Building Codes, the ADA & Your Fire Station
Building codes can be a challenging subject matter for both Clients and Architects. In an effort to make building codes more approachable, Brian Harris and Forest Hooker teamed up on another article to offer their insight on all things code, including: Code Basics, Code Considerations for Fire Stations, and Interpretations, along with a few additional resources listed at the end of the article. Below is the Introduction to the article, which was supplemented during a TCA presentation at the 2019 Firehouse Station Design Conference in Chicago. The full length publication can be found on Firehouse’s website and in this month’s print magazine.
“Building codes and local, state and federal laws can present a labyrinthine path to securing the approvals, permits and compliance with legislation required to commence construction of a new or renovated fire station or emergency facility project and to mitigate lingering liability. While your department or district’s architect (and code consultants if on the team) should be the lead for navigating jurisdictional requirements, this article will provide fire service representatives insight into compliance complexities, interpretations and risks. “