Fire safety for cultural institutions is complex and involves solving the challenges of protecting priceless property and ensuring life safety for thousands of attendees per day. Cultural institutions, such as museums and libraries, have a unique set of characteristics that make fire and life safety requirements different from those of other buildings. They must simultaneously [...]
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Jeffrey LaSalle has been a fire protection engineer and consultant since 1988. Throughout his career, LaSalle has worked in a variety of roles across many building and facility types, including cultural facilities such as museums. As founder of LaSalle Engineering, LLC, a fire and life safety consulting engineering firm specializing in fire protection and life safety engineering, code consulting, and construction administration, he services a variety of industries and clients that need to protect high-value or irreplaceable assets, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution
When museums and other cultural institutions assess security risks, theft and physical damage by visitors are often top of mind. But stolen goods may be recovered, and mishandled items may be repaired. Property loss due to fire or smoke is simply more devastating. Unlike a typical commercial facility where data – the most important asset of many companies – can be backed up and restored offsite, that’s not possible with paintings, rare photographs and precious collections.