Michael Martin
With over 37 years of experience in the fire protection community, my career of service in this area has offered me opportunities as a design engineer, project manager, estimator, design consultant and business owner.

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Hal Burton
With over 32 years of experience in the fire protection community, my career of service in this area has offered opportunites as design engineer, project manager, engineering supervisor, fire plans examiner, fire suppression consultant, BIM coordinator, hardware and software design consultant, 3d modeling manager. IPD integrator, fire hydraulics instructor, materials manager.
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Ronnie Thomas
With more than 15 years of experience in the field of building and marine fire safety engineering, I strive to help my clients achieve their goals and preserve their ideas. Between my formal education and background, I offer a unique perspective to address fire and life safety challenges.

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Jack Arns
My goal is to continue my success as an industry professional by continuing my education and training, in order to remain a valued partner in the protection of life, property and the environment.

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With over 37 years of experience in the fire protection community, my career of service in this area has offered me opportunities as a design engineer, project manager, estimator, design consultant and business owner.
The fire protection industry has never been more exciting, and my opportunities for continued technical growth and the challenges of advancing and managing the expansion of our engineering firm provide a never ending list of stimulating professional projects.

Michael Martin


Principal / Contracting Engineer
Peak Engineering Fire Life Safety
May 2009 – Present
Peak Engineering was formed to meet all of our clients’ Fire Life Safety requirements. The need for a top tier engineering and documentation firm was apparent from the type of services we have been exposed to in our area. We strive to be an integral part of all of our projects with a very proactive approach to problem solving using innovative ideas and technology. In my position as an Operations Manager and Business Development Engineer, I am constantly being challenged to provide a level of customer service that our clients have come to expect from myself, fellow principals and staff.

President / Contracting Engineer
Systems Tech Fire Protection
January 1984 – Present
As the founder of Systems Tech Inc., I brought together all of my skills and experience to start and expand our design/build fire sprinkler construction business to a level consistent with our visions of promoting the industry. We are always exploring the constantly changing technologies available in our industry to increase our professionalism, maintain our competitive position and provide the best solutions to protect our customers.

Owner / Vice President
Overhead Fire Protection
September 1980 – February 1984 (3 years 6 months)
Responsible for all pre-design, estimating, engineering management, material procurement and project management.

Skills & Expertise

  • IPD (Intermediate, 5 years experience)
  • American Contractor (Intermediate, 15 years experience)

Mt. Sac College
Associate of Science (AS), Fire Science, 1971 – 1974
Activities and Societies: Ski Club


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In 32 years of experience in the fire protection community, my career of service in this area has offered opportunities as design engineer, project manager, engineering supervisor, fire plans examiner, fire suppression consultant, BIM coordinator, hardware and software design consultant, 3-D modeling manager, IPD integrator, fire hydraulics instructor, materials manager.
The future is bright as I envision my role in greeting the challenges of Fire Life Safety in an ever increasing society of growth and change. I feel this can be embraced through new and innovative software solutions, training opportunities and the infusion of new technology.

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Peak Engineering Fire Life Safety
June 2011– Present
The diversity of Peak Engineering to meet all Fire Life Safety needs from structural, mechanical, elevator, means of egress, building material types, alternate means and water supplies to name a few, can create an environment of energy, which directed properly can provide for a synergistic approach to an overall projects success.
My role as providing administrative support and design includes that of software and hardware integration, maintenance of an ever expanding data base and the management of that very valuable asset of time.

Principal, Design Manager (Rocklin, California)
Systems Tech Inc.
August 1984– June 2012 (27 years 11 months)
As senior engineer with Systems Tech, I utilize the skills and many years of experience to oversee design, coordination and computer technology. My expertise in the field of fire protection engineering enables me to coordinate both the mechanical and fire protection elements of the projects that we are involved with.
My particular area of expertise is fire sprinkler systems. Fire sprinkler line and head placement is engineered after determining applicable code requirements, architectural features, structural limitations and occupancy classifications. He then performs hydraulic calculations to ensure adequate fire sprinkler coverage and water demand.
I have designed wet pipe, pre-action, Vortex, deluge, foam, dry pipe, exposure and rack systems. And have coordinated design efforts through BIM, using Navisworks and AutoCAD.
Throughout my years of service in the community, I have gained the respect of municipalities, water districts and fire departments when it comes to fire sprinkler engineering in the greater Sacramento area.

Senior Designer
Overhead Fire Protection (Reno, Nevada Area)
February 1979– August 1984 (5 years 7 months)
Provided accurate fire sprinkler designs for commercial and large residential projects. This included an accurate field survey of the existing structure, if available. Dissemination of structural, mechanical, electrical and geographical conditions that would dictate overall design of an applicable fire suppression system. Secured all materials and deliveries for said projects and ensured that all construction deadlines would be met.

Our software experience and capability includes:

  • AutoCAD 2012 Building Suites
  • BIM Design and Revit
  • Adobe Pro X
  • Microsoft Office Suites
  • AutoSPRINK VR10
  • SprinkCAD V3.5
  • Windows OS
  • Navis Manage
  • SprinkCALC
  • HASS Hydraulics


Skills & Expertise

  • ICC Commercial Fire Sprinkler Plans Examiner
  • Vortex hybrid suppression
  • IPD Integration
  • NFPA Codes
  • Building Code
  • Fire Code
  • Seismic


Past Projects:

  • Sutter Santa Rosa Hospital, CA – Fire Sprinklers, Vertical Turbines, Underground Water Tanks,
  • Sutter Amador Hospital, CA – Fire Sprinklers
  • Foundation Health Medical Office Building, CA – Fire Sprinklers
  • Peppermill Hotel Casino, NV – Fire Sprinklers
  • Frontier Communications, CA – Pre-Action
  • Modesto Junior College, CA – Vortex, Fire Sprinklers
  • Rancho Seco Power Plant, CA – Special Hazards
  • McClellan Air Force Base, CA – Foam System


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In more than 15 years in the fields of firefighting and fire safety engineering, I have both developed and depended upon fire protection systems to safeguard people and property around the world. Most recently, I have focused on the application and interpretation of building codes and developing performance based solutions to complex fire/life safety challenges. .

My projects have included major mixed-use hotel-casinos, theaters, high-rise buildings, public transportation centers and hospitals. Many of these projects involved special fire-safety issues such as atria and large assembly spaces. I have extensive experience in smoke control analysis and fire and egress modeling. Between my background as a shipboard fire fighter in the U.S. Navy and years of experience in commercial building, I have a unique set of tools to address both building and maritime fire safety challenges.


Fire Protection Engineer (Licensed in Nevada)
Peak Engineering Fire Life Safety
Involved in commercial and industrial fire protection and life safety challenges for clients as lead fire/life safety specialist. Key areas of concentration include smoke control system design, performance-based solutions to code challenges, hospital code conformance, and high-rise fire protection. Responsible for business management, development and budgeting.

Fire Specialist
Arup, San Francisco, CA
Designed smoke control systems, compiled life safety plans and provided consulting services to architects and engineers on mass transit centers, mixed-use high-rise condominiums, corporate campuses, hospitals, casinos and theaters.

Damage Controlman, Second Class (E-5), US Navy
Maintained and repaired shipboard fire protection systems. Trained and supervised 1,000+ member crew for maintenance and fire fighting. Managed $150,000 damage control budget. Stationed outside continental U.S. for over 2 years.

Skills & Expertise

  • Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS)
  • CONTAM modeling for smoke control systems
  • Egress Modeling
  • BIM Design & Revit
  • AutoCAD
  • SprinkCAD
  • NFPA Codes
  • Building Codes
  • Fire Codes
  • Pathfinder
  • Pyrosim


Project Experience
Confidential Client, CA
Furnished structural fire-resistance calculations for building base isolation system. Provided code analysis for 1.2mil ft2, 4-story parking garage, central plant, and recreation building. (Under design/construction)

Epic Conference Center 2, Verona, WI, USA
Prepared a fire-protection report, provided modeling support and fire- life safety plans for a 12,000-seat auditorium. Utilized the provisions of smoke-protected assembly seating and furnished structural fire-resistance calculations.

Epic Campus 4, Verona, WI, USA
Prepared a fire-protection report, provided code interpretation and fire/life safety plans for five (5), 3-4 story, 70,000ft²+ office buildings and food service building located above a sub-grade, 4 level 720,000ft² garage. (Under design/construction)

Hotels and Leisure:
Hakkasan, Las Vegas, NV
Prepared a fire-protection report, provided general code consultation and fire- life safety plans for this 75,000 ft2 restaurant and nightclub. Prepared alternate design method request and utilized the provisions of smoke-protected exiting.

807 Stewart, Seattle, WA
Modeled smoke control and egress protection for 400ft+ high rise, underground garage and conference center. (Under design/construction)

Lumina, San Francisco, CA
Developed the egress strategy and smoke control approach for the mixed-use podium and 400ft+ tall Folsom Condo Tower Development. Prepared alternate design method requests and phased-build recommendations, saving the client over $1.6 million.

Public transportation and rail:
Transbay Transit Center, San Francisco, CA, USA
Provided fire protection assessment, design for smoke control strategy, and fire modeling support for egress analysis and naturally ventilated smoke control (Under design/construction)

UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
Provided general code consultancy and egress analyses, fire life safety drawings and fire-protection report used to coordinate between the architect and mechanical, plumbing and electrical engineers.

Bachelor of Science in Fire Science, University of Maryland
Master of Science in Fire Protection Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Engineer in Training (CA), Spring 2013

Professional Associations:
Member, SFPE (Society of Fire Protection Engineers)
2nd Vice President, Northern California – Nevada SFPE
Member, NFPA (National Fire Protection Association)
Member, IAFSS (International Association for Fire Safety Science)


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As a professional Independent Elevator Consultant, I work for building owners, architects, developers, property management firms, and homeowner associations regarding elevators. Whether it be planning a new building, modernizing an old one, maintenance issues, quality audits, due diligence surveys, or interpreting proposals, I bring 28 years of elevator industry experience to the table to guide you in making the right decisions regarding your elevators.

As a certified ASME Qualified Elevator Inspector (QEI) and Nevada Special Inspector I also provide independent elevator inspections for new installations, modernizations, and annuals.

It is my goal to provide this value-added service to my clients so they may make informed decisions regarding both short and long term plans.


Architectural Elevator Consulting (4426 Yankee Hill Road)
June 2005– Present

Elevator and Escalator Consultants, QEI Inspector and Nevada Special Elevator Inspector

Marine Corps Pilot
United States Marine Corp (West Coast)
August 1968– June 1978 (9 years 11 months)

Skills & Expertise

  • Strategic Planning
  • Leadership Development
  • Military
  • Mediation
  • Program Management
  • Contract Negotiation


Pepperdine University

Western Illinois University
BS, Health Sciences