Yes, something like that happened to us as well. Except, they weren’t quite that communicative. We came in to work one Monday morning and discovered that all the sound booths in the building had a hole drilled in them and visual fire alarms (but no sprinklers) installed. Of course, sound proofing wasn’t a priority for the installers….. so over the next several weeks we had to undertake several exercises to attempt to seal the booths again.
Apparently, the local codes required that (at a minimum) there be a warning device inside any “room” in our building. In this instance, the inspector (who must have been working late night on some weekend) decided to call each sound booth a “room”. The contractor that installed the fire alarms just followed instructions.
University of Florida
Different topic. During the past couple of weeks I moved one of my IAC double-walled sound booths (~10x10x10 foot outer dimensions) to a different room. After the move the inspector for my building informed me that a fire sprinkler must be installed INSIDE the sound booth. Four years ago I had 2 booths installed brand new and the inspector had no problem (go figure). Has anybody, particularly here in the US, had a similar experience with their sound booths? I’ve seen a lot of sound booths around the US and I’ve never once observed a fire sprinkler inside the booth.
PS. Thanks to all those on the LIST that suggested contractors to me to move the sound room.
Daniel J. Tollin, PhD
Department of Physiology and Biophysics/Mail Stop 8307
Research Complex 1-N, Rm 7120
12800 East 19th Ave