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Solutions-based suppliers provide their success stories regarding fire protection. (In Focus: Fire Protection).

Intelligent Fire Detection

When the Stowers Institute for Medical Research opened its biomedical research campus in Kansas City MO, in 2000, it was well equipped with gleaming labs, excellent support facilities, spacious offices with panoramic views -- and top-notch life-safety equipment installed throughout. In addition to 100-percent sprinklering, MXLV fire detection systems from SIEMENS Fire Safety Division of SIEMENS Building Technologies Inc. (Florham Park, NJ), including smoke alarms and pull-station alarms, protect the plant and equipment. A master control computer in the facilities office duplicates controls in the fire command center, which heads up communications with security and maintenance personnel and the local fire department.

Fire safety for the buildings, equipment, occupants, and the mission of the Institute was an essential consideration. Stowers fadlities management insisted on SIEMENS MXLV distributed-intelligence fire detection equipment because of previous excellent experience with an earlier generation of SIEMENS systems. The SIEMENS MXLV is a multiplexed, distributed-intelligence fire detection system with a voice evacuation function. The system offers expandability, dependability, and ease of operation and maintenance.

Used in conjunction with the MXLV, SIEMENS FP-11 Fireprint[TM] application-specific, intelligent smoke detectors are highly resistant to false alarms. Each FirePrint detector is individually programmed to match the background environment where it is located. As a result, the devices are less sensitive to ambient (non-fire) influences. For more information, see Siemens Fire Safety ad, page 33, in this issue. MXLV/FirePrint by Siemens Fire Safety. Circle 201.

Fashionable Fire Protection

Bridges and Lavin, the architectural firm for the Tommy Hilfiger store in New York City, faced a dilemma. The owner wanted a visually open space on the second floor, allowing visitors to see the merchandise as they climbed the stairs. Yet the exit stairway was a fire-rated area. Normally, this would call for a solid barrier wall to protect people using the stairs in the event of a fire. How could an upscale retail environment be maintained, while still satisfying code requirements?

A unique glass fire wall system that looks like ordinary window glass but is actually tested as a wall was selected. Distributed exclusively in North America by Technical Glass Products, the system combines Pilkington Pyrostop[TM] glass with Fireframs by Forster, and blocks flames, smoke, and heat in the same way a solid wall would. The result is truly uninhibited visibility without compromising fire safety.

From the edge, Pyrostop looks like bullet-resistant glass, because it is made up of multiple layers. The Fireframes steel framing system has a sleek profile that cuts down on the bulkiness of traditional fire-rated framing. In fact, Fireframes are so much narrower that they look more like a typical aluminum storefront. They are finish painted at the factory and come ready to install. The best part: The glass fire wall system from Technical Glass has fire ratings up to two hours. For more information, see Technical Glass Products ad, page 11, in this issue. Fire wall system (Pyrostop/Fireframes) by Technical Glass Products.

Under Budget, and on the Fast Track

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As one of only six universities with its own fire department, the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, is a prime example of an institution that places a high priority on fire protection. To minimize the potential devastation of residence hall fires, Notre Dame launched a retrofit program in 1979, installing sprinkler systems during the renovation of old buildings and the construction of new ones. However, a deadly blaze that roared through a Seton Hall University residence hall in January of 2002 catapulted student life-safety to the forefront of crisis prevention, triggering an out-pouring of concern from Notre Dame fire officials.

Notre Dame Fire Operations Chief John Antonucci presented school officials with a plan mandating that the more than 750,000 square feet of unsprinklered residence hall space be completely retrofitted within a seven-month timeframe. He turned to McDaniel Fire Systems to install BlazeMaster[R] CPVC fire sprinkler systems, which, according to Antonucci, offered the superior, reliable performance he sought. The system also featured simplistic, flexible engineering, and had proven to exhibit excellent impact resistance and natural immunity to corrosion and microbiologically influenced corrosion. More than 8,000 sprinkler heads were installed quickly and without displacing a single resident. More importantly, quick completion of the retrofit helped ensure students' life-safety years ahead of schedule.

In addition to time, cost was a major issue for school officials. Completed at a cost of about $3 a square foot (vs. the typical $4-$5), the savings to school officials was between $750,000 and $1.5 million. For more information, see Noveon ad, page 15, in this issue. BlazeMaster CPVC by Noveon Inc. Circle 203.

'Green' Protection

To meet the demand for environmentally friendly options and non-halon fire extinguishants, DuPont has developed FE-227[TM] a clean-agent halon fire extinguishant that replaces halon 1301 in flooding systems. Ideal for telecommunications rooms, data centers, and process control rooms, FE-227 has received both UL and FM Component Recognition. For more information, see DuPont Fire Extinguishants ad, page 23, in this issue. FE-227 by DuPont Fire Extinguishants. Circle 204.

Grand (and Safe) Entrances

Do you need a complete door system that combines up to a three-hour Fire Rating with fast, simple installation? Pick The Rite Door by Adams Rite. High-performance door is quick and easy to install and combines durability and style into a single package. Maximum clear opening width fully meets ADA guidelines. For more information, see Adams Rite Manufacturing ad, page 43, in this issue. The Rite Door by Adams Rite Manufacturing Co.

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