Case Study - Adapting to Evolving Plant Construction

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Contributor:  Scott Craig,  Project Manager of F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems
Writer:  Sarah Block, Marketing Director of The Moran Group

In the Gulf Coast city of Freeport, TX, industry meets residential. The beautiful coast-side beach homes are juxtaposed with the industries that support local families. This city is the home to a new production plant for emulsion polymers, providing new job opportunities for twenty-five people.

F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems was proud to partner with Zachry on this project and provide fire protection solutions for this chemical plant.

Lack of Space Inspires Innovation

The plant's parent company had a specific fire protection plan in mind when they hired F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems to implement it. A 1200 gallon AR-AFFF Foam Tank was installed in conjunction with a full fire protection system. The challenge arose because of the unique processes of the chemical plant. As the plant processes were determined and the plant developed, fire protection design had to grow as well.

An additional problem was the pipe stands. Fire protection contractors generally come in toward the end of a project. This can cause difficulty when finding space for the pipe routing for fire sprinklers. F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems found that when it was their turn to install, there was limited space left on the pipe rack. They had to evolve in order to meet their fire protection needs.

 

Adapting and Collaborating

F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems adapted to the situation. As the chemical plant determined their routing processes, F.E. Moran routed around them, ensuring that the fire protection was up to code and protecting valuable equipment. They submitted 3D AutoCAD designs to the plant, sending new drafts to adapt to process routing decisions until every aspect of the plant was protected.

To compensate for the lack of pipe rack room, the designers at F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems built 3D models to accurately design a way to hang the pipes suspended between pipe rack levels.

This project provided the opportunity to collaborate with multiple teams and have a more hands-on fire protection design experience than the typical project. It was a learning experience that instilled the importance of collaboration and adaptability for the F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems team.

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