A fully engineered fire protection system is much more than adding a few sprinkler heads in the ceiling, it requires complete coordination throughout the design and construction process. This includes discussions with Architectural, Electrical, fire alarms, insurance underwriters, risk managers, and code officials. Quality fire protection design demands full knowledge of all applicable building codes and assessments of material types and densities used throughout the facility.
Michaud Cooley Erickson’s (MCE) Fire Protection professional engineers specialize in a full range of fire protection design services, including fire suppression and detection, code reviews, as well as establishing equivalencies and fire protection design parameters. MCE’s fire protection group evaluates code requirements for hazardous material areas including explosion prevention systems, spill control, secondary containment, ventilation, and determination of building control areas.
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Sprinkler systems are fully designed from the building’s fire service to the sprinkler head and everything in between. Wet pipe, dry pipe and pre-action sprinkler systems all have different requirements and equipment that is designed, selected and documented by the fire protection engineers on staff.
When building pressure is not adequate to safely protect a building and its tenants, fire pump systems can be designed and selected so that the sprinkler systems will function as required by local codes and the client’s insurance underwriter.
High Risk Environments
High piled storage areas, especially plastics, causes a huge potential for large fire. Combustible material studies can be performed to assist in the layout of sprinkler heads within the space and within racking systems. Similarly, hazardous material storage rooms require a large amount of coordination with local codes and officials and may require non typical detection and protection systems as well as dedicated ventilation and exhaust systems.
Mission Critical facilities are filled with expensive IT equipment that many times must remain in operation during an event while not being damaged. Clean agent fire suppression systems are nonconductive and allow IT systems to continue in operation during an event.
A multitude of additional low voltage fire protection systems exist and may be required within a facility. These systems include early warning smoke detection (EWSD) which can detect an event far in advance of a fire igniting. Leak detection systems can also be designed to alert staff of liquid in critical areas or to alert staff of leaking systems. Each of these systems require coordination with other disciplines as well as facility operational staff to provide them the monitoring they require.