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Is a fire protection engineer really needed?

Is a fire protection engineer really needed?

Is a fire protection engineer really needed?

If I add a mechanical partition to open/close-off a gym on a project do I (an architect) need to involve a fire protection engineer? Or can I just specify the mechanical partition to be used and be done with it?

RE: Is a fire protection engineer really needed?

Ok I'll step into this mudbath first.   What does the AHJ say?   A wall is not an engineered system, but just make sure it doesn't affect life safety or egress (which you should be well versed in).  Also it should not compromise the coverage of any existing systems like sprinklers, strobes, or speakers for the soon-to-be-enclosed area.

If all that is true then my personal opinion (as an AHJ) would be no.


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