Rhino FPE was engaged to conduct a conditions assessment of 28 buildings at the Goddard Space Flight Center. Facilities included large-scale satellite testing facilities, clean rooms, laboratories, office buildings, and other spaces. Our assessment encompassed a code compliance review as well as evaluation of each building with respect to structural elements and life safety features including fire alarm and fire suppression systems, and emergency egress. Facilities were evaluated based on various building codes and regulations including IBC 2006, NFPA, NASA Safety Standard for Fire Protection, and other nationally recognized standards as appropriate.
Rhino developed a Conditions Deficiencies Report detailing our findings as well as a prioritized list of recommendations for remediation with construction cost estimates.
The CFPB is an independent agency of the U.S. government responsible for consumer protection in the financial sector. Rhino FPE provided life safety, fire alarm, and fire protection design as a member of the design/build-bridging team for the renovation and modernization of this high-rise, partially occupied building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The scope included replacement of the building envelope and complete renovation of interior spaces to create an open office concept. Rhino provided life safety consultation as well as design for the standpipe, fire pump, sprinkler, and fire alarm systems. We also provided performance-based code equivalences to minimize construction impact on historic elements, and created a phasing plan to maintain completion function of fire detection and suppression utilities supply, emergency egress, and safety barriers for the grade-level tenants that occupied the building throughout construction.
Rhino Fire Protection Engineering was chosen to provide life safety analysis, fire alarm, and sprinkler system design services for the brigade’s new headquarters facility at the Willow Grove Joint Reserve Base.
Formerly a Naval Air Station, Willow Grove Joint Reserve Base is just one example of how the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process is shaping the future of military installations around the country.
Rhino FPE is proud to be able to use our expertise to help provide our military with the quality, safe facilities they deserve.
This project encompassed construction of three new buildings: a 3,000 sf Magazine Building, 8,600 sf Storage Facility, and 10,500 sf Office Building. At project outset, Rhino conducted interviews with the tenant to gain an understanding of the daily facility operations planned for each structure along with the types of hazardous materials to be stored and the functional processes to be conducted. Our subsequent fire protection systems designs were based on these interviews and applicable codes to provide an adequate level of protection.
The fire alarm system was designed for all three buildings. Due to small building size, sprinkler systems were required for only two structures. Rhino also provided an explosion suppression system designed to provide detection and suppression of an oxidizing explosion in under 500 milliseconds for a portion of one building to satisfy client requirements.
Completed in 1932 and on the National Register of Historic Places, the Herbert C. Hoover Building is currently undergoing an 8-phased renovation to modernize infrastructure and create open and flexible office space. The building, headquarters for the U.S. Department of Commerce, will remain fully occupied during the renovation through the use of swing space.
Rhino provided life safety and code consulting for existing building construction (specifying fire rated partitions/walls and egress components (stair width, exit passageways, etc.) and design of fire protection systems. Key elements were maintaining fire protection and life safety functionality in existing spaces during construction and preservation of historical building features.