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Saturday, May 14 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
(Pre-Conference Session) Choosing and Implementing an Automatic Fire Suppression System for a Collecting Institution

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Automatic sprinkler systems have long been an important element in the preservation tool kit of collecting institutions, yet the threat of accidental discharge has also made them a great source of anxiety and, on rare occasions, of water damage. Halon, once seen as an ideal replacement for sprinklers, is no longer an option due to its environmental effects, and there is no easy drop-in gaseous replacement.  Water mist and Vortex, a nitrogen/water hybrid system, offer hope of very low-wetting fire suppression.  In this panel presentation we will discuss what makes mist and nitrogen/water hybrid systems so promising and why so few museums, libraries and archives in North America have implemented them.  

Is this due to lack of precedent?  Confusion and conflicting information about the efficacy of these systems in the context of collecting institutions?  The difficulty of proving their effectiveness to insurers and regulatory bodies?  Cost?  Can we do anything, as museum professionals, to put water mist and the nitrogen/water hybrid more easily within our reach as tools to suppress fire in museums, libraries and archives?  Panel members will include two conservators and a museum building engineer who have each pitched, successfully or unsuccessfully, for low-water fire suppression systems at their institutions, as well as an expert from the Canadian Conservation Institute, and a fire protection engineer.  

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Nick Artim

Principal, Heritage Protection Group
Nick Artim is principal of the Heritage Protection Group, a Vermont based collaborative that specializes in the fire protection of cultural properties.  With more than 25 years of experience Nick's projects are worldwide and range from local historic societies to national libraries... Read More →
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Israël Dubé-Marquis

Head of Building Services, Canadian Centre for Architecture
Israël Dubé-Marquis, Head of Building Services, Canadian Centre for Architecture, trained as a mechanical engineer at the École de Technologies Supérieures (ÉTS) in Montreal. Active member of the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec since 2011. He spent some years as the Head of... Read More →
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Carolyn Morgan

Conservator, Bruce Peel Special Collections & Archives
After graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in History (University of Lethbridge), Carolyn went on to obtain her Diploma in Collections Conservation and Management from Fleming College. Since then, she has worked in a wide variety of collections, including the Royal Alberta Museum... Read More →
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Karen Potje

Head, Conservation, Centre Canadien d'Architecture
Ms. Potje has been Head of the Conservation/Preservation Department of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) since 1992. A graduate of the Master of Art Conservation programme at Queen’s University, she spent three years as a paper conservator at the Montreal Museum of Fine... Read More →
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Ala Rekrut

Manager, Preservation Services, Archives of Manitoba
Ala Rekrut came to archives with a background in visual art and theater and experience in museums and arts administration. She completed her Master of Art Conservation degree at Queen’s University, and interned at the National Gallery and at the National Archives of Canada before... Read More →
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John Ward

Preservation Development Advisor, Heritage Interiors, Canadian Conservation Institute
John Ward is trained as a built heritage conservation architect who has worked with the Heritage Conservation Directorate, PWGSC, between 1996 and 2009, focusing on providing advice on federal heritage buildings including those on Parliament Hill, and since 2010 has been a Preservation... Read More →

Saturday May 14, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Room 511 B/E