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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
Fire Sprinkler System Design
- Design drawings and specifications for wet, dry, preaction, and clean agent fire protection systems.
- New systems or survey of existing fire protection components to determine potential for re-use.
- Hydraulic calculations with approved fire protection software meeting NFPA requirements.
- Perform hydrant tests and water supply analyses.
- Act as a liaison for the Owner/design team with the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) to present and acquire approval of the fire protection design concepts.
- Review fire protection shop drawings and hydraulic calculations to verify compliance with code, design, and Owner requirements. Document review in writing.
- Inspect installations during construction. Document inspection in writing.
- Design/approval by Professional Engineer (PE) in fire protection engineering.
Level of Involvement
Can vary, depending on specific project and client needs. We can provide fully engineered design drawings with pipe sizing and routing, valve specification, sprinkler layout, hydraulic calculations, etc.—i.e. “permit level” of completion. Conversely, we can provide scope drawings that indicate major design concepts and performance-based requirements. Summit Fire Consulting 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.
Summit Fire Consulting worked on a project involving an existing Federal Office Building (FOB) in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, that is operated by the General Services Administration (GSA). Originally, the building was only partially protected with fire sprinklers. GSA enacted a project to provide full fire sprinkler protection and fire alarm protection throughout the entire building, and subsequently hired an Architect to coordinate the project. The Architect hired a consultant. The consultant, in turn, hired Summit Fire Consulting (as a sub-consultant) to provide detailed design services for fire sprinkler protection—including engineered drawings and specifications, meeting GSA’s requirement as being a “permit level” of design detail, similar to that which is typically provided by a design-build fire protection contractor. Unique aspects of the building included: two existing underground water supplies for fire protection, a mixture of construction types (noncombustible and combustible), a large unheated space with existing wet sprinkler pipes, plans for a mixture of shell/unleased spaces and tenant finished spaces, etc. Summit Fire Consulting’s scope included an evaluation of potentially re-using existing fire sprinkler components as well as design for the unsprinkled spaces with new fire sprinkler components. GSA has a Fire Protection Engineer in its Chicago office that is verifying compliance with GSA’s standards—thus acting as the “Authority Having Jurisdiction” for the project. This project was fast-tracked.