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Code Connection Spotlight is on….

Prince William County

Prince William County is being showcased for the collaborative effort in creating a document for the review of Fire Rated Assemblies.

The process used to develop the document, as well as the outcome, is impressive and may be of interest and benefit to others throughout the commonwealth. Kudos to everyone involved in this process!

A description of the process and related information from Pricne William County is posted below:

With the ever increasing complexity of building technology and structural systems over the last 10 years, there has been an increase in the challenges with the installations of Fire Rated Assemblies in commercial structures.  In response to the industry’s concerns, Prince William County established a process improvement team, the Fire Rated Assembly Committee with the following membership:

Committee Member Representing/Role
Bob Adkins
(Prince William County/DDS)
Prince William County
Building Inspections
Steve Daves
(RW Murray)
Commercial Development
Joe Cappuccio
(Rolf Jensen & Associates)
Fire Protection Engineer
Jim Collins
(Prince William County/DDS)
Prince William County
Building Inspections
Bill Daffan
(Olde Red General Contracting)
Commercial Development
George Hasser
(Bignell Watkins Hasser Architects P.A.)
Architect
Wade Hugh
(Prince William County/DDS)
Prince William County
Director, Development Services
Wayne Klotz
(I-95 Business Parks Mgmt)
Commercial Development
Eric Mays
(Prince William County/DDS)
Prince William County
Building Official
William McBeath
(Morgan, Gick, McBeath & Associates)
Architect
Andy Schneider
(Koffel Associates)
Fire Protection Engineer
Siavash Shahrzad
(Prince William County/DDS)
Prince William County
Building Plans Review

The Fire Rated Assembly Committee adopted the following Mission Statement:

“Review the technical requirements and propose improvements to Prince William County’s plan review process, inspection process and plan revision process for fire rated assemblies with specific focus on the continuity between fire rated walls and building structural members.”

The committee is happy to announce that it has completed its mission with the publishing of the new Building Development Policy 1.6.7 Fire Resistance Ratings Alternative Methods, which can be viewed at the following hyperlink:http://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/development/bd/Documents/PP167.pdf.

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