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CONTENTSOCTOBER 2016 con’t 27 America’s Fire Problem: Myth or Reality By Rob Neale The famous management consultant, W. Edwards Deming, once said, “Without data, you are just another person with an opinion.” Unfortunately, there are many people quick to offer their opinion when it comes to the question of whether the U.S. has a “fire problem,” or if it is simply a phrase that has taken on a life of its own. 31 Organization out of Chaos: Using ICS to Manage Major Projects By Rob Neale Finalizing major construction projects before issuing the certificate of occupancy can be a significant headache for code officials. To manage this pressurized workload and assure all work is accomplished according to all applicable regulations, code officials may consider adopting a proven tool used by the fire service for decades: the Incident Command System (ICS). 35 Contractor Sees Value in ICC Third-Party Plan Review Construction project manager Matt McConnell was apprehensive when a Texas-based city planning department recommended Code Council Plan Review Services for its required thirdparty plan review of a multi-million dollar, 100,000-square-foot expansion of a tilt-up warehouse. But he says the Code Council team gave him a straight answer about how long the review would take and the process. 36 Innovative Material Reuse: Shipping Containers used as Structural Building Components By Ali Fattah Architects, engineers and developers have approached my jurisdiction exploring the incorporation of shipping containers into building projects. Very few of these projects came to fruition due to numerous obstacles—one which was demonstrating compliance with the IBC, a code generally not intended for repurposed or reused building materials. 40 Are Wheelchair Spaces Required at Bars? By Kimberly Paarlberg The intent for the seating requirements is equal access to services. Bar-type seating is often provided in restaurants, bars and ice cream parlors. A standard bar height is about 42 inches. Is a portion of the bar required to be cut down to a height below 34 inches to provide accessible seating? Volume XIV, Number 5 Building Safety Journal Online®, October 2016, Copyright © 2016 International Code Council, Inc. All rights reserved. Building Safety Journal Online® is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October and December by the International Code Council® (ICC®), Central Regional Office, 4051 Flossmoor Rd., Country Club Hills, Ill., 60478; (888) ICC-SAFE (422-7233); www.iccsafe.org. 04 Message from the President 07 News // 07 Highlights from ICC’s 2016 Annual Conference // 07 Member News // 07 Chapter News // 08 ICC News // 09 Code Essentials // 09 New Products // 09 MCP Spotlight // 09 Building Valuation Data // 43 Industry News // 43 Event Calendar 44 Update to the Members DEPARTMENTS PLUS Past Issues To access the Building Safety Journal Online archives, click here. ETC ICC’s Family of Companies: Common Goal of Safety in the Built Environment ALSO INSIDE Building Officials Can Be Key Soldiers in the War on Terrorism Ron Lynn Retires after More Than 35 years of Mentorship Notice of the Annual Meeting of the ICC AUGUST 2016 OCTOBER 2016 | 03


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