The Air Up There: New San Jose Towers Constructed with Firefighter Air Replenishment Systems.

San Jose, California: As the Capital of Silicon Valley, the city of San Jose has long been synonymous with innovation. So it’s no surprise that the city’s tallest and most dynamic new high-rises will contain an innovation all their own: a Firefighter Air Replenishment System (FARS).

Known as MIRO, the luxury high-rise residential apartment community will comprise over one million square feet, including more than 600 residences and 20,000 square feet of retail and commercial space. And at the heart of the two towers will be a FARS—providing a safe, reliable source of air to firefighters all the way from the first to the 28th floor.

“MIRO sets a new standard for luxury residential living,” said Ted McMahon, Chief Investment Officer of Bayview Development Group, project developer. “Every detail has been thoughtfully considered, including the very latest safety features for both residents and first responders. That’s where FARS plays an essential role.”

The project, which is scheduled for completion in 2020, is the twelfth structure in San Jose to include a FARS since the city began requiring FARS in new construction. Presently the city mandates a FARS in all new buildings over 75, any building with two or more stories underground, any tunnel more than 500 in length and any building where the fire apparatus access point is located more than 150 from the nearest entrance.

Steinberg Hart of San Jose are project architects. Boston-based Suffolk Construction is the General Contractor. The FARS is being provided by RescueAir of San Francisco.

About Rescue Air: RescueAir is the world’s leading provider of Firefighter Air Replenishment Systems (FARS), a permanently installed air standpipe that is part of a building’s structure. It is considered by many experts within the fire service to be the fastest, most efficient, and safest way to deliver air to fire crews inside a building during a fire.  It is applicable in any complex structure where the delivery of air replenishment presents logistical challenges, including mid- and high-rise buildings and large horizontal structures such as “big box” retail stores, warehouses and tunnels. FARS became part of the ICC International Fire Code in 2015, under Appendix L. These systems are currently installed in more than 500 buildings in 10 states and in over 90 jurisdictions across the country.

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