Full-Service Fire Protection
All aspects of fire protection including property condition assessments, hazardous materials analysis, and research support.
A FULL-SERVICE FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING FIRM
A property condition assessment (PCA) is a critical part of ensuring that your building or facility meets the code requirements of record (time of construction), as well as identifies immediate fire and life safety concerns when compared to current code provisions. Navigating the codes can be difficult by itself, and by comparing decade-old code provisions to the current code, this difficulty is amplified. A PCA can assist you in the following ways:
- Identify significant code deficiencies prior to purchasing a property.
- Identify, correct, or enhance fire protection and life safety components to decrease commercial insurance premiums.
- Document as-installed features of fire protection and life safety that are currently not understood in your facility.
Performance Based Fire Protection Engineering, PLLC typically takes the following approach to perform and deliver a PCA:
- Review provided design documents from the original permitting set and/or tenant upfits over the years.
- Perform a site-visit to document the as-installed fire protection and life safety features, including fire suppression, fire alarm, egress arrangements, emergency lighting, smoke control systems, emergency power, and other components of the fire protection and life safety systems.
- Provide a written report documenting the findings, with corrective actions provided based on a priority scale.
Hazardous materials compliance and assessments have created significant issues to design teams on numerous project-types, from university laboratories to high-rise office buildings. Numerous codes regulate the quantities and types of hazardous materials that can be stored in a control area, floor level, or throughout a building. Properly quantifying and classifying these materials makes the difference of compliance or not in regard to maximum allowable quantities (MAQ’s). A fire protection engineer has the expertise and tools available to provide these analyses, ensuring compliance with the applicable codes. Components of these services include the following:
- Hazardous materials inventorying/assisting in needed documentation
- Classifying the materials in regard to their hazardous definitions (i.e. flammable, corrosive, etc.)
- Calculating appropriate storage and use amounts
- Determining control areas or high-hazard areas to ensure compliance with the maximum allowable quantities
- Assisting in providing design requirements, such as requirements of a high-hazard occupancy if determined to be required.
We take great pride in providing a staff with expertise across a wide range of fire protection disciplines and service types. If you have a fire protection or life safety challenge facing you or your design team, reach out to see how we can help. If we don’t feel comfortable with the type of analysis or service requested, we will connect you with the firm or person that best fits your need. The fire protection community is a rather small and tight knit group, and we will get you to where you need to be.