2018 SFPE Annual Conference & Expo

Soon, our SFPE Chapter will be joining with SFPE at the 2018 SFPE Annual Conference & Expo, which is shaping up to be our strongest annual conference to date. This two and a half day conference (October 28-30) with post optional Professional Development Seminars (October 31 – November 2) will provide fire safety and fire protection engineers with the knowledge, resources and connections that they need to excel.

Attendees can access over 55 sessions to get up-to-date on technical trends and case studies. Earn 14 PDHs over these two and a half days (plus up to 21 PDHs available from the optional Professional Development Seminars offered after the conference.)

We invite you to join and participate in this engaging conference. Don’t miss your chance to network with other fire safety and fire protection engineers in the vibrant and beautiful music city capital of the world, Nashville — at the heart of our SFPE North America Chapters — and further your career and connections.

Register before the $200 discount opportunity passes you by at https://www.sfpe.org/mpage/Nashville2018

2018 Fall Scholarship Deadline

As a reminder, the June 30, 2018 application deadline for Fall Semester scholarships is fast approaching. A maximum of three scholarships will be given. The Chapter will sponsor a maximum of $3000 per semester for each scholarship. Additional money from corporate sponsorship may also be available.

Please share this opportunity with those who may be interested. For more detailed information see the Scholarships page on the website.

Fall Semester Scholarship Application Deadline

As a reminder, the June 1, 2017 extended application deadline for Fall Semester scholarships is fast approaching. A maximum of three scholarships will be given. The Chapter will sponsor a maximum of $3000 per semester for each scholarship. Additional money from corporate sponsorship may also be available.

Please share this opportunity with those who may be interested. For more detailed information see the Scholarships page on the website.

2017 CCHRB Seminar – Heavy Timber High Rise

Chicago Chapter SFPE Member Carl Baldassarra and Amanda Kimball will be two of the presenters at the 2017 Chicago Committee on High-Rise Buildings Seminar.


Click here to visit the CCHRB website for more information on this excellent event that SFPE Chicago is co-sponsoring.

 

Presentations and Speakers:

  • High Rise Timber – Technology and Trends
    Benton Johnson; Associate, SOM, Chicago
  • Tall Wood Buildings: Products, Design Process and a Case Study
    Bernhard Gafner; Partner; ACC Structural Engineers, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Opportunities, Benefits and Challenges of Building Taller Wood Buildings
    Jeff Morrow; Program Manager, LendLease Construction, Nashville, TN
    William R. Tobin III; Master Superintendent, Vice President, LendLease, Nashville, TN.
  • Fire Safety Codes and the Mass Timber High Rise
    Carl Baldassarra, Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner; Chicago, IL.
    Amanda Kimball, Research Project Manager, NFPA Fire Protection Research Foundation, Quincy, MA
  • River Beech Tower
    Todd Snapp; Partner, Perkins + Will, Chicago, IL.
  • Round Table Discussion
    A panel discussion and Q&A session of all presenters moderated by Dick Fencl

Chicago SFPE Member Thomas Gray Receives Award

Thomas A. Gray, long time member of Chicago SFPE, is this year’s recipient of the Purdue University Engineering Education Outstanding Alumni Award. Tom is a graduate of the former Division of Interdisciplinary Engineering (now part of the School of Engineering Education). The Engineering Education Outstanding Alumni Award is presented to alumni who have achieved singular accomplishments in their fields, whose successful careers are role models for our students, and whose achievements set an example for all the School’s alumni.

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Chicago SFPE, on behalf of Siemens, donates fire alarm equipment to CFD

The Chicago Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) is happy to work with the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) and be in a position to donate a new, state of the art, fire alarm panel to the Robert J. Quinn Fire Academy. The CFD is one of the oldest, most innovative, and storied fire departments in the country. Similarly, the Chicago Chapter of SFPE is the oldest chapter of SFPE and tirelessly works to promote fire safety on the local level through our dedicated membership. It is that membership and Siemens’ Fire & Life Safety Service that enabled this donation of a Siemens FireFinder XLS alarm panel. This fully functional Siemens panel with devices and appliances will be used to train the new recruits of the Chicago Fire Department. The CFD along with providing emergency care and extinguishing fires, works to promote fire safety. Similarly, part of SFPE’s mission is to advance the use of engineering, and educate the global fire safety community, in order to reduce fire risk. Through these parallel organizational goals, SFPE is honored to be able to make this donation and with it, hope that our organizations can continue to work together on our shared objectives. It is with great gratitude to those brave and dedicated members of the CFD, that the Chicago Chapter of SFPE and Siemens make this fire alarm panel donation to the Chicago Fire Department.