Life Safety in Buildings

March 19, 2024 • Luci Smith, BOMA Fellow, RPA, FMA

BOMA/Orlando’s Engineering Committee held a meeting on February 16th, to cover life safety as it applies to all building types.

The meeting, with an attendance of over 80, including Property Managers and Engineers, was chaired by Suresh Balgobind, Senior Chief Engineer from Cushman & Wakefield, alongside co-chair Paul Carter, Chief Engineer from CP Group.

Some of the key talking points evolved around:

-New and existing building codes in addition to new big data appliance (BDA) upgrades.

-Fire systems operations and maintenance, as well as what engineering teams should prioritize.

-Life Safety/Emergency and crisis management, and how to use mitigation from planning, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Throughout the year the committee will be meeting on various issues. In May, it will convene the group on hurricane preparedness, as well as roof and hurricane preparedness, emergencies, and crisis management.

Later in the Fall, the committee will focus on HVAC and emergency equipment, Fall HVAC, and electrical, plumbing issues related to building management.

From BOMA International
BOMA International applauds the actions taken by BOMA/Orlando to meet these challenges head on. We have seen similar focus on this issue from many of the BOMA local associations, including BOMA/Greater Minneapolis who were awarded a $756,000 grant  to increase the number of building engineers trained to operate building spaces designed for housing workers in a safe and secure environment  in the state of Minnesota.


Luci Smith is Director, Property Management at Link Logistics and BOMA International’s Vice Chair. She resides in Orlando, Florida. 
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