Four or more stories Type I
Two or three stories Type II-Fire Resistive
Single story Type II-One Hour
b) Outpatient health and dental clinics, laboratories, research
facilities and veterinary care facilities.
Three stories or more Type II-Fire Resistive
One or two stories Type II-N
Exception No. 1: Medical facilities designed and constructed in accordance
with the requirements of the Integrated Building System (IBS), with a walk-on
platform which provides access to the distribution zone (interstitial space),
shall meet the criteria of NFPA 101 and NFPA 220.
Exception No. 2: Medical facilities classified as Occupancy Group B may
consist of Types III, IV, or V construction if the total floor area does not
exceed 8000 square feet. Allowable area increases are not permitted.
Building Height/Allowable Floor Area. Building height and
allowable floor area limitations shall be in accordance with MIL-HDBK-1008
Exception: Medical facilities designed and constructed in accordance with the
requirements of the Integrated Building System shall meet the fire and smoke
Existing Facilities. Existing facilities shall be evaluated by a
qualified fire protection engineer as defined by MIL-HDBK-1008 in order to
determine the level of fire/life safety that is afforded the occupants.
Alterations and Renovations. To the extent possible, alteration,
renovation, modernization and rehabilitation work of existing facilities shall
comply with the requirements for NEW construction in accordance with MIL-HDBK-
1008 (reference 13b). Additions shall be separated by 2-hour fire resistive
construction from any existing structure that is not in compliance with
current codes and standards. No additions, alteration or modernization
project shall lessen the fire/life safety of the existing building.
Life Safety Upgrade and Fire Protection Assessment. To remain
unchanged, existing facilities shall comply with the requirements for EXISTING
construction requirements of NFPA 101 (reference 13a). It is intended that
facilities, not in compliance with the EXISTING construction requirements of
NFPA 101, be upgraded to meet the NFPA 101 requirements for NEW construction.
However, if cost to upgrade to NEW construction criteria is determined
prohibitive, DoD authorization must be obtained and coordinated for upgrade to
EXISTING construction requirements based upon submission and approval of a
fire and life safety assessment, and an *economic analysis.
In any case, the minimum level of fire safety for upgrade of existing
facilities shall comply with EXISTING construction requirements of NFPA 101
(reference 13a). A Life Safety Assessment (LSA) shall be performed in
coordination with the JCAHO Statement of Conditions.
*NOTE: The economic analysis shall include comparative analysis of at least
three different life safety assessment solutions for NFPA 101 compliance in
accordance with JCAHO Standards. Economic Analysis shall include cost
estimates supporting the following:
complete prescriptive compliance with NEW construction criteria,
complete prescriptive compliance with EXISTING construction criteria, and