The Harrington Group

What Lesson Can We Take From Massive Brazil Sugar Fire?

Posted on Thursday, December 26th, 2013

In October, a massive fire ignited approximately 180,000 tons of sugar and tore through six warehouses at Copersucar, one of Brazil’s, and the world’s, largest sugar operations. The fire was said to have started in a conveyor system that was responsible for the transport of sugar throughout the facility’s warehouses. Four employees suffered minor injuries,...read the full article

NFPA Conference Review – Time Sensitive Reactive and Unstable Chemicals

Posted on Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Our most recent blog posts have focused on key points our fire protection consultants picked up at the NFPA national conference in Chicago this past June. One of our newest consultants, Rob McFeaters, attended a session called “Management of Time Sensitive Reactive and Unstable Chemicals” by Andrew Minister, Chief Fire Protection Engineer with Pacific Northwest...read the full article

Fire Hazards and Fire Code Pitfalls When Increasing Your Occupancy Load

Posted on Thursday, August 15th, 2013

As an architect, you want to design a building that meets the owner’s needs and allows you to be creative at the same time. The balancing act can be difficult when you are wedged between the extensive fire code requirements for high-occupancy structures and the needs of the owner. The process can feel as though you...read the full article

Is Egress Analysis Impacted during Your Incremental Build Projects?

Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Travel distance and means of egress have become increasingly popular concerns. As owners expand buildings, they often increase the distance to the nearest exit to the point of violating code requirements. We recently consulted on a project of this type for a car manufacturer. The manufacturer planned the renovation of an old facility, intending to...read the full article

Fire Code Requirements for Rack Storage and Atriums

Posted on Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Did the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) over your project recently reject your design due to improper smoke control in your building? Do you need to calculate proper exhaust and convince the AHJ your structure will meet or exceed the intent of the fire code? Vertically stacked rack storage units and multi-story atriums can trigger the...read the full article