This project encompassed the renovation and expansion of the existing Tyser Tower located on the south side of the University of Maryland Stadium. The existing 33,000 sf facility was completely renovated and two five-story additions (33,000 sf each) were built flanking the original facility, nearly tripling its size. The Stadium seating capacity was increased by approximately 2,000 seats including spectator suites, new President’s Lounge, and ADA-compliant spectator seats. A fully enclosed fifth level serves as a working press area along with facilities for coaches, public address, and scoring.
Rhino assisted the Owner and Architect to determine the necessary fire protection system upgrades. We provided the Basis of Design and complete Construction Documents for the fire suppression systems including fire main connection, fire pump, standpipes, and automatic sprinkler systems. Rhino also provided construction phase services.
Rhino FPE provided the design of the fire alarm, smoke control, and fire suppression systems for the new stadium, office building, and parking garages. The fire alarm design was challenging. Rhino’s solution included coordinating with code authorities and developing a notification scheme using the stadium scoreboard, scrolling board, and Public Address to provide audio notification and visual graphic of egress. We worked closely with the scoreboard manufacturer to ensure planned function.
Multiple types of fire suppression were required: water spray system to achieve required fire resistance rating for exposed steel; wet sprinkler for heated areas; dry system for partially unconditioned spaces; and double interlock pre-action and FM systems for the scoreboard control and main electrical rooms. In total, there are 25 sprinkler zones in the stadium.