College Planning & Management

OCT 2012

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Working as part of the same team should also allow design team questions to be answered thoroughly and with the support of both regulatory posi- tions. Jointly locating these positions also reduces the chances that plans leave the design process with code issues unresolved. residence halls may now be used for offi ce or classroom space and, while a fi re of- fi cial may fi nd a code path that allows the use of the space to continue, the building offi cial may fi nd that there are structural loading issues that must be addressed. For reasons like this, it is important that both individuals work together. The code review process can have several points where the design team must interact with both positions to verify that designs comply with all interpretations of applicable codes. Most design teams will also agree that because of varying interpretations it is usually benefi cial to all involved in the design process to meet with representatives from the building and fi re code authorities at the same time. When these two positions work together, the campus community can be assured that all permits for construction and operations are all issued. There are many effi ciencies to be real- ized when both of these positions operate out of the same regulatory compliance group for campus. Design teams can be assured that both staff positions agree on the approach that will be applied to the project for code review. Any differences in approach to code compliance can be worked out during the same meeting and the design team will have clear direction from both regulatory positions. An important exam is going on right now. This lecture hall is being examined for an odorless, tasteless, and invisible killer: carbon monoxide (CO) gas. In fact, using CO detection is the only way to know if toxic levels of CO are present. To provide your students, staff, and guests with the highest levels of protection available, the award-winning CO1224T and the new CO1224TR (round) carbon monoxide detectors provide RealTest® — the fi rst and only functional CO test that enables you to quickly verify that the CO detectors you install are actually sensing deadly CO gas. For more information, visit systemsensor.com/co The Advantages of Sharing Space There are benefi ts to having fi re and building offi cials work out of the same offi ce as well. The campus community is usually focused on a campus safety group as the focal point for regulatory issues. Physically locating these positions together streamlines operations so that when a call comes in it can be quickly sent to the correct individual, and if there is a need for consultation between the two positions they can quickly pull together and resolve the issue. Locating the two OCTOBER 2012 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 31

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