Complex code requirements might intimidate some, but they pique the interest of Viral. He leads the fire protection group in SmithGroupJJR’s Washington, DC office, and is responsible for fire protection engineering designs, code consulting, building condition assessments and construction administration services. “I love to interact with fellow colleagues to generate solutions to complex code issues,” he remarks. “It’s rewarding to know that I can influence the life safety features in a building.” Viral has worked on several highly visible facilities, including the White House Visitor Center, the Washington Dulles International Airport expansion and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Yet he’s particularly proud of a lesser-known project, a small community outpatient clinic in Washington, DC. “Our integrated SmithGroupJJR team took an old, outdated clinic serving low-income residents and transformed it into a beautiful, modern building the community can be proud of.”
Integration of Fire Alarm and Automatic Suppression Design in Hospital Renovations
The important fire protection and life safety concepts that must be carefully considered in a renovation or addition.
Every February, the National Building Museum and the National Engineers Week Foundation invite visitors to debunk the myths of engineering and discover how professional engineers turn ideas into reality. Viral helps to organize the annual hands-on, fun-filled festival.