Bressler Research Building

Bressler Research Building
655 W. Baltimore Street
(Constructed 1976)
341,888 Square Feet
Fire Box 13-66

The Frank C. Bressler Research Building is a 14 storied plus basement and partial sub-basement (mechanical/electrical room) of fire resistive construction. The structure houses offices, research and teaching laboratories, and two Class C Assembly lecture halls on the 1st floor/mezzanine. The 14th floor houses additional mechanical and fume exhausting equipment.

A fire alarm system consisting of manual pull stations, audible/visible devices, smoke detectors, sprinkler water flow and valve supervisory switches transmits a signal to the Pine Street Police Station.

Fire department 2 1/2" hose connections are located at each floor level in the three stairwells. A fire department connection is located on Baltimore Street at the Northeast corner of the building. Knox FDC caps have been installed on the fire department connection to prevent vandalism. The building is totally protected with a combination standpipe/wet pipe sprinkler system. These systems are supported by a 1000 gpm fire pump located in the sub-basement.

Portable fire extinguishers are located throughout the facility.

A Fire Command Center (FCC) is located in the Ground Floor lobby behind the stairs to the mezzanine level. The FCC contains the following equipment:

  1. Firefighter phone system with handsets.
  2. Building PA System via the voice evacuation alarm system.
  3. Dedicated outside telephone line not within the UM system.
  4. Main fire alarm control panel.
  5. Elevator status panel.
  6. Smoke control system controls.
  7. Status of emergency generator annunciation display
  8. Building plans.

Firefighter telephone jacks are located within each stairway landing and each elevator lobby.

Select corridor doors are held open by electro-magnetic hold open devices which will release upon activation of the building's fire alarm system. These doors are part of the smoke barrier compartmentation for each floor.

Three enclosed stairways provide sufficient exit capacity. Handicapped accessibility is via the north entrance from Baltimore Street. Fire Department suppression equipment has access on the north, east, and south sides.

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

This building is multi-classified as Business, Industrial, and Assembly Occupancy.