NCN-SFPE May 20th, 2016 meeting in San Francisco, CA

Please join us in San Francisco for the May 20th, 2016 meeting and luncheon.
This meeting will be held at Buca Di Beppo in San Francisco, CA

Address: 855 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103


David Olds, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, 3M

Beginning his career in construction in the 80’s, David moved on to study Architecture at the University of Minnesota, receiving his degree in architecture in 1990. By 1994 he had achieved professional registration and licensing as an Architect. Over the next 18 years David acted as signature or project architect for over 40 commercial buildings including county, public safety, 911 and municipal data centers. In 2008 he had become vice president of a leading Minnesota design firm concentrating on David practiced with a special emphasis on code compliance, safety, special fire hazards and sustainability.  As LEED project manager and signature architect he guided to completion the first LEED (version 2009) Gold municipal building in the nation. David joined 3M in 2011 to provide guidance and education for fire extinguishing in the data center and critical facilities markets. Since that time he has develop education classes that have been used at SFPE, ASPE, AFCOM, Data Center World, Uptime Institute Symposium and continuing education meetings across the US. He is an active member of the Fire Suppression Systems Association. He brings experience and perspective to the discussion of fire protection solutions in a highly regulated industry, that is, the protection of data centers and critical assets.


Data Centers – Emerging Fire Protection Challenges with Hot Aisle/Cold Aisle Containment

The program covers recent changes to the NFPA standard 75 (Standard for the Fire Protection of Information Technology). These changes are a direct result of hot and cold aisle utilization in the Data Center and Telecommunication Facilities. Use of water fire suppression and the use of clean agents systems will be discussed. Clean Agent systems are meant to suppress the fire before fire suppression water systems are needed, thus preventing water from damaging critical assents and business continuity. The continuing education program is one hour. It is also is AIA/CES if any architects wish to attend. Learning objectives of the seminar include;

  • Understand the history and use of hot and cold aisle cooling strategies in 21st century data center and telecommunication facilities.
  • Learn how these new cooling strategies may interfere with conventional water fire suppression and the new related recommendation in the NFPA 75 and 76 Standards.
  • Also Learn how these new cooling strategies may interfere with clean agent fire suppression and the new related recommendation in the NFPA 75 and 76 Standards
  • Gain an understanding of the issues related to fire detection in the high air change environments of Data Center and Telecommunications Facilities.
11:40 – 12:00     Doors Open and Lunch is Served

12:05 – 12:50     Presentation

12:50 – 1:05       Open Discussion – Time allocated for members/attendees to contribute in an open discussion


Member:  $45.00      Non-Member:  $50.00/Non-Member      Student/Retired/Fire Service/Bldg. Official:  $20.00

Receive a $10.00 discount if you register before Monday, May 16, 2016 Register at

As always, we look forward to your participation and attendance at this month’s local Chapter event.