Coronavirus Update/ Returning to the Office: AEI's is in the process of preparing our office for staff to return on a modified schedule, providing the City of Boston re-opening guidelines continue to move forward. During quarantine, AEI's staff have successfully worked remotely. Every staff member is equipped with the same equipment at home as they have in the office to ensure efficiency and seamless transitions between workstations. We will continue to work remotely and will provide a formal reopening date when it's available. At this time, only staff will be allowed in our space. Our contact information and policies on in person meetings and site visits remain the same as they have since early March. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions.
Fire Protection Engineering
James Shannon, PE, LEED AP
Plumbing/Fire Protection Department Head
Often in conjunction with AEI’s plumbing practice, our fire protection engineers design systems to meet necessary life safety requirements. Our first objective when starting a job is to determine the occupancy classification of the facility in order to identify the assets needing protection. Then we match the fire load of the building to the appropriate suppression method in order to protect the building, simultaneously adhering to strict state building codes. We often work alongside our design team partners to coordinate with the HVAC and mechanical, electrical, civil, structural, and plumbing trades.
Our fire protection engineers identify all applicable codes and standards pertinent to each project and conform to those standards when designing fire protection systems. As part of our process, we identify system interfaces and the customer requirements applicable to the project.
Some of the systems we design include:
- Design water-based fire protection systems
- Pre-action systems
- Standpipe systems
- Clean-agent fire suppression systems
- Automatic wet-sprinkler systems
- Fire pumps
Hydrant Flow Testing
We also perform hydrant flow testing and calculate the static and residual pressure and flow at the hydrant to determine the size of the pipe needed for a particular sprinkler system. By doing this in the design stage we are able to collect necessary data in a streamlined process that eliminates the cost, schedule, and need for a third party to perform the same task. Our hydrant flow testing services accelerate project deliverables and provide a single-source option to our clients.