College Planning & Management

OCT 2012

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LET'S WORK TOGETHER positions in separate departments can cause confusion and, in the regulatory fi eld, "code shopping." Working as part of the same team should also allow design team questions to be answered thoroughly and with the support of both regulatory positions. Jointly locating these positions also reduces the chances that plans leave the design process with code issues unresolved. The review of plans is more complete and thorough, which should relate back to fewer if any code- related change orders on a project. Code- related issues could be identifi ed early and then resolved earlier in the design process. Mutual Understanding As the building offi cial and fi re marshal gain a working understand- ing of the approaches each takes to code interpretation and application, they can fi ll in for each other during design review and site inspection. Providing a "one- stop shop" for plan reviews allows for sharing of building data, easier schedul- ing for consultants, sharing of support staff, and faster turnaround time for plan reviews. The ability to cover some of the site inspections will speed up the construction process. Joint inspections for underground fi re system supplies; site access for emergency vehicles; temporary heating and power supplies; alarm system wiring; sprinkler piping; fi re-rated as- semblies; and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment are just a few of the reviews that could be covered by one individual instead of two. In addition to plan review and site inspections, a combined offi ce can help a campus create a set of standards that may be more stringent than adopted codes, but that better serve the campus environment. SAFETY IN NUMBERS. Members of your building, life, and fi re safety staff should attend meetings with designers and contractors to assure code compliance, accelerate the review and approval process, and minimize construction delays. Offi cial involvement at the very onset of a project assures that these extremely important issues get full and early consideration, and increases the likelihood that all possible alternatives will be considered. 32 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / OCTOBER 2012 WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM

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