School of Nursing

655 West Lombard Street
(North Building Constructed 1970)
(East Building Constructed 1998)
(West Building Constructed 1998)
256,861 Square Feet

Fire Box 13-26

North Building

The School of Nursing North building was constructed in 1970 and is a five storied with a basement of fire resistive construction. It was designed and constructed so that three (3) additional floors may be added. The facility contains offices and classrooms. There are two fire rated enclosed stairways located at the East and West portions of the structure.

An interior fire alarm system consisting of manual pull stations, smoke detectors, heat detectors (supervisory), duct detectors (supervisory), water flow devices and audible/visual devices has been installed which transmits a signal to the Pine Street Police Station. The fire alarm is part of the East building fire alarm system.

The entire building is sprinkled with a wet system and water flow and valve supervisory switches interconnected with the fire alarm system. A 750 gpm fire pump is located in the basement which supplies the North building sprinkler systems and standpipe connections. Two enclosed fire rated stairwells are located in the building, one on the east end and one on the west end. There are 2 1/2 reduced to 1 1/2 inch fire department hose connections in both stairwells. The fire department connection is located on Lombard Street. Knox FDC caps have been installed on the fire department connection to prevent vandalism.

Fire department suppression equipment has access on the north and west sides of the structure. Emergency lighting is provided by an emergency generator located in the Penthouse.

This building is classified as a Business Occupancy.

  East Building

The School of Nursing East Building is a seven storied high-rise structure of fire resistive construction. A below grade ice storage tank area, part of the building cooling system, has been installed beneath the plaza area. There are two fire rated enclosed stairways located in the south-west and northeast portions of the structure. Both of these stairways terminate at the Public Way. Both stairways are pressurized upon activation of the fire alarm system.

The entire East and West buildings are protected by a wet pipe sprinkler system with controls located in the mechanical room of the East building. Main sprinkler valves for each floor are located in the West stairwell of the East building. Fire department 2 1/2 inch hose valve connections are located in each stairway landing and in the center of the main corridor on each floor of the East building. A double 2 1/2 inch roof hydrant has been installed. A 750 gpm fire pump and jockey pump have been installed in the lower level mechanical room. A fire department Siamese connection has been located on the south side of the West Building on Penn Street. Knox FDC caps have been installed on the fire department connection to prevent vandalism. Each floor is a separate fire zone with a sprinkler shutoff valve, water flow device, inspectors test and valve supervisory devices all of which are interconnected into the buildings fire alarm system.

The building interior fire alarm system is a "voice/audible alarm signaling system" which serves both the East and West buildings. An audible pre-recorded tape voice message is transmitted via loudspeakers through-out the facility. Visual alarm devices have been installed in corridors, classrooms, the auditorium and other appropriate locations. The fire alarm system consists of manual pull stations, smoke, heat (supervisory), and duct detectors (supervisory) and sprinkler water flow devices. The fire alarm system transmits a signal to the Pine Street Police Station.

There is a Fire Command Center (FCC) located to the left of the elevator lobby. The following fire alarm and fire department features have been provided for the East and West buildings:

  • Telephone jacks within each stairway landing and each elevator lobby.
  • Telephone handsets located in the Fire Command Center.
  • Building intercom via the voice evacuation alarm system located in the Fire Command Center.
  • A dedicated outside telephone line not within the UM system in the Fire command Center.
  • Main fire alarm panel.
  • Annunciation indicating the location and status of elevators in the Fire Command Center.
  • Fire protection systems status annunciation display in the Fire Command Center.
  • Status of stairway pressurization annunciation display in the Fire Command Center.
  • Status of emergency generator annunciation display in the Fire Command Center.
  • Smoke evacuation controls.
  • Building plans.

The first floor contains a Class B Place of Assembly 500 seat auditorium. Also located on the first floor are two lecture conference rooms, a lounge, guard desk, and associated offices. Floors two through six contain offices, classrooms, specialty teaching/learning labs and other support spaces. The seventh floor houses a research laboratory which contains offices, fume hoods, glass wash room, flammable liquid storage room and other support spaces.

A mechanical equipment penthouse is located at the roof level.

Fire department suppression equipment has access to the structure on the north and west sides from Baltimore City rights-of way on Lombard and Penn Streets. A driveway is located on the south side between the east building and the Pratt Street Garage which may be utilized by the fire department if necessary.

This facility is classified as Place of Assembly, Business and Industrial occupancy.

West Building

The School of Nursing West building is a two storied clinic structure of fire resistive construction. It is completely sprinkled by a wet pipe sprinkler system and has an automatic fire alarm system as described in the detail of the East building. There are NO fire department hose valves in the West building. Hose lines will have to be brought in from the outside of the building or the West stairwell of the East building. The two storied clinical area may evacuate either via a west exit on each floor or horizontally into the main portions of the East and North buildings at the second floor level or directly to the outside at the East end of the first floor.

Fire department suppression equipment has access on the south and west sides of the structure. The fire department siamese connection for the East and West building are located on the Penn Street side of the two story clinic. This facility is classified as a business occupancy

This facility is classified as a Business occupancy.

Portable fire extinguishers are located throughout the three buildings.

A Knox Box has been installed in the fire command center with keys for elevators, mechanical areas, electric areas and fire alarm panels in all three buildings to be used by the fire department as needed. A key for the Knox FDC caps is also located in the Knox Box.

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