I would like to confirm if fire suppression is required for an existing 3 story Class B structure (Private College) that is to be renovated. Could you please provide the Section so that i may research.
You need to start by telling us what the building is or is going to be used for? Privaste Colleges have buildings of various occupancy types, that's the starting point in determining requirements.
Thank you for your response. This is an existing building on a private
college campus that is not conforming to the required finished floor
elevation in a flood zone. The structure is to be renovated. The current
use is classrooms and offices. Please let me know any other information you
may need and I will get it to you.
Again thank you for your assistance
Of course this is just the first step, so it would be best to ask the local authority having jurisdiction what codes and laws apply. As described the building could be an Existing Assembly or Business occupancy or a mix of both, depending on the occupant loads and other features. If the renovation meets certain thresholds it might be considered "New" by some, again, the local AHJ is best suited to answer your questions. I would think for this sort of project one would be employing an architect, who should be capable of answering these questions. Determining what requirements apply is much like sorting a word problem using an algorithm. You need to sort out which things apply where and then follow the proper codes. Sorry that doesn't lead to a definitive answer, but in general local code officers, fire marshal's or architects are likely to be the most accurate. While Codes, like the Life Safety Code may be written with the intent on blanket application (for the most part) States tend to prescriptively adopt code sets, carving out areas or adding requirements, making most broad scope questions very difficult to provide an accurate answer to.
Thank you for the information
If the renovation opens up the ceilings and a major gutting out of the walls, I have always felt it was good design practice to include an automatic sprinkler system. Complying to the minimum code provisions does not mean good design practice. There are many design advantages offered by the life safety and building codes when the building is protected through out by an automatic sprinkler system.
Please read the attached from the National Fire Sprinkler Association.
Thank you for your response. Have a great day.
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