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      Smoke Compartment Smoke Barrier

      Q: In an EXISTING hospital, when the corridor walls are ALSO a smoke compartment barrier, can the penetrations above the ceiling be sealed with a…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 30, 2019
      Doors Door Locks

      Q: I have been asked by a clinic manager at one of our primary care clinics to install a door knob on a split Dutch type door that goes into a lab area.…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 28, 2019
      Fire Doors Life Safety Code


      Bob Armbrister | Aug 26, 2019
      Accreditation Ambulatory Care Occupancy Suites

      Q: We recently had a surveyor tell us that suites are not allowed in ambulatory healthcare occupancies. Can you help explain this and any code references…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 26, 2019
      Patient Rooms

      Q: In our hospital the nurses found the architectural room numbers too confusing and wanted all patient care rooms to be in numerical order, so about 15…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 23, 2019
      CMS New Construction vs. Existing Construction

      Q: How do we classify existing versus new construction? Do we look at the date of adoption of the current Life Safety Code as the cutoff? Anything…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 21, 2019
      Occupancies Fire Barrier

      Q: I have a client that is building a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The women's component will be licensed to one organization, and the children's…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 19, 2019

      Q: We previously built personal protective equipment (PPE) cabinets that are permanently mounted to the wall. These cabinets protrude in to the hallway…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 16, 2019
      Smoke Barrier Accreditation Fire Doors CMS

      Q: The Joint Commission standard for annual door testing states "The hospital has written documentation of annual inspection and testing of door…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 14, 2019
      Testing (Generators) Inspection & Maintenance (Generators)

      Q: Do generators for healthcare need to be load-bank tested annually if they meet the 30% nameplate load requirement during each monthly test?

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 12, 2019
      Joint Commission Life Safety Drawings

      Q: The hospital where I work is leased, and the landlord is not a healthcare architect and pushes back on everything. My need is to have the life safety…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 9, 2019
      Inspection & Maintenance (Fire Suppression Sys Testing (Fire Suppression Systems) Fire Pump

      Q: Is it required to dropped power to your electric driven fire pump while it is running to ensure it starts back up and continues to run on emergency…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 7, 2019
      Electrical Equipment Appliances

      Q: Our facility is a nursing home. I have been asked a question if a resident can have a clothes iron in their room? I said no and would check on it. What…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 5, 2019
      Business Occupancies Sprinklers Elevators Equipment (Life Safety Code) Equipment (Fire Suppression Systems)

      Q: In a physician’s clinic that is claimed to be fully protected with sprinklers, the building elevator control room is not sprinklered. Must I install or…

      Bob Armbrister | Aug 2, 2019