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Smoke Control Approaches in Tall Buildings

  • 13 Jan 2020
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • The Grand Conference Center, 4101 E. Willow Street, Long Beach, CA 90815


  • 6-foot display table for use of the sponsor and five minutes at the beginning of the meeting to address the audience
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  • Non-member pricing

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Topic:  Smoke Control Approaches in Tall Buildings

Date:  January 13, 2020


The Grand

Conference Center

4101 E. Willow Street

Long Beach, CA 90815


11:30AM: Registration and Networking

12:00PM: Meeting and Lunch

12:30PM: Key Note Presentation

1:30PM: Conclusion of Meeting

Monthly Meeting Sponsor

Monthly meeting sponsor $150.  SFPE SoCal is pleased to announce the introduction of a single meeting sponsor for regularly scheduled monthly meetings. The monthly meeting sponsor is provided with a 6 foot display table, and 5 minutes at the beginning of the meeting to address the audience.  If provided, the sponsor’s logo will be on the monthly meeting flyer and identified on the event on the website.  Set up for the display is at 11:30am the day of the meeting and tear down is after the meeting at 2pm.

Event Flyer

01-13-20 Meeting Flyer.docx


Nathan B. Wittasek, PE, CFEI, LEED AP, CASP


Although the rationale for providing automatic systems to manage smoke movement in tall buildings is clear, it is less clear why there is so much variation in how such systems are implemented — if they are implemented at all. In connection with the current practice of providing smoke control in tall buildings, two fundamental questions will be explored: First, are the methods of smoke control being implemented appropriate to the hazards and use conditions associated with modern high-rise buildings? Second, should more thought be given to the maintenance of tenable environments within the smoke zone of origin in consideration of the potentially large number of occupants that may be impacted?


Nathan B. Wittasek is a principal and vice president at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. He has more than 20 years of experience working in the fire protection and regulatory arenas, and more than 20 years of experience designing high-rise smoke control systems.  He brings a practical approach to the fire protection engineering field that reflects his diverse training and experience in academia, codes consulting for both new and existing facilities, performance-based fire protection engineering, accessibility, and the fire service.  His experience includes failure analysis, fire engineering, systems design and building code consulting for commercial and infrastructure projects in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.  Nate has specialized in fire life safety systems and approaches that are used in assembly venues, tall buildings, cultural heritage facilities, and historic structures.  He was responsible for preparing the Rational Analysis for the Wilshire Grand project.  He is a registered fire protection engineer in California and Nevada.

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