Telgian Engineering & Consulting Regional Practice Leader James Antell was recently selected to present two topics at the 10th Annual CTBUH World Congress. Mr. Antell is the primary author of the poster presentation, “Fire Safety Implications of Stack Effect in Tall Buildings: Historical Perspective & Future Trends.” He is also co-author with Peter Weismantle, Director of Supertall Building Technology with Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture LLP for the presentation “Fifty Years of Fire Safety in Supertall Buildings.” Both topics reflect the event’s overall theme: 50 Forward | 50 Back. During the course of the six-day event, the 10th Annual CTBUH World Congress will explore the most significant advancements in tall buildings from the last 50 years, as well as the future of our cities 50 years from now.
Antell’s presentation, “Fire Safety Implications of Stack Effect in Tall Buildings: Historical Perspective & Future Trends,” explains the phenomena of Stack Effect and its unique relationship to fire and life safety in tall buildings. Stack Effect is a critical, but often overlooked, consideration in the design of fire and life safety systems for tall buildings. In essence, due to Stack Effect, any path by which air can move from floor to floor is also a potential path for smoke.
To read more about “Fire Safety Implications of Stack Effect in Tall Buildings: Historical Perspective & Future Trends,” please click here.
The presentation “Fifty Years of Fire Safety in Supertall Buildings” will focus on the evolution of fire safety concepts starting with initial concepts developed for the “last generation” (1970’s) of very tall buildings in the US, to the “early” (1990’s) designs in China and from there to the explosion of supertalls currently planned in China, Asia and the Middle East. Those early fire-safety concepts using passive building elements in combination with active detection, alarm/notification and suppression have been maintained. Recognizing the effectiveness of this strategy, many locations have mandated retrofit of these active systems in existing high-rises while maintaining requirements for passive protection.
The CTBUH 10th World Congress will be in Chicago from 28 October through 2 November 2019. The program will feature expert speakers representing a broad array of disciplines and trends. To see a complete list of presenters, please click here. To learn more about the event or to register, please visit 10th Annual CTBUH World Congress.
About James Antell, AIA, PE
James Antell has over 35 years of fire engineering experience acting as an advisor to design teams and building owners regarding compliance with local and international fire safety codes and standards.
His experience includes development of fire protection design strategies using both code and performance-based approaches, as well as other special studies related to specific code compliance issues. He has negotiated acceptance of alternative fire protection approaches with regulatory officials throughout the world.
Antell’s specific areas of concentration include high-rise buildings, public assembly facilities and healthcare. As a recognized expert in high-rise fire safety design, his global high-rise fire engineering experience includes many of the world’s tallest structures including projects in the U.S., Asia and the Middle East. In addition, he has lectured worldwide on high-rise fire safety and published numerous articles on the subject, most recently “Fire Safe Design for Very Tall Buildings” in Contraincendio Magazine.
His global experience also includes numerous large public assembly venues including arenas, stadiums, exhibition halls and significant project experience with buildings that house Cultural Resources such as museums, libraries, historic properties, opera houses and theaters.
About Telgian Engineering & Consulting
Telgian Engineering & Consulting, LLC is a full-service global engineering and risk mitigation consultancy specializing in complex, multi-discipline public and private sector projects. We provide professional services related to the protection of people, property, information, and organizational mission against preventable losses.
Telgian is a provider of strategic/enterprise risk management, fire protection engineering, industrial security, environmental health and safety, emergency management, and operations continuity consulting, construction administration services.
Our professionals are dedicated to delivering value through effective protection solutions that meet today’s risk challenges. In addition to a uniquely global perspective, we also provide in-depth knowledge of local, state, and federal compliance matters.
Since 1985, Telgian has worked hand-in-hand with clients such as architects, engineers, owners, developers, risk and facility management firms, construction teams and government agencies. We serve industry sectors that include not only healthcare, but also government, commercial, education, hospitality, industrial and transportation throughout the US and abroad.
To learn more, visit Telgian Engineering and Construction.