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“I just want you both to spread the word on how nice your man Jacob West was this weekend. We had a crisis in that one of our sprinkler pipes broke at the stem. We called our regular service company and they did not have the parts to fix us. I then called you guys because you do so much other work for us and Jake called back right away. Tim told him what we needed, he came out to take a look and said he could find the parts in your warehouse, which he did. It was nice to only have to staff fire watch for 18 hours instead of the whole weekend. I will continue to sign your praises to all my peers for years to come. Thanks so much. ”
Eileen Anderson Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck
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Sanford Medical Center
After the final system test was completed April 2017, Summit Companies installation of fire sprinkler and kitchen hood systems at the new Sanford Fargo Medical Center was officially completed. Summit Companies Fargo has been awarded the annual, semi-annual and quarterly inspections for the new medical center. Inspections include 1 fire pump, 8 standpipes, 65 wet systems, 6 pre-action, 1 VESDA, 5 dry systems, and 4 [...]Read more about this project
Fire-Rated Construction Consultants
- Determine code requirements pertaining to fire-rated construction, such as required fire-resistance ratings, location and routing of fire-resistance-rated construction, structural requirements, protection of openings, etc.
- Examples: occupancy separations, construction type requirements, fire walls, fire barriers, fire partitions, corridor separation requirements, control area separations (hazardous materials), etc.
- Survey existing assemblies to evaluate equivalent fire ratings.
- Perform calculations to determine the equivalent fire-resistance rating of an existing or proposed assembly.
- Develop alternate designs or code equivalencies for fire-rated construction based on unique installation, existing building conditions, desired aesthetics and design intent, etc.
- Review architectural drawings and provide comments for routing and location of fire-rated construction, fire-resistance ratings required, termination points for fire-rated construction, etc.
- Assist design team in evaluating and selecting fire-rated assemblies (walls, floor assemblies, roof assemblies, fire doors, fire dampers, fire caulk, intumescent paint, etc.)
- Review/approval by Professional Engineer (PE) in fire protection engineering.
Level of Involvement
Can vary, depending on specific project and client needs. Typically, Summit Fire Consulting is working for the Architect of Record or the Owner and can be involved during Schematic Design and Design Development only, providing cursory design guidance; or, we can be involved during the entire project: Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, and Construction Administration.
The East Village Square Apartments building is located near downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Given that the construction type classification of the building was Type III-B, a mixture of concrete walls, wood-frame floors, steel beams, steel columns, and wood-frame/gypsum interior partitions are included in the construction of the building. A majority of the interior components of the building were not required by the applicable building code to be fire-rated. However, the entire floor assembly at Second Floor and select structural components supporting the Second Floor were required by the applicable building code to be fire-rated, including both 1-hr fire-rated assemblies as well as 2-hr fire-rated assemblies. The project team intended to protect select structural members using intumescent paint; however, the code officials determined that the chosen intumescent paint product was not approved for the required fire ratings and planned configurations of the fire-rated assemblies, because it had never been tested with those specific configurations. Working directly for the General Contractor, Summit Fire Consulting analyzed the available test data for the intumescent paint product and developed, through engineering analysis, equivalent fire-rated assemblies for the various fire-resistance ratings and configurations that utilized a combination of intumescent paint and/or gypsum enclosures – depending on each specific configuration and required fire-resistance rating thereof. Though the intumescent paint and the gypsum enclosures were not listed for the specific applications at East Village Square Apartments (individually or as a combined assembly), the equivalent fire-rated assemblies were justified as part of the “alternate design” package through technical means – i.e. the engineered analysis.