Leadership

Life-Safety Systems To Be Put Into New Federal High Risers

Issue 8 and Volume 125.

Life-Safety Systems To Be Put Into New Federal High Risers Life safety will be an integral part of the design of future high rise buildings constructed for the United States Government. This comes as a result of General Services Administration leadership in seeking solutions to the life hazards caused by fire in modern skyscrapers. Environmental control systems, automatic sprinkler systems and a control center for taking over operation of the environmental control system during a fire or other emergency will be incorporated into all new high rise federal buildings. The first building to be affected by this concern for life safety is the 36-story federal office building under construction in Seattle. This $43.5million project has been redesigned to conform to the new GSA building requirements. In announcing the design changes, Commissioner Arthur F. Sampson of the Public Buildings Service, the building construction section of the GSA, explained that safety features…

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