By the Division of Professional Licensure

Posted on: March 22, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.
 

Division of Professional Licensure
BOARD OF STATE EXAMINERS OF PLUMBERS
AND GAS FITTERS 

1000 Washington Street • Boston • Massachusetts • 02118


MARCH 29, 2017 BOARD MEETING AGENDA

9:00 A.M. AGENDA REVIEW:  By Chairman Paul Kennedy

9:05 A.M.: APPROVAL OF PREVIOUS MEETING MINUTES:

  1. The March 1, 2017 Public Meeting Minutes
  2. The March 1, 2017 Executive Session Minutes
  3. The March 4, 2017 Minutes from the PHCC Trade Show

VOCATIONAL SCHOOL PROJECT(S)

VI - SMITH VOCATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL – 80 LOCUST STREET – NORTHAMPTON

Connecting a temporary construction trailer while the administration building is being remodeled.

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VII – FRANKLIN COUNTY TECHINICAL SCHOO – 82 INDUSTRIAL BLVD. – TURNERS FALLS

Students will install underground drainage for a kitchen sink and a single bathroom residence. Students will later install upper rough and finis in the fall and winter.

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VARIANCE REQUEST(S)

GV255 – JOEL IVES – 10 HAVEN ANVENUE – ROCKPORT

The Petitioner (Joel Ives) is seeking a variance from 248 CMR 4.04 to allow the installation of a restored and refurbished vintage Glenwood gas range. The range has been modified with a gas safety valve for the oven pilot that will stop the flow of gas in the event that the pilot is extinguished. The range uses LP gas and has standing pilots for the range top burners which are allowed Under NFPA 58. The refurbishing company website claims that the insulation is built into the range and there are not clearance requirements as well as no need to vent this range. (http://www.antiquestovesbystanleyiron.com/antique-stove-conversion/. Photos have been submitted with the application. The plumbing inspector (Joseph Guzzo) was mailed a copy of this application on 2/28/2017. As this is a gas variance no Board of Health petitioning is required.

PV 245 – SANTANDAR BANK – 128 UNION STREET – NEW BEDFORD

The Santander Bank renovation work is on the side of the building which is a slab on grade. The building sewer is located in the partial basement which is a considerable distance away from the project space. In order to reach the partial basement with gravity drainage, the structural slab composed of concrete and steel would have to be jack hammered open outside of the project space. The structural slab would then have to be repaired, and any gravity drainage piping failures would require that the structural slab opened again in the future to perform any such repairs. This undo difficulty can be avoided with a small duplex grinder pump system requiring only gravity drainage in the Santander Bank project space where the drainage can then be pumped over the drop ceiling until it reaches the partial basement side of the building where it can gravity drain down into the existing building sewer. The pumped drainage will mitigate any materially detrimental issues caused by jack hammering open the structural slab. All grinder pump discharge will be connected as the last connection into the existing building sewer in compliance with the state's plumbing code. The communicating spaces are al business use, office areas. The New Bedford Board of Health was properly petitioned.

PV250 – RAMUSIO –  36 PRINCE STREET - CAMBRIDGE

The Petitioner, Paul Hoyt is seeking a variance to from 248 CMR, Section 10.15 (10) to allow the installation of a macerating toilet system in a condominium where there is a gravity drain available. The Cambridge Board of Health has been properly petitioned.

PV252-REGENCY AT EMERALD PINES CLUBHOUSE – 9 PINETREE DR – METHUEN

The Petitioner, Matt Dennis is seeking a variance from 248CMR, Section 10.10 Table 1 (Bath/Showers) to reduce the number of showers required to 3 in the Pool area.

PV 253-BENEFITNESS HEALTH CLUB - 85 HARVARD ST. –BROOKLINE

The Petitioner, Celeste Maher is seeking a variance from 248 CMR 10.10, (18), (i) and 10.10 (18) Table 1. The proposed tenant build-out is for a women’s only fitness center and is requesting a variance to have the required toilet facilities be dedicated women or gender neutral.

PV254 – BON ME RESTAURANT – 441 STUART STREET, BOSTON

The applicant (Michael Feeney) seeks a variance from 248 CMR 10.10 (18)(b((2) due to the very small space of out location. There are1322 square feet at the proposed restaurant's disposal, and adhering to the code requirement for bathrooms physically located within the restaurant, would significantly hamper the restaurants feasibility. Given the small footprint, the size of the kitchen and the few tables for dine-in customers, there is not enough room in the proposed restaurant's space to install enough bathrooms to comply the code. Further this is a historic building and the middle of the floor of the parcel has a 7" step. Because of this the applicant must install a ramp of 12" for every vertical 1", rendering impossible the use of the space as a restaurant They are requesting the variance to allow the use of the existing handicap-accessible bathrooms for both sexes located on the lower floor for our patrons and employees. Boston Inspectional Services was properly petitioned.

PV256 – TA REALTY – 400 TOTTEN POND ROAD.  – WALTHAM

The Petitioner (Paul Dionne) is seeking a variance from 248 CMR 1-.15.10. The scope of the work was to relocate an existing break room sink, point of use hot water heater and a drain pump to an adjacent wall in the same room of a different tenant in the space below. The Waltham Board of Health was properly petitioned.

PV262 – BOSTON PROPERTIES – 200 CLARENDON STREET – BOSTON

Boston Properties is seeking a variance from 248 CMR 10.10 (18) (i) to allow the existing restrooms on the Third and Fourth floors of the building at 200 Clarendon Street (120 James Avenue), Boston, to remain without floor drains. Boston Properties intends to renovate the existing restrooms, within their existing footprint to replace the existing fixtures. The constraints imposed by the existing configuration of and conditions in the 200 Clarendon Street building, specifically the location of the aforementioned restrooms directly above elevator lobbies (mezzanine level) and escalators on the floors below, makes the installation of floor drains impracticable in this case.The installation of floor drains from these restrooms presents a tremendous hardship (i.e. lobby shut down, removal of large interior wall and ceiling tiles and other interior finishes, etc. for Boston Properties. As mentioned above these existing restrooms do not have floor drains and the proposed renovations will occur within the existing restroom footprint. Boston Inspectional Services was properly petitioned.

PV263 – ANTIOCH MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH–1080-1062 BLUE HILL AVE-DORCHESTER

This is an existing mixed use building that was converted to a church and offices, 30+ years ago, but the occupancy was not changed from Group B at that time. A permit application is filed to make legal the existing ocuupancies as A-4, B, and M, and to modify the egress for life safety. No plumbing work will be done at this time on the church. The church is Group A-3 with an occupant load of 257. Two men's water closets, three women's water closets, one men’s lavatory and one women's lavatory are required per code. There are three existing restrooms, each with a lavatory and a water closet: one men's and one women's, and one unisex. Existing conditions represent a deficiency of 2 total water closets. None of the existing restrooms conform to the accessible restroom code requirements. They are requesting relief from the minimum fixture and accessibility requirements, given that the church has been operating for over 30 years, there is no work on the restrooms, and installing new restrooms would be a hardship. Boston Inspectional Services was properly petitioned

PV265a/b) HOMEWOOD SUITES & HAMPTON INN – 371 WASHINGTON STREET - WOBURN

The Petitioner (Shane Wise) is seeking a variance from 248 CMR 10 (12) (4) regarding pool discharge to the storm system.

(a) The City is requesting the discharge connect to the sanitary system.

(b) Regarding the use of schedule 40 PVC for the pool backwash discharge line to the sanitary system, as cast iron will corrode over time due to salinity and corrosiveness of chlorine.

The Woburn Board of Health takes no position regarding this variance.

PV268 UMASS BOSTON - 100 MORRISEY BOULEVARD - BOSTON

The Petitioner (Paul Kondrat) is seekig a variance from 248 CMR 10.06 (1) (m). The existing McCormack and Wheatley buildings have a DI water system that was installed when the buildings were constructed. The original DI water system is currently piped with aluminum piping. The scope of work associated with the project is to replace branch piping from the mains to the DI plumbing fixtures. The new piping from the mains to the fixtures will be polypropylene plastic, with specified connection fittings manufactured by the polypropylene manufaturer. Upon describing the scope of work to State Inspector/Investigator Roth on 3/16/17 he indicated that he approves the approach. We are asking for a variance to the code requirements for water distribution piping above grade inside the building, to assure that a full replacement of all aluminum piping will not be required. Please refer to attached letter from UMASS Boston which speaks to the aluminum piping's service record. As this is a state project, no Board of Health petitioning is required. Please refer to attached letter from UMASS Boston which speaks to the aluminum piping's service record.

PV269 UMASS BOSTON - 100 MORRISEY BOULEVARD - BOSTON

The Petitioner (Paul Kondrat) is seekig a variance from 248 CMR 10.06 (1) (m). The existing McCormack and Wheatley buildings have a DI water system that was installed when the buildings were constructed. The original DI water system is currently piped with aluminum piping. The scope of work associated with the project is to replace branch piping from the mains to the DI plumbing fixtures. The new piping from the mains to the fixtures will be polypropylene plastic, with specified connection fittings manufactured by the polypropylene manufaturer. Upon describing the scope of work to State Inspector/Investigator Roth on 3/16/17 he indicated that he approves the approach. We are asking for a variance to the code requirements for water distribution piping above grade inside the building, to assure that a full replacement of all aluminum piping will not be required. Please refer to attached letter from UMASS Boston which speaks to the aluminum piping's service record. As this is a state project, no Board of Health petitioning is required. Please refer to attached letter from UMASS Boston which speaks to the aluminum piping's service record.

 PV270 - UMASS BOSTON - 100 MORRISEY BOULEVARD - BOSTON

The Petitioner (Paul Kondrat) is seekig a variance from 248 CMR 10.06 (1) (m). The existing McCormack and Wheatley buildings have a DI water system that was installed when the buildings were constructed. The original DI water system is currently piped with aluminum piping. The scope of work associated with the project is to replace branch piping from the mains to the DI plumbing fixtures. The new piping from the mains to the fixtures will be polypropylene plastic, with specified connection fittings manufactured by the polypropylene manufaturer. Upon describing the scope of work to State Inspector/Investigator Roth on 3/16/17 he indicated that he approves the approach. We are asking for a variance to the code requirements for water distribution piping above grade inside the building, to assure that a full replacement of all aluminum piping will not be required. As this is a state project, no Board of Health petitioning is required. Please refer to attached letter from UMASS Boston which speaks to the aluminum piping's service record.

FYI – Board Delegated Staff Approvals – Board Vote Not Required

Full operation of unlisted gas equipment

GV228 –MOMO’S RESTAURANT – 23 N. PLEASANT STREET – AMHERST

BOARD WILL CONSIDER ANY MATTERS NOT REASONABLY ANTICIPATED BY THE CHAIR:  

EXECUTIVE SESSION

CHARACTER REVIEW(S)

CR1-C.C.)       CR2-C.G.)       CR3-W.C.)       C.R4-C.L.

 

QUASI-JUDICIAL SESSION

1)         Final Decision - 20150925PL-006-IT-ENF

2)         Final Decision - PL-15-051

Note:

Reasonable accommodations or modifications will be provided to enable individuals with disabilities to participate in this Plumbing Board meeting. All requests should be submitted to Cheryl Yebba at (617)-727-4992 no later than one (1) week prior to the scheduled Board Meeting. While the Board of Examiners of Plumbers & Gas Fitters will attempt to honor all requests, those requests received after that date may not be provided due to feasibility.