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Welcome to PDI

"Protecting Lives and Property through the Practical Application of Fire Protection Engineering"

Founded in 1985, Protection Development, Incorporated (PDI) is a fire protection and life safety engineering and code consulting firm that embraces an integrated approach to fire protection engineering, code review and analysis, permit coordination and expediting, and project management.

Our methodology combines client input, an evaluation of project constraints (site conditions, aesthetics, historical significance, innovative concepts, etc.), and a thorough analysis of mandated requirements.  These factors are weighed against performance-based options to produce cost effective and functional designs that meet the needs of the owner while achieving regulatory compliance.

PDI-Logo-34-year_webFor over 30 years, architects, engineering firms, building owners, developers, state and local building officials, and safety professionals in both the private and government sectors have selected PDI for the critical task of fire protection engineering and code analysis.

Our fire protection, life safety, and construction code solutions can be found in office, retail, residential, manufacturing, warehousing, refining/chemical, healthcare, historical, and educational occupancies. PDI’s licensed professionals and certified technical staff critically evaluate fire hazards and design problems, and offer technically sound, cost-effective solutions.

We understand the nature and characteristics of fire, the nature and behavior of smoke and the toxic products of combustion, how fires originate and spread within and outside of structures, and how fire can be detected, controlled, and extinguished. 

"PDI truly believes that from a code, life-safety, and fire protection engineering perspective, projects that start well, have a much better chance of ending well.   Subsequently, we strongly recommend that at the earliest phase of the project, sufficient time and resources be devoted in order to discuss, evaluate, coordinate, integrate, and achieve design team concurrence on those elements that affect fire-safety, life-safety, and code compliance, being particularly mindful of the myriad code requirements that may apply to your project."

— Robert C. Andrews, Jr., P.E., M.Sc.
President & CEO
Principal Fire Protection Engineer
Protection Development, Inc.