U.S. Air Force: Fire Protection Design Services

Zari Consulting Group has provided building code consulting services for the United States Air Force for conformance with the Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 1-200-01, UFC 3-600-01, UFC 3-230-10A, UFC 4-021-01, the International Building Code (IBC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1, NFPA 10, NFPA 13, NFPA 24, NFPA 70, NFPA 72, NFPA 101, and ANSI A117.1. We also provided automatic fire sprinkler system design and automatic fire alarm system design.

Our automatic fire sprinkler system design consisted of the following:

  1. Performing a fire hydrant flow test. The flow test was performed at the nearest feasible two fire hydrants adjacent to where new the facility was planned for construction.
  2. Assessing the capability of the existing water supply and developing estimated automatic fire sprinkler and standpipe system demands and comparing them against the available water supply.
  3. Modifying design criteria and findings from estimated hydraulic calculations in text format to incorporate in Design Development Documents.
  4. Coordinating with Base Fire Marshal for fire service, backflow preventers, fire department connections, and hose connection outlets.
  5. Assembling a complete submittal package of manufacturer’s product data sheets.
  6. Provide a technical specification for the automatic fire sprinkler system.
  7. Preparing design drawings for a wet pipe automatic fire sprinkler system. These drawings included location of connection point to municipal supply, size and routing of underground main, location of backflow preventer, location of fire department connections (FDC), size and location of riser(s), and riser details.
  8. Reviewing contractor’s shop drawings for conformance with the design documents, the UFC, the Base Fire Marshal and the latest edition of NFPA 13. Preparing a review letter for submittal for contractor, specifying any noted discrepancies.

Our fire alarm system design services included the following:

  1. Providing a building code analysis to determine base, UFC, and NFPA 72 requirements.
  2. Confirming the fire alarm and mass notification requirements with the Base Fire Marshal.
  3. Assembling a complete submittal package of manufacturer’s product data sheets.
  4. Providing a technical specification for the fire alarm system.
  5. Preparing design drawings for a fire alarm system at facility. These drawings included a riser diagram for notification appliances and detection devices, device and appliance locations, location of Fire Alarm Control Panel (FACP), voltage drop calculations, standby battery calculations, and wiring diagrams.
  6. Reviewing contractor’s shop drawings for conformance with the design documents, the UFC, the Base Fire Marshal and the latest edition of NFPA 72.