Metropolitan Fire Protection Wins Bid for Sprinkler Retrofit at O’Hare

Huge H&R plant receiving upgraded fire suppression system.

Chicago, December 1, 2016 — Metropolitan Fire Protection, Inc. (MFP) has been awarded a contract by the Chicago Department of Aviation to retrofit the wet sprinkler system in the Heating & Refrigeration Plant at O’Hare International Airport. The project includes installing piping and more than 2,500 new sprinkler heads throughout the 150,000 sq. ft. building, located between Terminal 3 and Terminal 5.

“This is a challenging but exciting job for several reasons,” said Paul Turner, MFP president. “The steel-framed H&R building at O’Hare isn’t just huge; it also features 40-foot high ceilings and houses a complicated arrangement of large-scale heating and refrigeration equipment. That fact that the plant must remain completely operational throughout the retrofit process adds to the complexity of the project. But we have handled big projects at O’Hare before and know how to work around the day-to-day demands and logistics of one of the world’s busiest airports.”

MFP crews are expected to complete the project in February 2017.