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WCA | BUILDING CODE: Mezzanines and Interconnected Floor Spaces

January 10 2020

BUILDING CODE: Mezzanines and Interconnected Floor Spaces

This session will provide you with an understanding of the application of Subsection 3.2.8. Mezzanines and Openings through Floor Assemblies of the 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBC) to buildings regulated by Part 3 of the Code.

The mezzanine and interconnected floor space requirements of the NBC can have a major impact on the construction requirements applicable to new construction and to existing buildings. Many building owners fulfill a need for extra storage or office space by constructing a mezzanine floor or interconnected floor space. If this is done without first acquiring the required building permit, there can be major problems trying to achieve Code compliance after the fact.

Designers and constructors alike must be aware of the requirements applicable to mezzanines and interconnected floor spaces in order to advise owners of the implications that construction of these building features can have on the overall building design.


  • Relevant Code Definitions
  • Article Exceptions in Determining Building Height
  • Requirement for a Mezzanine to Terminate at a Vertical Fire Separation
  • Exceptions to Special Protection
  • Means of Egress from Mezzanines
  • Interconnected Floor Spaces
  • Workshop Problems

Software (included):

Each participant* will be provided with the following software:

  • Software for the application of Subsection 3.2.2. Building Size and Construction Relative to Occupancy of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC). This software will allow the user to view the construction requirements of Subsection 3.2.2. from the 2015 NBC and editions dating back to 1975.
  • Effective dates of Codes and Building Bylaws in Manitoba
  • Definitions in the 2015 NBC
  • Firewalls

A light breakfast will be served.

This session is ideal for... Anyone that deals with Part 3 of the National Building Code of Canada in the ICI construction industry; including contractors, architects, technologists, engineers and interior designers.

Facilitators: Dr. John Frye and Geoff Mikolayenko

Dr. John Frye

Dr. Frye spent 26 years with the City of Winnipeg Building Inspections Department, retiring in 2000. Dr. Frye held several senior positions in the Building Inspection Department, including Manager of the Plan Examination Branch and Assistant to the Manager of Building Inspections.

During his career with the City of Winnipeg, Dr. Frye served on a number of provincial, national and international professional committees related to building codes and standards and continues to today. In 1992, he received an Adjunct Professor appointment from the University of Manitoba Department of Civil Engineering. In 2000, he became an Engineer-In-Residence and continues to teach in the Department of Civil Engineering.

Dr. Frye has published papers related to the application of expert systems for the fire protection requirements of the National Building Code of Canada. He has lectured extensively to architects, professional engineers, interior designers and building technologists on building codes, particularly in the area of fire protection.

Geoff Mikolayenko, Administrator of Commercial Inspections, City of Winnipeg

Geoff Mikolayenko, Eng. L., C.E.T. is currently the City of Winnipeg's Administrator of Commercial Inspections. He is a Certified Engineering Technologist and graduated in 1993 with a Diploma in Structural Engineering Technology from Red River College. In 2018 he achieved his Specified Scope of Practice Licence from Engineering Geoscientists of Manitoba as a licensed practitioner. He has 26 years of experience within the industry.

In 2014 Geoff joined John Frye, P.Eng. and Julian Saj, P.Eng. both former Commercial Plan Examination Administrators at the City of Winnipeg for Code presentations at the WCA.

In the spring of 2018 Geoff took on his present role as Commercial Inspections Administrator. He is responsible for the overall direction and leadership of the Commercial Building Inspection services, encompassing construction methods, bylaw compliance, and correction of dangerous conditions involving electrical, mechanical, plumbing, building, fire and life safety systems.

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Date: January 10, 2020 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location: WCA - 1447 Waverley St., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3T 0P7