Chicago City Hall Outfitted with State-of-the-Art Sprinkler System

Metropolitan Fire Protection contracted to install fire protection in landmark building.

Chicago, January 30, 2017 —When Chicago’s City Hall was built in 1911, architects Holabird and Roche chose a soaring classical style for the 11-story building, with mosaics adorning the lobby’s vaulted ceilings and plenty of granite and marble. Now, crews from Metropolitan Fire Protection, Inc. (MFP) are seamlessly incorporating a shiny, new, 21st century sprinkler system into this enormous historic building.

Metropolitan Fire Protection was contracted by Kenny Construction (A Granite Company) to design and build the new system as mandated by a city ordinance calling for sprinklers in all commercial buildings. MFP’s engineers and installation crews are integrating the new equipment into the entire 500,000 sq. ft. building while its occupants—the offices of Chicago’s Mayor, City Clerk, City Treasurer, Aldermen, and several City Departments—remain fully operational and open to the public. When they are done, they will have installed miles of pipe and more than 5,000 new sprinkler heads.

“The task is, if you’ll excuse the pun, monumental,” said Brian Ferguson, MFP’s executive vice president. “In addition to the logistics of planning and scheduling the work around daily city business activities, a big part of the challenge is integrating the new sprinkler system into each area of City Hall while also preserving this important landmark’s classical style and features. Our crews are working round the clock, six days a week to make it happen and assure steady progress toward completion.”