NFPA Journal - May/June 2013 - (Page 64)

— . CODES IN REVIEW . — WILLIS TOWER Drill Team How Willis Tower management and the Chicago Fire Department joined forces to protect the country’s tallest building. By MICHAEL SCHROEDER + ANTHONY VANBUSKIRK RElAtED CONfERENCE SESSION working Together for one Response—The Chicago fire Department and iconic willis Tower Michael Schroeder, director of business continuity and life safety for U.S. Equities Asset Management, llC; Anthony VanBuskirk, deputy district chief (retired), Chicago fire Department wednesday, June 12, 9:30– 10:30 a.m. 64 NFPA JOURNAL MAY/JUNE 2013 ChiCago’s famously known as the city of broad shoulders, and the iconic Willis Tower, formerly known as the Sears Tower, accounts for a lot of the town’s architectural brawn. At 110 stories and 1,450 feet (442 meters) high, it’s the tallest building in the country, as well as in the Western Hemisphere. Its 4.5 million square feet (418,063 square meters) of floor space is home to offices, restaurants, shops, a U.S. Post Office, two chiropractors, and two dentist’s offices. Roughly 25,000 people pass through the building daily. That’s why building management has teamed up with the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) to conduct an annual large-scale drill to test and fine-tune emergencyresponse procedures. Drills can number hundreds of participants, including firefighters and the building’s management, security, and engineering staffs. Journal asked Michael Schroeder, director of business continuity and life safety for U.S. Equities Asset Management, LLC, the company that manages the building, and Anthony VanBuskirk, a CFD deputy district chief (retired), to recount their experiences with a recent drill: what worked, what didn’t, and why cooperation is critical for protecting lives and property in one of the world’s most complex structures. Illustration: Rafael Ricoy

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NFPA Journal - May/June 2013

NFPA Journal - May/June 2013
First Word
In a Flash
Heads Up
Structural Ops
In Compliance
Electrical Safety
Wildfire Watch
Treasurer's Report
Work in Progress
Amping It Up
Drill Team
Working Together
Code Process 2.0
Routine Maintenance
Here, There, Everywhere
Section Spotlight
Expo Preview: Exhibitors' Showcase
Looking Back

NFPA Journal - May/June 2013