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Construction Types

Q: What is the allowed distance a non-sprinkled stick-built building can be located beside a hospital? A: Your question encompasses a couple of different issues. When you say “stick-built” building, …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 8, 2020
Parking GarageStorage (Facilities Management)Parking GarageConstruction Types

Q: Can you have a parking garage under a health care occupancy/patient sleeping areas, that does not have smoke separations but does have a 2-hour fire rated barrier between the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jul 29, 2019
ArticleConstruction Types

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... So... I'm above a ceiling in a pre-assessment testing area and I see in the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 21, 2019
Accreditation/CertificationConstruction Types

Q: I have an interesting one for you. We have an architect propose a construction type of Type V (111) for a 3-story building with the first-floor being Healthcare occupancy …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 2, 2019
ArticleConstruction Types

Continuing in a series of strange things that I have seen while consulting at hospitals... In a Type I or Type II construction type structure (which most hospitals are) you …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 27, 2018
Construction BarrierArticleConstruction Types

Q: Years ago, our state health department approved an addition to a hospital that I supervise. The addition is wood framed, not sprinkler protected, and does not have the required …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Sep 17, 2018
ArticleConstruction Types

Q: What is the allowed distance a non-sprinkled stick built building can be located beside a hospital? A: Your question encompasses a couple of different issues. When you say “stick-built” …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Feb 16, 2018
Construction BarrierArticleConstruction Types

I received an email from a reader who described a problem with their temporary construction barriers. He told me the following: During construction and renovation projects our hospital uses drywall …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Mar 5, 2015
Life Safety CodeEquivalenciesArticleSprinklersConstruction Types

This may seem basic to some of you, but one of the problems in the healthcare facilities management industry is people don't always have a good solid foundation of the …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Aug 9, 2012
Fire WatchArticleConstruction Types

In the last post that I made, I mentioned 'Hot Work' in construction sites in a hospital require special fire barrier protection, which is a 1-hour fire rated barrier from …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 29, 2012
ArticleILSMConstruction Types

Construction in hospitals is so unavoidable, as it seems to go together like salt and pepper, but usually does not taste as good. You simply cannot renovate or remodel an …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Jan 26, 2012
ArticleConstruction Types

The following article originally appeared in the February 2011 issue of Helathcare Life Safety Compliance Construction Types are among the most misunderstood features of life safety in hospitals today. The …

Brad Keyes, CHSP | Dec 22, 2011

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