Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
This is the conclusion of our three-part series on How Qualified Fire Code Consultants Can Help You Avoid Fire Code Problems.
Several weeks after we submitted our report, thinking we were moving forward, our code consultants learned from the owner of the trampoline park that the fire marshal would not issue a certificate of occupancy unless the building sprinkler system was extended beneath the trampolines. He viewed the area below the trampoline as an unprotected concealed space in which miscellaneous materials could be stored.
In response, our code consultant visited the recently permitted trampoline park and observed the following:
Our code consultant took several pictures and forwarded them to the owner of the facility under consideration, as well as to the fire marshal. The fire marshal ultimately agreed to the certificate of occupancy, under the condition that the park owner provided a letter stating that the area beneath the trampolines would remain clear of stored materials.
Harrington Group has seen the following key lessons learned during this project time and time again:
At Harrington Group, our engineers imitate contact with the AHJ’s immediately to identify potential issues. Through proactively communicating with code officials, we seek to build trust and mutual respect, and find that most issues can be resolved in a way that all parties come away with a win.
The trampoline park was an unusual project for Harrington Group. Our code consultants connected the facts and helped the facility construction to continue as planned with only slight modifications to the building and trampoline system. Building a respectful and trusting relationship with the AHJ helped to ensure prompt approval so that progress was not further delayed.
If you would like more information, or believe your firm could benefit from Harrington Group’s expertise, we invite you to contact us. Our engineers are trained to listen to your needs and concerns, and help you move forward to find the Best Total Solution.
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