The main building of the Frankfurt Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum, which is a listed building, was erected in 1908. The motto of the museum has always been: to research and to bring the results to the public. The science of the institution, collections and museums have a prominent position in biodiversity research.
Due to the increasingly limited storage space, the premises of the museum and research institute were extensively expanded from 2009 onwards. Since the start of the extensive remodeling and expansion, more than 22 million collection items have been moved, air-conditioned collection rooms and laboratories have been built, and modern work spaces have been created. This makes it Senckenberg's largest construction project to date. In 2018, the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung celebrated the completion of the conversion.
After analysis all fire risks and protection goals, the museum decided on a solution based on a FirExting® gas extinguishing system with argon. In combination with the earliest possible fire detection, this prevents the spread of a possible fire and thus the destruction of the research and exhibition specimens. In herpetology (amphibians and reptiles), the specific properties of the extinguishing gas argon are particularly advantageous: a large proportion of the specimens are preserved in alcohol. If the containers were damaged in a fire, the alcohol would collect on the floor in pools and promote rapid fire spread. This can be prevented by using the FirExting® gas extinguishing system. The extinguishing gas argon is heavier than air due to its high specific gravity, making it ideal for extinguishing areas with fire loads near the ground
And the main building of the Senckenberg Museum, built in 1908, also benefits from this solution: it is a listed building. A fire that spreads to the masonry would be fatal. The solution installed by WAGNER therefore provides multiple and lasting protection.
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