A new 1000 seat multi purpose entertainment and sports centre at Holy Rosary School in Johannesburg is using precision automatic window actuators and control systems from SE Controls, to provide effective smoke ventilation in the event of a fire.
Bishop Shanahan Hall is the latest addition to the Catholic day school. Designed by Dual Design Architects and built by JTSON Construction, the extensive new hall was conceived as a multi-use building that could stage formal events, indoor sports, competitions, student dances and entertainment.
While Bishop Shanahan Hall provides the highest standard of staging and equipment for events, safety for students, performers and the audience is also at the core of the buildings design, particularly if a fire should occur. The smoke ventilation solution formed part of the rationale behind the overall fire system design, which was prepared by Building Code Consultants (BCC).
To ensure the various escape routes are kept smoke free and assist evacuation, windows in the building are automatically actuated by SE Controls compact SECO N 24 40 - 800mm stroke chain actuators, which are fire safety tested to the internationally recognised EN12101-2: Annex G standard.
In addition to the 12 SECO N 24 40 actuators, supplied by SE Controls South African operation, which has offices in Durban and Johannesburg, specialist contractor Robertson Ventilation Industries (RVI), installed and commissioned four manual control point (MCP) firemans override switches together with 2 x OS2 Type 23 controls panels to control the MCPs and actuators while also linking them to the schools fire safety system.