Commercial construction covers a wide range of occupancies from small retail and office type buildings to large shopping malls and high-rise office buildings. Each type can pose different challenges for fire safety. Buildings can vary tremendously in size, use, and geometry, as well as the population densities for each type of building. The combination of commercial occupancies with other types of occupancies, such as residential or assembly, within the same building, can pose challenges to the building designers.
PLC has provided engineering services such as code compliance reviews and fire protection system design for commercial occupancies. Whether it is a new building design, renovation of an existing building, or preservation of a historic structure, PLC supports its clients by providing fire safety solutions that are acceptable to owners and authorities having jurisdiction. Cost-effective solutions are determined through traditional code compliance or through performance-based solutions to address unique building designs and/or uses.