Homestead AFB Smoke Control


Performed a CONTAM building airflow analysis to determine an appropriate smoke control system for the building.

The Approach

Performance Based Fire Protection Engineering, PLLC completed a Smoke Control Rational Analysis (SCRA) for the Homestead Air Force Base Air Traffic Control Tower project, located in Homestead, Florida. This analysis specifically addressed requirements regarding the stairwell pressurization system to be included in the building. The system was designed to provide required pressure differentials between the protected smokeproof enclosure and adjacent occupied areas in accordance with applicable codes and standards. The Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 3-600-01, Fire Protection Engineering for Facilities, and 4-133-01, Air Traffic Control and Air Operations Facilities, were the applicable codes for this analysis. These codes reference the 2018 Editions of NFPA 92, Standard for Smoke Control Systems, and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, for applicable requirements regarding the stairwell pressurization approach.

Benefit to the Deign Team

The Smoke Control Rational Analysis (SCRA) provided a holistic approach and assessment of the required smoke control system to be provided for the existing building, previously damaged by a storm as well as containing a non-operational smoke control system.  Results from this analysis determined an appropriate system that will achieve and maintain pressure differentials across a wide range of environmental and building conditions.  One unique design feature that was a direct result of this analysis was the need for an ancillary exhaust capacity within a specific location of the building, in order to maintain an adequate pressure differential at this floor level.

Project details

  • Year: 2019
  • Project: Homestead AFB Air Traffic Control Tower
  • Client: Pond & Company, Inc.
  • Benefit to the Team: Dialed in Smoke Control System
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