As the new 2009 International Building Code (IBC) is implemented into the construction of all new and existing Institutional Group I (assisted living home) facilities, it has become a requirement to provide fire suppression systems, i.e. fire sprinkler systems, for all Group I facilities per IBC section 903.2.5.
We at Talavera Engineering have made a continuous commitment to provide the highest level of service to our clients, both from an engineering and life/safety requirement. As you are aware, all new and existing assisted living facilities will now require a fire suppression system, i.e. fire sprinkler system. Talavera Engineering can help you comply with this new code requirement in the most efficient and cost effective way possible. We have been in business for 25 yrs, providing services in the Tucson area.
For a professional evaluation of your new or existing facility, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 628-3654.
FIRE SPRINKLER DESIGN PERFORMED ON A CASE
TO CASE BASIS:
Design Fire Sprinkler Systems For New And Existing Residential, Commercial And Industrial Facilities. Design of A Wide Variety Of Fire Sprinkler System Including But Not Limited To: Wet Pipe Systems, Dry Pipe Systems, Preaction Systems and Deluge Systems. In Addition Several Type Of Sprinkler Heads Are Utilized Including Pendent, Upright, Sidewall, Large Drop, Early Suppression Fast Response, In Rack Among Others.
Development of Working Plans Ready To Submit For Approval To Fire Authorities and Local Government Jurisdictions. Plans Indicate Floor Plans, Cross Sections, Schematic Diagrams, Water Supply With Pressure And Elevation, Specification And Identification Number For Sprinklers Type, Pipe Type and Schedule, Riser Location And Detail, In Addition To Any Other Fire Department Authority Requirements and Conditions.
Hydraulic Calculations Are Prepared Based On The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 13, 13R, And 13D Code Requirements. Including Summary Sheet, Graph Sheet, Supply Analysis, Node Analysis and Detailed Worksheets. The Procedure to be Utilized includes the Friction Loss, Velocity Pressure, Normal Pressure, Equivalent Pipe And Fittings Formulas, Among Others. Either Density-Area Method, Room Design Method Or ESFR Method Is Applied.
PERMIT APPROVAL BY LOCAL JURISDICTIONS:
PERMIT APPROVAL PROCEDURE:
Some Of the Steps involved On This Procedure Are:
- Project Feasibility Analysis.
- Coordinate Meetings With Local Jurisdiction.
- Advise Client Of Submittal Requirements And Timeline For Reviews.
- Prepare Permit Application And Documentation.
- Fire Districts Reviewers And Review Timeframes.
- Monitor Fire Districts Plan Review Progress.
- Obtain Permit and Certificate of Occupancy or Letter of Completion.
INSTALLATION BY CERTIFIED PERSONEL:
ALL FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS ARE INSTALLED BY CERTFIED PERSONEL:
Systems May Be Installed In New Or Existing Residential, Commercial, And Industrial Building. Depending On What Type Of Fire Sprinkler System (Wet, Dry, Preaction, Deluge, Etc) and Type Of Sprinkler Head (Pendant, Side Wall, Upright, Etc) Is Being Utilized, The Hardware and Piping Installation May Vary Considerably. All Installations Require Some Type Of Solvent Cement At the Joint To Fix The Piping Fittings. Such Solvent Shall Be Compatible With The Piping Material Utilized In The System. In Addition The Installation May Be Required To Be Concealed Or Exposed.
FIELD COMPLIANCE WITH NFPA AND NFC REGULATIONS:
SYSTEM ACCEPTANCE AND FIELD COMPLIANCE SHALL BE ADDRESSED:
Several Acceptance Tests Shall Be Performed Prior To System Approval. Including But Not Limited Are The Following: Hydrostatic Test, Air Pressure Leakage Test, System Operational Test (Water Flow Devices), Pressure Reducing Valve Tests, Back Flow Prevention Assemblies, Etc. Some Of The Test Might Not Be Required Depending On The Type Of System Installed.