Pindara Hospital Carpark QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Pindara Hospital

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Structure: ADCO
Building Certifier: McCarthy Consulting

OVERVIEW

The existing 4-level car park having an area of 13,600 m2was proposed to be extended by 2 levels creating a 6-level car park with a total floor area of 20,400 m2.

The performance requirement issue was considered from the AS 2419.1 for operating the number of fire hydrant outlets required to discharge simultaneously according to the building classification and floor area.

AS2419.1 Table 2.1 requires 3 hydrants for greater than 10,000 m2plus 1 additional hydrant for every additional 5,000 m2, bringing the total required hydrants in operation to 6. Table 2.2 requires unassisted attack hydrants to have 10 L/s, which leads to a total required flow rate of 60 L/s. This flow rate was not achievable out of the installed fire hydrant system.

The aim of the assessment was to rationalise the fire hydrant flow and pressure requirements. The issue was successfully resolved and successfully accepted by all stakeholders.

Symbion Pharmaceutical Distribution Centre Acacia Ridge QLD

APPOINTMENT

Unwanted Sprinkler Activation

CLIENT

Symbion Pharmaceutical Distribution Centre

OVERVIEW

A new warehouse, for Symbion Pharmaceutical Distribution Centre, was constructed at 51 Peterkin St, Acacia Ridge, QLD 4110. The warehouse contains multiple CubyTMand pallet racks for storage. The CubyTM area is classified as high hazard and is protected with a newly installed automatic fire sprinkler system. Tyco ESFR-17 fire sprinklers are installed on all 8 levels, and also at roof level.

While carrying out the final commissioning of the fire sprinkler system within the CubyTM area, one fire sprinkler head was observed to have a minor leak, whilst two fire sprinkler heads fully activated during water filling and pressure testing of the system.

Fire Check Consultants were appointed to determine the most probable cause of fire sprinkler head failure. The intent of the report was therefore to investigate the most likely cause of failure. After site visit, interview and scrutiny of documentations, plausible scenarios were reported to ascertain the cause of fire sprinkler failure.

Carlton & United Breweries QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Carlton &United Breweries Ltd.

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Engineers: McVeigh Consulting Engineers
Building Certifier: Gold Coast Building Certification Group.

OVERVIEW

Packaging hall and warehouse building were proposed to be constructed at the Carlton &United Breweries Limited Yatala Project site. The proposed area of new packaging hall including offices is about 6,000 m2 and warehouse is 25,000 m2 including offices and awnings. Non-conformance issues with the Deemed-to-Satisfy provisions were identified as follows –

  • Extended travel distances in warehouse and packaging hall;
  • Automatic smoke ventilation system in warehouse;
  • Automatic fire/ smoke detection system and alarm system in warehouse based on the provision of smoke detection to high ignition risk areas i.e. electrical switch boards;
  • Fire hydrants serving warehouse; and
  • Fire hose reels serving warehouse.

Fire safety engineered alternative building solutions were proposed in order to meet the performance requirements of Building Code of Australia.

Metcash Megacentre Crestmead QLD

APPOINTMENT

Fire Engineering

CLIENT

Metcash Megacentre

DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Architects: Gordon Gould Ipson
Hydraulic: Dennis Cairns &Associates
Building Certifier: Philip Chun &Associates

OVERVIEW

The existing warehouse (dry store) at the Marsden Industrial Estate, Brisbane has been extended as part of stage 2 works.

The proposed extension has a floor area of approximately 49,726m². The extension contains essential commodities that are required to be sold in both IGA and ALM stores.

The building design lead to several building code non-compliance’s. Some of these non-compliance’s included –

  • Rationalisation of smoke management system for the building;
  • Inadequate hose stream jet length and hose coverage;
  • Extended travel distance to exits; and
  • Non-compliant hydrant location.

The fire engineered design resolved these non-compliance issues by providing performance based alternative solutions. Subsequently, Fire Check Consultants were involved with Stage 3 and 4 development, and tender documentation.