"What? You must be kidding..." was our response to learning about San Francisco building codes. The codes are really complicated and we have to be very careful to abide, or we wouldn't be able to open our restaurant on schedule. Reading and understanding the codes is like a foreign language to us.
We need someone to help us navigate, and make sure we follow the current codes to avoid any costly mistakes. We hired Janet Campbell of Campbell and Associates because of her tremendous expertise in that area and impressive resume. She has run her private practice in San Francisco since 1991 and has 33 years of experience in doing architectural projects in Atlanta, GA and the Bay Area. Her work was published in several publications and more recently, will be recognized in the Dwell Magazine.
Her past clients included Humphrey Slocombe, Canyon Market and Candy Bar. Humphrey Slocombe was so grateful for Janet’s services that he created wall art to show their appreciation (see the photo below).
As soon as we signed the lease for our new restaurant, we surveyed the space. One of our main goals is to bring the restaurant up to codes. The bathroom was found to be slightly out of compliance with American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Installing equipment in the existing wine bar inside the restaurant, would reduce passage making it inaccessible to staff members. We will need to make major adjustments to make that area accessible.
We were surprised with some items that we needed to redo. For example the cove base on the kitchen floor is 4 inches in height. We learned that, according to the codes, they needed to be 6 inches high. It is easy to get overwhelmed and we are fortunate to have Janet as our architect to look out for our interests.
We are excited to have Janet on our team and she has been working hard. Welcome to the team, Janet!