Client Centered, Results DrivenNavigating through complicated and evolving building, fire, and life safety codes to ensure or maintain code compliance and provide a fire-safe environment can be a daunting task. Code Red Consultants prides itself on cutting to the chase when it comes to code compliance. Our approach is simple - we focus on easing our client’s pain by simplifying complex code requirements, developing innovative and creative solutions, and ultimately delivering a successful project that meets all of the stakeholders’ needs.
FIRE PROTECTION & LIFE SAFETY CODE CONSULTING
Our core services are related to providing fire protection and life safety consulting for our clients. From new design projects to evaluating code deficiencies in existing buildings, we can help to make sure your building or project is code compliant. Where the provisions of the code can’t be met, we regularly develop equivalencies, variances, and alternative methods of design to meet the needs of our clients.
SMOKE CONTROL DESIGN AND SPECIAL INSPECTIONS
With significant experience designing and testing smoke control systems, Code Red Consultants provides flexible smoke control designs that focus on efficiency and constructability. In the role of a smoke control special inspector, this experience allows us to quickly identify and resolve constructability issues in the design. The result is a smoke control system that is properly integrated with other building systems ensuring that it will operate correctly in time for the fire department acceptance test.
SYSTEM COMMISSIONING & INSPECTIONS
Fire protection and life safety systems are small in scale when compared to the design and installation of the MEP systems. However, it is these critical systems that hold the key to the certificate of occupancy and safety of building occupants. We understand the integration of these systems and have the expertise to perform not only field inspection and integrated testing, but also help develop a comprehensive commissioning program to ensure the systems are installed correctly and operate as intended.
THIRD PARTY REVIEWS
Code Red Consultants provides third party review services for smoke control system design, fire alarm design, fire protection design, and code compliance. We also provide third party review services for building and fire officials where the project complexity or workload dictates the need for additional assistance. Utilizing Code Red Consultants for third party reviews helps to ensure that the building is designed and constructed in accordance with the required codes and standards.
HEALTHCARE SPECIALTY CONSULTING
Compliance with regulatory life safety requirements can be challenging and nervewracking. Code Red Consultants understands regulatory agency procedures and requirements and can help to provide piece of mind during your next unannounced survey. We regularly provide Statement of Conditions (SOC) life safety assessments and prepare master life safety plans to ensure compliance is maintained for our healthcare clients. Where compliance with the prescriptive requirements cannot be met, we provide cost effective solutions through the development of traditional equivalencies and Fire Safety Evaluation Systems (FSES).
INDUSTRIAL/HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SPECIALTY CONSULTING
Whether it’s flammable and combustible liquids or pyrophoric gases, the hazardous materials present in laboratory and industrial occupancies present unique and difficult fire protection and life safety challenges. Our engineers have a long history of working in this marketplace and understand the compliance options associated with making sure occupancies housing these materials are properly protected. Our capabilities include everything from performing chemical classifications to developing comprehensive compliance plans that involve both fire protection and chemical control and containment requirements.
NFPA 241 AND IMPAIRMENT PLAN PREPARATION
Code Red Consultants prepares NFPA 241, Construction Fire Safety Plans and Impairment Plans for building owners and general contractors. Our fire protection engineers work to minimize fire and life safety risks to contractors and building occupants while at the same time providing the code required documentation necessary to limit delays with issuance of building permits and / or occupancy. Whether it’s a new project requiring a building permit or an impairment to a life safety system in an existing building, compliance with NFPA 241 can be a challenge depending on the means and methods chosen to deliver a project. By understanding the intent of the code along with the common concerns of building and fire departments, Code Red Consultants works hand in hand with authorities to develop equivalent means of compliance tailored to the specific challenges of unique projects.
FIRE MODELING/PERFORMANCE-BASED DESIGN
Code Red Consultants uses cutting-edge technology to create performance based approaches that comply with the intent of the building code. Whether it's using computational fluid dynamics computer models to evaluate atrium smoke control systems or using finite element heat transfer models to evaluate the fire resistance of a structural frame, performance based approaches provide our clients with additional design flexibility and can reduce construction costs significantly over prescriptive code requirements.
Code Red Consultants provides special inspections for firestop and fire-resistant joint systems as mandated by certain regulatory and owner requirements. Our backgrounds as fire protection engineers along with the completion of extensive firestop training and certification programs make us uniquely qualified to serve as third party special inspectors. The advantage of having a fire protection engineer perform firestop and fire-resistant joint systems is the ability to identify and evaluate alternative compliance options and engineering judgements where prescriptive compliance is not feasible. Our work as code consultants gives us extensive experience in communicating these alternative compliance options to the Authorities Having Jurisdictions and key project stakeholders.
FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEM DESIGN
Our registered fire protection engineers provide fire suppression and fire alarm design services for new and existing buildings across a wide range of market sectors. We work directly with building owners or as part of a design team to provide design drawings, fire protection narratives, sequences of operation, design calculations and construction support services. Our engineers provide a complete fire alarm and fire protection solution that satisfies Authorities Having Jurisdiction and meets the needs of the project stakeholders.
Why Code Red?
Our project approach is centered on understanding the client’s perspective and objectives. This means understanding their drivers - be it cost, schedule, risk mitigation, or creative vision. Before we jump into the project details, we sit with our clients to understand these critical factors to ensure successful project delivery.
We understand the timing of your needs is critical. We make it our mission to return all calls and emails by the next business day.
OUR PROJECT MANAGEMENT
We understand our clients are busy with many competing commitments. We manage up to our clients through proactive communication and project planning. Being proactive means going beyond just answering the question that is being asked and drawing off our experience to put the major issues on the table early on. We work to anticipate future hurdles and communicate regularly with our clients to avoid costly surprises.
We believe strongly in what we do and we believe this passion results in a better product and a more satisfied client. As fire protection engineers we are able to solve code compliance challenges with engineered solutions. As a result, we provide design and code compliance solutions that don’t just meet the code’s intent, but satisfy the vision and goals of our clients.
Our fulfillment comes from creating lasting relationships with our clients. We take this big picture perspective to every project. We want an opportunity to earn your trust through the reliability and value of our services.
Your account will be handled from start to finish by an experienced engineer that can effectively communicate their industry knowledge unlike many consulting firms that win projects on the merits of their senior leaders and execute their project work with inexperienced junior staff. With Code Red Consultants, there is no bait and switch. We put our best people where they should be - helping clients!
Partners Healthcare Administrative Office Building
The recently completed $465 million project located in Assembly Square in Somerville, MA offers 825,000 square feet of administrative office space and included a 2,000 car parking garage adjacent to the new Assembly Row Orange Line MBTA station. The building will house 4,500 administrative employees and also includes 100,000 square feet of future retail space. Suffolk Construction Company was the project's general contractor, and Gensler was the architect. Code Red Consultants is proud to have served as the design team’s code consultant as well as to have served as the project’s smoke control special inspector and consultant to phased occupancy. Our team worked closely with project stakeholders and the City of Somerville to develop a code compliant approach that allowed the design to achieve the desired open design concept office space. The code approach was demonstrated to the City of Somerville using life safety drawings prepared by Code Red Consultants which illustrated the compliant use of unprotected vertical openings, horizontal exits and occupied roof decks.
Logan Airport Terminal E Enhancement
Designed by AECOM and constructed by Suffolk Construction, the Terminal E Enhancement project offers a new experience for international passengers in Boston. The recently completed project, valued at $175 million, included 100,000 sf of new construction and over 200,000 sf of renovated terminal area. This included the revitalization and enhancement of nine existing gates to add additional passenger seating and the construction of a new wing known as “The Crescent” to accommodate larger aircrafts including the behemoth Airbus A380. All of the interior work was built while maintaining airline operations—no small feat. Code Red Consultants worked closely with AECOM and Suffolk Construction to ensure that passenger safety was maintained at all times by developing comprehensive life safety plans throughout all phases of construction. These plans were reviewed hand-in-hand with Massport Capital Programs, the Department of Public Safety and Massport Fire Rescue to make sure all stakeholders were on the same page prior to construction commencing.
Stamford Hospital recently opened their new $450 Million, 650,000 SF 12-story Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT. Code Red Consultants was retained directly by Stamford Hospital to serve as an independent third party inspector during construction. CRC was responsible for performing firestopping inspections, fire door inspections, construction of fire and smoke rated walls, means of egress, and other key life safety and fire protection features in accordance with the Connecticut State Building Code, Connecticut State Fire Safety Code, and NFPA 101, as the Life Safety Code by the Joint Commission and Department of Public Health. Code Red Consultants worked closely with Stamford Hospital, WHR Architects, and Skanska to help ensure that the construction was compliant with the applicable codes and standards. In addition to their inspection role, Code Red Consultants also prepared master life safety drawings and fire protection inventory drawings for fire dampers, fire doors and sprinkler control valves for Stamford Hospital.<br>
Baystate Health turned to Code Red Consultants to help maintain life safety compliance with the Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for their 716-bed main campus. Services included performing on-site life safety inspections for compliance with the 2012 Edition of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code for the entire main campus as well as the D’Amour Center for Cancer Care, Baystate Orthopedic Surgery Center, and Baystate Chestnut Surgery Center. A documentation review was also performed in accordance with NFPA codes and standards for all fire protection/life safety inspection, testing, and maintenance requirements and master life safety plans were updated as a result of recent renovation and fit-out projects. The services Code Red Consultants provides are part of the consistent life safety compliance approach Baystate Health has developed system wide to reduce risk and ensure compliance is continually maintained in their facilities.
Code Red Consultants worked closely with Millennium Partners and Suffolk Construction Company on this iconic, 54-story luxury residential tower that transformed the Boston skyline and Downtown Crossing. This project was being erected during a period of heightened awareness of construction fire safety in the state of Massachusetts. To that end, we worked hand in hand with Suffolk Construction to develop and implement a pre-incident fire plan that was viewed by many at the City of Boston ISD/FD as the gold standard. Separately, Code Red Consultants helped building ownership achieve early occupancy while still finalizing construction. This was achieved via close negotiations with city officials, where there was an upfront contract that the fire/life safety systems afforded to building occupants would not be compromised. In this spirit, we commissioned the building smoke control systems and achieved the BFD approval on their first acceptance test visit.
Billerica Memorial High School
Designed by Perkins + Will and currently under construction by Shawmut Design and Construction, the new Billerica Memorial High School will accommodate more than 1,600 students from Grades 8 through 12 as well as a 200 student Pre-K program. The new $175M high school will be one of the largest in the state spanning upwards of 325,000 square feet. Code Red Consultants served as the code consultant on the project and worked closely with the design team as well as Billerica building and fire officials throughout the design of the project. This groundbreaking project will be one of the first to be designed and constructed under the new 9th Edition of 780 CMR, which is based on the 2015 IBC. In addition to the classrooms, the building also features a 3-story atrium under a heavy timber roof in the commons area where Code Red Consultants provided CFD fire/smoke modeling. During construction, we will also be providing third party special inspection services for the atrium smoke control system.
Code Red Consultants worked closely with the Longwood Group and Suffolk Construction Company on the new Serenity Apartment tower located in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston, MA. Our team worked diligently with Suffolk Construction to develop and implement a pre-incident fire plan for the project. Additionally, we worked with the building ownership, Longwood Group, to prepare the BFD Place of Assembly permit application for the amenity areas of the building. Code Red Consultants also commissioned the building smoke control systems and achieved BFD approval on the first acceptance test.
South Shore Hospital Messina Addition
South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, MA recently completed Phase 1 of their $60M Critical Care Construction Project, which consisted of a 2-story, 42,300SF vertical addition to the existing Messina Building for a new 24-bed CCU unit. Code Red Consultants served in various roles on the project. During the design phases, CRC served as code consultant to TRO and prepared a comprehensive code compliance approach report that addressed the scope of work necessary to implement the enhanced life safety features required in a high-rise structure in the context of the existing building. Additionally, CRC assisted the project team in successfully obtaining approval from the State of Massachusetts to utilize the latest healthcare design requirements in the 2015 International Building Code on the project. This was a key factor in aligning the design requirements of the IBC with the requirement of NFPA 101 and achieving a compliant and efficient design. Prior to the start of construction, CRC assisted South Shore Hospital and Turner Construction with the preparation of the campus and project NFPA 241, Construction Fire Safety Plan. This plan outlined the requirements associated with protecting the contractor, fire department, and building occupants from the inherent fire hazards associated with construction. During construction, CRC served as the Smoke Control Special Inspector for South Shore Hospital and assisted with the commissioning of the new stair pressurization systems.
Alexandria Real Estate Equities’ 100 Binney Street in Cambridge Massachusetts recently received its Certificate of Occupancy making way for tenants to begin fitting out the 431,500 rentable square foot property. The $485 million building is already fully leased with Facebook and Bristol-Myers Squibb being joined by four venture-backed startups, Foghorn Therapeutics, Sigilon Therapeutics, Tango Therapeutics and TCR2 Therapeutics. John Moriarty & Associates was the project's general contractor, and Elkus Manfredi Associates was the architect. Code Red Consultants is proud to have assisted with the commissioning of the building’s life safety systems including serving as the building’s smoke control special inspector.
Baystate Pediatric's Unit
Baystate Children’s Hospital opened their new 15,000 square foot pediatric procedure and infusion suite at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA in November. Code Red Consultants served as the code consultants during the project's design to Steffian Bradley Architects, and was responsible for preparing the code compliance approach and life safety drawings for the project. During construction, CRC worked as third-party inspector for Baystate Medical Center to review the construction of the project for compliance with the Massachusetts State Building Code and NFPA 101, the Life Safety Code. These inspections included detailed reviews of the construction of fire rated walls, firestopping, fire doors, and the means of egress serving the newly constructed space.
BWH NICU Expansion
Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) recently completed their third and final phase of the 6th Floor Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) addition and renovation at the Connors Center for Women’s Health Building. Code Red Consultants was retained directly by the general contractor, Walsh Bros Inc., to develop a comprehensive NFPA 241 Plan to ensure fire safety for both staff, patients, and construction personnel over the course of the project that was built adjacent to the active NICU and directly over an occupied Labor, Delivery, and Recovery Unit on the 5th Floor. Separately and upon completion of the expansion, Code Red Consultants helped the NICU maintain continuous occupancy during the subsequent renovation phases. This was achieved via negotiations with city officials, where there was an upfront contract that the fire/life safety systems afforded to building occupants would not be compromised. In this spirit, we recommissioned the building smoke control systems prior to each turn of occupancy and achieved the BFD approval at each phase’s first acceptance test visit.
South Bay Expansion
<p>Code Red Consultants is working closely with EDENS, Pritzker and Lee Kennedy Company (LKCO) on this massive 11 acre development and expansion of the South Bay Shopping Center. This project involves 5 new buildings that will add 500,000 square feet of mixed-use hotels, theatres, restaurants and residences. The first two buildings achieved early occupancy in November, which is significant considering they were being erected in the midst of a very heightened awareness of construction fire safety in the state of Massachusetts. To that end, we worked hand in hand with LKCO to develop and implement a pre-incident fire plan and construction safety policies that allowed for a phased occupancy that permitted retailers the all-important opportunity to open their doors on Black Friday, as the AMC theater was still under construction. This was achieved via continuous negotiations with city officials, where there was an upfront contract that the fire/life safety systems afforded to building occupants would not be compromised.</p>
WHO WE ARE
Carl Nelson, PE| Chris Lynch, PE| Nate Birmingham, PE| Peter Harrod, PE
Code Red Consultants is led by Chris Lynch, Carl Nelson, Nate Birmingham, and Peter Harrod to provide building owners, designers, and contractors with valuable solutions to their code compliance, fire protection, and life safety challenges. Quite simply, we specialize in the integration of the active and passive life safety systems that most people aren’t aware of until there is a fire event or “Code Red” in a building.
Our business philosophy revolves around the client and driving results. Being client centered means putting the needs of the client ahead of our own. We work hard to earn trust and build lasting relationships through the reliability and value of our consulting services. We started our business because we thrive on solving problems and enjoy helping people. This passion comes through in our work and leads to a more satisfied customer.
We feel that too many code consultants simply regurgitate the code leaving it to their clients to find a solution. Our approach is to understand our client’s objectives and drivers so we can break the code down and provide easy to understand guidance on how it can be met. Our goal is to provide multiple methods of compliance that include prescriptive and performance based approaches that take into account design, cost, and constructability. This approach allows our clients to make efficient use of their time by making informed design and construction decisions that ultimately leads to the delivery of a successful project.