SGH assisted the design team in developing fire/life safety strategies for the terminal, concourses, garage, and central utility plant. Highlights of our work include the following:
Reviewed egress/life safety drawings and recommended design changes to meet code and program requirements
Performed computational fluid dynamics modeling of the terminal and concourses to optimize the smoke-control-exhaust design
Developed models to evaluate egress paths, including to and from the pedestrian bridges, and proposed stair locations to meet code requirements
Evaluated the structural response to a plane fire under the pedestrian bridges and recommended fireproofing strategies
Prepared a code summary report addressing the applicable fire and life safety requirements of the New York City Building Code
Coordinated with mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineers regarding fire/ life safety requirements and smoke control
As part of our code consulting services, SGH also advised the project team on New York City requirements for flood mitigation and control.