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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

What Occupancy Is My Modular Building?

Modular buildings are the same as traditional construction when it comes to occupancy & use. Each type of facility can have multiple uses in the same building. Example a church or "A" assembly may have a school during the week and have "E" classrooms incorporated into the design. Any architectural design firm will tell you the importance is in the proper naming and function of the room and space.

This little cheat sheet will help you see what the general guidelines are for occupancy and use of your new modular building. By identifying areas that might be mixed occupancy or require fire separations, it is always great to meet with your design team during preconstruction and make sure we are incorporating the best flow & use of the facility.

Sometimes a wrong name on a room can be an expensive error. One example "B" offices can have professional improvement or training rooms without mixing your occupancy and using a higher square ft occupancy load. If you call this room a "conference room" or "meeting room" you will have mixed your occupancy and also raised your occupant load in the building.

For more details contact our preconstruction team at Modular Solutions, Ltd (800) 441-8577 x 1

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