Protect New World Trade Center Buildings with innovative automatic breach control valve.
At the earliest stages of the rebuilding effort from 9/11, GA Fleet received a call from Mr. Bob Benazzi of Jaros Baum & Bolles. Mr. Benazzi was working on the fire protection systems for the new WTC buildings and had some progressive ideas.
Mr. Benazzi raised the following concern: a breach in any of the 6” fire protection risers would quickly deplete their water supply. Mr. Benazzi suggested installing a self-contained control valve in each riser that would close in the event of a breach. Mr. Kari Oksanen, General Manager at Singer Valve, was determined to develop a solution. He created a design and submitted a conceptual drawing to Mr. Benazzi the next day. Singer Valve built and tested the valve the following week, with favorable results.
The next step was to demonstrate the operation of the valve for Jaros Baum & Bolles. Rich Mullen, VP and Manager of GA Fleet Pump and Service, devised a thorough test setup, utilizing the 1000 gallon pump test pit at his facility. During the demonstration Mr. Mullen explained the operation of the valve and tested the valve in various scenarios. Next, Mr. Benazzi wanted to demonstrate the operation of the valve (which now incorporated his proposed design) for the approval of the New York City Fire Department (NYCFD) and The New York City Department of Buildings (NYCDOB). Satisfied with the results, Mr. Benazzi instructed GA Fleet to set up a testing for Underwriters Laboratory (UL). The testing went extremely well with the valve operating flawlessly within close tolerances.
Installation in the first of the new buildings, 7 World Trade Center, has been completed with the valves installed as planned. The building engineers have been testing the valves once a month and are very happy with the results. The outstanding contribution of Singer Valve Company was key to the successful resolution for this client’s challenge.