Client: National Institute of Standards and Technology

Location: Gaithersburg, MD

Job Description: Building Renovation

Cherokee acts on behalf of the owner and provides third-party design review and inspection services of the fire protection active and passive systems and features.

This project entailed the complete demolition and reconstruction of Chemistry Building 222, a 160,000 ft2, four-story, including mechanical 'attic', laboratory building on the main campus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The various fire protection features in this project included fire rated partitions and shafts, fire dampers, fire suppression (wet-pipe sprinklers) and a new fire alarm system.

Cherokee’s role involved acting as the NIST Technical Representative for the design review of contractor shop drawings and performing construction inspections in order to develop ‘punchlists’ for the correction of code and contract deficiencies. Cherokee also assisted NIST staff with the interpretation of code requirements (codes and standards of the National Fire Protection Association) and manufacturer installation details, as they relate to typical industry practices.


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