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  • 1.  Fire Suppression

    Posted 10-28-2014 10:07 AM
    We are researching fire suppression systems. The facility in question consists of an 1846 home with additions made c.1900 containing period room exhibits, and an attached gallery wing built in 1966. We assume that more than one type of system will be needed to address the needs in the different areas.  Has anyone on the Forum dealt with a similar situation or worked with a consultant in the southeast or mid-atlantic regions to address an issue like this?

    Christin Byrum
    Director of Museums
    Museums of Oglebay Institute
    Wheeling WV

  • 2.  RE: Fire Suppression

    Posted 10-30-2014 11:40 AM

    For this kind of situation, a standard wet-pipe sprinkler system like one used in most commercial buildings is likely your best bet.  These are exceptionally reliable and can be installed by local contractors. You would want to talk to a good mechanical engineering firm to design the installation. Unlike with HVAC systems, a museum specialist isn't really necessary. 

    You can go with the supposedly safer "dry-pipe" system, but it is more expensive, requires substantial additional maintenance, and has not proven to be any more reliable in the field. 

    Guy Hermann
    Museum Insights
    Mystic CT