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Fire Protection Tampa Florida: Extending Our Services:

Extending Our Services: Fire Protection Tampa Florida

Go west young man, Go West!

In a small office in the corner of a home, with a pipe rack and fittings in the garage, Sprinklermatic sprung from its humble beginnings in 1987. With long nights of accounting, estimating, days of turning wrenches and honoring clients, little by little, a formidable brand has been built in the South Florida market, building some of the tallest towers and most complex projects in town. 

The team of now more than 210 members has decided to go west. Our client base of contractors and developers has asked that we push into the Gulf Coast market so we will follow the road map that made us successful some 30 years ago: hard work and humility. It is imperative that our successes on the East Coast transition west, bringing years of experience in leadership to a growing market, and offering design-build delivery methods and knowledge of systems to an area that will soon require multiple zone pumps in its quest for taller structures. Sprinklermatic’s team will be an obvious answer for the coming challenges.

The team, led by Robin Collier in estimating and sales and Timothy O’Brien in operations looks forward to bringing solutions to a new marketplace. We offer training and education on estimating of fire protection as it relates to the most current standards and state requirements, along with best practices in closeout of projects that minimize stretched dates on certificate of occupancy. Sprinklermatic’s goal is to not only deliver our discipline on time but to assist the team in bringing all of the life-safety systems across the finish line in a well-sequenced, collaborative manner. In addition, we maintain a high bonding capacity ($20 million single and $50 million aggregate) with Liberty Mutual and an A+XV A M Rating, with additional job references available upon request.

Fire Protection Tampa Florida offered by Sprinklermatic

Moving West - Fire Protection Tampa, Florida

The obvious concern for all parties pushing west is manpower. Our solution is simple: We will only sign up for what we can do. Our success in South Florida has simply been following through with our word. Sprinklermatic’s goal is to personally come and meet with your team, introduce our highly qualified West Coast team, and determine how we can partner with you in making your next project a success with the same humble, hardworking approach that has given us the opportunity to do so.

For more information, please feel free to reach us at 813 508-2776, Robin@sprinklermatic.net or Tim@Sprinklermatic.net


Echo Brickell Miami - Fire Protection System by Sprinklermatic

Echo Brickell Miami - Fire Sprinkler System Design

Fire Sprinkler System Design for Echo Brickell Miami

Capturing the Imagination at Every Turn with Echo Brickell Miami Project

When a project comes across a fire protection designer’s desk that is 612 feet tall, with 3735 heads, and 3 fire pumps, some guys would one-click a large bottle of Advil from Amazon. This is what Echo Brickell Miami was for the Sprinklermatic fire protection engineering team.

Brian Reynolds design team leader for the Echo Brickell skyscraper in downtown Miami certainly didn’t take that approach. He was super excited to continue his quest to design the most complex fire sprinkler system for Echo Brickell Miami at the highest of heights in Miami. Supported by his team of designers and BIM (Building Information Modeling) team we worked closely with the John Moriarty team to provide multiple iterations of owner units and deliver the best possible fire protection design to the field for installation. With PMG as owner/developer the pressure was on to provide a high level of collaboration to integrate unique features such as automated parking as well as the lobby shark tank.

A big thanks to our entire Sprinklermatic team and the trade partners, Power Design, Olympia Plumbing and Cailis Mechanical for working day and night to bring this design and project to fruition!

Fire Sprinkler System Design for Echo Brickell Building


Five Year Fire Inspection, Test, and Maintenance

5-Year Fire Inspection, Test and Maintenance

Under NFPA 25 Guidelines there are several Inspections, test and maintenance of water based fire protection system frequencies. One of the most important and overlooked inspection is the 5 year Inspection, test and maintenance. This article will touch on several items and key notes information about the 5 year inspection, test and maintenance and why it’s so important. So let’s dive right into the world of the 5-year fire inspection, test and maintenance.

We must first note who is responsible for the 5 year Inspection, test and maintenance. This responsibility along with accessibility to the building and fire sprinkler components requiring Inspection, test and maintenance as note on NFPA 25 chapter 4 section 4.1 and 4.1.2. It is the owner or the owner’s representative responsibility. In water based fire protection we have several different type of systems with each one there is different requirements for Inspection, test and maintenance. First, it must determine what type of system you have. This can be done by a qualified contractor. In SPRINKLERMATIC, we have personnel who developed competence through training, experience and have obtain Florida guidelines requirements to perform water based fire protection system evaluation. Along with Inspection, testing and maintenance of system. We must note that all records of Inspection, test and maintenance must be kept by the owner and made available to the authority having jurisdiction. (Fire marshal, insurance provider, building officials, health department and etc.) These records let the qualified contractor know what type of inspection is required and what service to provide.

Fire Sprinkler System Components

Fire sprinkler system are broken down into 4 type of systems wet, dry, pre-action and deluge systems. These system have several similar components that require 5 year Inspection, test and maintenance. For instance gauges are required to be replaced every 5 years or tested in comparison with a calibrated gauge. In SPRINKLERMATIC we believe that it’s more affordable cost effective for our customers. Just to replace the gauges after the 5 year mark. Another common component is the sprinklers. Sprinklers that are exposed to harsh environments shall be replaced or a representative sprinkler can be sample tested.  A qualified contractor can determine these environments. Solder- type sprinklers with a temperature rating of 325 degrees or higher exposed to allowable ambient temperatures shall be tested every 5 years. Due to the exposure of high temperature the operation temperature can vary making extremely important for testing these types of sprinklers. Where sprinklers have been in service for more than 75 years, these sprinklers shall be replaced or a sample sprinkler shall be submitted, to a recognized testing lab by the authority having jurisdiction. For field testing it shall continue to be tested every 5 years after that. In that case, in SPRINKLERMATIC we believe that due to lab testing failure and recurring testing. It would be in the better interest of the owner and more cost effective to replace any heads that are 75 years or older.

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Your private service mains, water being provided for you fire sprinkler system underground or exposed providing the water to your fire protection system. Requires to be flow tested every 5 years to determine the condition of the piping. This test is performed by full flow of a hydrant, a main drain, hose condition and fire department connection but only after the check valve has been removed. At which point it is compared to previous testing and the original test. To investigate deterioration of water demand. If your system is not providing the correct amount of water that the system requires this impairs the system extensively.

If your system’s water is provided by a storage tank the 5 year requirements are as follows. Unless you have a non-corrosive protection tank in which case a 3 year internal inspection is required by the standard.  Every 5 years the interior of a water storage tank shall be inspected. It is very important that the proper safety requirements and precaution are taken, for confine space entry are taken. It is not completely necessary to drain the entire tank, NFPA 25 allows certified commercial divers or remoted video as an alternative means. During this 5 year inspection the inspector is inspecting for signs of pitting, corrosion, evaluation of tank coating, pin holes, cracks and wall thickness.  The tanks that are ring type foundation sand in the middle are inspected for voids beneath the floor.

Also inspected is the heating system piping and components, along with anti- vortex plate checking for deterioration or blockage. This inspection is intended to identify failure points or weakened areas of the tank. The neglect of these item can be very damaging and cost effective, most of all it causes your fire protection system to be completely compromised. The level indicators are also required to be tested every 5 years, this test allows to make sure this component is working correctly and your tank has the correct water levels needed. Failure of this can cause a tank to over flow or an empty tank. System with mainline strainer shall be removed and inspected for damage and corroded parts. This can affect the flow of demanding water for your water protection system.

Foam System

The requirements for foam system require that all ball drip automatic type drain valves shall be pulled apart and cleaned out for proper function. Foam driver, drive train and drivers shall be serviced with manufacture guideline, but not exceeding 5 year intervals for proper function. The balancing diaphragm valves shall be flushed through the diaphragm section till clear water runs through it to clear out all build up foreign materials causing impairments of the system. The pressure vacuum vent shall be removed to make sure it’s not blocked making sure that foreign materials do not enter the tank. All components should be taken apart and cleaned out making sure parts are not clogged and that parts are moving freely. This ensure your system will work correctly when needed.

System Valves

System equipped with alarm valves require to be internally inspected. This inspection is intended to verify the operation of the clapper, the valve seat and to look for corrosion or obstruction materials. For example: soda cans, trash, rocks, dirt and etc. These foreign materials can clog up sprinklers not allowing it to provide the correct water to the fire when needed. All system check valves need to be internally inspected every 5 years to make sure all the components are working correctly. For example: are not letting the water run back the wrong way, causing all types false alarms. Re-pressurizing of areas where it’s not needed and release pressure in areas that are needed. In the same nature pre-action valves deluge valves that do not require the face plate to be removed for reset shall be inspected every 5 years. All strainer and filter associated shall be inspected internally, for blockage and foreign materials. On pressure reducing and pressure relief valves a full flow test shall be conducted every 5 years for every valve including fire hose valves. Test results are compared to previous test results. This test provide information needed to know that the system the pressure reducing or relief valve is controlling and that is not over pressurizing or under pressurizing the system. In a full flow condition test the information provided allows the inspector to know. If the system is receiving the designed pressure.

One of the most important part of a 5 year inspection is the obstruction investigation. This investigation consist of the piping and branch line. By opening a flushing connection at the end of one main and by removing a sprinkler towards the end of one branch line. The reason for this inspection is to inspect for the presence of foreign organic and inorganic materials. This section applies to all the types of systems including standpipes, foam and private service mains. The present of MIC microbiologically influenced corrosion in piping is a big common problem this creates leaks, pin-holes leaks and spreads throughout the entire system. The present of other common materials are zebra mussels, rust, work gloves and scales that cause leaks or clogged up pipes and sprinklers. Zebra mussels and quagga mussel usually affect system which water is provided by natural sources such as lakes and rivers. The internal inspection shall be accomplish by inspecting this following points system valves, riser, cross main and branch line.

All these Inspection test and maintenance are required by NFPA 25 and are extremely important for the performance of your fire protection system. SPRINKLERMATIC inspectors know the importance of the NFPA 25 standard and how it can clearly impair the system performance under its most important moment during a fire. SPRINKLERMATIC are well trained and know the responsibly of all NFPA 25 standards Inspection.  If A 5 year inspection is not done correctly it can cost loss of lives and property damage. We honor ourselves and our work habits.

We intentionally left out the portion of the 5 year inspection of standpipe and fire hose for future articles.


Echo Brickell Fire Sprinkler System Design and Installation

Echo Brickell Fire Sprinkler System Design and Installation

Being selected by John Leete and Rick Schuerger of JMA as the fire sprinkler design and installation contractor to work with their team on the amazing PMG project Echo Brickell, was quite an honor. This projects design team led by Brian Reynolds of Sprinklermatic included 3 pumps in series to achieve the required 100 psi flow at the roof which measures 612 ft., we were fortunate to work with Sam Wayland and his coordination team along side of Stantec to solve the design requirements with multiple owner unit changes. This type of collaborative effort with incredible trade partners such as Power Design, Olympia Plumbing and Cailis Mechanical translated into a well-run machine for our team in the field. Adam Crowell as superintendent and Eli Dawson as foreman communicated and worked with John Daniels of JMA who brought his multiple years of experience in the High Rise space to the table. We have now completed the building and began testing for finals. We look forward to Echo Brickell opening in the coming weeks.

  • 57 Story Tower
  • 180 Condo Units
  • 1 to 3 Bedrooms Studios
  • Robotic Lifts Parking System
  • 3 Stories Height Gap Housing A Full-Floor Infinity Pool Deck

Echo Brickell Miami FL Fire Sprinkler System Design and Installation


Fire Protection Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management in Fire Protection - 7 Steps to Success

Supply Chain Management in Fire Protection - 7 Steps to Success

CPVC FAILURE DUE TO CONTAMINATION – HYBRID SYSTEMS (STEEL & CPVC)

SPRINKLERMATIC has created a unique Supply Chain Management system that utilizes a Single Source for all our material. Our Supplier manufactures the CPVC pipe, fittings and glue. They distribute through their own supply houses. They fabricate and deliver both steel and CPVC.
SPRINKLERMATIC emphasizes training trough our annual Best Practice training day. All of our team members receive proprietary CPVC training and certification. We are the only Fire Sprinkler contractor to have CPVC glue ASME Bonder qualification.

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Supply Chain Management involves the handling and oversight of material, from the time it is manufactured to time of install. Here at Sprinklermatic we take pride in the SCM process we have implemented. Sprinklermatic works directly with our Trade Partners, a global leader in fire protection and life safety systems, to bring the highest quality product to every project in the most efficient manner possible.

COMPATIBILITY WITH CPVC PIPING

Through the observations and investigation of field installations, and with laboratory analysis, it has been shown that the exposure of certain chemicals and chemical combinations can affect the overall performance of CPVC products. This has become a noteworthy issue in regards to the reliability of fire sprinkler systems over the past several years. Laboratories and manufacturers have addressed this issue by releasing literature identifying products that are compatible with CPVC products, as well as literature listing specific products that are not compatible with these CPVC products. For a product to be considered “compatible” with CPVC it must be identified as suitable by CPVC manufacturers, or suppliers, for use with all CPVC products and combination (or hybrid) systems and/or it must be deemed suitable for use in such systems by a third party when tested to a generally accepted protocol. There are a number of these protocols available for the purpose of evaluating suitability.

WHEN ADDRESSING COMPATIBILITY ISSUES WITH CPVC, WE CAN ORGANIZE OUR CONCERNS BY VIEWING THEM IN THREE SPECIFIC AREAS.

1-MIC - Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (Whatch this video to find out what MIC is)

The first area of concern is the presence of internal antimicrobial coatings for steel pipe, when used in combination with CPVC products (i.e. hybrid systems). Our trade partners Fabrication shop has been audited and is responsible to provide a Blazemaster CPVC compatible fabrication facility; using only products that are Blazemaster CPVC compatible.

2-The second area involves ANCILLARY PRODUCTS used with CPVC such as cutting oils, thread sealants, and antifreeze.
By eliminating multiple vendors and working directly with a single source who Manufacturers – Distributes – Fabricates Steel and CPVC – Delivers – Trains and Certifies the installers; we feel like we have gone through great lengths to prevent CPVC contamination. As a sole source provider; we have eliminated the finger pointing as to the responsible party for contamination due to ancillary products. Our trade partner has audited the manufacturing, fabrication and distribution facilities and has documented that no incompatible products are present in either facilities.

3-The third area is the non-ancillary chemicals and products used by other trades and building owners. Non-ancillary products are those that are not directly associated with sprinkler system installations and include products such as lubricants, paints, and pesticides. Sprinklermatic and it’s trade partner offer a One Hour Lunch & Learn for all key subcontractors on the job, prior to construction, and discuss the general Do’s and Don’ts of CPVC use on the job. Our trade partner will provide the appropriate ongoing observations and ongoing training, as needed, for the duration of the project

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BIM (Building Information Modeling) Design

3D BIM (Building Information Modeling) Design

Solitaire Brickell Fire Pumps

Having our design team, led by Scott Searing SET, work with Balfour Beatty and ZOM on the Solitaire at Brickell project has been an incredible pleasure. The viewpoints showcased here provide great insight to how complicated this building really is. With (3) Diesel fire pumps, fed in series, all trades had to be involved in coordinating the fire protection systems. Marcus Nicely, of Balfour Beatty, provided a collaborative environment leading the BIM efforts. He allowed the trades to use the overhead coordination, and clash detection, to its full capacity.

These early efforts, in design collaboration, have fostered a very successful field environment for all trades involved. Working with industry leaders such as Power Design, Rightway Plumbing and Jorda mechanical the project is currently tracking ahead of schedule, and will be ready to top out in late April. BIM efforts can often create a downside in the field when not properly applied. Ever Padilla has worked with the Team at Balfour Beatty, led By Jim Zupancic, Roman Orofino, and Jeremiah Sizer, to create an AS-BIM AS-BUILT deliverable to the owner.

Sprinklermatic has been drawing in 3-D for over 13 years. Should you be seeking design services or a trade partner that can bring this experience to the table, please reach out to our team to see the level of detail we can provide for your next venture. Visit our YouTube page, for some examples of this work.

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Inspecting. Testing. Maintenance.

Inspecting. Testing. Maintenance.

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INSPECTING – TESTING – MAINTENANCE for fire protection systems and equipment

1. Fire Sprinklers

2. Fire Alarms:

3. Fire Extinguishers

4. Emergency Exit Lights

5. Fire Hydrants: Compliance with FS 633.082

6. Live Hands On Training: On site or at our Training facility- Sprinklermatic University

7. Fire Pumps:

8. Standpipes – Fire Hose valves – Fire Hoses

9. Engineered Life Safety System: Compliance with High Rise Retrofit Requirements FS 718.112(I)

10. Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC)

11. Temporary Fire Pump Trailer


Excuse me while I kiss the Sky

"Excuse me while I kiss the Sky"

James Hendrix, 1970

I believe Mr. Hendrix may have said it first, however the TEAM at the Panorama Tower can certainly feel confident in echoing that sentiment, having risen above the clouds this past January, the tallest building between here and NYC certainly is making a statement. This amazing 868 ft. tower, developed by the team at Florida East Coast Realty, and built by the Tutor Perini Building Corporation, is creating a race to the sky here in Miami. With recent FAA approvals, this community is about to see what we call in the marlin fishing community a “grander” at better than 1000 feet.

Our team, led by Scott Gorham and David Stewart, met the first challenge in early 2016 by getting the first 16 floors of parking open. The man‐hours that went into that effort alone was amazing, however to see the team pull together the next 66 floors has been a great deal of fun to watch. This fire protection system is intricate to say the least. When Robin Collier first met with the team he literally had to go to the drawing board to better understand the pumping systems and water requirements. He pulled in Design Team Leaders, Brian Reynolds and Scott Searing SET, while working very closely with Kris Singh at Steven Feller PE, it wasn’t long before we knew we could do it. With 5 pumps, a break tank, and 22,000 gallons of water held at the roof and pumping down the building, Miami had seen nothing like it. The collaboration between Developer, Builder, Designer of Record, and contractors has created a team that will deliver a monumental project here in Miami.


Best Practices Day - Family First

Sprinklermatic Best Practices Day - Family First

For all of my years, the Thanksgiving holiday has been a very emotional time. In my earliest years, it was a great family event where I learned to help others whether in school doing a turkey drive or feeding the homeless.  Those values have become tradition and each year I am reminded of how fortunate we are.   For the last several years, although grateful and thankful, I have struggled with the holiday season as it has reminded me of loss.  Having lost the two best men I have ever known during the holiday season, I cannot help but be reminded of loss at this time of year.

This week, as we celebrated Best Practices Day, I believe I had a breakthrough.  As I watched the team enjoy a great family first event and watched them help each other, I realized that the loss that I struggle with is the basis for what had been created in Best Practices Day.  When Robin and I first started to talk about Best Practices Day, it was a time to better the team; to build values and promote culture.  Yesterday, as I watched the men and women of Sprinklermatic interact, I was overwhelmed with the culture and values that we have become.

While talking to the team, I heard things like, “…Word on the street is that Sprinklermatic is the place to be”. I heard a young helper say that he will be in the superintendents’ picture in the coming years.  A superintendents told me that he would soon start in a CAD class to become a designer.  I witnessed a leader of 14 years get overcome with emotion when asked about our culture.  I saw pictures of family members being shared, presidents of local companies commented on how impressive the team is.  The Collier girls were met with big smiles from the team, my wife was amazed by how many of the men and women gushed over our soon to be daughter.

As I stood at the end of the day fighting back a tear and addressing the team in the pouring rain, a rainbow broke through the clouds.  At that moment, I was reminded that Robin and I have been groomed and mentored by the amazing men and women who have taught us about family and it is our purpose to promote those same values everyday with the team!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

FAMILY FIRST

 


Inspired by Humble Beginnings

Inspired by Humble Beginnings

This month as we start the third quarter and enter into the beginning of the Holiday season we are reminded of where we came from. Two years ago this month the Sprinklermatic family lost the man who started it all in the corner of his Living room, having been a Union Sprinkler Fitter George Eugene “Gene” Collier, made a decision to open the doors almost Thirty years ago. It was certainly an adventure with modest beginnings and family values, the men and women who have come before us were often reminded how hard to work and what effort to put in, by Genes desire to be the first guy on the job and most nights the guy who turned off the lights. With Robin as his helper pulling fittings from under the skateboard ramp, good friends and team members it wasn’t long before the corner of the living room became a small corner office. Gene challenged everyone he met to give the most, and to be rewarded for exactly what they gave. An eternal student and teacher there were very few pages left un- read in the presence of Gene Collier, he may have been the only qualifier in town who really enjoyed CEUs, it gave him a chance to crack open the “red book”. He would require us to read the “book” ask questions, challenge the inspector and know that a partial pass is a failure.

He firmly believed in the fact that the field is the heartbeat of the company and that our brand is more valuable than the bank account. He was adamant about keeping commitments, and building something to be proud of. He assured us that this is a big city “and we don’t have to work for everyone”.  As the company transitioned he became our mentor, grooming us with these basic values to grow the business in any economy by honoring and inspiring the team that works so hard.

It wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies for sure, and you certainly knew when he wasn’t pleased, however when you got it right there was guaranteed to be conch salad for lunch or milk shakes around 3.  He loved to laugh, even at terrible jokes about cats that ran out of gas, he was easily softened by his granddaughters and in the end he wanted one thing and one thing only and that was to have made a difference in other people’s lives.

It is with this quick note that we say THANK YOU Gene Collier, for making a difference in our lives, for being a father, friend, mentor, entrepreneur and most of all an inspiration to all of us to carry out the core values that make a difference in people’s lives.

TJO