June 20, 2008 – Tallulah, Louisiana: Louisiana IBTS has been awarded a contract by the City of Tallulah, Louisiana to provide full building code department services, including:
- Building Code Department implementation and operation
- Ordinance writing assistance
- Permit Approvals
- Provide Residential & Commercial Plan Reviews
- Provide Residential & Commercial Building Inspections
- Certificate of Occupancy Approvals
- Providing Public Outreach Education Workshops
- Grant Writing Assistance
The City of Tallulah is looking to IBTS to develop, implement and operate the City of Tallulah Building Code Department. IBTS has also agreed to function as the Parish Building Official in order to provide technical and administrative assistance in the new Uniform Construction Codes. This one-year contract will enable IBTS to establish a local Building Code Department to serve Tallulah’s citizens while keeping fees cost efficient, as they will also be a part of the North Louisiana Building Department (NLBD) currently operated by IBTS. Tallulah will share resources with surrounding parishes such as Madison, Tensas, Franklin, Caldwell and others, that are also members of the NLBD.
To assist with the building department work flow process, IBTS has partnered with Praeses L.L.C of Shreveport, LA to provide Jurisdiction Online – Building Code Enforcement (JO-BCE) software to Tallulah, to provide for efficient tracking of all the required building department documentation. JO-BCE is state-of-the-art software that is being used within the NLBD to track all activities. The web-based JO-BCE enables secured access to the building department’s system from anywhere in the world that has web access.
This contract comes on the heels of IBTS being awarded the Madison Parish School Board Clerk of the Works project. The new $28 million dollar, 185,000 square foot project is within the city limits of Tallulah. Therefore, IBTS will monitor the project for the school board as well as the City of Tallulah, to protect the interests of all citizens and school children of Madison Parish and the City of Tallulah.
IBTS has appointed Greg Blount, Louisiana Branch Manager, and Larry Walters, CBO, to function as the primary staff for this project. During this project, Mr. Walters will act as Clerk of the Works, monitoring and reporting on the progress of the school’s construction activities. He will also serve as the Building Official for the City of Tallulah. Mr. Blount will be responsible for policy, client satisfaction, and overall management of the contract.