OSHPD Plans – Fire Alarm Design

Facility name: Regional Medical Center Of San Jose

Project name: RMCSAJ-052017P1-IP Surgery Dept. Reno
Location: SAN JOSE, CA
Project classification: Hospital – Renovation
Project type: Acute Care
Project number: 0838500028
Lesson Learned number: 43
Impact: Cost, Schedule

Lesson Learned/Best Practice

Include temporary heat detection in plans for construction bidding and OSHPD approval.  On renovation projects the existing fire alarm has to be removed for construction.  Preserving smoke detectors is problematic, because the dust of construction sets them off.  We typically use heat detectors for temporary fire alarm, but this requires an ACD approved through OSHPD.

Suggested Actions for Future Projects

If the fire alarm design is in the documents, having temporary heat detectors indicated within them ensures that this is captured in pricing, and is pre-approved by OSHPD so there’s no installation delay.

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