Building & life safety, fire protection, and architectural plan reviews, including third-party review of other’s work.
WHAT WE DO
We provide third party review services to you and your design teams through serving in several capacities. One of the benefits of retaining a fire protection engineer (FPE) on your project is to get an expert set of eyes on your drawings sets including architectural, fire sprinkler, fire alarm, and mechanical drawings. Our knowledge on the building codes, fire codes, and standards can provide insightful comments and findings in early design phases; early identification of code issues will provide a smoother review process, decreasing AHJ comments and revisions needed at later (more time-critical) points of the project.
Third party reviews can also be requested by the AHJ or owner’s representatives to review another firm’s work. Our experience with designing fire protection systems, code consulting, and performance-based designs/computer fire modeling approaches makes us a valuable resource to perform these independent third-party reviews. We enjoy working with other engineers to ensure that their design process and analyses are following industry best practices and standards.
Ensuring that fire protections systems and features within a building have been installed and implemented in accordance with code requirements and design records is of utmost importance to your team. Not only do we want to ensure that the owner is systematically receiving a building that they expected, but the life safety of the occupants depends on it. Special inspections and commissioning are performed on numerous fire protection and life safety systems, including, but not limited to:
- Fire Sprinkler/Suppression Systems
- Fire Alarm Systems
- Atrium Smoke Control
- Stairwell and Elevator Pressurization Systems
In addition to just the types of systems that special inspections and commissioning is important for, integrated testing is even more important. Ensuring that each system appropriately interacts with one another and the building is crucial to adequate fire and life safety. For example, testing the fire alarm system independent on the controls, sequence of operation, and impact on a stairwell pressurization systems does not provide the holistic approach that NFPA 4, Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing, would require. All fire protection systems and the building as a whole need to be considered for an appropriate and complete acceptance/commissioning process.