Dakabin School QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Bickerton Masters Architecture

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Bickerton Masters Architecture
Building Certifier: The Certification Professionals

OVERVIEW

Fire Check Consultants provided performance based fire safety engineered solutions for the following –

  • New exit stair to be fire isolated;
  • FRL f steel columns supporting the roof off the verandah;
  • Unprotected roof structure; and
  • Insufficient fire hydrant flows to meet Deemed-to-Satisfy requirements.

The engineered methods were based on the Fire Safety Engineering Guidelines – 2001 Edition. A deterministic quantitative analysis was employed to review the performance of exposed external steel columns under fire conditions. The method employed fire simulation modelling to determine if the critical temperature of exposed steel is reached or smoke temperature on the stairs reaches tenable limits for occupants. Hand calculations were used to determine the required minimum fire hydrant flows based on the calculated fire peak heat release rate.

All the issues were successfully resolved and successfully accepted by all stakeholders.

QUT Gardens Point QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

APP Corporation

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Project Manager: APP Corporation
Architects: S2F Pty Ltd
Building Certifier: Philip Chun &Associates

OVERVIEW

The QUT Wet Laboratories project involves alterations to a portion of each existing building, being blocks E, M and R, to accommodate new wet laboratories at the QUT, Gardens Point campus, in Brisbane. The fit-out occurred in the following floors –

  • E Block – alterations to portion of levels 2 and 4;
  • M Block – alterations to portion of levels 5 and 6; and
  • R Block – alterations to portion of levels 1, 2 and 4.

The refurbishment design lead to a building code non-compliance in that the rating of the existing incipient fire spread ceiling was compromised. The fire engineered design resolved this non-compliance by providing performance based alternative solutions.

The scope of work also included the design and specification of the fire sprinkler system and a fire safety audit on the passive fire rating penetrations. This also involved regular construction inspections to ensure the systems were installed to the required specifications, codes and standards.

Queensland Academy of Creative Industries QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Queensland Government

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: PDT Architects
Building Certifier: Building Surveying, QLD Government

OVERVIEW

Fire Check Consultants were commissioned to provide fire engineering advice to solve the inadequate performance of a prescriptive smoke exhaust system fitted to the public theatre. The prescriptive design treated the theatre as one smoke zone.

The solution required three smoke zones to be formed inside the theatre, as follows –

  • Over the performing stage area (the critical area);
  • In front of the audience; and
  • Over the audience.

Additional smoke testing confirmed adequate performance of the modified smoke exhaust system, which resulted in acceptance by the certifying authorities.

Mary Makillop Nundah QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Opus International (Australia) Pty Ltd

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Opus Architecture
Building Certifier: Bartley Burns

OVERVIEW

This existing building has a rise is storeys of 4, and all levels are served by 2 exit stairs. Both stairs are approachable from inside a common corridor at level 2 to level 4. The common corridor serves 4 classrooms. The length of the corridor is approximately 36 m, with open-able windows. The building was constructed prior to introduction of the Building Code of Australia.

The Building Certifier identified two non-compliance issues, as follows –

  • Open stairs from ground floor to top level; and
  • Doors from offices/store are proposed to open directly into stairway.

It was assumed that the construction of the stairs complied with the Building Regulations at that time and it would appear that there have been no significant changes to the construction of the stairs from when they were originally built. Fire Check Consultants resolved the issues by implementing Transitional Provisions under Building Act 1975.

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.

Rockhampton Mater Hospital QLD

APPOINTMENT

Evidence of Suitability

CLIENT

Mode

OVERVIEW

The subject building was proposed for additions and alterations. The linen chute was proposed to be relocated and pass through the floor slab of Level 2 and a common wall of Level 1 in the Central Sterile Services Department (CSSD) building. The building architect identified that the penetrations through floor slab and wall for linen chute might compromise the Fire Resistance Level (FRL) of the floor and wall, and therefore, would not comply with National Construction Code, Volume One, Deemed-to-Satisfy provision.

In response to the architect’s concern, the identified issue was analysed. The assessment demonstrated that the proposed arrangement of linen chute was not expected to reduce the fire rating of the floor and wall. Linen chute ducts were proposed to be covered with fire retardant coating to provide an FRL of specified value. Penetrations through floor slab were also proposed for suitable lining around chute, fire stop sealant, and fire pillows to cap between slab opening and chute. Charge and discharge openings in linen chute were protected by a self-closing fire door.

Nambour Hospital QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Nambour Hospital

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Suters Architects
Consultants: Project Services
Building Certifier: TT Building Consultants

OVERVIEW

It was proposed to renovate level 2 of Building 1 at Nambour Hospital to create a cancer Care Clinic for the public. The Cancer Care Clinic was proposed to occupy an area of approximately 500 m2 for a day care facility.

The Building Certifier had identified non-conformity with the Deemed-to-Satisfy provisions of Building Code of Australia in relation to extended travel distances to a point of choice. Smoke separation was proposed for new Cancer Care Clinic by providing a fire blanket having a fire resistance level of -/60/60.

St Andrew’s Toowoomba Hospital Stage 2 QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering and Performance Solutions

CLIENT

St Andrews Hospital, Toowoomba

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Barry Swain
Engineers: Kehoe Myers Consulting Engineers
Building Certifier: QPDP

OVERVIEW

A new building providing for a radiotherapy unit, car park area and a future ward area was proposed to be built at St. Andrew’s Hospital, Toowoomba. This new building proposed to be located at the east of the existing east ward block. The new building contains a basement car park level, radiotherapy facility level and a health care ward area on the top level.

Fire Check Consultants were engaged to provide fire safety engineering report in relation to –

  • Develop an alternative solution for the extended travel distance from the radiotherapy ‘the bunker area’;
  • A qualitative review of the need for a sprinkler system;
  • A qualitative review of the need for a smoke exhaust system;
  • A qualitative review of the effect of the rise in storeys on the evacuation of building occupants for a building with exits passing through other floors compared to this building solution;
  • Deletion of fire sprinkler system as required by the Building Code of Australia (BCA) for a new block;
  • Deletion of smoke exhaust system as required by the BCA for a new block; and
  • Deletion of fire isolation and pressurisation of staircase.

This report was prepared based on the International Fire Engineering Guidelines. The comparison between the requirements of a Deemed-to-Satisfy and alternative solution for the extension at St. Andrew’s Hospital Toowoomba were presented.

Cleveland Forest Place QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

FKP Pty Ltd

OVERVIEW

Openings (external windows) were proposed through external walls of proposed fire compartments (bedroom and kitchen). Fire Check Consultants quantitatively analysed the openings that represent the worst-case conditions in relation to exposure to other units through open space. For the purposes of fire simulation modelling, enclosures within the fire compartment were characterised. Hand calculations and fire simulation modelling were employed to determine the peak fire temperature and smoke temperature inside the units. The identified peak fire temperature was then used in a heat flux fire simulation model to determine if fire spread is possible by heat radiation to the opposite units through open space.

The performance clause was satisfied by demonstrating that openings proposed through the external walls of different fire compartments will not cause the spread of fire by heat radiation. The solution was to provide heat radiation screens placed over the openings (windows) within 6 m of each other and within different fire compartments.

Westfield Coomera (Stage 1) QLD

APPOINTMENT

Structural Fire Engineering and Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Scentre Group

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Westfield Design and Construction
Building Certifier: Certis Building Certification

OVERVIEW

Westfield Coomera is a new $470 million ‘greenfield’ development project under construction, set to be completed in late 2018. The project comprises of 140 new specialty stores, including Woolworths, Coles, Kmart, Target, and an Event Cinemas complex. The shopping centre will also include roof top PV solar arrays.

As the principal fire safety consultant, Fire Check Consultants (FCC) have been engaged to help deliverer certification for the new shopping centre, by facilitating the fire engineering brief and report process. This included consultation with stakeholders such as, the Building Certifier and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

FCC used a performance based fire safety engineering approach to develop solutions for building fire resistive levels, construction of fire-isolated passageways, and the use of glazing in fire separation and compartmentation.

To demonstrate the egress design in combination with engineered smoke management systems afforded occupants safe evacuation and fire-fighters safe intervention, CFD fire and smoke models were conducted.

Pacific Fair Shopping Centre QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering and Smoke Management

CLIENT

Westfield Design and Construction

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Westfield Design and Construction
Building Certifier: Steven Watson and Partners

OVERVIEW

Pacific Fair was a $470 million refurbishment and expansion project completed in 2016. Works included 120 new retail stores, a mall expansion, a two level David Jones store, an enlarged and relocated Target, a relocated Coles, a new Woolworths and Big W. An outdoor leisure and entertainment precinct, known as the ‘Resort Area’was also constructed.

Fire Check Consultants (FCC) were involved throughout the design, approval and construction process to help deliver fire safety compliance and certification for the development. This included preparing the fire engineering brief and report.

To permit flexibility in building design with the benefit of construction cost savings, FCC developed fire engineering solutions for building fire resistive levels, construction of fire-isolated passageways, and the use of glazing in fire separation and compartmentation.

CFD fire and smoke modelling was used to ensure the egress and smoke exhaust design for the shopping centre provided the required safety levels for evacuees and intervening fire brigade.

Indooroorpilly Shopping Centre Stage 7 QLD

APPOINTMENT

Structural Fire Engineering and Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Brookfield Multiplex Constructions Pty Ltd

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: PDT Architects
Building Certifier: Certis Pty Ltd

OVERVIEW

Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Stage 7 was a $355 million development project completed in 2014. It encompassed 30,000 m² of new floor area, including a new mall and fresh food area, new retail stores, a new David Jones store, a refurbished Myer store, a new Coles as well as an outdoor dining precinct.

Fire Check Consultants (FCC) were engaged to provide performance based design solutions for occupant egress, smoke hazard management, building fire resistive levels, and exit signage.

Comprehensive use of computational fire models, qualitative rationale, and risk assessments were employed to demonstrate the performance solutions provided an appropriate level life and fire-fighter safety.

FCC were also commissioned to deliver the fire safety systems design and documentation for –

  • Fire hydrants and hose reels
  • Automatic fire sprinkler systems
  • Fire detection and alarm systems
  • VESDA fire detection systems
  • Gas suppression system for the main electrical distribution network

Chermside Shopping Centre QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Scentre Group

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Westfield Design and Construction
Building Certifier: Certis Pty Ltd

OVERVIEW

Westfield Chermside Stage 6 wasa $355 million extension and refurbishment project completed in 2017. It comprised of creating an additional 33,000 m² of retail space. This included 95 new retail stores, a gallery atrium mall, a child minding centre, and a new leisure and outdoor dining precinct, set in a resort-style alfresco landscape.

Fire Check Consultants (FCC) were involved throughout the design, approval and construction process. FCC were engaged to provide performance based design solutions for occupant egress, smoke hazard management, building fire resistive levels, and construction of fire-isolated passageways.

These performance solutions permit building flexibility and construction cost savings, whilst still providing the required safety levels for evacuating occupants and intervening fire brigade. The life safety performance of the mechanical smoke exhaust systems was validated through the use CFD fire and smoke modelling.

East Tower Brisbane Transit Centre Roma St QLD

APPOINTMENT

Egress Design Study and Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Jones Lang LaSalle (QLD) Pty Ltd C/- Lend Lease Funds Management

OVERVIEW

Fire Check Consultants (FCC) were appointed to undertake an egress design study of the existing building development.

The East Tower consists of 12 floors and rises above the transit centre. The tower provides office accommodation for a range of business types including Telstra et al. The building is fully fire sprinkler protected. The Transit Centre was originally built in the 1980’s, prior to the introduction of the Building Code of Australia.

The building was proposed for alterations (stairways). FCC reviewed the circulation stair proposal in details to ensure compliance with the building standards at the time of construction.

Synergy Kelvin Grove QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Citimark Properties Pty Ltd

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Cottee Parker Architects
Building Certifier: McCarthy Consulting

OVERVIEW

Synergy was awarded a five star sustainability rating because of its abundant use of natural light, low electrical power consumption and materials developed from reusable resources/low thermally generated power used in materials production.

Fire Check Consultants are proud to have assisted the design team in developing fire engineering solutions to defend increased travel distances and more importantly, in developing glass encased fire isolated stairways inside this landmark building.

BOQ Headquarters QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Bank of Queensland

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Hassell
Project Management: CBRE Project Management
Building Certifier: Certis Pty Ltd

OVERVIEW

Fire Check Consultants (FCC) were appointed to undertake a fire engineering assessment of the proposed building development.

The subject property (Gasworks Tower G) is located within the local government area of Brisbane City Council. The building is consisted of office, retail, and car park and has a rise in storeys of 14. The effective height of the building is 46.6 m. FCC provided performance based design solutions for –

  • Rationalisation of the required fire resistance level;
  • Extended travel distances;
  • Fire isolated stair discharge into the entry lobby; and
  • Circulation stair connecting up to 5 office levels.

The fire engineering design solutions formulated focused on rationalising building fire resistance levels,extended travel distances,fire-isolated passageway construction and compartmentation. In addition, FCC also involved with BOQ fit-out floor 3 to 7, and fire alarm and occupant warning system matrix.

15 Butterfield QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Devine Constructions

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Cottee Parker Pty Ltd
Building Certifier: Napier Blakeley Pty Ltd

OVERVIEW

Fire Check Consultants were appointed to undertake a fire engineering assessment of the proposed building development.

“Devine Constructions” proposed to design and construct a new commercial and retail building consisting of basement car park, retail area on ground floor and offices on three upper levels. There were Building Code of Australia (BCA) Deemed-to-Satisfy (DtS) non compliance issues that impact on the building approval. These non compliant issues are –

  • Increased travel distance to exits;
  • Light well penetrations through fire separating floors;
  • No spandrel protection to external windows;

The fire engineered design resolved these BCA DtS non-compliance issues by providing performance based alternative solutions.