The Harrington Group

How Can Fire Protection Engineers Help Avoid Costly Mistakes?

Posted on Thursday, January 30th, 2014

If you have ever been involved with the design and construction of new facilities or renovating existing buildings, you are well aware that the best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray. Or, simply said, things don’t always go as planned. And, most of the time, the later in the process that these...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

Do Your Building Renovation Projects Require Creative Fire Code Solutions?

Posted on Thursday, July 25th, 2013

A recent project triggered a number of problem areas and required we employ our creativity and deep knowledge of fire protection to succeed. The client wanted to renovate an existing facility that had been built in the early 1970s. This special case was made more ‘interesting’ by a number of factors: The addition increased the...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

Cost-Effective Fire Hazard Mitigation

Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Fire protection engineering is normally understood by its technical appliances like sprinklers, fire alarms, and fire hazard warning signs. Although these tools are extremely effective at reducing risk and dealing with accidents when they occur, they do not tell the entire story. The human element is often overlooked. Reactive Fire Protection If a fire damages...read the full article