Webcast: Fire and Life-Safety in the Wake of High-Profile Tragedies


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High-rise fires in major cities, club tragedies with major casualties. These and other recent high-profile incidents have shifted the attention of building owners, and the attention of the nation, to fire and life-safety protection issues in today’s buildings.

How can the Professional Engineer best respond to these heightened demands from the building community and state and local governments? Find out in an exclusive webcast event from Consulting-Specifying Engineer.

Earn valuable learning unit's for your participation. Interact and ask questions from leading experts on the subject. Listen in as some of the industry’s leading experts speak out, in a roundtable discussion forum, on some of the critical building design and fire/life- safety system implementation issues. Panelists will discuss solutions for the Professional Engineer in areas such as:

• Design and fire-protection system solutions for buildings, including commercial buildings, dormitories and multi-family building units
• Retrofitting older buildings
• Code revisions and their impact
• Design and system solutions involving smoke control, voice evacuation and sprinklers

Moderated by:

Jim Crockett , Editor-in-Chief, Consulting-Specifying Engineer

Expert panelists include:

Carl Baldassarra is President of Schirmer Engineering Corporation. He is responsible for the management of the activities of fifteen regional offices, which offer engineering services consisting of building and fire code consultation, fire suppression system design, fire and security alarm system design, loss investigation and litigation support, as well as Property Loss Control Services. He is an active Professional Member of the International Code Council (ICC) and International Fire Code Development Committee and a Principal member on several NFPA Building Code and Life Safety Code technical and correlating committees.

Michael F. Cornicelli is Director of Government Affairs for the Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago. He has over 27 years of experience in commercial real estate as a corporate lawyer, a management consultant and a trade association executive. In his current position, he is responsible for the formulation and implementation of BOMA/Chicago's regulatory and legislative agendas on city, county, state and federal levels. He is admitted to practice law in Illinois and California and is registered as a lobbyist in Illinois.

Rick Glenn, P.E. , is a principal with Gage-Babcock & Associates, Inc. He has 22 years experience in the fire protection industry and specializes in building and fire code analysis, systems design, risk assessments and life safety analysis. He has managed or acted as key project engineer on a variety of federal agency and commercial/public facility projects.

Warde Comeaux , Global Fire Protection Consulting, Inc. and principal with the Fire Protection International Consortium, Inc., has 35 years experience in the fire protection and life safety consulting field. He is a member of NFPA, International Conference of Building Officials, International Fire Code, Society of Fire Protection Engineers and Uniform Fire Code Association.

Jeffrey Harper, P.E. , is the vice president and engineering manager for the Chicago office of Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc. He has evaluated code compliance, developed alternative approaches and negotiated those approaches with local building and fire departments for major hospitals, high-rises, federal courthouse/office buildings, covered mall buildings, retail occupancies and large mixed-use projects. He has also developed criteria for and conducted smoke control system acceptance testing with local fire departments for a large detention facility and several retail occupancies.

Fabio Grego, AIA , is the Manager of Regulatory Review with the City of Chicago's Dept. of Construction and Permits. This is his first year on the civic side, and he brings more than 20 years experience as a practicing architect in Chicago, serving as project architect at firms such as Bertrand Golberg Assocs. and Holabird and Root. Before joining the City of Chicago, Mr. Grego served as a project manager for eight years at VOA Architects, Inc., becoming a senior vice president. Mr. Grego is presently involved in the effort to redraft Chicago's fire and life safety codes in the wake of last fall's tragic fire in the Cook County Administration Building. Mr. Grego is also involved in drafting new ordinances to increase the safety in the high-rise buildings in Chicago.

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