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Foundation Requirements for Homes being Rebuilt in Mountain Shadows

Over the last few weeks, as many residents move to the next phase of the restoration process, we have received many questions about the requirements for the foundations of the homes to be rebuilt in Mountain Shadows. The following is a summary of the requirements for foundations on homes being reconstructed in the area:

Existing Foundation with Same House Design as Before

No soils testing or other work is required; however, a letter from an engineer licensed in the State of Colorado stating that the original foundation is acceptable for the rebuild, must be submitted with the original plans.

New Foundation with Same House Design as Before

The construction of the new foundation must comply with the current building code requirements, including a new soils report or soils update letter, and an engineered foundation plan that is appropriate for the soils conditions and other considerations applicable to the site.

The Colorado Geologic Survey (CGS) has identified Mountain Shadows to be in a steeply dipping bedrock zone with expansive clay soils. In addition, CGS has mapped certain areas to be in a landslide susceptible area. Specific addresses located in the landslide susceptible area can be found on the following PDF:

City Engineering recommends the owners/builders reconstructing in this area seek the advice of a Professional Engineer and/or Geologist. Questions can be directed to Steve Kuehster in City Engineering at 719-385-5412.

New Foundation with New Home Design

This process would be the same for the construction of any new home and would follow the normal review and permit process described in the following PDF:

This process includes the requirements for the foundation to be engineered to meet current building codes as outlined in the previous example.

You can find more information and useful links at The Pikes Peak Regional Building Department website, or download the following PDF:

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Colorado Springs Together is a community-driven volunteer effort, and is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The team members are distinguished citizens and business professionals in the community facilitating and coordinating a quick and effective rebuilding process for the neighborhoods devastated on June 26th by the fire. The donations received will go towards the activities required to help restore the lives and the neighborhoods affected by the fire at the same time maintaining a strong sense of community during the rebuilding process.

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