Entries by Door Systems Writer

Fire Service Concerns of Tall Timber Buildings

Recently an article, Construction Concerns: IBC 2021 Heavy Timber Proposal[1] , appeared in Fire Engineering that raised concerns regarding the now newly passed “Tall Mass Timber” code additions to the International Building Code (IBC) 2021 Edition. The article briefly outlined some of the central code changes that will permit tall mass timber buildings. A brief […]

High-rise buildings and Fire

High-rise buildings present several unique challenges not found in traditional low-rise buildings; longer egress times and distance, evacuation strategies, fire department accessibility, smoke movement and fire control. High-rise buildings have garnered significant attention in the fire safety world over the years. The multiple floors of a high-rise building create the cumulative effect of requiring great […]

The Walnut Building Returns

“I think we’re one of the tallest buildings in the Arts District,” Ryan Afari said on a cloudy weekday afternoon. Afari made the comment while standing on the rooftop deck of the Walnut Building. He pointed to the Toy and Biscuit Company lofts a few blocks away, the two structures that kicked off the Arts […]

Fire Safety

Fire safety is the set of practices intended to reduce the destruction caused by fire. Fire safety measures include those that are intended to prevent ignition of an uncontrolled fire, and those that are used to limit the development and effects of a fire after it starts. Fire safety measures include those that are planned […]

Continental Building in Los Angeles

The Continental Building, one of Downtown Los Angeles’ first high-rise structures as well as the first old building to be turned into modern housing as part of the Downtown adaptive reuse craze, is getting ready for another change: It will become a hotel. Documents filed last week with the Department of City Planning detail plans […]

Fire burns through roof of building in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – A building in downtown Los Angeles caught fire Wednesday morning, prompting a large response from firefighters. The blaze started about 5 a.m. and burned until 8:30 a.m. in the 1300 block of Margo Street, about four blocks from Staples Center, according to Los Angeles Fire Department. Pallets inside the structure contributed to […]

Sports complex in Little Tokyo – Budokan of Los Angeles

BUDOKAN OF LOS ANGELES: More than 90{a3a96561f1931cff034342fa80212b7a95ecea3cbb82e64902a22555cf3a09e1} of the $24 million needed to build a sports complex in Little Tokyo has been raised, according to nonprofit developer the Little Tokyo Service Center. The Budokan of Los Angeles would rise at 237-249 S. Los Angeles St. and include a two-court gymnasium. There would also be a rooftop […]