Despite fears that a fire code would force businesses to spend big sums on compliance, many problems can be fixed for little or no money, with the inspector serving as an adviser, Bliss said. Codes tend to teach more than punish.
“The application of a fire code is 95 percent educational,” Bliss said.
Bruce Johnson, director of fire-service activities for the International Code Council, said codes have been proved to save lives and property for a fraction of the cost of disasters.
In addition to those killed or hurt, the West blast may have caused $100 million in damage. The investigation cost $1 million more.
Experts have estimated that $40,000 worth of sprinklers might have prevented it.
Photo of building destroyed by West, Texas explosion – by State Farm
From the 2006 International Fire Code, “Smoke-protected Assembly Seating” is defined as: Seating served by means of egress that is not subject to smoke accumulation within or under a structure.
Well, apparently there is more to this definition than what the code defines, as local authority having jurisdictions may have a worksheet designers need to complete to prove it. And there’s more (and other codes that should be referenced)…
Click through for this long-form article about the events leading up to the installation of an airport video display that collapsed and killed a 10 year old boy. For those of us in the design/engineering profession, it is always important to thoroughly check and comment on shop drawings that come through.
Fish used the architect’s design drawings to create the shop drawings. Shop drawings obtained through the records request show that they were completed Aug. 15, 2012. An employee of Brasfield & Gorrie approved the drawings on Aug. 17, 2012, and an architect with KPS approved them on Aug. 19, 2012.
In a change from earlier designs, the Fish shop drawings called for MDF to be used for the front of the display. Instead of a three-quarter-inch sheet of MDF as the core of the display panel’s front, the new design used three layers which together were 1.75 inches thick.
The change as drawn added more weight to the front. Some of the heaviest materials in the display were now to hang over open space.
Here’s the start of a write-up from a Google employee on the importance of architecture and interior design on keeping and retaining employees…
The No. 1 thing is to listen to what employees need. We found that they need a lot of diversity. There are so many ways to work—as a team, solo—and so many kinds of workers, from introverts to extroverts and so on. We create many different places so people can be as productive as possible—from formal and informal conference rooms to open spaces to stretching and yoga areas and gyms. One trick is to design spaces with a diversity of scale, light, and mood.
More info and video if you follow the link.
Photo via Flickr user Stuck in Customs
Rising 566 feet into the air, Barcelona’s Sagrada Família is the tallest church on Earth. To walk through its cathedral is to walk through a forest sculpted in stone. Thin pillars reach into the heavens, supporting the sky with delicate branches. It’s considered more of a sculpture of scripture than a traditional building.
The church, which broke ground in 1886, is the vision of architect Antoni Gaudí. Understanding his was the only genius that could craft it, yet knowing it couldn’t possibly be completed before his death, Gaudí created elaborate plaster models detailing the work. But following his death in the 1930s, war demolished his 3-D blueprints to bits. By the 1970s, progress on the cathedral had come to a stopping point because, nearly 100 years later, no one knew how to finish it.