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Summit Companies Completes Work at St. Cloud Hospital Chapel
Summit Companies’ St. Cloud office recently completed a renovation project at the chapel in St. Cloud Hospital, providing both fire sprinklers and fire detection & alarms. Due to the ornate ceiling in the chapel, Summit’s professional design staff was put to the test in developing a protection layout that was sensitive to the architectural design. As such, the design included air sampling smoke detection with [...]Read more about this project
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.