What's Important and When
GSA's Facilities Standards
for the Public Buildings
Conducts BERs to evaluate building systems.
The P-100 lays out the
Defines the project's program goals and performance requirements,
performance standards for
which influence systems decisions.
new construction and
Highlights special needs and alternative choices to meet those needs.
major renovation projects.
Updated regularly, it is
Program Development Study
the principal source for the
Makes general systems choices, based on performance and
systems and structural
standards that must be met
in GSA buildings.
Fire Protection Engineering and Life Safety
It is the policy of GSA to provide a safe and healthful workplace for federal employees,
contractors, and the visiting public; to protect federal real and personal property;
to ensure continuity of the missions of occupant agencies; and to provide safeguards
to allow emergency forces to accomplish their missions safely. To ensure that no aspect
of a building's design or operation presents an unacceptable risk, a fire protection
engineering and life safety assessment is required in the Pre-Planning phase prior to
the Feasibility Study. Fire protection and life safety issues have some impact on all
aspects of any project design, be it a ventilation system design, security enhancements,
or historic preservation, to name a few.
Completes a fire protection engineering and life safety assessment for all of
the GSA facilities that may be affected.
Identifies all potential exposures to risk of loss of life or property, or federal
tenant mission interruption from the effects of fire.
Recommends appropriate risk-reduction strategies.
Establishes the project's direction and scope, based on the risk-reduction
strategies identified in the fire protection engineering and life safety assessment.
Develops a plan to implement the risk-reduction strategies.
Establishes design budgets that are sufficient to incorporate the risk-