Event Architecture for Health

November 19, 2021 - 11:30am

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Construction Requirements for Texas Assisted Living Facilities

with Rebekah Eaddy of Texas Health and Human Services Commission

The course focuses on the Texas licensing laws and rules applicable to the construction of an assisted living facility. It will cover the state’s recently updated facility requirements, and how these requirements apply to the different types of assisted living facilities. Included is a discussion on applicable National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes requirements that ensure the safety of assisted living facility residents and other specific design considerations for assisted living facilities.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the types of assisted living facilities and how they relate to the evacuation capabilities of facility residents.

  2. Determine whether an assisted living facility is considered "new" or "existing," and how code/rule requirements are applicable to both new and existing buildings to ensure a minimum level of safety for building occupants.

  3. Locate the construction requirements for each type of assisted living facility in the Texas Administrative Code and the applicable adopted NFPA codes.

  4. Classify building rehabilitation projects at assisted living facilities and determine the applicable code and/or rules for these projects.



Rebekah Eaddy is the Manager of the Architectural Unit for Long Term Care Regulation in the Regulatory Services Division of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.  Rebekah reviews plans for new construction of long-term care facilities and remodeling/renovating of existing licensed facilities, conducts licensing inspections of new facilities throughout the state and advises architects, engineers, providers, and local officials regarding current codes and regulations.  She is a member of the NFPA Technical Committee for Board and Care Facilities and serves as an alternate member of the NFPA Technical Committee for Healthcare Occupancies for the 2021 and 2024 editions of NFPA 101, the Life Safety Code.  She has presented for Long Term Care provider organizations throughout the state, including the Texas Healthcare Association, the Texas Assisted Living Association and the Texas Organization of Residential Care Homes.


While we are still practicing social distancing due to the pandemic, all meetings will be virtual, conducted via Zoom. 
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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