1200-08-25-.09 BUILDING STANDARDS.
(1) An ACLF shall construct, arrange, and maintain the condition of the physical plant and the overall ACLF living facility environment in such a manner that the safety and well-being of
residents are assured.
(2) After the applicant has submitted an application and licensure fees, the applicant must submit the building construction plans to the department. All facilities shall conform to the current
edition of the following applicable codes as approved by the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities: International Building Code (excluding Chapters 1 and 11) including referenced
International Fuel Gas Code, International Mechanical Code, and International Plumbing Code; National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) NFPA 101 Life Safety Code excluding
referenced NFPA 5000; Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities (FGI) including referenced Codes and Standards; U.S. Public Health Service Food Code; and
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design. When referring to height, area, or construction type, the International Building Code shall prevail. Where there
are conflicts between requirements in local codes, the above-listed codes, regulations, and
provisions of this chapter, the most stringent requirements shall apply.
(3) The codes in effect at the time of submittal of plans and specifications, as defined by these rules shall be the codes to be used throughout the project.
(4) The licensed contractor shall perform all new construction and renovations to assisted care living facilities, other than minor alterations not affecting the fire and life safety or functional
issues, in accordance with the specific requirements of these regulations governing new construction in assisted care living facilities, including the submission of phased construction
plans and the final drawings and the specifications to each.
(5) No new ACLF shall be constructed, nor shall major alterations be made to an existing ACLF without prior approval of the department, and unless in accordance with plans and
specifications approved in advance by the department. Before any new ACLF is licensed or before any alteration or expansion of a licensed ACLF can be approved, the applicant must
furnish two (2) complete sets of plans and specifications to the department, together with fees and other information as required. Plans and specifications for new construction and
major renovations, other than minor alterations not affecting the fire and life safety or functional issues, shall be prepared by or under the direction of a licensed architect and/or a licensed
engineer and in accordance with the rules of the Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners.
(6) Final working drawings and specifications shall be accurately dimensioned and include all necessary explanatory notes, schedules, and legends. The working drawings and
specifications shall be complete and adequate for contract purposes.
(7) Detailed plans shall be drawn to a scale of at least one-eighth inch equals one foot (1/8” = 1’), and shall show the general arrangement of the building, the intended purpose and the fixed
equipment in each room, with such additional information as the department may require. An architect or engineer licensed to practice in the State of Tennessee shall prepare the plans
the department requires.
(a) The project architect or engineer shall forward two (2) sets of plans to the appropriate section of the department for review. After receipt of approval of phased construction
plans, the owner may proceed with site grading and foundation work prior to receipt of approval of final plans and specifications with the owner’s understanding that such
work is at the owner’s own risk and without assurance that final approval of final plans and specifications shall be granted. The project architect or engineer shall submit final
plans and specifications for review and approval. The department must grant final approval before the project proceeds beyond foundation work.
(b) Review of plans does not eliminate the responsibility of the owner and/or architect to comply with all rules and regulations.
(8) Specifications shall supplement all drawings. They shall describe the characteristics of all materials, products, and devices, unless fully described and indicated on the drawings.
Specification copies should be bound in an 8½ x 11-inch folder.
(9) Drawings and specifications shall be prepared for each of the following branches of work: Architectural, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, and Sprinkler.
(10) Architectural drawings shall include:
(a) Plot plan(s) showing property lines, finish grade, location of existing and proposed structures, roadways, walks, utilities, and parking areas;
(b) Floor plan(s) showing scale drawings of typical and special rooms, indicating all fixed and movable equipment and major items of furniture;
(c) Separate life safety plans showing the compartment(s), all means of egress and exit markings, exits and travel distances, dimensions of compartments, and calculation and
tabulation of exit units. All fire and smoke walls must be identified;
(d) The elevation of each facade;
(e) The typical sections throughout the building;
(f) The schedule of finishes;
(g) The schedule of doors and windows;
(h) Roof plans;
(i) Details and dimensions of the elevator shaft(s), car platform(s), doors, pit(s), equipment in the machine room, and the rates of car travel must be indicated for elevators; and
(j) Code analysis.
(11) Structural drawings shall include:
(a) Plans of foundations, floors, roofs, and intermediate levels which show a complete design with sizes, sections, and the relative location of the various members;
(b) Schedules of beams, girders, and columns; and
(c) Design live load values for wind, roof, floor, stairs, guard, handrails, and seismic.
(12) Mechanical drawings shall include:
(a) Specifications which show the complete heating, ventilating, fire protection, medical
gas systems and air conditioning systems;
(b) Water supply, sewerage, and HVAC piping systems;
(c) Pressure relationships shall be shown on all floor plans;
(d) Heating, ventilating, HVAC piping, medical gas systems, and air conditioning systems with all related piping and auxiliaries to provide a satisfactory installation;
(e) Water supply, sewage, and drainage with all lines, risers, catch basins, manholes and
cleanouts clearly indicated as to location, size, capacities, etc., and location and
dimensions of the septic tank and disposal field; and
(f) Color coding to show clearly supply, return, and exhaust systems.
(13) Electrical drawings shall include where applicable:
(a) A seal, certifying that all electrical work and equipment is in compliance with all applicable codes and that all materials are currently listed by a recognized testing
(b) All electrical wiring, outlets, riser diagrams, switches, special electrical connections, electrical service entrance with service switches, service feeders and characteristics of
the light and power current, and transformers when located within the building;
(c) An electrical system that complies with applicable codes;
(d) Color coding to show all items on emergency power;
(e) Circuit breakers that are properly labeled; and
(f) Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) that are required in all wet areas, such as kitchens, laundries, janitor closets, bath, and toilet rooms, etc, and within six (6) feet of
(14) The electrical drawings shall not include knob and tube wiring, shall not include electrical
cords that have splices, and shall not show that the electrical system is overloaded.
(15) In all new facilities or renovations to existing electrical systems, the installation must be
approved by an inspector or agency authorized by the State Fire Marshal.
(16) Sprinkler drawings shall include:
(a) Shop drawings, hydraulic calculations, and manufacturer cut sheets;
(b) Site plan showing elevation of the fire hydrant to the building, test hydrant, and flow data (Data from within a 12 month period); and
(c) Show “Point of Service” where water is used exclusively for fire protection purposes.
17) The licensed contractor shall not install a system of water supply, plumbing, sewage, garbage, or refuse disposal nor materially alter or extend an existing system until the architect or
engineer submits complete plans and specifications for the installation, alteration, or extension to the department demonstrating that all applicable codes have been met and the
department has granted necessary approval.
(a) Before the ACLF is used, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation shall approve the water supply system.
(b) Sewage shall be discharged into a municipal system or approved package system where available; otherwise, the sewage shall be treated and disposed of in a manner of
operation approved by the Department of Environment and Conservation and shall comply with existing codes, ordinances, and regulations which are enforced by cities,
counties or other areas of local political jurisdiction.
(c) Water distribution systems shall be arranged to provide hot water at each hot water outlet at all times. Hot water at the shower, bathing, and handwashing facilities shall be
between 105°F and 115°F.
(18) The licensed contractor shall ensure through the submission of plans and specifications that in each ACLF:
(a) A negative air pressure shall be maintained in the soiled utility area, toilet room, janitor’s closet, dishwashing, and other such soiled spaces, and a positive air pressure
shall be maintained in all clean areas including, but not limited to, clean linen rooms and clean utility rooms;
(b) A minimum of eighty (80) square feet of bedroom space must be provided to each resident. No bedroom shall have more than two (2) beds. Privacy screens or curtains
must be provided and used when requested by the resident;
(c) Living room and dining areas capable of accommodating all residents shall be provided, with a minimum of fifteen (15) square feet per resident per dining area; and
(d) Each toilet, lavatory, bath or shower shall serve no more than six (6) persons. Grab bars and non-slip surfaces shall be installed at tubs and showers.
(19) With the submission of plans the facility shall specify the evacuation capabilities of the residents as defined in the National Fire Protection Code (NFPA). This declaration will determine the design and construction requirements of the facility.
(20) The department shall acknowledge that it has reviewed plans and specifications in writing with copies sent to the project architect, the project engineer and the owner as well as the
manager or other executive of the institution. The department may modify the distribution of such review at its discretion.
(21) In the event submitted materials do not appear to satisfactorily comply with 1200-08-25- .09(2), the department shall furnish a letter to the party submitting the plans which shall list
the particular items in question and request further explanation and/or confirmation of necessary modifications.
(22) The licensed contractor shall execute all construction in accordance with the approved plans and specifications.
(23) If construction begins within one hundred eighty (180) days of the date of department approval, the department’s written notification of satisfactory review constitutes compliance
with 1200-08-25-.09(20). This approval shall in no way permit and/or authorize any omission or deviation from the requirements of any restrictions, laws, regulations, ordinances, codes or
rules of any responsible agency.
(24) Prior to final inspection, a CD Rom disc, in TIF or PDF format, of the final approved plans including all shop drawings, sprinkler, calculations, hood and duct, addenda, specifications,
etc., shall be submitted to the department.
(25) The department requires the following alarms that shall be monitored twenty-four (24) hours per day:
(a) Fire alarms; and
(b) Generators (if applicable).
(26) Each ACLF shall ensure that an emergency keyed lockbox is installed next to each bank of functioning elevators located on the main level. Such lock boxes shall be permanently
mounted seventy-two inches (72”) from the floor to the center of the box, be operable by a universal key no matter where such box is located and shall contain only fire service keys
and drop keys to the appropriate elevators.