When Does Renovating a School Mean Bringing It 'Up to Code'?

When Does Renovating a School Mean Bringing It 'Up to Code'?

Seismic improvements aren’t always necessary, particularly for newer buildings or smaller projects. Still, deciding which upgrades to make can take some work.
 
When undertaking the renovation of an existing educational facility, there are numerous questions that must be asked and answered.
 
This is the case for all of the major systems that make up the building: roofing and siding, mechanical and electrical systems, and, of course, the building structure. While it’s often apparent that upgrades to these systems are needed, determining the scope of work necessary to achieve desired, or often mandated, seismic upgrades often takes a thorough investigation.
 
Depending on the age of the building, some systems may require more attention than others. For example, many buildings constructed in the past 20 years will not require significant structural improvements, except in response to reconfiguration of program spaces. This is due to the fact that modern building codes are much more comprehensive than older codes in accounting for the effects of earthquakes on buildings.
 
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