Code Corner: Important Dates to Keep in Mind
With the year passing quickly, it is important to consider two significant dates that will soon be upon us.
The first date is November 1, 2011. This is when the new Ohio 2010 Building Code will come into effect. It will be based on the 2009 International Building, Mechanical and Plumbing Codes. Since this date is now less than 3 months away, it is likely that many projects in architects' offices right now will need to be designed under the new provisions (or the plans will need to be submitted for permit on or prior to October 31 if designed under the current code). Unfortunately, the new code for Ohio has not yet been published. Also, there has yet to be any training classes for us plans examiners in the state. Until the time of publication, I am armed with preliminary draft copies of the anticipated changes.
The 2nd date of importance is March 15, 2012. This is the date that the new ADAAG, based on the DOJ’s 2010 standards become mandatory. Up to this date, you still have the option to design a building under the current ADAAG (which is based on the DOJ’s 1991 standards) or the new ADAAG.
This brings up another point. Until March 15, when filling out any building permit applications, it is important to list under which edition of the ADA guidelines that the building is being designed, so that the plans examiner knows under which provisions to conduct his or her review.
It will be important in the next few months to keep this information in mind as you work on projects ready to be submitted for permit.
by Jim Mitchell
Principal, Executive Vice President, Director - Civic/Community Studio
Jim has been with M+A since 1981 and currently serves as the executive vice president of the company. Jim's favorite place to eat is Polaris Grille, and his favorite movie is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.