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Life Safety Drawings
Life safety floor plans are a component of the organization’s Statement of Conditions, therefore applicable to standard LS.01.01.01. Accurate and complete life safety floor plans are required to be available at the time of any survey conducted by The Joint Commission in order for the organization’s facilities to be effectively evaluated. Life safety floor plans are to include all Life Safety Code, 2000 edition, features that have an impact on any health care, ambulatory or behavioral health residential occupancy. The concept is to have a comprehensive document that consolidates all construction phases of the facility over its history, to allow for LSC compliance through maintenance strategies, identification of deficiencies, inspection and training. All content is not required to be on each floor’s drawing; a drawing package is acceptable. Per The Joint Commission Perspectives article of October 2012, life safety floor plans are to consist of at least:
- a legend that clearly identifies features of fire safety;
- areas of the building that are fully sprinklered (if the building is partially sprinklered; areas covered, not individual sprinkler heads);
- locations of all hazardous storage areas (both fire rated barrier types and smoke resistive barrier types);
- locations of all fire-rated barriers; locations of all smoke barriers;
- suite boundaries, including the sizes of the identified suites;
- locations of designated smoke compartments;
- locations of chutes and vertical (elevator and utility) shafts; and
- any approved equivalencies or waivers.
Create maps from floor diagrams with arrows that designate the exit route assignments. These maps should include locations of exits, assembly points, and equipment (such as fire extinguishers, first aid kits, spill kits) that may be needed in an emergency. Evacuation maps (deployed within the hospital) are not the same as life safety floor plans (a maintenance and evaluation tool) required by the Joint Commission Statement of Conditions. Evacuation maps are typically user-friendly diagrams with exit routes shown. Neither Joint Commission standards nor the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code require that evacuation maps be posted in hospitals or other health care occupancies. However, there have been cases where the local or state fire marshals have required such maps. If another authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) mandates the posting of such maps, then the Joint Commission would expect compliance with that AHJ. [LS.01.01.01
Space planning is a fundamental element of the interior design process. It starts with an in-depth analysis of how the space is to be used. The designer then draws up a plan that defines the zones of the space and the activities that will take place in those zones.
The Project Planning Phase is the second phase in the project life cycle. It involves creating of a set of plans to help guide your team through the execution and closure phases of the project. The plans created during this phase will help you to manage time, cost, quality, change, risk and issues.
A schematic, or schematic diagram, is a representation of the elements of a system using abstract, graphic symbols rather than realistic pictures. A schematic usually omits all details that are not relevant to the information the schematic is intended to convey, and may add unrealistic elements that aid comprehension. For example, a subway map intended for passengers may represent a subway station with a dot; the dot doesn’t resemble the actual station at all but gives the viewer information without unnecessary visual clutter.
Asbuilt’s Standard Floor Plan includes a field survey of interior and exterior walls, windows, doors, openings, skylights, stairs, built-ins, plumbing fixtures, accessible measurable spaces. Does not include exposed framing, electrical or lighting. Cad drawings are then created based off of the field notes gathered. The client may request additional items to be located during the field verification stage to be included in the Cad drawings.The As-Built Process also includes in spreadsheet form: Building name, Floor, Room name, Room number, Department name, Area description, Cost code (if used) and square footage. The spreadsheet combines all floors in a building or all buildings on a campus. Mps Construction and Design also offers to archive and update as needed when Departments move or when there is new construction.
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