Star Gardens Nursing Home Aged Care Beaudesert QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Star Gardens

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Stakeholder: Star Gardens
Building Certifier: Building Surveying Professionals

OVERVIEW

The buildings were constructed during 1990 as Class 9a buildings, single storey of Type C construction. The buildings are of timber framed brick veneer and have a timber truss roof with concrete roof tile over. The buildings operate under 2 provider numbers; one for high care and one for low care.

There were several Building Code of Australia (BCA) or aged care compliance issues to address in the existing buildings. In the process of the proposed development works, the following fire and life upgrades have been implemented –

  • Upgrade fire hydrants on site to meet current requirements;
  • Install fire sprinkler system;
  • Check and correct any breaches in smoke and fire walls to ensure that the requirements of the current BCA for smoke and fire have been met;
  • Upgrade smoke and thermal detection within the buildings;
  • Correct any non compliance’s with exit hardware; and
  • Install perimeter concrete paths to assist in the movement around the building.

The issue assessed by Fire Check Consultants was the increased smoke compartment floor area,from the BCA limit. Comparative and quantitative assessments were applied to determine if the existing building provides for a safer smoke environment for the residents than a BCA Deemed-to-Satisfy compliant solution.

The assessments determined that the existing building offers and acceptable level of resident safety from the affects of smoke generated from a design fire because an uncontrolled fire is not expected given the installation of an automatic residential fire sprinkler system that has an excellent record of fire control.

Health Aged Care Capital Works Redcliffe QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Queensland Health

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Stakeholder: Queensland Health (Aged Care Capital Works Program)
Building Certifier: Project Services Building Surveyors

OVERVIEW

A new agedcare facility was proposed to be developed on the Redcliffe Site at 66 George Street,Kippa Ring, Redcliffe, QLD. Project Services Building Surveyors identified the following non-compliance with Building code of Australia –

  • Openings through the external walls of different fire/smoke compartments at 900and to each other and opposing each other; and
  • External walls of different fire/smoke compartments not achieving an FRL 60/60/60.

Queensland Health desires an outcome where the external windows and doors were operable for natural ventilation purposes. Queensland Health requested alternative solutions based on the proposed installation of an automatic fire sprinkler system to intervene and control of any design fire. The methods set out in the Fire Engineering Guidelines were referenced for resolving the issues.

Symes Thorpe Toowoomba QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Protection System Design and Tender Documentation

CLIENT

P. F. Brammer Pty Ltd

OVERVIEW

Fire Check Consultants were commissioned to undertake the required fire sprinkler design with the following scope of work –

  • Pre-design site investigation;
  • Prepared sprinkler design drawings and technical specification suitable for tender purposes;
  • Organise and review tender offers;
  • Undertake progressive quality control inspections; and
  • Attend final commissioning and handover testing.

Bupa Rangeville McKenzie St QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Bupa Care Services

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Jackson Teece
Building Certifier: Certis Building Certification

OVERVIEW

A new two-storey aged care facility was proposed to be constructed at 280 MacKenzie St, Rangeville QLD 4350 with 108 beds. The proposed site is approximately 5 km from the Toowoomba CBD with an area of 10,200 m².

Fire Check Consultants successfully investigated the following assessments –

  • General floor area and volume limitations – The building has been divided into 3 separate fire compartments. The area of one of the fire compartments is more than Deemed-to-Satisfy (DtS) limit of 3000 m²;
  • Class 9a and 9c buildings – The building consists of smoke compartments greater than 500 m²;
  • Exit travel distances –The exit travel distance from smoke compartment is more than DtS limit of 40 m;
  • Non-required stairways, ramps or escalators –A single non fire-isolated stairway is situated in the central common area. DtS requires all stairs between storeys to be fire-isolated;
  • Fire hydrants –Minor variations to the location of external fire hydrants; and
  • Swinging doors –Doors swing against the direction of travel through a horizontal exit.