An additional power source as a backup can be considered as part of the design process, with a generator making for the logical choice. If a generator will be deployed, a transfer switch for the fire pump will be required and it would have to be dedicated to the fire pump. To reduce the size of the additional space the generator would potentially take up, one with a reduced-voltage start can be used.
In some specific instances a single power source may not meet the requirements around reliability, but this is a scenario that would arise out of previously installed fire pump designs. In that case New Your Engineers is at hand to facilitate the integration of the requisite alternate power source, in the form of a backup generator or a compound solution comprised out of a combination of single-source options.
The alternate electric source can be substituted by a steam-driven or a diesel backup and the expertise of the New York Engineers team will be deployed to come up with the best solution, should the situation ever warrant the need to factor-in these considerations.
The need for expert-level involvement in the fire pump design ultimately always goes back to the function of increasing water pressure in the case that the water systems operated and maintained by the municipality are unable to supply water at sufficient pressure to meet the design requirements of hydraulic sprinkler systems.
As a rule of thumb, any high-rise building invariably needs the increased pressure provided by fire pumps, as well as premises that have high terminal pressures. Fire pumps are required to be fitted so as to increase water pressure.
Our team of highly qualified and experienced engineers are immensely skilled throughout the entire process of conceptualizing, designing, building and installing customized fire pump solutions. Because of unique topographical and environmental factors affecting it during the construction phase, every building comes with its own set of challenges. Consequently, when a project is taken up by New York Engineers, potential challenges as well as increases in water pressure are minimized for your uniquely designed fire protection system.