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.
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.
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.
Rhino FPE served as Fire Protection Engineer of Record for the new Battle Building, The multiple features of this high-rise hospital /medical facility required several interrelated fire protection systems including atria smoke control, stair pressurization, smoke compartment design, fire alarm with voice communication capabilities, seismic design, and multiple types of fire suppression systems (dry-type, pre-action, window sprinkler protection, wet-type, standpipe, and secondary on-site fire pump and tank water supply.
A challenge in the project was the narrow and long shape of the atrium. Rhino developed a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model using Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) to validate the design for the atrium smoke control system that was developed with prescriptive correlations. The ceiling configuration required special design for the smoke exhaust outlets to prevent plug-holing.