Fire Protection Design and Construction Support for Military & DoD Projects

Compliance with Department of Defense (DOD) Criteria

Picture_Section 1 - Sectors_Military & DodJENSEN HUGHES has an experienced staff of engineers, who specialize in providing fire protection design services for military projects.  A specialist’s knowledge of the overall structure and the breadth of the Unified Facilities Criteria (UFCs) are necessary to determine the fire protection scope of work since the DOD has fire protection design criteria not employed in the commercial sector.  Our engineers have many years of practical application of UFC 3-600-01, Fire Protection Design, and an intimate knowledge of the specific requirements of each service branch of the DOD.  We have worked very successfully with many architectural/engineering teams on design projects and with general contractors on design/build projects.  JENSEN HUGHES has also assisted the DOD in developing and editing various UFCs and Unified Facilities Guide Specifications (UFGS), and in the development or adaptation of fire protection products to solve unique DOD fire protection challenges.

The Fire Protection design process for military projects essentially consists of four areas of work:

  • Life safety analysis and drawings
  • Fire alarm/mass notification system design
  • Fire suppression system design
  • Construction Administration Services

Life Safety Analysis

A complete life safety analysis is completed before the 35% design to ensure the floor plan is acceptable and all the required life safety features are identified. Many of these features are not necessarily part of the fire protection design but JENSEN HUGHES engineers ensure coordination of these requirements with other members of the design team to ensure their inclusion in the final design. As part of the design process, we review the building design across all disciplines to ensure compliance with the requirements of the life safety analysis.  Our fire protection engineers have worked intimately with the requirements of the International Building Code (IBC) and NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, and our innovative solutions can reduce costs for contractors and building owners.

Fire Alarm/Mass Notification System Design

Picture_Section3 - Sectors_Military & DodIn the last twenty years fire alarm systems have evolved from being simple, unintelligent circuits that activated horns when a detection device was activated, to intelligent computer based systems that can annunciate different audible pre-recorded and live messages throughout a building or even over an entire base. Over the last ten years the development of mass notification systems (MNS) and their integration with fire alarm systems has significantly increased the complexity of fire alarm system design.  UFC 4-021-01, Design and O&M: Mass Notification Systems, drives the design requirements for DOD projects.  JENSEN HUGHES engineers have completed multiple fire alarm and MNS projects for each of the military services – from the use of text signs or high powered speaker arrays (HPSA), provision of Autonomous Control Units (ACU), audibility testing and the positioning of Local Operators Consoles (LOC) our engineers have done it all, many times over.

Fire Suppression System Design

Picture_Section3 - Sectors_Military & DodJENSEN HUGHES’ engineers have consistently demonstrated expertise in the design of all types of fire suppression systems for military applications. JENSEN HUGHES engineers are members of various technical code committees for fire suppression system design, including sprinklers, foam systems, water mist and gaseous agents. Successfully completed projects include ESFR sprinklers for rack storage applications, high expansion foam systems for hangars, and clean agent suppression systems for mission-critical computer rooms.

Construction Administration Services

Construction services for Military Projects consist of:

  • Shop Drawing Reviews
  • RFI Response
  • Inspections during Construction
  • Preliminary & Final Acceptance Testing

Related Project Experience

  • P-473 SOF Operations Facility, JEB Little Creek, Virginia Beach, VA — Hourigan Construction/Waller Todd & Sadler ArchitectsPicture_Section 4 - Sectors_Military & Dod
  • DLA Ops Center, DLA Aviation, Richmond, VA — Waller Todd & Sadler Architects
  • Surgical Suites Renovation, NH100, MCB Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC — MBF Architects
  • Construct New Consolidated Elementary School and Demolish Existing Schools, MCB Quantico, VA — WM Jordan/Waller Todd & Sadler Architects
  • P705/P710 Hangar, Parking Garage, Apron and Ordnance Loading Area Addition, MCAS New River, Jacksonville, NC –Mortenson Construction/TranSystems Corporation
  • P-773 SOF Support Activity Operations Facility, JEB Little Creek/Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA — Virtexco Corporation/Waller Todd & Sadler Architects
  • P-526 Aircraft Maintenance Hangar, MCAS New River, Jacksonville, NC — Whiting Turner/TranSystems Corporation
  • Author and Coordinate UFC 4-610-01, Fire Protection for Aircraft Hangars — Department of Defense
  • Fire Protection Design for Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego, CA — NAVFAC
  • Design Build Services for Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, CA — NAVFAC
  • Fire Protection Consulting for Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD — NAVFAC
  • Fire Protection Consulting for U.S. Naval Academy, MD — US Navy
  • Life Safety Analysis for Beaufort Naval Hospital, SC — US Navy
  • Suppression System Design for Atlanta Naval Air Station, GA — NAVAIR
  • Author and Coordinate Engineering Technical Letter (ETL) 11-7: Nuclear Weapons-Capable Maintenance and Storage Facilities – US Air Force
  • Functionality Assessment for the Federal Fire Department Hawaii – US Navy

Contact Us Today:

Contact us today using our online form or by contacting one of our many regional offices. For specific questions regarding JENSEN HUGHES’ services for Military & Department of Defense facilities, please contact:

James A. Bychowski, P.E.
Senior Vice President – Business Development
O: +1 312-879-7200 | C: +1 312-925-1845 | UAE m: +971 50 254 2882