2.6 Site Utilities
preventers and meters, are located with access
convenient to the utility companies and where they
can be integrated with the building and landscape
design without creating a negative visual image.
Local Water Authority. Regulations of local water
authorities must be followed. The service connection
between building and public water line will be coordi-
nated with the local water authority. Use monitoring
points (including data logging functions) on primary
water meters controlled by the Building Automation
System (BAS). Where municipal graywater is available,
service connections should be coordinated with the
local water authority.
Dual Service. For large buildings or campuses, a
loop system fed from more than one source must be
considered. Some occupancies require dual service for
the fire protection systems under the provisions of the
International Fire Code (IFC).
Reagan Building Plaza fountain, Washington, D.C.
Locating Water Lines. Water lines shall be located
behind curb lines, in unpaved areas if possible, or
under sidewalks if not. They shall not be located under
foundations and streets, drives, or other areas where
The A/E will contact the local utility companies and/or
access is severely limited.
other providers to determine the following: interest in
providing service to the GSA; proposed rate structures
Fire Protection Water Supplies. A dependable public
and/or rebates; and system capacities, etc. This infor-
or private water supply capable of supplying the
mation will be compiled on the Site Analysis Data Sheets
required fire flow for fire protection shall be provided
(see Appendix A: Submission Requirements). GSA will
for all new construction and renovation projects in
seek to negotiate contracts with the local utility
accordance with the requirements of NFPA 24. See
companies and/or other providers to fix rates and
Chapter 7, Fire Protection & Life Safety, for additional
establish connection charges.
Location of Aboveground Utility Elements. It is the A/E's
responsibility to ensure that all utility elements, such as
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