Fire Engineering

Specific fire engineered design provides benefits beyond mere Building Code compliance. Involving a Fire Engineer at the preliminary stage of design means the most cost-effective decisions are made.

All fire and egress information is presented with a user-friendly approach. There are no wordy reports and jargon. Instead, our people work with you, providing easily understood plans and specifications.

We offer a wide range of Fire and Egress services:
  • Specific fire engineered design
  • Smoke management systems
  • Fire reports for building consents
  • Pre-purchase reports
  • Coordinated multi-disciplined solutions

Only the latest technology, materials and software are used including Real Time FDS computer modeling.

Fire and Safety Project examples

Christchurch Women's Hospital

Fire Safety design of a $65 million hospital. The fire safety systems required by the Building Code's Acceptable Solutions would have incurred significant construction cost. Powell Fenwick's engineered design however, saved many thousands of dollars of construction cost and has resulted in a fire safety system that is both user friendly and easily managed.

Te Hononga - Christchurch Civic Building

This $70 million refurbishment of the NZ Post building on Hereford St required FDS computer modelling to show that the entire building could be considered as one fire cell. The building included 4 upper floors linked by an open stair on all levels. The result has allowed an 'almost unlimited' degree of flexibility in space planning.

FDS computer modelling determined the smoke extract rates on each level, sufficient to prevent smoke spread from floor to floor.

QEII Park Pools Redevelopment

Fire Safety design for a $20 million refurbishment of this Christchurch landmark. Powell Fenwick's fire safety design allowed for the entire building to be considered as one single fire compartment, allowing freedom in the architectural planning of the internal spaces, without the need for unwanted fire doors and separations.

Christchurch Law Courts

Construction cost savings of $75,000 plus on-going maintenance cost savings were a direct result of Powell Fenwick's lateral thinking and careful consideration of how the building is used by the judges, prisoners and public. Powell Fenwick's solution is a much more user friendly, inexpensive fire safety system.