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Code Consulting

When it comes to code compliance, BWBR does things differently, choosing to view code requirements as foundational to every project rather than boxes to check, and code officials as partners rather than adversaries. With a sterling reputation for integrity, we treat compliance as something to consider before, during, and after a project, removing intimidation and opposition from the process so we can function as one team, equally invested in the project’s safety and success.

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Our dedicated compliance team serves as skilled intermediaries, a friendly liaison between the design team and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ). By approaching compliance collaboratively, relying on our deep existing relationships, we ensure not only that your project meets requirements but also that you avoid complications and address challenges proactively.

Our team understands the interrelationships inherent within regulations, and helps you navigate those complexities and understand their true impacts. We can meet with the AHJs multiple times over the course of the design process, depending on project needs, building rapport and maintaining tight connections. By baking in trust and goodwill from the get-go and grounding every part of our process in compliance, we prove that you can’t afford not to have a high-caliber code team in your corner.

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Hazmat Consulting

We work with fire marshals as well as building officials to account for safe material containment, dispensation, and movement, serving as liaison between code officials, chemists, and the design team. We manage the process and cross check plans to make sure everything is under control and fully compliant.

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Secure Environments

With market expertise in behavioral health, education, and science and technology, we understand the complexities inherent in a locked environment and the need to balance security with life safety in the event of an emergency. We go beyond “fail safe” to consider the interplay between codes, safety, and design to make sure your space is safe and secure for all users in all situations.

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Equity and inclusivity are core values at BWBR, and we build in ADA accessibility as a matter of course, not an “extra,” relying on our deep knowledge and experience to ensure that every project is open to every user. True accessible design also considers which elements need to be accessible, the reasoning behind those regulations, and users’ needs independent of accessibility codes and laws.

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Our holistic approach to healthcare code consulting is peerless within the industry, and our reputation speaks to the quality, accuracy, and thoroughness of our work. We’re here to help you understand the requirements of the various relevant jurisdictions, as well as tax implications and billing and reimbursement considerations that may come into play on your project. We support accreditation from TJC, DNV, AAAAF, AAAHC, and more, as well as state licensure, permitting for construction, and certification for CMS reimbursement.

Our construction administration team is experienced at working with regulatory officials who may visit the site during construction to inspect the site’s interim life-safety standards and other site situations. We can also provide life safety plan documentation (e.g. a statement of conditions for TJC) in support of ongoing reviews and compliance.

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