National Institutes of Health Campus Wide Mass Notification Upgrade
The NIH campus fire alarm mass notification system is a multiplex system that connects each building on campus. The mass notification system is capable of transmitting emergency messages to the buildings on campus from any of the three campus emergency command centers. Over 15,000 speakers, internally and externally, have been installed across the campus to achieve this goal.
Stanton Engineering provided fire alarm/mass notification systems design for 20 of the remaining campus buildings not connected to the campus network. The design services included initial planning, investigation, customer interviews, and survey/verification of existing conditions. The system design included modifications to address existing system deficiencies, mass notification system design, and details for upgrading the buildings existing systems with new systems compatible with the campus network. We also developed design requirements in conjunction with the NIH Architectural Design Review Board to minimize the impact the exterior speakers would have on the historical building façades.
As part of the project deliverables, Stanton Engineering provided detailed phasing sequences and constructability requirements, a cost estimate, design drawings, details, and specifications. Our engineers provided commissioning services including witnessing of testing, review of RFIs and change order requests, documentation of as-built conditions, and tracking punch list items throughout construction. Construction was estimated to be completed in 2020. The project construction cost is approximately $8M.