McClurg Court Center residents are protected with fire sprinklers after building owners chose to retrofit.
After purchasing the McClurg Court Center twin towers, RMK Management Corporation began a six-month project to modernize the building’s life-safety systems including the installation of a fire sprinkler system, providing the maximum fire safety protection for 1,080 residential units as well as occupants in the common areas and commercial spaces.
Although Chicago’s fire sprinkler ordinance only requires Life Safety Evaluations for residential buildings, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code 101 (2000 Edition), which has been adopted by the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office, requires existing high-rise buildings in excess of 75 feet in height to be equipped with fire sprinklers or an engineered life-safety system.
RMK Management should be commended for voluntarily choosing to retrofit McClurg Court Center with fire sprinklers for the safety of the property, its residents and responding Chicago police and firefighters.
With fire sprinklers, McClurg Court Center provides the maximum fire safety protection for 1,080 residential units.