San Diego: Fire Sprinklers Still Not Installed At City Hall

The city of San Diego is poised Monday to give itself another three years for the 15-story City Hall to comply with a 1986 municipal ordinance requiring fire sprinklers in high rise buildings.

The law has a built-in exemption for government buildings, but not those owned by the City of San Diego, which has extended a deadline for its compliance numerous times. City Hall has sprinklers and fire alarms only on one-third of the floors.

The latest extension expired last week.

The situation, as it currently exists, means that the City Council and Mayor’s offices, and the HVAC/mechanical areas are the only spaces protected by fire sprinklers. Public spaces, and spaces for lower ranking city officials are not protected. The estimated cost for adding fire sprinklers to the unprotected areas is $4.2M.