Purpose of Emergency Plan and Building System

Statement of Purpose

As required by title 19, California Code of Regulations; California Fire Code; California Health and Safety Code; and the San Francisco Fire Code, an emergency plan shall be prepared, implemented, maintained and annually reviewed for this building. This plan is a legal document. To the best of its knowledge, the Building Management Staff of Salesforce West believes that this Plan meets all applicable codes and requirements and is an important component of the commitment to life safety training and response.

Title 19, California Administrative Code

17.33 (A) Emergency Pre-Fire Planning. Owners, operators, tenants, administrators and managers of high rise buildings shall, in cooperation with the fire authority having jurisdiction, establish procedures which shall include but not necessarily be limited to the following:

  1. Assignment of a responsible person as Fire Safety Director to work with the fire authority in the establishment, implementation and maintenance of the emergency pre-fire plan.
  2. The telephone number of the local fire department (861-8020 or 911) shall be conspicuously posted in a location adjacent to the telephone in each dwelling unit, office area, telephone switchboard, and in other areas as directed by the fire authority having jurisdiction.
  3. Emergency plan procedures shall be conspicuously posted in each dwelling unit, office area, and other locations as required by the fire authority having jurisdiction. Such procedures shall provide for the relocation or evacuation of building occupants.

Note: The San Francisco area code requires the maintenance, at all times of all fire equipment and/or appliances as well as the maintenance of all exits. It is the responsibility of the Fire Safety Director to establish a self-inspection program to this end.

This is a legal document. The Plan has three (3) priorities:

  1. Life safety of the Building occupants
  2. Control of fire and smoke
  3. Protection of the Building

This Plan addresses pre-emergency planning and training, as well as proper response to actual emergencies and natural disasters. It addresses duties of individuals who are members of the Salesforce West Fire Safety Organization as well as predicted responses of building systems and equipment.

Description of Building

  1. Construction Type:
  2. Forty-three (43) story steel frame rectangular tower
  3. Two (2) levels of parking below grade
  4. Total Square Footage:
  5. 985,502 Gross Square Feet
  6. 817,412 Net Rentable Square Feet
  7. Year Built:
  8. 1982
  9. Stories:
  10. 43 story rectangular tower - Height 593‘
  11. 2 levels below grade for mechanical areas and parking
  12. Open stairwell between Floors, 39 & 38, 37 - 35, 34 - 32, 29 - 27, 26 & 25, 14 - 11, 10 - 8, and 7 - 5.

Description of Fire Alarm/Life Safety System Features

  1. Fire Alarm/Life Safety System is an Edwards, EST-3, installed and operated in accordance with NFPA 72, 1999 edition, UL Certificate Number FC35600931. Building coverage is total. The Fire Alarm/Life Safety System is monitored by RED HAWK.

    1. General Function

      The actuation of one (1) of the following:

      1. Photoelectric smoke detector
      2. Heat detector
      3. Manual pull station
      4. Sprinkler flow station

      On the respective floor will automatically sound an alarm and relocation message and activate strobe lights on that floor, one floor above, two floors below and sound the receiving floor message on the receiving floors and also sound an alarm and show a visual signal at the:

        1. Fire Control Center (FCC – Main Lobby Level)
        2. Lobby Console/Guard‘s Station (in Main Lobby)
        3. BOC (Building Operations Center in Basement)
    2. The activation of any of the above items, (manual pull stations, sprinkler flows, photoelectric smoke or heat detectors), will cause the Fire Alarm System to:

      1. Visual and audible notification at Lobby Console, FCC and BOC.
      2. Transmit alarm signal and relocation message and activate strobe lights, over the floor in alarm, one floor above and two floors below the floor of alarm.
      3. Transmit the receiving floor announcement to the receiving floors.
      4. Deactivate electric locks at stairwell 1 and 2, elevator lobby doors all door holders.
      5. Fire alarm annunciation at FCC and displayed on computer system in the BOC.
      6. If alarm is a smoke detector in an elevator lobby or elevator machine room, automatically actuate elevator re-call system on the affected bank of elevators. (see note)
      7. Activate outside agency group alarm point, which will activate owner selected agency transmitter;
      8. Start building fans smoke evacuation sequence, including main, stairwell and stairwell vestibule fans. If the initiating device is a Manual Pull Station building mechanical systems are not activated.
      1. The activation of a valve supervision switch will cause a supervisory annunciation at the FCC and in the BOC.

Note: The elevator recall system in each bank of elevators can be manually activated by the key switches at the Lobby Console or in the FCC.

  1. Fire Alarm Devices and Locations

    1. The Initiating Devices:

      1. Ceiling smoke detectors - located throughout tenant spaces and in every elevator lobby and at stairwell doors.
      2. Duct and plenum smoke detectors - located at every floor return air damper, tenant heat pumps and other ducts as required by code.
      3. Manual pull stations - located at passenger and freight elevator lobbies and on the corridor sides of exit stairwells.
      4. Sprinkler flow stations - located in each stairwell vestibule at the sprinkler riser.
  1. Additional Locations for Smoke Detectors throughout building:

    1. Elevator equipment rooms
    2. Elevator shafts
    3. Central Plant - Chiller Room
    4. Electrical and telephone closets
    5. Emergency Generator Room (heat detectors)
    6. Boiler Room (heat detectors)
    7. Switchgear Room
  1. Fireman‘s Two (2) Way Communications System

    From Fire Control Center (FCC) to the following areas:

    1. Elevator lobbies (both passenger and freight).
    2. Inside stair landings at every floor.
    3. Elevator cab.
  2. Stairwell Emergency Phone System

    1. To/From Main Lobby Console/Guard‘s Station to every four (4) floors in stairwells. (Phone units in stairwell are not part of Fireman‘s Communication System, but can be used as such in the event of an emergency).
  3. One (1) Way Public Address/Paging Communications System

    From the Fire Control Center (FCC) to:

    1. Any and/or all floors of the Building including basement levels (either selectively or collectively).
    2. Exit Stairwells.
    3. Some Equipment Rooms
    4. Elevators
  4. Two (2) Way Intercom/Paging Communications System from each elevator cab to the Lobby Security Console.
  5. Electric Fail-Safe Door Release System

    1. An electric fail-safe door lock with master controls located at the Fire Control Center (FCC) will release magnetic hold-open devices on doors in the passenger and freight lobbies and unlock stairwell doors.
  6. Exit Stairwells, Stairwell Vestibules, Emergency Lighting and Exit Path of Travel Signage
  7. Sprinkler System

    1. The entire Building is protected by a fire sprinkler system. Electric driven pumps are the primary source of sprinkler water with diesel driven back-up pumps should there be a failure of the electric pumps. City water is the primary water source; additionally there is 30,000 gallons of reserve sprinkler water on site.
    2. Standpipes/Hose Connections: Combination standpipes for the sprinkler system are located on the roof and in the stairwell vestibules. The fire department connections (FDC) are located at street level on the Mission St. (SW) and Fremont St. (NE) corners of the tower and one facing 1st Street on the one-story retail space. (See Exhibit A)
  1. Fire Extinguishers

    1. Located by each stairwell on all floors.
    2. Throughout tenant spaces as required by code.
  1. Emergency Evacuation Floor Signs

    1. Located at each stairwell (on tenant side of the floor), at each passenger elevator lobby and each freight elevator lobby.
  2. Fire Control Center (FCC)

    1. Located behind the lobby Security desk in low-rise elevator bank. (See Exhibit A)
    2. The FCC contains annunciators for the fire alarm systems, controls for fire dampers, building fans, and elevators as well as the public address system.
  3. Pressurization of Stairwells

    1. To prevent smoke from entering stairwells, any alarm, other than a Manual Pull Station starts the stairwell and vestibule supply exhaust fans.
  4. Location of Utility Shut-Off Devices

    1. Gas: In the gas vault in the NE corner of the garage.
    2. Electrical: In the main electrical switch gear room.
    3. Water: In the domestic water pump room.
    4. (See Exhibit B)