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Fire Protection Engineering

Our fire protection engineering services protect life, property, and your ability to continue successful business operations.

The safety of your building is our top priority at ColeBreit Engineering, and our fire protection engineering services protect life, property, and your ability to continue successful business operations. Our team offers a diverse background in the field of fire protection engineering, including fire sprinkler system design, fire alarm design, and hazardous classification.


ColeBreit offers a comprehensive suite of fire protection engineering services including full code design, performance-based design, and demonstrated regulatory compliance. Safety is always top of mind no matter what type or size facility we are designing. Our specialty in fire protection engineering services has developed hand-in-hand with our focus on sustainable building engineering and design. Common design features of sustainable buildings, including photovoltaic designs, battery storage, roofing materials, energy efficient insulation, and other considerations, can come with an increased fire safety risk if they are not carefully considered and properly protected.


  • Full fire sprinkler design per NFPA 13, 13D, and 13R

  • Fire sprinkler hydraulic and seismic calculations and design

  • Fire suppression systems analysis/design

  • Storage and warehouse fire suppression systems, including ESFR and In-Rack sprinkler systems

  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 14 standpipe and hose systems

  • Site fire water system distribution

  • Fire pump design​

  • Fire protection water storage systems


  • Incipient detection systems

  • Fire and life safety plan review/code checking

  • Special hazard analysis

  • Review of contractor design and materials selection

  • Fire protection system commissioning

  • Designs utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM)

  • Fire alarm, detection, and communication/ notification systems



Fire-safe implementation of all attributes of your project is crucial. ColeBreit’s fire protection engineering team has provided services for a wide range of clients throughout the west coast for nearly a decade. We assist clients with fire safety design for new facilities of all types, and design upgrades and renovations of fire systems in existing buildings. Our fire protection engineering services include not only fire suppression design, but also robust design for fire detection, alarm, and special hazards.


We can provide a review of the design and materials your contractor may have already selected for your project to be sure they meet current codes and safety measures. We routinely partner with developers, owners, architects, contractors, and building code officials for fire plan checks and code reviews to identify risks and help deliver the most appropriate fire safety system for your project. Plan reviews provide an opportunity to develop cost-effective alternatives during design, or identify the need for additional systems and features that your project may need (and may not be specifically addressed in code).


You can count on ColeBreit to stay involved with your project through the very end, and beyond, to ensure adequate and ongoing system programming and commissioning. Our team’s expansive knowledge of building and fire codes allows us to integrate effective, code-required suppression and detection systems, with other crucial building features for cost savings and optimal safety.


Hazardous classification analysis is required before designing and installing any fire sprinkler, suppression, or detection system. The facility’s intended purpose and occupancy restrictions must be determined in order to adequately protect the area and the property. If a structure was built as a manufacturing facility, for example, and is later renovated into a multi-family housing complex, the original fire protection system may no longer provide sufficient protection for the building.


Sprinkler design is based on five occupancy classifications, from Light Hazard (non-combustible contents and low-hazard materials, such as offices and schools) to Extra Hazard (Group 2), which applies to spaces that contain combustible materials used in chemical manufacturing or processing. Hazardous classification services are an important key to evaluating whether a fire system is property designed for the space it is intended to protect.


The integration of fire suppression and detection systems can also impact the architecture and other building trades (i.e. mechanical and electrical). ColeBreit provides coordination between disciplines ensuring that the building’s fire protection is fully integrated and supported.
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