Greensboro Science Center Carousel
Provided fire protection code analysis and engineering judgment regarding the fire sprinkler design requirements for a science center carousel.
We performed an evaluation and code analysis on the carousel enclosure itself, carousel construction and operation, and risks associated with the to-be-installed carousel to determine that the occupancy classification meets the intent of a light-hazard (LH).
In accordance with NFPA 13, it is up to a registered design professional and the AHJ to determine the appropriate classification for an automatic sprinkler system. For this specification project, the follow design considerations led to the conclusion of light-hazard for the carousel enclosure.
- Type IIB building construction
- Class A interior finishes
- Carousel powered by low voltage electric motor, not hydraulics
- Combustible components of carousel limited, and ignition of such difficult
- Possible ignition sources of carousel separated from combustible components
- No known fire events from this carousel manufacturer
- Additional levels of level safety provided by the NCBC 411 requirements
Our initial evaluation and judgement resulted in hydraulic calculations which were supported by the available water supply. The appropriate classification of this facility resulted in the omission of a fire pump for this project, providing a savings of approximately $80,000.
- Year: 2019
- Project: Greensboro Science Center Carousel
- Customer: Samet Corporation
- Estimated Savings: $80,000