Every jurisdiction has fire protection codes and requirements for new construction and remodels. Many require only that you follow the International Fire Code and have signed sealed hydraulic calculations, but others have their own requirements.
Alternatives in Engineering can help you with signed sealed hydraulic calculations and any unique requirements a jurisdiction can throw at us.
Here are some examples of unique requirements around the country:
City of Austin Fire Protection Rule requires the following:
For hydrant flow calculations, follow Appendix B of 2012 IFC but limit reduction of fire flow to 50% for certain building types
Accepted “C” values for calculations are 110 for PVC & Copper 80 otherwise
Austin Water also requires General Construction Notes and project information on drawings.
101 Years Ago Today
Today marks 101 years since the deadliest fire in our hometown city, St. Louis. The quick-spreading fire killed 30 men and destroyed the seven-story Boatmen’s Bank building at Washington Avenue and Fourth Street. Boatmen’s Bank built the building in 1890 and had offices on the first floor. The rest of the building was occupied by the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC), founded in 1903. The men’s club remodeled to house dining and meeting spaces, a gym and swimming pool, a Turkish bath, barber shop, bar, and an area of small sleeping rooms, all made of wood, for 97 members and guests on the fifth and sixth floors. Most of the victims of the fire were trapped there or died trying to escape. About 90 members, guests, and employees were in the building at the time of the fire, though the desk registry was destroyed so no one can be sure.
One Meridian Plaza Fire
Three Philadelphia firefighters lost their lives fighting the largest high-rise office building fire in modern American history at the Meridian Bank Building, also known as One Meridian Plaza. Twenty-four additional firefighters were injured. The fire extended from the 22nd up to the 30th floor, with an estimated $100 million in direct property damage. Twelve-alarms brought 51 engine companies and over 300 firefighters to the scene.
Construction on the 38-story Meridian Bank Building began in 1968 and was completed for occupancy in 1973. The building’s fire protection systems was upgraded around 1988. Manual pull fire alarms were replaced by automatic central station monitored alarms. The originally installed dry standpipe system was replaced with a wet system that was fed by Continue reading “On this Date in History: February 23, 1991” »
Fire protection engineering is the combination of principals and practices that aim to predict fire hazards and protect property against the possible damages caused by fire. Fire engineering can be provided through many different services.
Design Services- In the preliminary stages, fire protection engineering would include design services for fire protection solutions based on a risk and hazard analysis, code consultation, and hydraulic analysis.
Fire Hazard Assessments- Fire protection engineering involves evaluating whether there are fire hazards, what the risk of a fire is, and measuring what damages a fire would cause. This evaluation can be done using a hazard analysis.
Every day is busy for a growing business, whether it’s a business in St. Louis or any other across the country. So, taking the time to have maintenance completed on a fire protection system doesn’t normally land at the top of a great big list of things needing to get done, and more often than not, business owners overlook it. It’s vitally important for your business, however, to keep your fire protection system up to date.
Why Is It Important?
Ensuring your fire protection and monitoring systems are working properly isn’t something that only needs to be done every few years; you should be checking it on an annual basis. Even though it’s relatively easy to get accomplished, it can be a hard task to remember because it doesn’t directly affect your day-to-day business. You’ve put a lot of time and money into keeping your business running and growing, so ask yourself what you would do in the following situations: Continue reading “Why Worry About Keeping Fire Protection Systems Up to Date?” »