Nate Birmingham, P.E.

Principal

A principal at Code Red Consultants with more than a decade of project experience, Nate is equally skilled at performance-based code consulting and design as he is with construction inspection and fire protection commissioning. He has led projects involving integrated life safety systems testing, smoke control special inspections, code compliance alternatives and equivalencies, and third-party reviews and inspections. Nate particularly enjoys providing consulting services for the total life cycle of a building, from design and construction inspections to commissioning and re-commissioning life safety systems.

Nate has significant experience with using computer fire modeling to evaluate smoke control system designs protecting atria and large assembly spaces. Working with the design and construction team, his technical analyses are used to identify specific challenges and possible compliance strategies that are not offered prescriptively. Nate collaborates closely with clients to find solutions that balance their project goals with adherence to the core principles of safety and compliance. His project work includes high-rise buildings, atria, offices and corporate headquarters, science facilities utilizing hazardous materials, healthcare facilities, residential buildings, and large mixed-use developments.

As a member of Code Red Consultants’ leadership team, Nate promotes a culture of learning, innovation, and technical excellence. He prides himself on being an attentive, hands-on principal focused on the professional development of Code Red Consultants’ staff.

What do you love most about your job?

Our consulting work is all about problem-solving, and I thrive on the technical challenges of discovering practical solutions to our clients’ pain points. Everyone at Code Red Consultants has a similar mindset of intellectual curiosity and an engineer’s way of thinking.

Education

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Master of Science, Fire Protection Engineering
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

Registrations

  • Registered Fire Protection Engineer: MA
  • LEED Accredited Professional, USGBC

Professional Affiliations

  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)

Articles

“Steps for Designing a Successful Smoke Control System,” authored with David Leblanc, Engineered Systems, January 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • “Pass Your Smoke Control Acceptance Test the First Time, Every Time,” presented with Tafone, Burroughs, Becker, ArchitectureBoston Expo(ABX), Boston, Mass. November 2013
  • “Performance-Based Design of Smoke Control Systems Using FDS,” National Fire Protection Association World Safety Conference, Boston, Mass., July 2011

A principal at Code Red Consultants with more than a decade of project experience, Nate is equally skilled at performance-based code consulting and design as he is with construction inspection and fire protection commissioning. He has led projects involving integrated life safety systems testing, smoke control special inspections, code compliance alternatives and equivalencies, and third-party reviews and inspections. Nate particularly enjoys providing consulting services for the total life cycle of a building, from design and construction inspections to commissioning and re-commissioning life safety systems.

Nate has significant experience with using computer fire modeling to evaluate smoke control system designs protecting atria and large assembly spaces. Working with the design and construction team, his technical analyses are used to identify specific challenges and possible compliance strategies that are not offered prescriptively. Nate collaborates closely with clients to find solutions that balance their project goals with adherence to the core principles of safety and compliance. His project work includes high-rise buildings, atria, offices and corporate headquarters, science facilities utilizing hazardous materials, healthcare facilities, residential buildings, and large mixed-use developments.

As a member of Code Red Consultants’ leadership team, Nate promotes a culture of learning, innovation, and technical excellence. He prides himself on being an attentive, hands-on principal focused on the professional development of Code Red Consultants’ staff.

What do you love most about your job?

Our consulting work is all about problem-solving, and I thrive on the technical challenges of discovering practical solutions to our clients’ pain points. Everyone at Code Red Consultants has a similar mindset of intellectual curiosity and an engineer’s way of thinking.