Beecher’s firm, Utah-based Beecher Walker, designed the $80-million Hale Centre Theatre, which opened in November 2017. A critical element of the solution for Beecher and his team was the installation of 20 acoustical smoke vents to guard against noise intrusion.
The use of special coiling smoke doors as hoistway enclosures has quietly become mainstream in the design community. However, standards are still evolving to include new opportunities with regard to smoke and fire infiltration in commercial buildings.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) and the Charles Pankow Foundation signed an agreement for a $230,000 research grant to develop, write and publish the procedural guidance to properly execute a performance-based structural fire engineering (SFE) design in accordance with the new ASCE/SEI 7-16 Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures Appendix E industry standard.
Ensuring the safety of the built environment is a top priority for American Wood Council (AWC) because a few high-profile fires in recent years have highlighted the need for increased safety of buildings during construction.