what is a certified pad?

What is the definition of a certified pad?
In Leasing Property - Asked by Bert A. - Apr 19, 2011
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Jon K.
Danville, CA

It is when the dirt work for a new building is built up, compacted and leveled to with a 1/10th of a inch and ready for form work. The civil engineer comes out and surveys that the pad is at the right height and the corners (of the forms to be poured) are in the correct location.

Apr 19, 2011
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Dawn S.
Spring, TX

"pad certification," which must include a statement that the pad is "suitable for the intended use." It is our intention that the following steps must be completed before a building pad can be certified:
A soils investigation must be performed by a soils engineer, and a preliminary soils report, with recommendations for grading and for foundation design, must be submitted to the County. This must be done before any grading is performed and is typically required before a permit can be issued.
A soils engineer must observe the grading operation and must test soils during and at the conclusion of the grading process (and during footing excavation if deemed necessary by the soils engineer).
An interim or final report, signed by a licensed soils engineer, must be submitted to the County in order for the footing inspection to be approved. The report must state that a soils investigation was completed, that the grading was observed and tests were performed by the soils engineer, and that the recommendations contained in the preliminary soils report were followed. The report must also conclude that, to the best of the soils engineer's knowledge, based on all of the preceding, the pad is suitable for its intended use (i.e. to support a building).
Note: The observation and testing referred to in items 1 through 3 may be performed by the soils engineer or by the soils engineer's representative (typically a field technician) under the direction of the soils engineer.

Apr 19, 2011
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Matthew C.
Indianapolis, IN

Dawn S. has the best answer by far. Short answer to your question is that it is the soil a buildings foundation will be laid on being certified it is build ready.

Apr 20, 2011
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Brett M.
Solvang, CA

There is also a time frame involved with a certification. Most municipalities require a pad to be re-certified after it sits vacant for a year. This usually requires a soils engineer to review and make new recommendations (sometimes remove the top 12" of soil and re-compact). If the pad has sat for a while talk to the building dept. about their requirements.

Apr 28, 2011
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