Subcommittee
      Subcommittee Chair: Jonathan Rodriguez
      Subcommittee Members: Arnie Lerner, F.A.IA., CASp; Zachary Nathan, A.I.A., CASp; Henry Karnilowicz; Tony Sanchez-Corea; Deepak Patankar, AIA, LEED AP

      d. Structural Subcommittee
      Subcommittee Chair: Stephen Harris, S.E.
      Subcommittee Members: Rene’ Vignos, S.E., LEED A.P.; Marc Cunningham; Ned Fennie, AIA; Don Libbey, P.E.

      e. Green Building Subcommittee
      Subcommittee Chair: Zachary Nathan, AIA, CASp
      Subcommittee Members: Jonathan Rodriguez; Gina Centoni; Henry Karnilowicz

    10. Future agenda items

      Committee Member’s and Staff’s identification agenda items for the next meeting, as well as current agenda items to be continued to another CAC regular meeting or special meeting, or a subcommittee meeting.

    11. Adjournment

    Date & Time

    Wednesday, May 8, 2024
    9:30 am to 11:00 am
    49 South Van Ness Avenue
    5th Floor, Room 0511
    San Francisco, CA 94103
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    Code Advisory Committee Agenda 05-08-2024

    Code Advisory Committee 03-13-2024 min draft

    Programs/Agenda Items discussed and/or approved by the Code Advisory Committee in 2023

    Concrete Building Safety Program Powerpoint Presentation

    Draft Language for Seismic Retrofit Criteria

    3-28-24 Memorandum

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