A retired science teacher in Central Florida wants to build a ROR..... So .......
He buys the SkyShed Plans, prepares a nice patio area with electric hookup in the backyard, fabricates a strong pier to hold his LX200 14" scope, joins NSN and learns how to use a Mallincam ...... He does all of this knowing the greatest challenge to legally build a 8x10 shed will come from the local Building Dept. ...... which has clearly stated that any structure "bigger than a small doghouse" must have sealed engineering plans as the first step in the permitting process...... with a certified "Wind Load" rating of 140MPH... I am not making this up.
Yes, I know many folks in the county just do what they want and hope for the best. Not me.
Yes, I know 140MPH winds in Central Florida would blow away all the "certified" Mobil homes.
Yes, I have a friend in the business trying to find an engineer who can help. No luck yet.
Yes, I have contacted SkyShed, inc. but they can't modify the plans for every county in the U.S.
Yes, I have asked around looking for other Floridians who have built a ROR and found one.
But..... somewhere out there is a wonderful person ....... who has legally built a SkyShed ROR in Florida (or other area requiring wind load calculations) , found an engineer interested in the project with reasonable rates, and can help me get the sealed engineering plans needed by the guys at MCBD ....... You may be that wonderful person. :-). Don
Update ......Great suggestions. .........
Ask for a waiver/exemption, you've got nothing to loose. >>> This may well be in the cards but I first want to try to do it by the regular rules ..... so I am looking for a Florida "astro" engineer.
There are several Astronomy clubs in the Ocala area: Contact the club president and I'm sure you will get plenty of information on how to deal with the local building department.
>>> Yes, I have contacted two of the local groups ..... and have one lead on an engineer who was used used back in 2003 .... this may be a good plan.
A key point may be whether the structure is temporary or permanent. The codes may not apply to a temporary structure.
>>>>>> The local building dept. boys don't care ..... all Florida sheds must be engineered for 140mph winds (higher at the coast) ..... the "portable shed" dealers spend thousands of dollars to "certify" the standard model sheds they sell. This is why few folks build a shed. yeah, crazy.
You might contact a local contractor who could build something to meet the code. >>>>
Yes, I have friends in the trades but they are still going to need those sealed engineering plans.
We might end up in Escambia County at some point, so Id decided to to read up on it. First off, structures below 400 sq ft do not need to meet the wind requirement calculations.>>>
Escambia County, you guys have some of the biggest alligators in Florida ..... Marion County is not wise enough to have a 400 sq ft rule .... they will really tell you .... "if it's bigger than a small doghouse you need engineered plans"
All of this doesn't help you directly....just some background. You're taking the right approach....Marion county doesn't generally see a lot of hurricane activity but it only takes one. And, you don't want your efforts to blow away (even though you would bring your equipment inside). Considering all of the expense going into the observatory the Structural PE wont be that large of an expense (I'm guessing $500-$1,000) and you'll rest easy. Plus you will likely have a more sturdy and drier permanent structure. >>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>. Good post ...It sounds like you know the details of my situation.... Let me know if you come across an engineer that has done a ROR.... I think the SkyShed observatory project can be properly done , it's just surprising how complicated the process can be here ..... I have a neighbor helping me who actually has a permitting business, regularly uses local engineers, knows the county building department and who will probable solve my problem ..... but for now we are still waiting for one of her engineering contacts to find time and interest in the project.
Edited by BlackSink, 22 August 2015 - 06:36 AM.