Tony Schoenecker

Tony Schoenecker
Fire Protection Engineering Group
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P: 952-656-3632
F: 952-229-2923

Designing to Meet Fire Protection Requirements

Designing to Meet Fire Protection Requirements

The integration of life safety, fire suppression, fire alarm and other passive fire protection systems into the design of all types of buildings is critical for occupant safety, asset protection and code compliance.

Burns & McDonnell can help you evaluate your needs and tailor a solution to your project's unique risks and characteristics.

Complex Integration of Fire Protection Systems and Facilities

Bringing these complex systems into your design affects many design features and processes: life safety, passive fire protection, water supply infrastructure, fire suppression, performance-based design, fire department access and response, hazard analysis, smoke management, fire alarms, and occupant egress.

Codes governing facility design can change based on your location, facility type and other factors. Burns & McDonnell can perform code consulting services to help you determine the codes that apply and what design techniques will provide a solution that combines effective fire protection with cost-efficiency.

Our team understands the International Building Code (IBC), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101 Life Safety Code and their applications by municipalities and jurisdictions worldwide. Our code consultants maintain current certifications and are up to date on code revisions, including recent changes related to fire barriers, smoke partitions and vertical floor openings.

Full Spectrum of Fire Protection Services

Our consolidated approach to fire protection includes both life safety and asset protection. Whether you need a basic evaluation of an existing system, system commissioning, new system design or computer-based modeling and analysis, our team can help you create an environment for occupants and assets that is reasonably safe, code-compliant and cost-effective.

Our fire protection team members focus solely on fire protection engineering, providing services to a wide range of federal, health care, industrial, institutional and commercial clients. Combined, they have 229 years of experience, and Burns & McDonnell has provided fire suppression systems for facility projects since the 1940s.

Eleven of our fire protection engineers are registered professional engineers and have passed the NCEES written examination in Fire Protection Engineering. Two of our fire protection engineers are past National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) committee members.

Our team includes members with fire protection experience in contracting, installing, insurance, fire-fighting and serving as an Authority Having Jurisdiction.

  • Fire suppression analysis and design: wet pipe; dry pipe; pre-action; deluge; water spray; mist; foam; wet/dry chemical; clean agent; and carbon dioxide
  • Fire water infrastructure assessment and design: water supply integrity; storage; pumping; and distribution mains
  • Life safety analysis: facility egress; fire detection and alarm; smoke management systems; fire resistance; and compartment integrity
  • Fire protection commissioning: fire suppression; smoke management; and fire alarm systems
  • Performance-based design and fire risk assessment
  • Egress modeling, fire and smoke modeling, human behavior, species propagation
  • Special hazard analysis: fire load; flammability; explosion analysis; and hazardous materials
  • Code compliance, plan and specification review
  • Construction administration and inspection
  • Building and fire code consulting