Whether it’s K -12 or higher education, our engineers understand the life safety concerns for both types of occupancies. In today’s world, messaging to students and faculty of all ages is a critical component in the educational setting to ensure all occupants are aware of any immediate risks. In addition to fire protection systems, Stanton Engineering has been designing mass notification systems since these requirements were first adopted in the building and fire codes to ensure an effective level of emergency response.
University of Maryland Remote Library Storage Facility
College Park, MD
Stanton Engineering was hired by WFT Engineering to provide the design of fire suppression systems serving the University of Maryland Remote Library Storage Facility located in College Park, Maryland. The library storage is located in a renovated portion of the Severn Building (formally used as the Washington Post printing plant) and will house storage space for up to 2.5 million volumes of rarely used but significant books from the University of Maryland Libraries that do not have adequate space to house their collection. The renovation area is approximately 22,000 SF.
The book storage area is 50 feet high and located in the south-west portion of the building. The book storage area contains high density library storage on very tall racks. Stanton Engineering was tasked with designing a system that would limit loss in a single fire event up to 300 SF. This was achieved by working with the client to provide specific book storage arrangements in conjunction with a specialized design aimed to rapidly detect and extinguish a fire.
To achieve this design intent, we were also tasked with designing a new fire pump for the building that would provide the needed water pressures and flows for the new sprinkler system design. The overall design goal was achieved by minimizing impact to the existing systems in the remaining portions of the building while providing state of the art fire suppression design strategies.
The Severn Building is an existing off-site Library Storage facility for the University of Maryland, College Park that stores 2.5 million volumes. The renovation of the Severn Building included a 22,000 SF, 50-foot tall high-bay with high-density storage. Stanton Engineering provided forensic analysis of the water supply system, determined the capability of the existing fire pump system, designed the fire suppression system, and designed the fire pump for the renovation. The fire suppression design intent limited loss in a single fire event up to 300 SF. Coordination of storage arrangement with the client in coordination with a specialized design aimed to rapidly detect and extinguish the fire was provided to achieve this goal.
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