When designing an atrium smoke control system, the designer must have a knowledge of the principles involved in developing the system's design criteria. It is the designer's responsibility not only to recognize the calculation procedure required for an atrium smoke control system, but also to recognize the principles upon which such calculations are based and understand how the calculations pertain to (and are constrained by) the characteristics of the atrium. It is also necessary to understand how the design impacts the installation.
Another factor is the coordination of the various construction disciplines which are required for the installation and execution of the design in accordance with the original design principles. The intent of this article is to discuss the basics of atrium smoke control system design, the proper application of the design procedure, and typical construction issues.