Fire Protection Systems for Winspear Opera House
Western States Fire Protection Co.’s Dallas team will design and install the fire protection systems for the Winspear Opera House located in Dallas, Texas. Systems include standpipes, wet, dry, and preaction fire sprinkler systems with 2,543 sprinkler heads along with special noise and vibration requirements for the installation of piping. Western States Fire Protection Co. staff worked two years to obtain this contract.
The Winspear Opera House will be part of the new Dallas Center for the Performing Arts located in downtown Dallas. This center is the largest cultural initiative in the history of Dallas and the southwest with a fund raising goal of $275 million. The opera house is designed in the classic Italian horseshoe configuration and seats 2,200. Performances are planned to begin during the 2009/2010 season. The London firm Sound Space will develop the acoustical design and the acoustics will be engineered specifically for performances of opera and musical theater. The design is intended to be the standard upon which all 21st century opera houses will be measured.