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Chapter 3: Building and Fire Protection Code Policy

  1. The Basic Building Code is noted in the CRR 70.060. The Building Code is enforced to insure public safety, health, and welfare in the built environment. Building Code Compliance is fundamental to the University’s responsibility to identify and reduce risk.
  2. The design of university facilities shall be done by knowledgeable professional architects and/or engineers registered in the State of Missouri. As noted elsewhere in these polices, all drawings and specifications shall bear the professional seal of the architect and/or engineer along with a certification stating: "I hereby certify these drawings and/or specifications have been prepared by me or under my supervision. I further certify that to the best of my knowledge these drawings and/or specifications are as required by and in compliance with University of Missouri building codes and design."
  3. Review of Design & Construction: All plans shall be reviewed by knowledgeable architects and/or engineers to assure compliance with code before advertising for construction bids. In particular, the area of life safety shall be thoroughly reviewed. Having insured the project construction documents conform to building code, the construction shall be thoroughly inspected by knowledgeable staff and/or consultants.
  4. Independent Code Analysis: During the design process of major projects, the campus may employ, with project funds, an independent code consultant to provide a comprehensive code requirement analysis. An independent expert shall review complex engineered code compliance systems [such as smoke evacuation/control systems, unusual occupancies, non-standard fire alarms]. The Independent Code Analysis may also be either authorized by the design project manager, or requested by the Authority Having Jurisdiction on any project. The Project Manager (PM) will complete the Independent Code Analysis before the advertisement for bids.
  5. Authority Having Jurisdiction: The Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) referred to in the building codes is delegated under authority of the UM Vice President Finance & Administration to the Assistant Vice President Management Services [Refer to BPM 109]. The AHJ may require a UM Code Compliance Report for all major project designs.. Major projects include those requiring UM contracting officer execution of the construction contract, new construction, and renovations that either change building occupancy or significantly modify egress components.
  6. UM Code Compliance Report: The UM Code Compliance Report may vary in size and detail depending on the size of the project. At a minimum it must include basic information about the project as it relates to the applicable building codes. The basic information required includes the following:
    1. Title Sheet with project name, number, location, list of consultants
    2. List of applicable codes
    3. Occupancy classification (describe separated or non-separated if mixed occupancy)
    4. Type of construction
    5. Building area (each story and total building area) and height (stories/feet)
    6. Whether fire sprinklers will be installed, and which NFPA sprinkler standard is being followed
    7. Whether incidental or accessory use provisions will be employed
    8. Allowable area calculations
    9. Means of egress information
    10. Fire resistance of structural elements
    11. Plumbing fixture counts and calculations
    12. ASHRAE 90.1 Calculations
    13. ASHRAE 62.1 Ventilation Calculations
  7. Other UM Code Compliance Report Requirements:
    1. In a mixed occupancy building, a floor plan showing the different occupancies in a building is required to describe the locations and treatment of the different uses. If the building is a separated occupancy building, the ratio calculations required by the code should be provided. For a non-separated occupancy building, the allowable height and area calculations for the most restrictive occupancy must be provided to support the design.
    2. Means of egress information includes the location, construction, size, and character of the means of egress. Every floor and all rooms and spaces must be shown on egress floor plans. Occupant loads and how they were determined must be provided. Show the number of occupants passing through egress components to confirm the egress capacity. The common path of egress and travel distances must be shown on the egress plans.
    3. Fire-resistance rating construction requirements for the building based on the type of construction must be provided. If the means of egress includes fire-resistance rated construction, the ratings and locations of these components must be shown on the egress plan.
  8. UM Code Compliance Report Process:
    1. At the start of a campus project, the campus will forward a Project Information Form (PIF) to the UM Director of Facilities Planning and Development to notify the Director of a new design & construction project.
    2. The UM Director of Facilities Planning and Development will indicate a primary staff contact for the campus on subsequent code reviews, board actions, etc., and return the PIF to the campus. The campus also uses a PIF to notify the UM Director of Facilities Planning and Development that other project related actions may be pending such as Board of Curator actions, and/or execution of consulting agreements and construction contracts.
    3. The UM Director of Facilities Planning and Development will indicate on the PIF whether the AHJ will require a UM Code Compliance Report, see section 5 and 6.
    4. The PM will submit review material so that FPD can complete review before the advertisement for bid, including variance requests and 3rd party code reviews, etc.
    5. FPD will issue the campus written acceptance and/or review comments to the Code Compliance Report, variance request, or any other code submittal, within 10 working days of submittal. FPD will notify the PM if additional time is required for due diligence.
    6. The contracting officer will not issue the Notice to Proceed if the UM Code Compliance Report has not been submitted, reviewed, and approved.
  9. Deviation (variance) from Adopted Codes: It is the University's general practice not to deviate from the adopted codes. No area of life safety affecting design features, construction systems, and furnishings will be compromised or otherwise sacrificed through deviations from code to obtain a construction cost savings. If deviations are necessary, the Campus Administration, through the PM, shall submit a request for a variance to the Authority Having Jurisdiction with recommendation for rejection or approval. All variances from code require AHJ approval; variances, equivalencies, interpretations, etc.
  10. Records: Code compliance records will be kept by the campus according to the Planning Design and Construction records retention authorization, refer to UM Records Management Records Retention Authorization. Code Compliance Records will be available to the AHJ at any time.
  11. Leased Property: Property either leased from or to the University is considered owned by the Curators of the University of Missouri and are subject to the University Building Code. Refer to Leased Property Construction in another section of this document.
  12. Code Permitting and Inspections at Off-Site Facilities: A third party inspector may be retained by the University of Missouri to ensure compliance with the applicable regulatory codes and standards, as well as perform plan reviews, perform site code inspections, and issue building permits on behalf the Curators of the University of Missouri, for off-site or off campus properties, and/or as directed by the AHJ.
  13. Other Applicable Codes: All facilities shall conform to the codes and standards identified in the University of Missouri's General Conditions of the Contract for Construction.
  14. Fire Suppression: All new buildings shall be designed with automatic fire suppression systems throughout. The UM Director of Facilities Planning and Development may grant exceptions to this requirement for facilities such as garages, temporary facilities, etc. As a minimum, work to existing facilities shall be designed to meet code.
  15. Adoption of Building Code Changes: Changes to the International Building Code (issued in both the annual supplements and the revised edition issued every three years), and to the National Fire Code (issued annually), including the National Electric Code, shall be fully adopted by the January 1 following issue by the ICC and the NFPA. See University Building Adopted Codes current codes. Accessibility standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be implemented as required by ADA. Projects with Design Development Approval generally will not be required to incorporate subsequent code revisions. However, a project where construction does not begin twelve (12) or more months after approval of construction documents shall be revised to incorporate the code updates before bidding. Also, all projects will include changes that significantly improve the access, health, and safety of building occupants before construction documents are issued for bids.