William Koffel

William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md.

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MNS, ECS March 30, 2022

Which fire alarm signal should be used?

Fire alarm signals should be based on response, not on the type of device

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md.
Case Studies March 21, 2022

Case study: Hospital sprinkler system

A retrofit sprinkler system in a hospital required additional waterflow switches

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md.
Case Studies March 21, 2022

Case study: Reducing the impact of nuisance alarms

By using the correct type of programming, smoke detectors initiated a supervisory signal instead of nuisance alarms

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md.
Courtesy: Koffel Associates
Codes & Standards: Fire, Life Safety May 25, 2021

Passive fire protection offers safety measures

A passive fire protection system, while sometimes omitted, is vital to occupants’ life safety

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md.
Courtesy: HKS Architects
Case Studies February 3, 2021

Case study: Using a hotel as an alternate care site

According to this study, there are both challenges and solutions when converting hotel rooms to hospitals

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md.
Courtesy: Koffel Associates
Codes & Standards: Fire, Life Safety February 2, 2021

NFPA 101 and COVID-19

Engineers need to consider the public health and life safety issues of reopening a building after COVID-19

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md.
Lab-planning details that matter May 4, 2020

COVID-19 podcast: Alternate care sites and temporary construction

Specific issues to be discussed is using Chapter 19 of NFPA 101 as the baseline, building construction, sprinkler protection, fire alarm and detection systems, the use of suite provisions, acceptance testing and more.

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md.
Lab-planning details that matter April 30, 2020

COVID-19 podcast: Operational considerations

This podcast discusses operational considerations and challenges health care facilities are facing during the COVID-19 emergency.

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md.
Lab-planning details that matter April 27, 2020

COVID-19 podcast: Resources available to the healthcare community

The podcast highlights the resources that are available on the websites of the Corps of Engineers, CMMS, Joint Commission, DNVGL, Center for Health Design, ASHE, and NFPA.

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md.
Codes & Standards: Fire, Life Safety January 22, 2020

How NFPA 101 defines building egress

NFPA 101: Life Safety Code provides fire protection engineers many resources for designing safe egress, along with several other life safety options

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md.
Codes & Standards: Fire, Life Safety May 24, 2019

Developing an NFPA 92 design analysis

By creating an NFPA 92 design analysis for smoke control systems, fire protection engineers can provide design fire scenarios and a detailed design report.

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md.
Codes & Standards: Fire, Life Safety May 24, 2019

Sample design fire scenario

Fire scenarios include relevant assumptions regarding the potential fire scenario and describe the meaning of the fire in terms that can be understood by the building owner.

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md.
Codes and Standards March 13, 2019

Know the updates to NFPA 72-2019

The 2019 update of NFPA 72 provides fire protection engineers improved mass notification and emergency communication guidelines. Here's a look at what's new in the most recent version of the code.

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md.
Case Studies February 14, 2019

Case Study: Health care facility design and being code-compliant

It’s vital for consulting engineers to not only identify the applicable codes and standards but also know the building and owner’s needs.

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md.
Codes and Standards January 31, 2019

Changes to NFPA 101-2018

NFPA 101-2018: Life Safety Code has three important updates that are vital to fire protection engineers.

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md.