Forum on Fire Protection Engineering: Challenges in Storage

Forum on Fire Protection Engineering: Challenges in Storage | September 8 - 9, 2022
The Westin Chicago North Shore, 601 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, IL
Tour/Fire Test: Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., 333 Pfingsten Rd., Northbrook, IL


Storage facilities, warehouses and distribution centers are among the most challenging occupancies from an overall fire safety perspective and many variables must be considered when designing fire protection systems for such facilities. This 2-day, in-person event will discuss design challenges of storage facilities that interfere with fire suppression and fire alarm systems.

An outstanding panel of experts comes together to share their knowledge and best practices so fire protection engineers, designers, manufacturers, facility owners and managers, and first responders can have confidence that a fire event will be managed properly by applied fire protection systems and fire service response. Topics covered during the event will focus on automated storage, protection of multi-row racks, cold storage design considerations, challenges with sloped ceiling design and protecting storage of special commodities. The speakers will also discuss controversial topics on the newer editions of the prescriptive codes related to storage as well as the challenges from the fire service perspective and the final suppression and extinguishment approaches. Day 2 will start with a large-scale fire test at the nearby Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. in Northbrook, IL and then the day will continue with discussions on changes and challenges associated with installing fire protection systems in such facilities and the challenges associated with fire alarm system.

Several panel discussions are incorporated into the agenda to allow speakers to answer audience questions and offer different perspectives on topics discussed.


Event Schedule 

DAY 1 – Thursday, September 8 

7:30 AM Onsite Check-In 

8:00 – 8:15 AM 

Welcome and Introductions (William Koffel) 

8:15 – 9:00 AM 

Automatic Storage (Wes Baker) 

9:00 – 9:45 AM 

Protection of Multi-Row Rack (Tracey Bellamy) 

Morning Break (9:45 – 10:00 a.m.) 

10:00 – 10:45 AM 

Special Commodity Storage (John LeBlanc, Christina Francis) 

10:45 – 11:30 AM 

Challenges from the Fire Service Perspective – final suppression and extinguishment (Sean DeCrane, John Frank) 

11:30 – 12:00 PM 

Speakers Panel (Moderated by William Koffel) 

Lunch (12:00 – 1:00 p.m.) 

1:00 – 1:45 PM 

Cold Storage Design Considerations (Robert Vincent)  

1:45 – 2:30 PM 

Sloped Ceiling (Noah Ryder) 

Afternoon Break (2:30 –2:45 p.m.) 

2:45 – 3:30 PM  

Design Area for K-28 and K-33.6 ESFR (Kerry Bell, Wes Baker, James Golinveaux) 

3:30 – 4:45 PM 

Controversial Topics Panel (issues/concerns/challenges – NFPA 13 and 72 2025 relative storage) (Will Smith, Rodger Reiswig) 

4:45 – 5:00 PM 

Wrap up and Day 2 Overview (William Koffel) 

DAY 2 – Friday, September 9 

7:30 – 7:45 AM 

Transportation to UL 

7:45 – 8:00 AM 

Facility check-in 

8:00 – 10:30 AM 

UL Tour and Fire Test  

10:30 – 11:00 AM 

Transportation back to meeting hotel 

Lunch (11 a.m. – 12 p.m.) 

12:00 – 12:30 PM 

Installation Challenges and New Guidelines (Ron Webb, Garner Palenske) 

12:30 – 1:30 PM 

Fire Alarm System Challenges (Robert Accosta) 

Storage Life Safety Egress Challenges, Notification, Detection, Preaction System Detection, Balance between ceiling design, fire alarms and sprinklers 

1:30 – 2:15 PM 

Back to Reality (John Denhardt) 

Afternoon Break (2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.) 

2:30 – 3:30 PM 

Panel Discussion 

3:30 – 3:45 PM 

Wrap up (William Koffel) 


Who should attend 

FPE’s, AHJ’s, Fire Safety System Designers, Risk Management Consultants, and Building Surveyors.   

Professional Development Hours: 

Upon completion each participant qualifies for 11.5 PDHs. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded after completion of online evaluation survey. 

Primary Training Location 

The Westin Chicago North Shore, 601 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, IL 
Tour/Fire Test: Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., 333 Pfingsten Rd., Northbrook, IL 


Registration must be submitted online. Full payment is due upon registration to secure your space. Shared registration is strictly prohibited. Early Bird Registration pricing ends on July 29, 2022. We only have limited space for the seminar as we work with Underwriter Laboratories to plan a fire test related to the event topic and expect a full venue. Wait list will be available. We encourage all interested to register early.  



Early Bird Rate (through July 29) 

Regular Rate Member 

September 8-9, 2022 

Start on Thu, 9/8 at 8 a.m. and ends on Fri, 9/9 at 3:45 p.m. 



Fire Tour 

Separate registration required. Limited space to first 80 attendees. Wait list will be available.



*Non-member registration includes 12 months of free SFPE Membership.

Registration includes 2 days of instruction eligible for 11.5 PDH credits upon completion of an online evaluation, live fire tests at UL, and complimentary breakfast & lunch. 

Registration does not include: travel, airport transfers, hotel, and dinners.  



The Westin Chicago North Shore, 601 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Wheeling, IL 
This hotel does not provide shuttle service. Alternate Airport Transportation: AA Limousine & H&M Limo.

Please use this hotel group registration link for a negotiated rate of $159.00+tax. The hotel reservation must be made prior to August 17th to qualify for the negotiated rate.

Fire Test/Tour Venue 

Shuttles will be provided to Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., 333 Pfingsten Rd., Northbrook, IL 


Chicago O’Hare (ORD) – 16 miles 
Chicago Midway (MDW) – 28 miles 

Airline Discounts exclusive for 2022 SFPE events

We are pleased to partner with United Airlines for air travel to our upcoming
event. To make flight reservations online please click on discount code ZM8C769840 

MileagePlus members earn Premier Qualifying Dollars and miles for their travel.

You may also call United Meeting Reservation Desk at (800) 426–1122
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Saturday – Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Booking fees are waived for Meeting reservations.


Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for the Society of Fire Protection Engineers

Please click here to book your flights!

You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NMVW6

*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.

Event Sponsorships
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Thank you to our Sponsors!