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Suppression Systems

Courtesy: Burns & McDonnell
Fire, Life Safety May 27, 2020

Using a hybrid design approach to stairwell pressurization

While the design process for a stairwell pressurization system should account for many building specific variables and is anything but simple, the system used to achieve the performance criteria doesn’t have to be complicated

By Zach Ataiyan, PE
Courtesy: Dewberry
Fire, Life Safety May 20, 2020

Three tips for legacy hospital smoke control systems

There are three considerations for working with existing smoke control systems in hospitals

By J. Alex Harwell, CHC
Fire, Life Safety May 18, 2020

Best practices for designing smoke control systems

By incorporating NFPA 92 with best practices, fire protection engineers can successfully design smoke control systems for buildings

By Nathan B. Wittasek, PE, CFEI, LEED AP, CASp
Courtesy: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Fire, Life Safety May 18, 2020

Case study: Super-tall building smoke control system

The Wilshire Grand Center project includes best practices in smoke control

By Nathan B. Wittasek, PE, CFEI, LEED AP, CASp
Karen Schulte, PE, CPD, LEED AP BD+C, 37
Events and Awards May 14, 2020

2020 40 Under 40: Karen Schulte, PE, CPD, LEED AP BD+C, 37

Mechanical Project Engineer, Mueller Associates, Linthicum, Md.; Bachelor of Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

By Chris Vavra and Amara Rozgus
Courtesy: Henderson Engineers
Fire, Life Safety May 13, 2020

Changing airport firefighting foam suppression systems

If aqueous film-forming foam is not good for the environment or our health, why is it still in use?

By Steve Dryden
Fire, Life Safety April 28, 2020

Data centers achieve a new level of high-tech: Fire and life safety

Designing solutions for data center clients — whether hyperscale or colocation facilities — requires advanced engineering knowledge

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Courtesy: Arup
Fire, Life Safety April 16, 2020

Interpreting revisions to NFPA 13-2019

Know how to navigate the restructured NFPA 13 sprinkler standard and understand technical changes

By Kelly Finzel
Courtesy: Sam Kittner, IMEG Corp.
MNS, ECS March 10, 2020

Design aspects of mass notification systems

The design and implementation of a mass notification system requires a risk analysis to determine the needs and requirements

By Richard Vedvik, PE, IMEG Corp., Rock Island, Ill.
Chicago Rockford International Airport (Rockford, IL) has two, 10-story, 90,000 ft2 hangars and 24,977 ft2 of adjoining maintenance and office space. Sized to accommodate the Boeing 747 and/or Airbus A380 wide-body aircraft. Courtesy: Affiliated Engineers
Fire, Life Safety February 27, 2020

Performance-based approach to protecting a membrane roof aircraft hangar

AEI was retained to provide mechanical, electrical, piping/plumbing (MEP) and fire protection design services for two hangars at Chicago Rockford International Airport in Rockford, Ill. Three design challenges are highlighted.

By Affiliated Engineers