Destiny USA and Palisades Centre, Syracuse and West Nyack, New York, USA

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GHD was the primary fire engineering & life safety consultant for two separate 300,000+ m2 (3+ million sf) three and four level covered mall buildings with car parks, entertainment and retail facilities. We provided fire engineering, code consulting and fire systems designs and led a team of design professionals as well as coordinated with architects, structural, and development team on the various fire protection and life safety requirements and alternate solutions for achievement of project desired features. The project included the design of fire sprinkler, standpipe hoses, smoke control, fire alarm/detection and emergency communication systems.

Palisades Centre used a performance based fire engineering design analysis to use exposed structural steel in lieu of traditional passive fire protection for the mall portions of the facility resulting in significant cost and schedule reductions and achieving a unique interior design motif. Destiny USA used a fire engineering analysis to allow 40,000+ m2 open floor plan retail, entertainment and leisure facilities along with staged egress evacuation models for greater than 12,000 occupants on one floor. Both facilities involved close coordination, discussion and approvals from local fire and building authorities.

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