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The challenges faced by design professionals and building owners involved in altering, repositioning, or adding to existing buildings are numerous and wide-ranging. Creating exciting and functional new spaces in legacy construction, often striving to maintain historical character, requires audacious design. With advances in fire protection engineering, practitioners have a deeper understanding of fire science and human behavior, and can utilize specialized analysis tools to evaluate problems and create opportunities for bold solutions.
Fire protection and life safety problems can be addressed holistically to achieve a project’s architectural vision, operational objectives, and budgetary constraints. This presentation includes common and unique fire protection and life safety challenges that may be encountered on existing building projects. A sampling of case studies illustrate how creative problem-solving can resolve the challenges standing in the way of achieving the architectural vision, maintaining the architectural fabric of the building, and otherwise hindering the project’s overall success.