Rx For Life Safety Design: Collaboration

October 27, 2005
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Once upon a time, each person came in, did a specific job, and voila, a "finished" fire and smoke control system. Those days are gone like smoke up an exhaust fan. The codes are more complex, the damper selection and other technologies are more complex, and in some places, the work required of the mechanical engineer has grown, too. Part one of two articles points to a single conclusion: Effective collaboration is essential from the start if you want to extinguish the risk of avoidable failures. By Ronald G. Holdaway, P.E., C.E.M., LEED AP
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