H. Paulin & Company Ltd. “a leading distributor and manufacturer of fasteners, fluid system products, automotive parts and screw machine components” – is planning to install storage racks in an area of its Vancouver warehouse adjacent to an existing
sprinkler-protected storage area. The client intends to store, in the new storage area of about 16400 ft² (116' - 11" X 140' - 9"), non-encapsulated, noncombustible parts, such as screws, fasteners and other non-operating machinery on 18'6" tall racks separated by 4' wide aisles. The local fire department requires the client to install a fire sprinkler system in the new storage area. The client has therefore retained a specialized contracting company, Viking Fire Protection Inc. (the “contractor”) – one of the oldest and largest firms in Canada in the area of fire detection and protection – to design, build and install an addition to its existing fire suppression system that will protect the new storage area in accordance with their requirements, local codes and applicable standards (NFPA-
Samson Tam, a co-op student working for the contractor out of its Vancouver offices, was asked to design and validate, by calculation, an appropriate solution, under the immediate supervision of David Ho, Engineer-in-Training, and the direction of Alex Hoffman, Regional Manager and Engineering Department Head.
The main expected learning outcome is to apply the engineering design process to design an appropriate fire suppression system extension while adhering to applicable standards. This case could also be used to analyze and compare features and characteristics of commercial off-the-shelf fire suppression products (sprinklers).