2012 Life Safety Code – Staying in Compliance with the New Rules

Philip Jose, PE, CSP, Private Code Consulting
Matthew Bluette, AIA, ACHA, AICP, NCARB, LEED AP, JACA Architects
Peter Leszczak, PSL Engineering

In this session, a thorough review of the code will be presented including actual cases where hospitals faced challenges understanding the code and achieving compliance. New projects and existing nonconforming conditions will both be reviewed.

JACA will present recent project experiences and regulatory challenges including how compliance was obtained while Phil will provide an understanding of how to approach a project and offer the AHJ view on projects are considered when reviewed. Projects such as a multi-floor and building-phased renovation project at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, a fit-out project at BID Plymouth, and a building addition for a Hybrid Operating Room will be reviewed as case studies.

Learning Objectives

  1. Thorough understanding of how the separated approach to code compliance can save money.
  2. Clear and concise review of the new and expanded health care suite options now available to hospitals.
  3. Explanation and review of controversial changes in the new JC/CMS requirements.
  4. Review of changes related to hospital projects in NFPA 2012 including a question and answer segment for attendees.
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