We are building a church under the 2018 IBC. It's an A-3 occupancy. We're trying to figure out if we really need a fire suppression system in the whole building and if there are any alternatives given the exorbitant costs to cover the whole building.
Based on my research the only two things that would necessitate a system is the fact that we have a choir loft up a flight of stairs with no fire escape (except the staircase) and the main body of the chapel could possibly fit about 300 people.
We were wondering if we could just cover the fire areas without covering the whole building?
We've gotten differing answers from both the county and fire marshal. I contacted the state department for a final verdict but I could really use some expertise input. Our pastor is concerned that we may be getting upsold into a product that we may not need, especially since they wanted sprinklers in an inaccessible crawl space.
Thanks for all the help, this site has been extremely helpful. Do let me know if there are any viable alternatives and any other way to help on costs.
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