Auburn University
Auburn University
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Auburn University

D40 Fire Protection

  1. General

    1. In general, automatic fire sprinkler systems and fire alarm/mass notification systems shall be installed in all building construction even if not required by code. There are certain situations and buildings which will not have these systems installed if not required by code.

    2. Areas used as attic space shall be equipped with an automatic sprinkler system and have code compliant, fire rated compartmentalization.

    3. Safeguards during building construction, alteration, and/or demolition shall be in accordance with the most current version of NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code.

    4. Existing fire hydrants shall be maintained accessible to fire apparatus during construction, alteration and/or demolition.

    5. Before renovation, alteration, or demolition, the contractor shall contact the University Fire Protection Engineer and arrange to have all existing fire extinguishers delivered to an acceptable storage facility to be reused in other University facilities.

    6. Fire protection water supplies and the location fire hydrants shall be installed to comply with the most current International Fire Code. Waterlines supplying fire hydrants shall be a minimum of 6 inches.

    7. Fire apparatus access roads shall be included in the design to comply with the most current International Fire Code requirements.

    8. Vending machines and other equipment shall not be installed in exit corridors, unless a recessed area is used.

    9. Durable emergency escape drawings shall be provided throughout the building. They shall be permanently posted in highly visible locations in corridors, at elevators, and in lobbies. Drawings shall show primary exits, fire extinguishers locations, and pull station locations.

    10. Buildings with 3 or more stories to have areas of refuge designed/constructed to comply with latest International Building Code & NFPA 101 Life Safety Code. Telecom interface requirements for area of refuge equipment (Talk-A-Phone Model CU-8R/CU-16; 8 or 16 station) to be defined/coordinated with building telecom system design/installation.

    11. Evacutracts shall be installed in areas that do not restrict corridor or exit width. Location must be approved by the University Fire Safety Program Manager.

  2. Inspections and Approvals

    1. It is not necessary to coordinate the location of fire hydrants, post indicator valves, or siamese connections with the City of Auburn Fire Chief. All items must be coordinated and approved by the University Fire Safety Program Manager.

    2. University Fire Safety Program Manager must inspect all sprinkler pipes before ceiling tiles are installed.

    3. All fire-stopping systems shall be installed in accordance with the applicable Underwriters Laboratories Directory. All fire-stop applications shall be labeled to depict which UL system is used and all UL fire-stop system installation instructions shall be delivered to the University Fire Safety Program Manager prior to fire-stop inspection.

    4. Water supply requirements and hydrant locations shall be approved by the University Fire Safety Program Manager.

    5. All required Fire Protection System plans must be reviewed and approved by the University Fire Safety Program Manager. Final design submittals and shop drawings shall be provided to the University Fire Safety Program Manager for review and approval. Note, this review in no way alleviates the designer of record from responsibility for the proper design of the fire protection system.

    6. In addition to the final inspection conducted by the State Building Commission, the Auburn University Project Manager shall schedule a final inspection with the University Fire Safety Program Manager. This shall be done before occupancy of the building is permitted.

    7. The University Fire Safety Program Manager must witness the final Fire Protection Systems Acceptance Inspections and Test to include:

      1. Emergency Generators

      2. Elevators

      3. Sprinklers

      4. Standpipes

      5. Fire Pumps/Controllers

      6. Emergency Lights

      7. Extinguishers

      8. Hydrant Flow Test

  3. Fire Alarm

    1. The fire alarm system shall comply with applicable occupancy type and comply with all applicable codes. Where there is a difference in the codes the most stringent code shall apply.

    2. Auburn University has a sole source contract for fire alarm systems. The fire alarm system shall be Simplex.

    3. Fire alarm shall be networkable, addressable type, voice capable type and incorporate Mass Notification/Emergency Communication with the fire alarm system.

    4. Fire alarm panel shall be located in electrical room.

    5. Fire alarm conduits shall be painted red 6” from each side of wall penetration.

    6. Fire alarm junction boxes and covers shall be painted red.

    7. Provide terminal strips for all connections. No wire nuts are allowed.

    8. Design engineer shall coordinate with AU Telecommunications and AU Maintenance and Operations to determine type of interface with existing campus network. Interface will be one of the following types:

      1. Copper wiring

      2. Multi-mode fiber optic

      3. Single mode fiber optic

    9. A pull station is required within 5 feet of exterior doors and outside every mechanical room.

    10. Provide a clear shield and frame that fits over manual pull stations with horn in the cover so that whenever the cover is lifted, that internal local horn immediately starts to blow to discourage false alarms. (An example of an acceptable product is STI, Inc. – Stopper II Pull Station Protector)

  4. Fire Suppression

    1. Provide fire sprinkler system in accordance with NFPA 13-2002: Automatic Sprinkler Systems Handbook for all new buildings unless directed otherwise by Auburn University Project Manager. Provide sprinkler system in those renovation/repair projects wherever necessary to meet applicable codes or where requested by Auburn University Project

    2. All fire sprinkler system design drawings must be sealed by an Alabama registered professional engineer and must be approved by the State Fire Marshall's Office.

    3. Contract documents shall require the fire protection contractor to submit sprinkler shop drawings and hydraulic calculations directly to the State Fire Marshall for approval.
    4. Sprinkler System Piping

      1. Above Ground:

        • 2” and smaller: Black steel schedule 40 with screwed joints.

        • 2.5” and larger: Black steel schedule 10 with grooved mechanical joints (victaulic).

      2. Below Ground: Cement lined ductile iron with mechanical joints.

      3. Saddle taps for interior piping are not acceptable.

    5. All sprinkler system control valves shall be equipped with tamper switches and locks and chains. Pad locks shall be Auburn University locks obtained from Facilities Division. These locks are keyed specifically for sprinkler system locks.

    6. Quantity and flow requirements of fire hydrants shall be coordinated with the Auburn University Fire Protection Engineer and the City Fire Chief.

    7. Provide hydrostatic calculation plate for each individual dry valve.

    8. Fire Department locks and chains shall be provided in front of each dry pipe valve.

  5. Fire Extinguishers

    1. Fire extinguishers shall be in accordance with the most current International Fire Code and National Fire Protection Association requirements. Where these codes are in conflict the most stringent will apply. Location and installation of fire extinguishers shall be reviewed
      and approved by University Fire Safety Program Manager.

    2. All facilities shall be provided with 10 lb. ABC multi-purpose dry chemical portable fire extinguishers along with other types and sizes as required.

    3. Extinguishers in public areas shall be mounted in recessed or semi-recessed cabinets capable of holding the extinguisher without the use of hooks or brackets. Locked cabinets with means of emergency access (striker, etc.) shall be provided in areas especially susceptible to malicious use.

    4. All portable extinguishers shall be in visible locations and free from obstructions. Signage shall be provided to indicate the extinguisher location where visual obstructions cannot be avoided.
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