Going into the Old School project we knew that adding a sprinkler system was a must. When the building was first erected in 1939 there was no requirement for such a fire suppression system. Building Codes have gotten a lot more sophisticated (and complicated) since then. If we had kept the building in use as a school we would have been "grandfathered," and there would have been no mandate to add sprinklers. But, the magic phrase "change of use" came into play as soon as we decided to convert the 30,000 square foot building into apartments. "Change of use" opens the door for the application of all sorts of building code requirements. A sprinkler system became a necessary part of the plan.
|Much of the sprinkler system was hidden by chases as the piping spread|
its way throughout the building
|Pipe fitting actually looks like hard work to me|
|Threading the pipe|
|Making pipe connections|
|Penetrating the walls actually took significant effort|
|Some of the sprinkler lines had to be exposed. No other affordable way.|
|But, when you paint the exposed lines they do tend to disappear into the wall|
There is more, much more, to the sprinkler system, but you'll have to wait for future installments.