MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM

AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU

FORMER GERMAN NAZI
CONCENTRATION AND EXTERMINATION CAMP

Task 2

Task 2 Installation of fire suppression system (SUG) in the Blocks A-25, A-19 and A-24.

Completed in 2012

With respect to Building inv. no A–25 the task involved selection of the contractor by way of a tendering procedure.
Building works continued from June to November 2012. The following work was executed:

  1. Five fire extinguishing units were installed in the basement, with the IG-541 extinguishing agent. Each unit consists of 7 bottles, volume: 80 l., pressure: 300 bar, and one control bottle, volume: 10 l., pressure: 200 bar.
  2. The piping for extinguishing agent distribution was installed in protected premises.
  3. The fire-detection control and automatic fire suppression control as well as the wiring of the fire detection system and pressure relief vent control.
  4. In order to ensure that the premises protected by the system are separated, doors were installed at the entrance to each room, as well as window shutters on the facade adjoining the wooden barrack of the former packaging station. The fire resistance of doors and windows is EI60.
  5. Disassembled window-frames and doors were tagged and stored.
  6. An as-is documentation was prepared for all works completed.

As regards the installation of the fire suppression system in the Archive building (A–24) and in the Collection storage areas (A–19), the following work was completed:
The contractor was selected and agreement for the design of the fire suppression system in Buildings A–19 and A–24 signed.
The designers were provided building blueprints and the fundamental design guidelines were agreed. Design work will continue until May 2013.

Completed in 2013

As regards the task of installation of the fire suppression system (SUG) in the Archive building (A-24) and the Collection storage areas (A-19) construction design was prepared and agreed on. During the project work the focus was on issues concerning the impact of the construction of the fire suppression system on the technical condition of buildings and on the conditions for keeping the collection, including, inter alia:

To decrease fire load in the rooms, i.e. secure against overpressure in the room during fire fighting. So far, window frames were disassembled and replaced with special pressure relief vents right outside the building or additional openings were made in the walls adjacent to the corridor. This might aggravate climatic conditions in the rooms in which museum collections are kept or affect the building structure and its historic fabric. The combination of both solutions was applied under the project, i.e. installing fire doors between the rooms and the corridor and a pressure relief vent. The system was tested and accepted by the manufacturer of fire doors and pressure relief vents.

The planning of distribution of a set of bottles without affecting the building structure. To this end, the contractor employed a construction expert who carried out tests of the floor load-bearing capacity and indicated where the bottles should be placed.

The choice of equipment which would be compatible with the fire alarm system installed in the Museum.

Completed in 2014

Until the end of 2014 works in building A-24 were carried out, consisting of  the installation of pipelines,  pressure relief vents and fire dampers, detection installation and fire-proof doors.  In 2015 works in building A-19 and the storage room in building A-25.

Completed in 2015

In January 2015, the work in the last two rooms of building A-25 was finished. The works in building A-19 were carried out. In July 2015 the installation of pipelines,  set of bottles, pressure relief vents and fire dampers, detection installation  and fire-proof doors were finished in building A-19.

 

The contracts for work and investors supervision of assembly of fire separations in blocks A-24, A-19 and A-25 were signed. The assembly of fire separations in block A-24 was finished. 

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