William & Mary’s Integrated Science concept hinges on housing researchers and siting resources to promote interdepartmental collaboration as well as shared access to scientific instruments. Phase 3 will complete the triangle of the existing ISC 1 and ISC 2 facilities. The new four-story, 113,000 sf ISC 3 has a core that contains laboratories and shared instrumentation. Around the periphery are offices for scientists, a 300-seat lecture hall, and a two-story commons area.
Rhino’s fire alarm system design for the new ISC 3 facility provides elevator recall, individual building alarm, trouble and supervisory status, and the future capability for mass notification functions. It also has the ability to easily retrofit in the event of future facility modification, and interfaces with the existing fire alarm systems in ISC 1 and ISC 2.
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.
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.
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.