As one of Seattle’s largest school campuses, Chief Sealth and its co-located facility Denny International Middle School are undergoing a complete renovation and rebuild.
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Robert E. Solomon, P.E., National Fire Protection Association, tells how identifying building use, occupancy and other factors impacts planning for an appropriate system. A comprehensive fire- and life-safety design requires a cohesive blend of alarm/detection capabilities, an appropriate suppression system and a number of other building construction features that depend on occupancy, type of facility [...]
Billy Taddeo, a foreman in physical plant operations for Broward County School District’s maintenance division, is responsible for protecting more than 270,000 K-12 students and 38,000 district personnel. The Broward County School system in Florida is the nation’s largest, fully accredited school district, with 273 facilities covering more than 36 million square feet. Taddeo is NICET II (National Institute for Certification of Engineering Technologies) certified.
LifeSafety interviews Mike Gilfillan, AIA and founding principal of Gilfillan Callahan Architects, a Rolling Meadows, Ill. firm that specializes in education and other community projects. Such projects include conducting surveys in K-12 schools to ensure that fire and life-safety systems are up-to-date on code.
Schools have never been immune to fire tragedy. Since January 2000, 75 people have died in fires in student housing, according to the Center for Campus Fire Safety, and nearly 30 percent of those deaths occurred in August and September. NFPA statistics show that an average of 1,800 fires occur in dormitories and Greek housing each year, which means that firefighters respond to residential fires on U.S. college campuses five times a day.