Thursday’s 6pm ET Zoom study session is titled, “To extend or not to extend…” You’ll take the first five minutes of class to answer the question alone, but if you would like to get a head-start on that, here is the assignment.
An architect is hired to build a one-floor 30,000 SF ski lodge (IBC Occupancy Group B). Because skiing is a dangerous sport and the mountain is far from the nearest medical facility, the lodge will include a 6,000 SF 24-hour medical clinic (IBC Occupancy Group I-2). Per the IBC, Group I-2 must be separated from Group B by a two-hour fire-rated barrier. The entire floor has a ceiling grid with non-fire-rated tiles. The cost-conscious client’s construction manager has determined that the budget for building the whole lodge to the I-2 clinic level of code compliance (the more stringent of the two occupancy groups) is more expensive than separating the two and building just the 6,000 SF clinic to the more stringent standard. She’s also determined that, where code allows, there are significant savings when walls don’t extend all the way to the roof deck. When they terminate 4 inches above the dropped ceiling instead, the ducts, conduit, and sprinkler pipes may move above the ceiling without having to penetrate walls. During CA, the architect examines the wall separating the clinic from the adjacent rooms. Which best describes what the architect is looking for?
The wall can terminate just above the dropped ceiling and needn’t extend to the roof.
The wall should extend to the underside of the roof with one layer of 5/8” Type X gypsum board
The wall should extend to the underside of the roof with two layers of 5/8” Type X gypsum board
The wall should extend to the underside of the roof with three layers of 5/8” Type X gypsum board
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The Zoom study session will take place at 6pm ET Thursdays in our Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83922907346
It’s free for everyone, so join us. You’ll increase your odds of passing the exam. . . Plus, it’s fun.
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