Paper Mill Fire Sprinklers

The Gorham Paper Mill in Gorham NH was a complicated project. CFP was asked to connect (through our design) the new massive addition's fire sprinkler system to the existing water supply in a very tight area. The structure posed quite a few problems for the design, since beam spacing and sizing had to take into account, not just the roof, but also cranes, large ductwork, mezzanines, access to immense machines, and cost. Verifying beam locations was challenged to our fear of heights as well. We were thankful for safety harnesses and secure railings. But, compared to the old paper mills we have designed systems for (the ones where you breathed sulphuric acid and could almost watch your tape measure dissolve), this plant was a joy to work in. Please contact Comprehensive Fire Protection for any fire protection project. It doesn't have to be this big a project. We like them small too....
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3D Fire Protection Coordination UofA

Comprehensive Fire Protection LLC has the software, the knowledge, and the experience to provide superior 3D coordination for fire sprinkler systems. Recently CFP designed and coordinated fire sprinkler piping for a new classroom building at the University of Alabama. As you can see from the roof lines and exposed framework, this was a challenging coordination project. Also, as anyone who has worked on a school project knows, there was a lot of ductwork and piping to avoid. Ceilings were the product of an inventive architect, which added to the difficulty of combining coordination with code requirements. Please contact CFP if you have a coordination project involving fire sprinkler systems. We can also take your design and insert it into the coordination process....
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Tire Storage Fire Protection

Recently we made note of a new fire code in Massachusetts that could impact companies that store tires. TIRE STORAGE IN MASSACHUSETTS – Understanding the Codes For tire storage in Massachusetts there is a new table (903.2 note g) in the State Code that requires fire sprinklers throughout a building if the CUBIC feet of tire storage is greater than 20,000. This is an interesting change from typical requirements that are based on square footage and storage height. 20,000 cubic feet could be interpreted as 1 foot high over 20,000 sq. f.t, or 20 feet high over 1,000 sq. ft. An interesting problem for retail outlets whose tire inventory varies greatly over time. A fire at a tire store in Kentucky caused “tens of thousands of dollars” in lost inventory and damage to the building. Another tire shop fire was so large it shut down US 5 in Houston and recently there was an intentionally set fire in a tire storage facility in...
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Protect Your Business

As a business owner, do you know the very best, most robust and reliable way to protect both your business assets as well as protect the safety of your employees? No, it’s not hiring security guards.  And no, it’s not installing burglar alarms. It’s installing fire sprinklers.  If fire sprinklers had been installed in the tire warehouse above, it would still be standing.  The tires would still be for sale.  People would still have jobs. The most successful and dependable way to protect your property is to install an automatic fire sprinkler system. It provides automatic fire detection, alarm and firefighting capability at all hours of the day and night, 365 days of the year. Commercial and industrial buildings fitted with sprinkler systems simply do not burn down to the ground. Fire sprinklers prevent major losses by turning a potential disaster into an inconvenience and they do so with irrefutable reliability. Safety at Work Ensuring employee safety should always be top priority.  Businesses should provide proper...
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Hire an Engineer

When designing a new building it’s critical to hire a fire protection engineer early on in the design process. Only fire protection engineers can develop solutions that meet various building and fire codes, and which ensure life safety and help mitigate risk factors. A fire protection engineer (FPE) can also save a client time and money, but the FPE should be introduced early on in the design process. Real life example: A property owner lists a building for sale. The building was a combination office building, residential, and contained a parking garage underneath the building. A buyer had the building evaluated by a general building inspector. The inspector claimed that the fire sprinkler system in the parking garage was designed and installed incorrectly, and so wanted a $150,000 reduction in price. The Property Manager (the seller) hired us to examine the installation and design, and to report. Our examination revealed that the original design and installation was correct. The inspector was...
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