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Local AHJ

Smoke Control Inspector and Coordination

Facility name: Mountainview Hospital

Project name: MTVLAS-102018M-Rehab Expansion
Location: LAS VEGAS, NV
Project classification: Hospital – Shell
Project type: Rehab
Project number: 3281900024
Lesson Learned number: 171
Impact: Cost, Schedule, Quality

Cost impact: $59,802 Schedule impact: 15 days


Lesson Learned/Best Practice

 Early Owner Buyout of 3rd Party Smoke Control Inspector to prevent delays in Final Inspections and Occupancy.


Suggested Actions for Future Projects

Coordinate 3rd Party Special Inspection requirements for Smoke Control Systems during CD’s. Design Team to send RFP’s for Special Inspection Agencies and Provide to HCA CM for Approval. Schedule review of smoke control requirements with the GC prior to Smoke Control Testing. Perform Site walk with Inspector and Testing of Existing Systems early in project schedule to identify existing deficiencies and items to be addressed by Facility or Construction Team. 


Keywords

Smoke Control, Special Inspections, Life Safety Report, Testing

Helipad Fire Extinguisher

Facility name: UCF Lake Nona Medical Center

Project name: Lake Nona-102018M- New Hospital
Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL
Project classification: Hospital – New
Project type: Acute Care
Project number: 2689500001
Lesson Learned number: 152
Impact: Scope


Lesson Learned/Best Practice

The requirement for a fire extinguisher at the Helipad is often not included in the fire suppression or architectural drawings resulting in it being missed by the construction team.


Suggested Actions for Future Projects

The helipad fire extinguisher should be shown on the fire protection drawings.


Keywords

Helipad, Fire Extinguisher

State Recertification Requirements for Renovations

Facility name: North Austin Medical Center

Project name: NRTAUS-022019M-Rehab/Peds Relocation
Location: AUSTIN, TX
Project classification:
Project type: Acute Care
Project number: 0822400025
Lesson Learned number: 130
Impact: Cost, Schedule, Scope

Cost impact: $7,000


Lesson Learned/Best Practice

Better define within the  project documents what the state requires for documentation & recertification of existing systems in spaces with only finish upgrades. THHS inspector required several systems which had not been touched to be recertified.


Suggested Actions for Future Projects

Confirmation with the state, stating precisely which state requirements will be applicable to the project, including recertification of existing systems not within project scope, if applicable. Include clarification in bid documents. Discuss with state during Feasibility Conference. Verify with local AHJs as well.


Keywords

Recertification

Fire Extinguisher Signage Details

Facility name: UCF Lake Nona Medical Center

Project name: Lake Nona-102018M- New Hospital
Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL
Project classification: Hospital – New
Project type: Acute Care
Project number: 2689500001
Lesson Learned number: 120
Impact: Cost, Scope

Cost impact: $2,100


Lesson Learned/Best Practice

Most local AHJ’s require the identification of all fire extinguishers throughout a facility. This detail is often missed or obscure during design resulting in added cost at the end of a project.


Suggested Actions for Future Projects

A standard detail should be provided for signage above fire extinguishers for all projects.


Keywords

Fire Extinguisher

City of Orlando – Signage Permitting

Facility name: UCF Lake Nona Medical Center

Project name: Lake Nona-102018M- New Hospital
Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL
Project classification: Hospital – New
Project type: Acute Care
Project number: 2689500001
Lesson Learned number: 119
Impact: Schedule

Schedule impact: 60 days


Lesson Learned/Best Practice

The City of Orlando permitting process for exterior signage is a minimum of 60 days often resulting in delays to signage installation.


Suggested Actions for Future Projects

A permit expediter should be utilized for any signage permits in the City of Orlando.


Keywords

City of Orlando, Signage

City of Orlando – As-Built Submission

Facility name: UCF Lake Nona Medical Center

Project name: Lake Nona-102018M- New Hospital
Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL
Project classification: Hospital – New
Project type: Acute Care
Project number: 2689500001
Lesson Learned number: 117
Impact: Schedule


Lesson Learned/Best Practice

The City of Orlando must review all utility as-builts prior to removing the Document Hold for a final Certificate of Occupancy. This process can be up to 30 days for each submissions with multiple submissions necessary.


Suggested Actions for Future Projects

Progress as-built surveys should be submitted when possible to reduce the schedule impact for revised documents at the end of the project.


Keywords

City of Orlando, As-Built

City of Orlando – Access Panel

Facility name: UCF Lake Nona Medical Center

Project name: Lake Nona-102018M- New Hospital
Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL
Project classification: Hospital – New
Project type: Acute Care
Project number: 2689500001
Lesson Learned number: 116
Impact: Quality, Scope


Lesson Learned/Best Practice

The City of Orlando requires an excess number of access panels be installed in any hard lid ceiling. Each junction box and VAV will require its’ own dedicated access panel.


Suggested Actions for Future Projects

When possible, a gasketed ceiling grid should be utilized to reduce the number of access panels in a single ceiling. Otherwise, special consideration should be made to group junction boxes together at a single access panel.


Keywords

City of Orlando, Access Panels

Fire Alarm Code Issues

Facility name: Kendall Regional Medical Center

Project name: KENDAL-New Tower
Location: MIAMI, FL
Project classification: Hospital – Vertical Expansion
Project type: Acute Care
Project number: 3594100019
Lesson Learned number: 112
Impact: Cost, Schedule


Lesson Learned/Best Practice

During the permitting process the following items arose.

  • High rise requirements for fire alarm systems.
    • Initially the AHJ required the Kendall fire alarm system be upgraded to cover high rise guidelines. A building is considered a high rise if any floor above 75′ is continually occupied. ICT and the AHJ discussed this and finally came to the conclusion that the building did not have to be upgraded. 
    • Though this did not require a re-design (which would have been costly), it did delay the permitting process.
  • Pull station at helipad vestibule was required.
  • Smoke evacuation system is controlled by the fire alarm system and needed to be added. However, the design is by the mechanical controls contractor. 
  • The review process itself is slow.

During inspections a couple of items arose.

  • Pull station at helipad vestibule was required.
  • Spacing between smoke detectors was exceeded in some instances.

Suggested Actions for Future Projects

Bringing the fire alarm vendor on at EDI would allow them to assist with design and code verification. The fire alarm vendor could then produce shop drawings during the EDI process that could be included as part of the CD set. This would make the shop drawings part of the initial building permit application and not a separate application after the permit is obtained. Therefore speeding up the fire alarm system local jurisdiction approval process. 


Actions Taken / Current Status

HCA comment:  The best practice is to bring the Fire Alarm vendor in during the EDI process at the appropriate time based on the design schedule for a given project.

Smoke Evacuation System

Facility name: Kendall Regional Medical Center

Project name: KENDAL-New Tower
Location: MIAMI, FL
Project classification: Hospital – Vertical Expansion
Project type: Acute Care
Project number: 3594100019
Lesson Learned number: 110
Impact: Schedule


Lesson Learned/Best Practice

In Miami-Dade County the smoke evacuation system requires a separate permit. This permit must be pulled by the mechanical contractor even though the work required is mainly electrical. Most jurisdictions do not require a separate permit. 


Suggested Actions for Future Projects

Verify with the local permitting department prior to permit submission. 


Keywords

high rise

Penetration Fire Caulking

Facility name: P-SL Medical Center

Project name: PRSTLK-022017P1-Surgery Renovation
Location: DENVER, CO
Project classification: Hospital – Renovation
Project type: Acute Care
Project number: 2720000020
Lesson Learned number: 106
Impact: Cost, Schedule, Quality


Lesson Learned/Best Practice

Due to penetrations not being fire caulked as they were being roughed-in, some penetration became blocked by ductwork and fire caulking was missed or had to be re-caulked.


Suggested Actions for Future Projects

Fire caulk all penetrations as they are made instead of at the end of the rough-in stage.