Standards and Protocols: Are You Due for an Update?

Commercial buildings have standards and protocols for nearly every aspect of operation. From light fixtures to window film, from Day Porters to Parking Attendants, building management strives to ensure quality, professionalism, and comfort for their tenants. While many buildings use standards that have been in place for a long time, how often do they get updated?

Standars and Protocols: Are You Due for an Update?

Commercial buildings have standards and protocols for nearly every aspect of operation. From light fixtures to window film, from Day Porters to Parking Attendants, building management strives to ensure quality, professionalism, and comfort for their tenants. While many buildings use standards that have been in place for a long time, how often do they get updated?

PASADENA MEMBERS MEET WITH FIRE DEPARTMENT TO DISCUSS PERMIT ISSUES

On May 8th, Pasadena owners and engineers met with Battalion Chief Wendell Eaton and his staff, who laid out specific requirements for annual inspections as well as tenant improvement work. The BOMA/GLA Codes and Regulations Committee requested a checklist to share with tenants regarding annual inspections, and Chief Eaton shared his Common Hazards Checklist. Other important information included:

Fire Department Contact information;

BOMA INTERNATIONAL TO ADVOCATE FOR OWNERS AT THE UPCOMING ICC HEARINGS

BOMA International continues to play a key role at the International Code Council hearings, which determine the building and fire code items that will be required nationwide. BOMA International developed detailed positions on over 50 items that will be heard by building and fire officials from around the country.

BOMA/GLA'S MARTHA COX-NITIKMAN QUOTED IN LA TIMES RE: SEISMIC RESILIENCY LEGISLATION

Two new bills introduced in the California State Assembly propose tougher rules on new construction and an onerous requirement for cities to identify existing buildings that may collapse in an earthquake. There is serious debate over the cost and effectiveness of the new standards that would be imposed by both bills. For more from the LA Times, click here. 

PASADENA FIRE MARSHAL PROVIDES UPDATE TO BOMA/GLA CODES AND REGULATIONS COMMITTEE

The BOMA/GLA Codes and Regulations Committee spoke with Bryan Frieders, Pasadena Fire Marshal, at its February meeting, and discussed of some of the challenges facing his department. The City is now using the Brycer software for fire/life safety building equipment compliance, and many of the initial problems have been resolved. Property owners should notify the Fire Department of continuing concerns.

Also, Pasadena now has its own Cannabis ordinance. Only 6 retail shops will be allowed in the city, one in each Council district. No cultivation will be allowed.

WHAT ARE PROPERTY OWNER'S RIGHTS REGARDING DRONES?

With increasing frequency, building owner’s properties are being targeted by drones. Is there a law covering such invasion, and what does it cover?

Here’s a key provision of California Civil Code Section 1708.8:

LA BUILDING AND FIRE OFFICIALS DISCUSS CHANGES FOR 2018

The BOMA/GLA Codes and Regulations Committee was briefed recently by the LA Building Department’s Executive Officer, Osama Younan, regarding 2018 changes to the plan check and inspection process. The Department will roll out a new online plan check system next month, focused on plans of smaller projects not requiring plan review. The goal of the online submittals is to speed the processing of tenant improvement and other plans through the city.

Other changes include:

PASADENA MEMBERS MEET WITH FIRE MARSHAL

BOMA/GLA members had an exciting and informative session with Pasadena Fire Marshal Bryan Frieders this morning in Pasadena. Fire Marshal Frieders brought in his entire staff for the hour and a half session with BOMA/GLA Pasadena members. 

CULVER CITY BUILDING OFFICIAL HIGHLIGHTS FLOOD OF COMMERCIAL PROJECTS MOVING THROUGH APPROVAL PROCESS

The BOMA/GLA Codes Committee met recently with Craig Johnson, Building Official for Culver City, who discussed the large volume of projects and the process of approvals in their five-mile square city.

A prime example of the type of projects underway is the "Ivy Station" project at the intersection of National Blvd. and Washington Blvd. The project will include 210k s.f. of offices on the north side, 200 residential units in the middle, a 148-room hotel on the south side, 36k s.f. of retail space, and several levels of underground parking.

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