MS in Fire Protection Engineering
College of Engineering
Frederick Mowrer and Christopher Pascual
This Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) shall be constructed, arranged, equipped, maintained, and operated in accordance with this report and applicable criteria to ensure a minimum level of life safety and property protection is provided from actual and potential fire hazards. The goal is to ensure the occupants are provided with an environment that is reasonably safe from fire. We accomplish this goal by protecting occupants not intimate with the initial fire development, and by improving the survivability of occupants intimate with the initial fire development. The protection described in this report takes on many forms, from active protection, such as fire protection systems, to passive protection, such as fire resistive construction. The applicable prescriptive-based design requirements outlined in the building and life safety codes are summarized, as well as a detailed description of the active fire protection systems provided in the BEQ. A performance-based analysis was utilized to evaluate the effectiveness of the prescriptive based requirements. Fire behavior predictions and fire protection response time estimates were compared to Computational Fluid Dynamic simulated results. The performance-based evaluation determined the required safe egress time (RSET) versus the available safe egress time (ASET). Based upon the results, the BEQ was designed and constructed to provide sufficient egress time to occupants prior to them being exposed to untenable conditions.