Henrietta Lacks Building


Provided fire and life safety code analysis services during the initial feasibility phase of this project consisting of a significant addition to an existing historic structure.

The Approach

Performance Based Fire Protection Engineering, PLLC (Consultant) provided ongoing code analysis and support through the early stages of a feasibility study for the Henrietta Lacks Building (HLB) project, located on the campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.  The proposed addition had various design options, ranging from four (4) to seven (7) stories, expected to be utilized for mostly business and assembly spaces.  This new building was also proposed to adjoin and connect to the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, an existing historic structure; these buildings would connect on the lower two (2) floor levels, and also feature an atrium condition.

We performed code consulting services and provided several iterations of preliminary code analysis letters to guide the design team during their feasibility study phase of this project.  These services were directed at specific items and questions requested by the Client to be investigated and commented on.  Examples of the questions and concerns that the code commentary was in reference to included, but was not limited to, the following:

  1. Building Separation Requirements Between the Existing Historic Building and Addition
  2. Egress Requirements for the Atrium Space and Occupiable Green Roof
  3. Calculation of Occupancy Classification and Accessory Spaces
  4. Utilization of Elevators for Occupant Evacuation/Accessible Means of Egress
  5. Smoke Control Requirements, in Regard to Atrium and High-Rise Conditions

Benefit to the Design Team

The code analysis letter iterations prepared by us allowed the design team, owner, and project stakeholders to understand code requirements that would have significant implications on this addition project.  These items were able to be utilized during cost-estimating analyses and final selection of the design option that best fit the University.

Project details

  • Year: 2019
  • Project: Henrietta Lacks Building
  • Customer: Vines Architecture
  • Benefit to the Team: Understanding of Signficant Code Implications
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