Forum focuses on new thinking in high-rise evacuation procedures.
The Ornamental Metal Institute of New York and the Architectural Engineering Institute of ASCE ASCE
American Society of Civil Engineers announced its recent symposium on Egress Stairs in High-Rise Buildings, a special one-day event designed to focus on new thinking in high-rise evacuation.
The symposium took place on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium, located at 1221 Avenue of the Americas in New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City
City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S. . The all-day program offered important information for the design community as well as for building owners and operators and their risk management specialists.
Featured during the day were many of the leading researchers and practitioners in building safety who discussed impacts on egress design and evacuation strategies resulting from the tragedies of recent years.
Their presentations examined the foundations for current egress provisions and discussed recommendations resulting from the 2005 National Institute of Standards and Technology National Institute of Standards and Technology, governmental agency within the U.S. Dept. of Commerce with the mission of "working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements, and standards" in the national interest. World Trade Center investigation and the response to these recommendations from code development organizations and the building community.
The program concluded with a panel of presenters and stakeholders sharing their ideas on what they feel is essential in the present era for safe egress from high-rise buildings.
Presentations included: Historical foundations of egress design, presented by Carl F. Baldasarra, P.E., president of Schirmer Engineering Corporation and member of the ICC ICC
See: International Chamber of Commerce CodeTechnology Committee reviewing NIST recommendations; Review of evacuation strategies, presented by Ray Grill, PE, FSFPE, Arup, and member NFPA High-rise Safety Committee; Overview of egress challenges, presented by Jason Averill, Research Engineer, Building and Fire Research Laboratory, NIST; Exits and exit access: how many and what type? Presented by Randy Tucker, executive VP, The RJA Group; Evacuation issues: who, when, where? Presented by Dan O'Connor, P.E., vice president of Engineering, Schirmer Engineering Corporation; Construction of the exit enclosure: what threats? Presented by Jon Magnusson, P.E., CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. , Magnusson Klemencic Inc., and Steve Winkel, P.E., FAIA, The Preview Group;
High-rise egress: what are the human factors? Presented by Guylene Proulx, Ph.D., senior researcher, Fire Research Program, National Research Council of Canada The National Research Council Canada (NRC) is Canada's leading organization for scientific research and development. History
NRC was established in 1916, mainly to advise the government. Then, in the early 1930s, laboratories were built in Ottawa. ; Environmental issues inside the exit enclosure, presented by Michael J. Ferreira, P.E., Senior Fire Protection Engineer, Hughes Associates, Inc.; Design issues within the exit enclosure, presented by Jake Pauls, CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) Communications equipment that resides on the customer's premises.
CPE - Customer Premises Equipment , Jake Pauls Consulting Services; Alternatives: elevators for egress, presented by Richard W. Bukowski, P.E., FSFPE, Senior Engineer, Building and Fire Research Laboratory, NIST; Alternatives: escape devices, presented by Antony Wood, RIBA Executive Director, Council on Tall Buildings and the Urban Habitat (CTBUH CTBUH Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat ) and Visiting Associate Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology Illinois Institute of Technology, in Chicago; coeducational; founded 1940 by a merger of Armour Institute of Technology (founded 1892) and Lewis Institute (1896). .