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“Just wanted to share an “atta boy!” regarding Jeff, from Summit. He contacted me this evening because he couldn’t get rid of a niggly feeling that he’d left a valve open today from the sprinkler system testing, and would it be okay if he came back to check it this evening? Good news...it was closed and he did a quick scan/check of all valves. He said he wouldn’t have been able to sleep this evening without following up on this. Good man! Many thanks, Kathy ”
Kathy Superior Vista/ New Concepts Management
Liaise With Authority Having Jurisdiction
- Serve as communication lead between project team and Authority Having Jurisdiction for both general and scope-specific aspects of the project.
- Coordinate meetings, testing, etc., with the project team and the Authority Having Jurisdiction.
- Communicate goals and expectations of project team to the Authority Having Jurisdiction.
- Provide documentation in the form of Meeting Agenda, Meeting Minutes, Memoranda, etc. Documentation can either be utilized during meetings and discussions with the Authority Having Jurisdiction, or simply as a means of documenting project direction and past agreements amongst project stakeholders.
Level of Involvement
Can vary, depending on project. Typically, Summit Fire Consulting serves as a liaison with code officials, at least to some extent, regardless of the type of project or level of involvement of Summit Fire Consulting. Summit Fire Consulting can be involved during Schematic Design and Design Development only; or, we can be involved during the entire project: Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, and Construction Administration to maintain continuity as a “face” for the design team and/or construction team with the Authority Having Jurisdiction.
As a consultant contracted directly to the Minnesota Twins for Special Inspector services of the smoke control systems provided at Target Field, Summit Fire Consulting also acted as a general liaison between the project team the Authority Having Jurisdiction for other fire life safety topics involved with the project – outside the original scope of smoke control. As a general life safety coordinator during construction, Summit Fire Consulting attended weekly meetings with the project team and the Authority Having Jurisdiction (including both fire code officials and building code officials) that served as a forum for the Authority Having Jurisdiction to voice questions and concerns that arose as the construction of the $500+ million-project progressed. Summit Fire Consulting offered assistance in both researching and resolving such questions and concerns and communicating directly with the Authority Having Jurisdiction on behalf of the project team. Such topics included fire alarm monitoring, Fire Department response, Fire Department access to the stadium, stairwell pressurization requirements, fire sprinkler zoning, equivalent fire ratings of unique construction assemblies, etc. Further, Summit Fire Consulting assisted in generally coordinating project timelines involving inspections of fire life safety systems prior to Certificate of Occupancy, as the building neared completion.