Event Architecture for Health

October 15, 2021 - 11:30am

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Healthcare Construction Basics
Rebecca Read, RA

Basic construction requirements as it affects healthcare facilities. This will cover explanations of the most common citations written on healthcare inspections conducted by Texas Health and Human Services, Architectural Review Unit. It covers codes and rules from state regulations and the below listed National Fire Protection Codes (NFPA): NFPA 10 2010 Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers NFPA 13 2010 Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems NFPA 70 2011 National Electrical Code NFPA 72 2010 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code NFPA 90A 2012 Standard for the Installation of Air-Conditioning and Ventilating Systems NFPA 96 2011 Standard for Ventilation Control & Fire Prot. of Commerc. Cooking Ops NFPA 99 2012 Health Care Facilities Code NFPA 101 2012 Life Safety Code.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize electrical receptacles requirements: which rooms have specific counts and types of receptacles, why receptacles powered by EES need hard conduits, labeling electrical panels, what electrical elements are required at the generator.
  2. Specify kitchen electrical and plumbing requirements, focusing on cooktops, hoods, and suppression systems.
  3. State which elements of a fire alarm systems will be cause a fail, a delay in receiving your license number. Presentation will list those common missed elements.
  4. Specify the location of fire extinguishers and what types need to be in specific spaces.



Rebecca Read, RA, Manager
Architectural Review Unit
Regulatory Services Division
Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Rebecca Read has been with the Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC) Architectural Review Unit for 11 years and serves as Director of Architectural Review for Acute Healthcare. Before joining HHSC, Rebecca practiced healthcare architecture.

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The Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH), an AIA knowledge community, provides knowledge which supports the design of healthy environments by creating education and networking opportunities for members of – and those touched by – the healthcare architectural profession. Committee programming is typically held the third Friday of each month at 11:30am.
2021 Committee Chair: Javier Conejo, AIA
2021 Committee Chair-Elect: Mike Wong, CPSM, LEED AP
AIA Austin Staff Liaison: Julia Brown