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01 35 13 Special Project Requirements

.01 General
  1. This manual of Design and Construction Standards has been prepared by the University to guide Architects and Engineers, hereinafter referred to as the Professional, commissioned to design buildings and other facilities for The Pennsylvania State University.  The information contained herein applies to the University Park Campus and all other Campuses; The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (MSHMC); and all other locations.
  2. Due to Penn State's size and breadth of operations, many locations have unique operating characteristics and requirements, which must be incorporated into the project by the Professional during design.

.02 Projects at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  1. As a fully functioning healthcare institution, the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center occupies a unique position within the University system, and therefore has many requirements and regulations that do not apply to other University locations.  The Professional must coordinate all project requirements with the Office of Physical Plant HMC Design and Construction Division, and with MSHMC Facilities Planning & Construction Department.
  2. All construction firms performing work at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center must have their project managers and superintendents ASHE Healthcare Construction Certified.
  3. In addition, the following documents describe specific requirements that apply only to projects at MSHMC.  Where these documents conflict with other requirements in the Design & Construction Standards, these documents supersede other requirements:
DocumentVersion DateDescription
Hershey Architectural & Design StandardsAugust 2006 Describes design and construction standards for all general trades work at MSHMC.
Hershey MEPAugust 2009 Describes design and construction standards for all mechanical and electrical trades work at MSHMC.
Hershey Infection Control PolicySeptember 2011Infection control requirements for all construction, renovation, and maintenance activities at MSHMC.

01 35 20 Safety Requirements

.01 General Safety Considerations
  1. Runaways and ramps should be installed in all buildings where bulk supplies are handled.  Ramps should have a surface providing traction.
  2. All glass and glazed doors used at entrances, stairwells, etc., shall have adequate push plates or bars and proper glass as required by applicable building codes or regulations.
  3. A non-slip nosing shall be installed on all interior stairs. Nosings with grooves or other depressions tending to form trip hazards shall not be permitted. (Carborundum or similar abrasives are not permitted.)
  4. All outside steps must be adequately lighted  Treads and landings should have positive drainage away from the building.
  5. Suitable and guards shall be provided at all places such as stairwells, outside steps, bridges, loading ramps, etc. where persons are exposed to the possibility of falls from one level to another.
  6. All inside lighting fixtures must be placed so relamping can be accomplished with minimum effort and hazard.
  7. Chemical and flammable liquid storage and usage areas will be ventilated sufficiently to remove all fumes and shall be constructed in accord with all applicable codes and University requirements.
  8. For the University piping color code and the usual painting called for under the mechanical trades, the University uses a "Color Code" for the identification of certain equipmentment and piping. See Division 23.

.02 Roof Fall Protection and Prevention
DocumentVersion DateDescription
PSU Fall ProtectionMarch 2021Fall Protection



DocumentVersion DateDescription
PSU Ladder DetailFebruary 2019Access Ladders
.03 Prevention through Design Standards
  1. Roofs (See official PSU Roof Fall Protection Standard)
    1. Fall Protection system is required for employee protection anytime work is required on the roof.
      1. Rooftop equipment
        1. Evaluate locating on the ground or in mech rooms, or be at least 15 feet from the leading edge of a roof.
        2. Passive fall protection systems shall be installed so personal fall arrest systems are not required.
          1. Walkways to equipment shall be further than 15 feet from the edge of the roof.
          2. Roof access ladders shall be equipped with a safety climb system, 6 feet of guardrail on either side and a self-closing swing gate at the ladder opening
  2. Serviceable Equipment
    1. Shall not be installed in any space that meets the definition of an OSHA confined space.
    2. Valves, switches, disconnects, vavs, dampers, AHUs, exhaust fans, filter banks, etc shall be located so they can be safely accessed for servicing.
    3. Lighting fixtures, etc shall be located so they can be safely accessed.
      1. Look at area where installing to ensure ladders, scaffolds or personnel lifts can be utilized
      2. Evaluate the use of Retractable fixtures 
  3. Elevated work surfaces
    1. Shall be equipped with standard guardrail, midrail and toe boards
    2. Access shall be by standard stairway
      1. If access is provided by straight ladder, refer to ladder standard.
  4. Janitorial Sinks
    1. Shall be installed at floor level so buckets, equipment, etc do not have to be lifted to empty. 
  5. Fixed Ladders
    1. Shall be equipped with safety climb system when greater than 24 feet in length
    2. Shall have 6 feet of conforming guardrail installed on either side regardless of length.
    3. Ladder openings at the landing shall be equipped with a self closing swing gate regardless of length.
  6. Electrical Gear
    1. Shall be equipped with arc flash reduction capabilities.
    2. Adequate clearance distances shall be established in front of gear to provide safe access.
    3. Disconnect shall be installed within sight of the equipment.


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