by Ben Best
For many years we at CI have felt that the expense of a sprinkler system was not justified for the CI Facility. There is very little that is flammable, drywall is protective and the cryostats are coated with or imbedded with fire retardant. The older (rectangular) cryostats were constructed with 10% antimony trioxide fire retardant incorporated into the fiberglass-resin composite. The HSSV-6 cylindrical cryostats are coated with a fire retardant known as Fire-Free 88, which we selected after exhaustive research into the market for retardants. Facilities Manager Andy Zawacki demonstrated that three coats of FF88 could withstand a full minute of the hottest portion of a blowtorch without penetration.
However, the American Cryonics Society has 18 patients stored at
CI and they offered to pay half the cost of putting a sprinkler system
in the building. Bids were taken from three contractors, and after
checking references and prices a contract was accepted by Interstate
Fire Protection, Inc. First the building was filled with pipes and
sprinkler heads by a pipefitter and his assistant, then subcontractors
(a husband and wife team) connected the pipes in the CI Facility to
the water main running on the other side of the street by digging
up the road and making a trench along the side of the CI Facility.
Below is a photo essay of the project.
Unfortunately, the water main for Sorrentino Court lies on the opposite side of
the street from the CI building. This meant that to tap the water main for the
additional water that the sprinkler system would require meant digging up the
street -- adding substantially to the cost of the system. Also unfortunately,
when digging across the street to reach the water main, the pipe running
into our neighbor's building was struck and water gushed-out, filling
the hole that was being dug. As a neighborly gesture, we invited the neighbor's
to use the toilet in our building, if needed.
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