Enhanced Carbon Monoxide Requirements in New Massachusetts Building Code

Enhanced Carbon Monoxide Requirements in New Massachusetts Building Code The 9th Edition of the Massachusetts Building Code is now in force. The code is based upon the 2015 International Building Code (IBC). The previous edition of the building code was based upon the 2009 IBC. An important new addition to the 2015 IBC is Section 915, … read more

Achieving Hazardous Materials Compliance in University Laboratories

Universities are constantly evolving and growing. One area that is currently realizing rapid change and growth is university research laboratories. These lab spaces are often planned and constructed for a specific professor or even for a specific research project. Growth and change of lab spaces is so rapid that labs are being introduced into all … read more

What is an NFPA 241 Plan and Why Do I Need One?

NFPA 241 is the Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations. The fire code in five of the six New England states (MA, NH, VT, ME, RI) is based upon NFPA 1, Fire Code. NFPA 1 requires any structure undergoing construction, alteration, or demolition to comply with NFPA 241 and gives the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) the … read more

Code Considerations During Design of Renovations and Additions to Existing Buildings

When architects, engineers, and building owners plan renovations to older buildings, there is often confusion regarding requirements for life safety, egress, and fire protection systems. A common problem facing design teams is whether or not sprinklers are required in a renovation or addition to buildings that are either partially provided with fire sprinkler protection or … read more

Know the Facts: Stairwell Pressurization

For any high rise applications, it is required to provide a stairwell pressurization system as part of the building smoke control system.  International Building Code (IBC) Section 909 details the design, analysis and testing requirements for the system.  When designing the system, it is imperative to consider the following possible effects: Stack effect Temperature effect … read more

Healthcare Integrated MEP Solutions

McLean Hospital Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Relocation McLean Hospital’s Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) suite provides for a dedicated clinical location with state-of-the-art equipment and updated facilities that support patient treatment. The relocation of operations is also part of a larger patient care area expansion and improvement plan. SCOPE OF WORK: Fitzemeyer & Tocci provided … read more