Chase Tower, Rochester, New York

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The owner was faced with required upgrades to the water supply system for the fire standpipe and hose system in this existing 30-story high rise office building and GHD provided detailed design, bid/tender and construction support services.

The challenge was how to incorporate the existing single zone fire system within pressure limitations of compulsory fire standards and required a new high-pressure electric fire pumping system, new primary power switchboards and feeds and an 800 KW emergency power system with retrofit structural reinforcement for the generator location. This occurred in a very limited city site and fire service acceptance testing. A forward looking design incorporated minor changes to allow for future fire sprinkler retrofit water supply feeds – which allowed the owner to meet upcoming code changes on a proactive and cost effective basis.

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