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STAIRWELL AND ELEVATOR SHAFT PRESSURE TESTING.

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STAIRWELL AND ELEVATOR SHAFT PRESSURE TESTING.

FUTURE CONTROLS RECENTLY WAS INVOLVED IN TESTING AND BALANCING A NEWLY CONSTRUCTED TWENTY TWO STORY HOTEL WHICH WAS BUILT ON TOP OF A  EXISTING FIVE STORY STRUCTURE IN DOWNTOWN CHARLOTTE NC.

AS PART OF THE TEST AND BALANCE OF THE FACLITY, THE ELEVATOR SHAFTS AND THE STAIRWELLS WERE REQUIRE TO MEET THE COUNTY CODE PRESSURE REQUIREMENTS DURING A FIRE ALARM.

THE STAIRWELLS AND ELEVATOR SHAFTS MUST MAINTAIN A POSTIVE PRESSURE DURING A FIRE ALARM SO AS TO KEEP SMOKE FROM ENTERING THEM, SO AS TO PROVIDE A SAFE SMOKE FREE PASSAGE TO EXITING THE BUILDING IN CASE OF A FIRE.

ACHEIVING THE REQUIRED PRESSURES PROVED TO BE A CHALLANGE DUE TO THERE WERE TWO ELEVATOR SHAFTS WITH SEPERATE PRESSURAZATION FANS SERVING THE SAME LOBBIES AS WELL AS BEING  CONNECTED TO ONE STAIRWELL WITH TWO PRESSURAZATION FANS IN THE BUILDING WITH TWO OTHER STAIRWELLS, WITH TWO OF THE STAIRWELLS CONNECTD TO THE EXISTING BUILDING.

THE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TASK WAS ACCOMPLISHED WITH THE TEAM EFFORT BETWEEN THE GENERAL CONTRACTOR, THE MECHANICAL CONTRACTOR AND THE LEADERSHIP OF ONE OF HIGHLY EXPERIENCED TEST AND BALANCE TECHNICIANS.

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