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1 NW Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Civic Center Complex, Room 310
Evansville, IN 47708
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Building Plans

General Requirements  

All building plans and specifications are required to be submitted dimensioned, drawn to scale, and include the following information if applicable to the project.

Foundation and Basement Plan and Details

  • Adjacent grade slope and drainage system details
  • Presumptive load-bearing values of soil
  • Footing details
  • Pier and pile details
  • Foundation wall details, including seismic requirements
  • Design loads
  • Compressive strength of concrete
  • Special conditions and details

Floor Plan

  • Wall configuration
  • Fire rating
  • Exit ways
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Location of plumbing fixtures
  • Chairlifts
  • Elevators
  • Room designation

Fire and Life Safety Plan

  • Area separation walls
  • Occupancy separation walls
  • Smoke barriers
  • Fire-rated corridor walls
  • Stair enclosures
  • Shaft enclosures
  • Horizontal exits

Wall Elevations of all Exterior Walls

Sections and Details of Walls, Floors, and Roofs

  • Dimensions
  • Materials
  • Heat transfer ratings

Structural Plans and Elevations

  • Occupancy Importance Factor
  • Snow load
  • Wind load
  • Flood load
  • Seismic Design Category
  • Size and location of structural members
  • Engineered truss designs showing connection details
  • Stress calculations
  • Details on structural integrity
  • Uniform distributed live loads

Door Schedule

  • Material
  • Size
  • Thickness
  • Fire resistance rating

Accessibility Plan

  • Access to the building from the public way
  • Ramps and walks with slopes
  • Dimensioned restroom plans and clearances
  • Grab bar diagrams
  • Door swing and size
  • Special accommodations

Energy Conservation

  • Design criteria
  • Exterior envelope
  • U values of the envelope system
  • R values of the insulating materials
  • Size and type of equipment
  • System control
  • Performance alternative reports

Automatic Fire Extinguishing System

  • Automatic sprinkler piping size and spacing
  • Standpipes
  • Fire pumps
  • Water supply data
  • Rating of sprinkler heads
  • Other specific requirements contained in NFPA 11,12,13, 13R, 14, 20, 25 standards

Fire Detection and Alarm System 

  • Detection activation devices
  • Control panel
  • Annunciator panels and zones
  • Water flow devices
  • Other specific requirements contained in NFPA 72 standards

High-Piled Storage

  • Commodity type
  • Storage arrangement
  • Usable storage height
  • Clearance between top of storage and fire sprinklers
  • Aisles
  • Location of various commodities

Electrical Plans

  • Electrical distribution panel
  • Service equipment
  • Grounding methods
  • Emergency and standby power
  • Power or lighting information required for compliance with the Indiana Energy Conservation Code

Mechanical Plan

  • Size and location of ductwork and equipment
  • Access to equipment
  • Fire and smoke dampers
  • Equipment schedules showing capacity

Plumbing Plan

  • Fixture location
  • Risers
  • Drains
  • Piping isometrics