Billings Clinic Cancer Center – Atrium Smoke Control
This new 104,000 sq. ft. center provides patient access to world-class cancer care and includes radiation therapy, medical oncology, infusion, GYN oncology, massage therapy, and a host of other services to benefit cancer patients undergoing treatment and their families. During design of the three-story atrium that serves as entry point, CTA’s Fire Protection engineering group looked at the potential smoke and fire dangers. They performed an egress and design fire analysis to determine the best solution for smoke control and emergency exit pathways. The team designed a sprinkler system that could reduce smoke production and added a glazing system to the upper level balcony to ensure that smoke would not inhibit visibility and escape routes for emergency exits. The team also designed smoke exhaust/makeup air systems that could be sized without impacting the entire building design.