Adelaide school fire project uses PROMASEAL fire barriers

Promat Australia’s PROMASEAL products were specified for the $100 million Adelaide Botanical High School Firestop Project, which opened in 2019.

Designed by Design Inc and Cox Architecture, and built by LendLease and structural engineering specialists AECOM, the school offers students in inner-city suburbs greater access to high-quality secondary education.

The school has state-of-the-art science, design and technology laboratories; the latest equipment in engineering and investigative sciences; food technology kitchens; maker spaces to encourage creativity through design technology, media studies and art; smart and environmentally friendly buildings that minimize energy and water consumption; modern library and research center; large outdoor spaces for learning and recreation; indoor gymnasium and fitness studio; music and theater practice, performance and learning spaces; performing arts theatre; cafeteria with outdoor terrace; and secure underground bicycle parking for 170 bicycles.

NSG Boffa’s electrical specialists used PROMASEAL firestop pads and PROMASEAL acrylic sealant to seal the slab and wall penetrations. PROMASEAL extra large pillows are relatively easy to install; By using these pillows, installers eliminate the need to wrap cable and raceway above and below the slab.

PROMASEAL Fire Cushions are made from treated fabric filled with high density granulated sealing material. When exposed to fire, the pads stay in place, forming a fire barrier of a solid mass of insulating material. PROMASEAL pillows are used in situations where other fire rated solutions cannot be used. In the case of smaller penetrations it is often more economical to use cushions, especially if labor costs are an issue, as the required fire performance can be achieved with the application of just a few cushions . The pillows can also be easily placed in many openings where it would be difficult to apply other wet products or systems.

The Australian building code required a fire resistance level (FRL) of -/120/120 for this build, which was easily achieved with the approved and recommended Promat penetration systems used throughout this build.

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Rozella J. Cook