University of South Florida, Judy Genshaft Honors College Building
The new five-story academic building includes flexible classrooms, collaboration areas, and focused studio space for the university’s honors students and faculty. The main level features a multi-story atrium designed for gathering and events and housing a cafe and coffee shop. SGH provided fire life safety consulting services for the project.
SGH collaborated with the architectural team to address complex fire life safety conditions. Highlights of our work include:
- Reviewing the proposed design for code compliance and identifying areas needing special consideration
- Performing computational fluid dynamics analyses for the multi-story atrium and optimizing atrium exhaust and supply quantities to accommodate architectural and mechanical constraints
- Preparing the smoke control rational analysis required for the atrium and providing guidance for commissioning the smoke control system
- Developing a series of fire modeling simulations to evaluate the performance of the atrium’s smoke control based on as-built exhaust and supply capacities