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Hazardous Occupancies

An industrial facility faces unique challenges to its buildings and for its staff from the generation, processing and storage of materials on site. Facility design can help reduce these concerns by limiting physical hazards from the use of flammable and combustible materials or explosives, and from the use of materials which create health hazards, such as toxic and corrosive materials. Other challenges can include design for food production environments and biological and chemical laboratories.

A key factor in dealing with hazardous materials in a building is following the appropriate codes in facility design. At a minimum this includes building and fire codes, OSHA standards, insurance underwriters requirements, as well as within general industry standards, the international Energy code, and the best practices supported in part by product and equipment suppliers. The Shive-Hattery team can remove the mystery about how to address the complicated array of issues you face to find the best value solutions for your operations. The solutions can be multi-disciplined, ranging from the development of appropriate fire protection and alarm system criteria, to specialized mechanical and electrical systems design, to structural design for containment systems and damage limiting construction, and architectural design including life safety/egress issues, fire rated construction, and properly selected finish systems.

The proper design of these environments has many advantages in addition to the safety of your staff and facilities including:

  • Integrated systems design significantly reduces both risk of an accident and the extent of damage should an accident occur.
  • Construction and equipment costs can be significantly reduced with an integrated plan.
  • Owners’ liabilities are greatly reduced by operating code compliant facilities.
  • The impact of Fire Marshal inspections and shutdowns is minimized
  • Insurance underwriter fees and requirements are reduced.
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