Mr. Derr is a graduate of the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science degree in fire protection engineering. During his tenure at the University of Maryland, Mr. Derr was a teaching and research assistant for the Department of Fire Protection Engineering. He assisted in teaching Fluid Dynamics for Fire Protection Systems and investigated the self-sustaining smoldering characteristics of polyurethane foam. While attending the University of Maryland, Mr. Derr worked with a sprinkler contractor in his home town of Annapolis Maryland, an experience providing invaluable insight relative to the design and installation of automatic sprinkler systems.
Mr. Derr specializes in fire suppression system design, smoke management systems, mixed-use facilities, master planning, and building/life safety code consulting. His responsibilities include preparation of construction documents, and specifications of sprinkler systems for new, existing, and historic buildings; existing building assessment; building code interpretations/variation request preparation; and Third Party inspections of automatic fire detection and automatic sprinkler systems for the Metropolitan Washington, DC area
In addition to Mr. Derr’s project work, he participates on the NFPA Committees for Safety to Life – Business and Mercantile Occupancies (NFPA 101) and Smoke Management Systems (NFPA 92/204). His participation on these committees ensures that he provides clients with the most current code requirements.