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.