Documenting Code Compliance
JENSEN HUGHES effectively communicates the egress design to code officials and ownership by preparing Fire Safety Plans. The plans illustrate the relevant egress and life safety features, including applicable code criteria, exit locations, occupant load calculations, egress capacities, travel distances, dead-ends, and exit discharge routes. These documents are critical to help ownership and contractors quickly identify features such as fire rated assemblies required for life safety. If performance-based methods were used or alternative approaches were applied, the plans document the relevant design criteria and interpretations. Fire Safety Plans aid the client by clearly documenting the egress design and are also helpful to the reviewing code authority during the submittal process.
Health Care Facility Compliance
The Joint Commission and other health care regulatory agencies expect to see accurate and up-to-date Fire Safety Plans or Life Safety Plans. JENSEN HUGHES develops drawings that illustrate applicable code criteria and show key means of egress features, such as exit locations, occupant load calculations, egress capacities, travel distances, dead-ends, and exit discharge routes. The plans also show required fire-rated construction, including occupancy separations, enclosure of shafts and vertical openings, smoke and fire zone boundaries, hazardous materials control areas, separation of atria, enclosure of incidental and hazardous spaces, and other separation requirements. These plans are often submitted with the design package to clarify the design intent for the code official in their review and to summarize the design basis for the project team.
Assistance Beyond Prescriptive Code
Where full compliance with applicable code requirements is not feasible or achievable, or where the design necessitates egress provisions beyond the scope of the code, JENSEN HUGHES assists the client by developing and evaluating alternative egress design solutions. Alternative designs can be developed using the Code Equivalency process (e.g., traditional equivalencies, waivers, FSES), or through the use of Performance-Based Design methods. In either case, JENSEN HUGHES assists with the approval process through Negotiations with the Code Authorities. Developing and evaluating alternative egress designs is commonly employed for existing and historic buildings, where modifications to the building egress system may be cost prohibitive or would affect historic building features.
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