April Meeting: Firestopping Inspections

  • April 13, 2023
  • 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Merrick HQ - 5970 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Greenwood Village, CO 80111


  • This is the rate for SFPE-RMC "Full" and "Chapter" members to attend this meeting.
  • This registration type is for pre-paid "Chapter Friends" or "Chapter Members" who prepaid for all meetings with their membership payment for the year.
  • This is the rate for attendees who are not members of SFPE-RMC. [Note that membership in the Chapter is only $25 for the year ($15 for SFPE Society members). If you plan to attend more than one Chapter meeting, Chapter Membership pays for itself quickly!]
  • College-aged students who are currently enrolled in a Bachelors or Masters degree program, who are interested in the profession of Fire Protection Engineering.

    Please request a registration code from admin@sfpe-rockymountain.org from your student.edu email address. Thanks!

Presentation: Firestopping Inspections

This presentation will include an introduction of the basics of firestopping inspections, why they are important, code requirements, tested & listed systems, what the industry may be missing, the services our company provides, and touch on a few examples of major fire disasters due to lack of adequate firestop/firestopping inspection.  We are here to have a fun and friendly discussion about what we know, and answer any questions you may currently have through an inspector’s perspective.  Through bridging the gap in communication and education, we can promote successful and safe commercial building construction projects.

Ground Engineering Consultants, Inc. (GROUND) is an almost 40-year-old local Colorado firm providing geotechnical and environmental engineering, materials testing, laboratory services, specialty testing, and third-party building inspection services (including firestop and rated construction inspections).  We provide services to government, city and municipal organizations, educational facilities, as well as commercial and industrial sectors.

Guest Presenters: Sam Thompson, P.E.

Sam is a Professional Engineer, Certified Building Inspector, and Certified Firestopping Inspector (including Denver-specific certification), with 19 years of experience within the construction and engineering industry.  Sam is currently GROUND’s Senior Manager of our Third-Party Building & Firestopping Inspection Department.  Sam and his department work daily to provide third-party firestopping and building inspection services to various municipalities, school districts, general contractors, developers, project owners, etc.  Sam has been a front runner in the firestopping inspection industry and has worked to develop our leading internal department that now includes 15 certified building inspectors, firestopping inspectors, and 5 Denver-certified firestopping inspectors.  He routinely works to stay up to date with local codes, and inspection practices and information. He enjoys working collaboratively and proactively with clients to educate and establish successful routines, that will make the inspection process more effective and efficient throughout the project duration.

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