College, university building fire/life safety design
College and university campus buildings have a lot going on—classes, research, dining, and sleeping. Fire, life safety, mass notification, and emergency communication systems are key components of these campuses.
Robert Garra, PE, CDT, Vice president, electrical engineering, Cannon Design, Buffalo, N.Y.
Randy Hassler, PE, LEED AP, Principal,McClure Engineering, St. Louis, MO
Andrew Slater, PE, Electrical engineer, HGA Architects and Engineers, Milwaukee, WI
CSE: What unique fire suppression systems have you specified in these facilities?
Hassler: For a recent project we used a wet pipe pre-action to reduce the damage that accidental water damage would cause without the issues associated with corrosion of a dry pipe system or nitrogen charges. This system can be applicable for locations where some water discharge is not catastrophic. A broken sprinkler head may discharge many gallons of water, but it is significantly less compared to a sprinkler head discharging 15+ gpm for 15 minutes or longer until it can be shut off.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey