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North TX Industrial Implements Firefighter Air Replenishment Systems

Industrial buildings of 1.5 to 2 million square feet are becoming more commonplace. But as a result, building codes and ordinances are becoming more expanded. Certain jurisdictions in North Texas have started to adopt fire code ordinances for buildings greater than 500,000 gross square feet.

A recent example was the development and construction of Encore Wire Corporation’s 720,000-square-foot service center in McKinney. Due to the size of the new service center, the building is the first industrial warehouse building in North Texas to implement Firefighter Air Replenishment Systems (FARS), originally intended for high-rise buildings. Instead of having to travel outside to refill the oxygen tanks firefighters carry on their backs, the air refill stations are strategically placed inside the center.

Due to the complexity of the building code, the implementation of FARS required early collaboration between Merriman Anderson Architects, the owner, plumbing engineer, general contractor and the fire protection engineer/contractor.


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About Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown has decades of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Coldwell Banker Residential, Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap, NAIOP, SIOR and ALM. In those positions, she worked in conjunction with chief executive officers and chief marketing officers to create corporate messaging, cohesive branding standards, strategic marketing plans and thought pieces. Brown is a frequent speaker at industry events and an editing adjunct professor for an online course. She has a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University.

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