A designer that I work with has a bunk bed project for a local college. It's a free standing design. My gut feeling is to pass on it due to liability. But I'm not 100% sure. There's liability in everything I build, so it's a gray area.
I guess it depends on how well the designer has thought out the beds. It would be possible to over engineer them so there wasn't an issue in which case I'd do it. If the project is poorly thought out with a low budget, pass...
Well, actually the designer has done a very thorough job. However, she is still a designer and the drawings need to be engineered and turned into shop drawings.
If I google "bunk beds", there are plenty of companies out there building them. But they know the regulations thoroughly and build those products regularly. And I don't, and it could be another 15 years until I get another bunk bed job. So, I'm having a hard time gauging the risk/reward benefit of pursuing this job given the liability tied to the product.
College can be the most irresponsible period in a person's life. Challenging immortality is a common occurrence. Couple that with the blind "my child can do no wrong - somebody has to pay" attitude that so pervades our society today. This one time opportunity has the makings of potential disaster.
I vote with your gut. I personally would leave the project to larger firms with deeper pockets. The designer should be able to respect your business decision.
I sometimes get oddly designed projects usually tables or furniture if I think there may be a problem with stability or injury from use I bill them out as art projects. I don't know if im legally protected from liability or not. But I feel more comfortable doing this.
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