Title:
Site plan vault assembly
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A site plan vault assembly for the storage of site plans for a construction site, the site plan vault assembly comprising a heavy gauge post which can be driven into the soil, the heavy gauge post having secured thereto in a vertical orientation, a tubular vault member of sufficient dimension to slideably receive the site plans for the particular construction site, the tubular vault member optionally having a slotted bottom wall to prevent the accumulation of dirt, sand or dust within the vault, and to prevent condensation within the vault, the tubular vault member having an upper end for receipt of a cap member which allows the construction site plans to be slidably inserted into the tubular vault from the top of the tubular vault with the cap member securing the top of the tubular vault.



Inventors:
Ploumitsakos, Peter (Whiting, NJ, US)
Ploumitsakos, Dean (Whiting, NJ, US)
Application Number:
11/098144
Publication Date:
10/13/2005
Filing Date:
04/04/2005
Primary Class:
International Classes:
E04H1/00; E04H3/00; E04H5/00; E04H6/00; E04H12/22; E04H14/00; (IPC1-7): E04H1/00; E04H3/00; E04H5/00; E04H6/00; E04H14/00
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Primary Examiner:
BARRETT, SUZANNE LALE DINO
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CLIFFORD G. FRAYNE (BRICK, NJ, US)
Claims:
1. A portable site plan vault assembly for the storage of site plans at a construction site, said site plan vault comprising: a longitudinal vertical support member having an upper end and a lower end, said lower end for engagement in the ground; a housing member for the receipt and storage of site plans at a construction site, said housing member having a secured closed lower end and an open upper end selectively securable by a removable cap member, said housing member secured to said support member proximate said upper end, said support member selectively embedded in said ground at said construction site.

2. The site plan vault assembly in accordance with claim 1 wherein said housing member is oriented and secured in a vertical orientation on said support member.

3. The site plan vault assembly in accordance with claim 1 wherein said housing member is integrally formed with a sleeve member slidably received on said support member to secure said housing member on said support member.

4. The site plan vault assembly in accordance with claim 1 wherein said secured lower closed end of said housing member is formed with slots therein to prevent accumulation of dirt or debris in said housing member.

5. The site plan vault assembly in accordance with claim 1 wherein said removable cap member is threadedly engageable with said upper end of said housing member.

6. The site plan vault assembly in accordance with claim 1 wherein said cap member is secured to said housing member or said support member by means of a toggle cord to prevent said cap member from being removed from said site plan vault assembly.

7. The site plan vault assembly in accordance with claim 1 wherein a securing means is cooperatively mounted on said cap member and said housing member to lockingly engage said cap member with said housing member.

8. The site plan vault assembly in accordance with claim 1 wherein said housing member is tubular in nature and formed from PVC or ABS tubing.

9. The site plan vault assembly in accordance with claim 1 wherein said support member is of two piece construction to assist in transportation and storage, said two piece construction secured at a mid point of said support member by means of a collar and locking pin.

10. The site plan vault assembly in accordance with claim 1 wherein said site plan vault can be selectively, facilely moved from position to position about said construction site to accommodate ingress and egress of construction vehicles.

Description:

RELATED APPLICATIONS

Applicant claims the benefit of provisional application Ser. No. 60/560,362, filed Apr. 8, 2004.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to construction sites and the storage of construction site plans on site, and in particular, to a reusable site plan storage vault for the secure storage of site plans on site during the construction phase.

2. Description of the Prior Art

Building and construction sites are subject to local, municipal zoning laws and ordinances and depending upon the nature and location of the site, may even be subject to higher governmental zoning laws, i.e. county, state, etc.

A contractor must first obtain approval from the relevant government zoning board or officer before commencing construction. This may often mean appearances before a zoning board or a board of adjustment if certain waivers from the zoning laws are requested or required for the construction, or at the very least, the presentation of a complete set of plans to the building department of the appropriate governmental agency for approval if no waivers or exceptions are required. In either situation, once approval is obtained, a set of sealed plans must be presented to the governmental authority and a set of site plans as approved by the governmental authority must be maintained on the construction site.

During the construction process, inspections are required at various phases by a building inspector of the governmental authority. For example, footings may have to be inspected and approved before further foundation work can be commenced. Foundation work must be inspected and approved before framing may be commenced. Building inspectors normally have fixed weekday schedules for inspections. Since they travel to multiple sites, it is a requirement in many states that a sealed set of site plans, as approved by the governmental agency, be maintained on the construction site for access by the building inspector and for consultation by the building inspector in making various inspections.

In the past, contractors and builders approached this requirement in a haphazard manner. If the construction site were large enough to warrant a construction trailer, then the plans would be kept in the trailer. However, many sites are small sites of single home construction and in this instance, the contractor would purchase an ordinary mail box and post, dig a post hole and erect the mail box to hold the plans on site. This practice proved cumbersome and inconvenient in that subcontractors needing access to the site would often remove the mail box and post to allow equipment onto the site and then forget to reestablish it. Still further, the mail box and post were cumbersome and often did not last past a single construction project, and if it did, it was cumbersome to store in the contractor's truck, transport, and reuse. Still further, it required the use of a post hole digger to install.

The problem that this presents to the contractor is that if the plans are unavailable when the inspector arrives for the inspection of a particular phase of the construction project, the inspector will not inspect the project and therefore the contractor's work schedule becomes delayed. Since the building inspectors are inspecting various sites on their given days of inspection, they tend not to wait around at a particular site for a set of site plans to be presented. This often means that the contractor must reschedule the inspection of a particular phase of construction and that rescheduling might delay the project by a week, thus closing down the construction project for that period of time and causing the contractor's laborers to be temporarily out of work. This type of delay also disrupts the scheduling of materials and equipment which might be needed for the next phase of construction, for example, the delivery of lumber once the foundation is approved for the framing of the building.

OBJECTS OF THE INVENTION

An object of the present invention is to provide for a novel site plan vault for the storage of site plans on the construction site which is reusable, easily transportable, easy to install and which maintains the sealed site plans in a secure location which will not subject the site plans to the vagaries of the climate.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

A site plan vault for the storage of sealed site plans for a construction site, the site plan vault comprising a heavy gauge post which can be driven into the soil, the heavy gauge post having secured thereto in a vertical orientation, a tubular vault member of sufficient dimension to slideably receive the site plans for the particular construction site, the tubular vault member optionally having a slotted bottom wall to prevent the accumulation of dirt, sand or dust within the vault, and to prevent condensation within the vault, the tubular vault member having a cap member which allows the construction site plans to be slideably inserted into the tubular vault from the top of the tubular vault with the cap member securing the top of the tubular vault, the cap member having a securing means securing the cap member so that the cap member is not misplaced or separated from the assembly, the site plan vault further having an optional locking means securing the cap member to the tubular vault member when in a closed orientation.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

These and other objects of the present invention will become apparent, particularly when taken in light of the following illustrations wherein:

FIG. 1 is a side view of the site plan vault of the present invention in a closed configuration;

FIG. 2 is a side view of the site plan vault of the present invention in an open configuration;

FIG. 3 is a bottom view of the site plan vault;

FIG. 4 is a cross sectional view of the site plan vault along plane 4-4 of FIG. 1; and

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of a second embodiment of the housing of the site plan vault of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

FIG. 1 is a side view of a site plan vault assembly 10 of the present invention in a closed, secured mode. FIG. 2 is a side view in an open mode. The site plan vault assembly 10 is comprised of a post member 12, preferably of one piece construction, and preferably, a heavy gauge garden fence post of approximately five feet in length. Post member 12 may include a stabilizer 14 positioned proximate its lower end 16, wherein lower end 16 and stabilizer 14 would be driven into the soil or ground 18 by application of a force supplied by a hammer to upper end 20 of post member 12. Secured to post member 12 is tubular vault member 22. In the illustration of FIG. 1, the tubular vault member 22 is secured to post member 12 by a plurality of fastening means in the form of bolts 24 and nuts 25 which pass through post member 12 and the side wall 26 of tubular vault member 22 as illustrated in FIG. 4. Tubular vault member 22 is thus oriented on post 12 in a vertical orientation. The lower end 28 of tubular vault member 22 optionally comprises a slotted lower wall 30, the slots 31 formed therein (see FIG. 3), allowing dirt, dust and sand to pass out of the tubular vault member 22 and also prevent condensation within tubular vault member 22.

The upper end 32 of tubular vault member 22 is open and in one embodiment there being formed about the periphery 34 of upper end 32 of tubular vault member 22 a threaded means 36 cooperative with a threaded means 38 of cap member 40 as illustrated in FIG. 2. FIGS. 1 and 2 illustrate a site plan vault wherein vault member 22 is externally threaded and cap member 40 is internally threaded. Vault member 22 could be fabricated with internal threading and cap member 40 could be fabricated with external threading to accomplish the same closure and security to site plan vault 10.

In this configuration, the cap member 40 can be removed from tubular vault member 22 to allow the contractor to insert rolled up site plans 42 for the particular construction site. The cap member 40 can then be threadedly secured to the tubular vault member 22. Additionally, the cap member 40 may have a flexible securing means 44 attached thereto, which flexible securing means 44 would also be attached to either the tubular vault member 22 or the post member 12 at one of the plurality of bolt 24 locations so as to prevent the cap member 40 from being separated or misplaced from the site plan vault assembly. Still further, there may be a securing means 46 in the form of a clasp and padlock or other suitable securing means which secure cap member 40 to tubular vault member 22 when no construction personnel are on the site.

The tubular vault member and cap member 22 and 40 could be made of any suitable material, but it has been found that PVC piping of a grade schedule 40 and of at least 4 inches diameter, will serve the purpose for most site plans by providing sufficient volume for the rolled up plans to be inserted therein. Larger diameter piping may be utilized for tubular vault 22 if the set of site plans 42 increase in volume and diameter when rolled up.

In addition to the structure heretofore described, the site vault assembly may also be provided with a sleeve or decal 48 which may be applied or slipped over the upper end of tubular vault member 22 which sleeve or decal. 48 would provide identifying indicia to subcontractors and building inspectors, such indicia including the contractor's name and phone number, the permit number, the job name, the address and the lot and block of the location of the construction site.

The site plan vault assembly of the present invention is light weight, is not bulky and does not take up too much room in the contractor's vehicles, is easily installed with one tool, i.e. a hammer, as opposed to the need of a post hole digger, and is sturdy enough such that it is reusable on subsequent job sites.

It will be noted that in the illustration of FIG. 1, post member 12 extends above cap member 40 of the site plan vault assembly 10. This allows the application of force to the upper end 20 of the post 12 to install the post into the ground or soil without having to remove the tubular vault member 22. Still further, if additional space saving were desired, post 12 could be formed in two sections with a collar 50 such that the lower section 52 could be driven into the soil, and the upper section 54 of post 12 could be secured to lower section 52 by means of the collar 50 and locking pin 51.

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of a second embodiment of the tubular vault member 22A integrally formed with a sleeve member 23 slidably received on post member 12 and secured thereto by a fastening means 25. A cap member 40A may also be integrally formed with tubular vault member 22A by means of articulating flap member 27 to secure upper end 32A in a manner previously described.

While the present invention has been described with respect to the exemplary embodiments thereof, it will be recognized by those of ordinary skill in the art that many modifications or changes can be achieved without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. Therefore it is manifestly intended that the invention be limited only by the scope of the claims and the equivalence thereof.