On this Date in History: March 9, 1914

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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.

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Fire Protection Engineering Services

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.

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What we offer

Alternatives in Engineering provides fire protection engineering consulting services including code review, construction follow up inspections, system design, design supervision, bid specifications, hydraulic calculations, plan review, property loss prevention inspections, recommendation review, special investigation & analysis, and water supply testing.

CODE CONSULTING – Review can be performed for code compliance.  Work can also include determination ofWhat We Offeracceptable alternative arrangements and drafting of project fire protection specification to conform to codes.

CONSTRUCTION FOLLOW UP INSPECTIONS– Visits are made to a project under construction to assure compliance with project fire protection specifications.  They are generally performed as a consultant to the owner.  However, such services can also be of great value to architectural firms and general contractors.  Inspection frequency varies with the size of projects and scope of work provided.  Typically visits are made every 4-6 weeks on projects in the 1,000,000 sq. ft. size range. Continue reading “What we offer” »