Building Code Compliance

Nationally Recognized Experts

Burnham's nationally recognized experts offer comprehensive code consulting and architectural support services. As many types of facilities involve complex code issues, it is critical to use a code compliance expert in a project's early phases to assure timely project completion. Burnham's code consultants are knowledgeable about building, accessibility, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, energy, and sprinkler codes and standards.

Comprehensive Reviews

 Unlike other code consultants who primarily work on life safety code issues (egress, sprinklers, fire alarm systems), we also conduct comprehensive reviews for zoning, historic preservation, site planning, and energy conservation as needed in order to help ensure that your project will be complaint with all jurisdictional and land use provisions that may apply.

Diverse Experience

Our code team, led by a licensed and International Code Council-certified architect with more than four decades of experience, is comprised of degreed architects and licensed professionals. We have applied our code compliance knowledge to a broad range of projects, including large-scale mixed-use developments, historic building renovations, universities and other educational institutions, residential towers, hotels, business and mercantile tenant build-outs, medical facilities, movie theaters, and transportation facilities.

In-Depth Understanding

Burnham's code experts have an in-depth understanding of the relevant codes as members of national and municipal code drafting committees, including those of the International Code Council and the Cities of Chicago and New York. Our code team stays up-to-date on code interpretations by continuously interfacing with municipal code officials. Burnham's code consultants are sought after presenters at seminars and workshops and teach university classes on building codes and accurately detailing architectural plans.



New Construction

We conduct plan reviews and provide code advice from the schematic design phase through finalization of construction documents. During the preliminary phase, our experts analyze the design and prepare a detailed report identifying relevant code provisions and possible compliance issues.



Existing Buildings

We prepare full code reports describing all the applicable code provisions and provide advice on the ways to meet the standards for existing building renovations and additions. Similar to new construction, once the municipality issues permit review comments, we will determine the most effective means to achieve code compliance...



Code Variances and Equivalencies

Designs involving innovative materials and structures are not always specifically addressed in current building codes. It is critical to have a code expert’s representation to demonstrate to code officials that alternative materials, techniques, or systems align with the code’s intent.



Municipal Third Party Review

Many cities now use the services of outside plan review firms to evaluate more complex construction projects seeking a permit. As recognized plan review experts, Burnham’s architectural firm, The Code Group, serves as a municipal third party reviewer and evaluates a wide variety of large-scale projects for compliance.