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“We don't often take the time to say thank you for a job well done. Summit Companies was recently awarded the contract to replace the leaky fire prevention system at the Union Crossing Shopping Center at 303 Union boulevard in Isanti Minnesota. The center is occupied by a variety of tenants including a restaurant, dance studio, chiropractor, tax office, salon, a pawn shop and a gift shop. Several of Summit's staff were involved to bid the work, design and install the new system. They all did their jobs professionally. I am compelled to send this letter to your attention because of the outstanding effort by Cory Swenson and Doug Christianson the two pipe fitters who removed and replaced the heavy, rusty, dirty and wet sprinkler piping in "occupied" retail space. Cory talked to each tenant and kept them apprised of the schedule day by day as work progressed. Cory and Doug worked quietly, left no mess and returned each space to original condition. I have managed commercial real estate for 40 years and have had the opportunity to work with good and not so good contractors. Cory and Doug are outstanding. Thank you. Wes Johnson ”
Wes Johnson Ric Property
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Sartell Community Center Project
Summit Companies is providing Amerex fire extinguishers and Larsen1s semi-recessed fire-rated extinguisher cabinets to Strack Construction for the new Sartell Community Center in Sartell/ MN. The cabinets are special heavy duty detention style units. These cabinets are nearly impervious to damage. These cabinets are constructed of 12 gauge steel as opposed to the 20 gauge steel construction in standard cabinets.Read more about this project
Hazardous Materials Analysis
- Review Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS’s) for products to determine appropriate classification based on material properties (i.e.flammable and combustible liquids, toxic materials, corrosive materials, water-reactive materials, oxidizing materials, hazardous gases, nonhazardous, etc.). Classifications are typically based on definitions provided in the applicable building and/or fire code.
- Development of Hazardous Materials Inventory Statements (HMIS’s).
- Perform building and fire code review services for the storage and use of hazardous materials.
- Review supplemental standards and documents published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), etc., to determine applicable requirements.
- Develop code compliance and fire protection plans for buildings/sites which include the storage and/or use of hazardous materials.
- Work with the Owner to develop operational features/plans that can help minimize the impact of hazardous materials on the overall building design – such as regulating hazardous material quantities, specifying hazardous materials storage locations, etc.
- Act as a liaison for the Owner/design team with the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) to present and acquire approval of the code compliance and fire protection plans for the storage and/or use of hazardous materials.
- Provide design guidance for required fire protection features due to the storage and/or use of hazardous materials, including, but not limited to, spill control and secondary containment, continuous ventilation, automatic fire sprinkler protection, explosion control, standby/emergency poser, fire detection and alarms, fire-rated separations, etc.
- Provide design guidance for alternative fire extinguishing systems such as foam-water extinguishing systems, that are commonly utilized with certain types of hazardous materials.
- Provide documentation in the form of Building Code Reports and/or Fire Code Reports, Design Outline (for use in specifications) Code Interpretation letters, etc. Documentation is typically submitted directly to the Authority Having Jurisdiction to communicate the fire protection plan for the storage and/or use of hazardous materials.
- Review design drawings with respect to hazardous material code requirements and provide comments/red-lined drawings.
- Perform surveys of existing buildings to determine compliance with current building and/or fire code requirements pertaining to hazardous materials.
- Perform Third Party Review and/or inspection services for hazardous material systems and fire protection features required thereof.
- Design/approval by Professional Engineer (PE) in fire protection engineering.
Level of Involvement
Can vary, depending on project. Typically, Summit Fire Consulting is hired by the Owner, Architect of Record, or General Contractor to address issues pertaining to the storage and/or use of hazardous materials. Summit Fire Consulting usually determines the appropriate classification(s) for the included product(s) and the subsequent code requirements thereof. For projects involving hazardous materials, Summit Fire Consulting is usually involved in the early, planning stages of the project, as the requirements pertaining to hazardous materials oftentimes have a significant impact on the building design. However, Summit Fire Consulting can be involved with Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, and Construction Administration for such projects.
Working directly for Graco, the Owner, Summit Fire Consulting provided code consulting services for a new automated paint line. In particular, Summit Fire Consulting reviewed 40+ Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS’s) to classify each product in accordance with the Minnesota State Fire Code, which is based on the International Fire Code. Classifications included flammable liquids, combustible liquids, corrosive liquids, and toxic liquids – which are stored, used in closed systems, and used in open systems. Automated spray booths are also included. Summit Fire Consulting determined occupancy classifications by comparing the actual planned quantities with the Maximum Allowed Quantities for non-hazardous occupancies. Because a Group H occupancy was defined, multiple special fire protection features were required – such as fire-rated separation, spill control, secondary containment, continuous ventilation, and standby power. Summit Fire Consulting also provided design guidance for an engineered foam-water fire suppression system. By implementing these special fire protection systems, the new paint line meets the level of fire safety that is required by the Minnesota State Fire Code. The results of Summit Fire Consulting’s research were documented in a Code Report which was presented to and approved by the Authority Having Jurisdiction. Finally, at the request of the Authority Having Jurisdiction, Summit Fire Consulting also performed a Third Party Review of select fire protection systems once they were installed, to verify that the installation complied with the Code Report and Minnesota State Fire Code.