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Course Information: ARCH 4605–6605
Department of Architecture, Cornell University


ARCH 4605/6605 Advanced Fire- and Life-Safety Concepts

Fall 2021

Jonathan Ochshorn

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Course Schedule (always under construction)

Week 1
ARCH 4605/6605 classes begin next week


I. Introduction

Week 2
Mon., Aug. 30: Introduction to health, safety, and welfare

Wed., Sept. 1: The politics of fire-safety, access, and structure
Assignment 1 issued


II. Compartmentation

Week 3
Mon., Sept. 6: Labor Day, NO CLASS

Wed., Sept. 8: Exterior walls, horizontal assemblies, and vertical openings
Assignment 1 due | Assignment 2 issued


Week 4
Mon., Sept. 13: Horizontal assemblies and vertical openings: Mezzanines
Assignment 2 due | Assignment 3 issued

Wed., Sept. 15: Horizontal assemblies and vertical openings: Atriums
In-class presentation and final project issued


Week 5
Mon., Sept. 20: Smoke control in atriums
Assignment 3 due | Assignment 4 issued

Wed., Sept. 22: Fire walls and fire barriers


III. Allowable floor area

Week 6
Mon., Sept. 27: Occupancy
Assignment 4 due | Assignment 5 issued

Wed., Sept. 29: Milstein crit room case study


Week 7
Mon., Oct. 4: Construction type
Assignment 5 due | Assignment 6 issued

Wed., Oct. 6: Sprinklers


Week 8
Mon., Oct. 11: Fall break; no class

Wed., Oct. 13: Frontage and unlimited area buildings
Assignment 6 due | Assignment 7 issued


IV. Allowable height in stories

Week 9

Mon., Oct. 18: Allowable building height, measured in feet or stories
Assignment 7 due | Assignment 8 issued

Wed., Oct. 20: Allowable height (continued)


V. Means of egress

Week 10
Mon., Oct. 25: Overview of means of egress systems
Assignment 8 due | Assignment 9 issued

Wed., Oct. 27: Case studies: campus buildings


Week 11
Mon., Nov. 1: Exit access stairways and their limits in atriums
Assignment 9 due | Assignment 10 issued

Wed., Nov. 3: Interior exit stairways and enclosure exceptions


Week 12
Mon., Nov. 8: Egress from Occupancy Groups A and R


VI. Accessibility

Week 12 (continued)

Wed., Nov. 10: Accessibility
Assignment 10 due


VII. Student presentations

Week 13
All student in-class presentations due Monday, Nov. 15.
Mon., Nov. 15: Urban conflagrations

Wed., Nov. 17: Wildfires


Week 14
Mon., Nov. 22: Highrise buildings

Wed., Nov. 24: Thanksgiving break, no class


Week 15
Mon., Nov. 29: Historic fire disasters and resulting code changes

Wed., Dec. 1: Historic fire disasters and resulting code changes (continued)


Week 16
Mon., Dec. 6: Hollywood movie fires


Final project: Due during exam week (date TBD)



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