Fire Protection Engineering & Building Code Analysis
Our team of licensed fire protection engineers, designers, and plan reviewers have everything it takes to provide you with a fully protected building. We are proud to stand behind our work whether it be commercial, industrial, residential, or one of the many other unique projects we have experience with.
How We Serve Your Fire Protection Needs
Does your MEP consultant or sprinkler designer consider what the combustible loading, heat release rate, or design fire scenario is for your project? Can they then relate that specific hazard directly to the designed discharge of suppressant, and designed movement of toxic combustion byproduct? Unlike many full-service engineering firms, VBFA has a team focused exclusively on fire protection system design and consultation. Our rare engineering expertise gives us a deeper understanding that goes beyond the written NFPA, FMG, and AIG standards and building codes, and into the science and engineering of fire and smoke movement as it exists within the built environment. Because of VBFA’s unique specialty, our consulting and design work takes us throughout the country and across the globe; wherever your next project is breaking ground, we can help.
Read on to learn more about what services our team of licensed fire protection engineers can offer you.
How VBFA Delivers Value in Fire Protection Services
Our unmatched experience, impressive team, and detailed execution are why so many discerning clients turn to VBFA for fire protection during the design and construction of their newest facility.
We guarantee quality in everything we do; all of our services are backed by one or more state-licensed fire protection engineers.
Years of Experience
We’ve been delivering fire protection services in Utah and beyond for decades. Our large and diverse portfolio of work has given us a perspective and understanding few engineering firms hold.
Wide Variety of Industries and Clients
From industrial manufacturing and storage, to healthcare, education, residential, and religious, we’ve engineered fire protection systems for specific facilities in exacting industries. We work to understand your project’s purpose, so our solution works intuitively with its design.
A Fully Involved and Thorough Design Process
Our experienced engineers and designers know how to work alongside architecture and construction teams. We fully integrate our fire protection systems into architectural Revit models with building information modeling (BIM). Real-time modeling of systems through Revit and BIM360 brings cross-discipline clashes upfront during design, to eliminate costly changes during construction.
Our Fire Protection Services
Our capabilities are exhaustive when it comes to your fire protection needs. Our team offers comprehensive design and consulting services for facility owners, general contractors, sprinkler contractors, architects, and MEP design/engineering firms.
Fire Protection System Design
- 3D BIM Coordination in Revit
- Wet Pipe System
- Dry Pipe System
- Antifreeze System
- Deluge System
- Fire Pump Systems
- Standpipe Systems
- Single-Interlock Preaction
- Double-Interlock Preaction
- Non-Interlock Preaction
- High Piled Storage including (ESFR, CMDA, CMSA, In-rack)
- Special Hazard Systems (Including Water Cannons, Large Dry Pipe, Deep Freeze, Water-Mist, and High, Medium, and Low-Expansion Foam)
- Clean Agent and Inert Gas Systems (including CO2, Novec 1230, Nitrogen Inerting, Inergen, Vortex, FM-200)
- Fire-Flow Testing
- Hydraulic and Seismic Calculations
- Fabrication Drawings
- Stock Lists
- Material Submittals
- System Tags
- Dimensions and Notes For AHJ Review and Installers
Fire Protection Engineering Consultation
- Preliminary Plan Set and Performance-Based Specifications
- BIM 350 Level Fire Sprinkler System Design (In Congruence with MEP Design)
- Fire Risk Assessment
- Dust Hazard Analysis
- Stairwell, Elevator, and Shaft Pressurization for High-Rise with CONTAM
- Smoke Management System Design and Modeling with CONTAM Analysis
- Forensic Investigations and Expert Witness
- Engineering Water Supply Analysis
- Third-Party Plan Review for AHJ, Municipalities, Design Firms, and Facility Owners
Exceeding Your Expectations is What We Love to Do
Lewis (Wong) can easily communicate to clients and is very knowledgeable about electrical engineering. He is always willing to brainstorm creative ways to meet budgets and schedules on projects. He is considerate of the client’s budget and works hard to make the project successful.
– Stacy Hamm, UVU
The creation of a healing environment excels when there is an integrated team to push boundaries and challenge everyone to strive to do better. Since 2000 I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Jeff on nearly a dozen such healing environments in Utah. Jeff has proven to be an instrumental leader and collaborator in the creation of environments that reflect the community in which they serve and stand the test of time.
– Todd Tierney, HDR
For many years VBFA has been a vital part of Intermountain Healthcare’s design team. Their rich experience combined with an expert’s eye for engineering detail have helped deliver state-of-the-art healthcare facilities in the communities we serve throughout Utah. When challenges arise, as they inevitably do in large and complex projects, VBFA has been instrumental in helping us find and resolve the causes.
– John Ellis, Intermountain Health
VBFA was chosen for the job because of their reputation for excellent service and quality work. Throughout the project, from concept through construction documents and final punch, I was quite satisfied with our decision to work with VBFA.
– Florence Hawkinson
I appreciate the engineering skills of Jeff Watkins and David Baranowski and their VBFA teams and their ability to provide constant and timely input to the design and construction team. Precision engineering expertise and systems were both critical to the success of our project and the team delivered.
– Russ L. Bachmeier, AIA
One of the most remarkable features in the building (Syracuse High School) is the geothermal heating and cooling systems. This is one of the largest projects that has used the thermal mass of the earth to heat and cool the building. This is a very efficient system that results in significant energy savings.
– Dennis Forbush, Hogan and Associates
VBFA was a very important team member, of a very successful design of one of the most uniquely designed theatres in the world…They helped to provide a constant “actor” in every play, which is the building and its systems that in so many ways participate in every production.
– Lyle Beecher, AIA
VBFA provided insightful, practical, creative, and responsible design to each of their disciplines from concept phases through construction documents, always in support of our architectural design objectives.
– Stephen Dayton
I personally appreciate VBFA’s expertise and teamwork. For twenty-five years this team has been my first choice mechanical consultant, and they have continued to push the envelope of what is possible in mechanical systems design.
– Jeanne Jackson, VCBO Architecture
Jeff (Watkins) has always been a very technically sound and trained engineer and has been an amazing partner in helping us solve some very complicated projects and situations. His attention to detail and knowledge of our buildings and their systems is crucial to the success of treating thousands of patients safely and effectively.
– Jerry North, U Health
Jake (Beck) demonstrates skill levels in engineering, problem solving, and interpersonal relationships generally evident in engineers with many more years’ experience. We recently worked together on two Net Zero Energy fire stations for Salt Lake City. These award-winning fire stations are the first two Net Zero Energy fire stations in the United States, and we are proud of that accomplishment and thankful for Jake’s role in our success.
– Brian Backe, AIA
Jared (Smith) is an integral and invaluable component of the design/construction team. His ability to visualize and address complex mechanical issues/assessments/solutions in an expeditious manner has proven his capabilities beyond his years.
– Gary Lukaszewski, HDR
Scot (Muir) is knowledgeable, efficient, and trustworthy in his design and management of his mechanical engineering team. He has always met timeline schedules, been respectful of budget constraints while providing innovative mechanical designs and is an eager participant during value engineering or problem solving if needed.
– Mike Vela, AIA
Energy costs are monitored very closely by the Davis School District. Money saved in energy costs goes directly back into the classroom. At the same time, school buildings must be comfortable for student learning to be at its peak. Wade Bennion has been very successful balancing between comfort and energy efficiency. He is an integral team member with the District. Due to Wade’s leadership, the District regularly uses, with great success, several innovative HVAC systems such as, ground source heat pumps, thermal air displacement, and indirect evaporative cooling in many buildings.
– Bryan Turner, FAIA
VBFCx took their responsibility as Owner’s Representative to heart. We were kept in the loop through the whole process and their persistent communication with the entire team is key to the success of the project today.
– Weston Weeks, Davis School District
You can and should choose a commissioning team based on evidence of performance, and I whole-heartedly recommend VBFCx. I’ve had the good fortune to work with them on projects with significant size, scope, and complexity, projects like Adobe Phase II and the Rehabilitation Hospital at the University of Utah, and their constant and proactive presence contributes to our success.
– Ron Keller, Okland Construction
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