Rhino PE provided design team management as well as fire alarm and safety engineering/design for the replacement of the fire alarm system in this 6-story fully operational office building constructed in 1929. The building is currently occupied by several U.S. government agencies.
The previous fire alarm no longer functioned, which necessitated a 24/7/365 manual fire watch. Rhino devised measures for a temporary firm alarm system that not only offered enhanced life safety to building occupants, but also provided GSA with a cost savings in excess of $1 million by quickly eliminating the need for fire watch manpower. Upon completion and acceptance of the temporary solution, we designed and implemented the new fire alarm system on a rolling, floor-by-floor basis to minimize disruption to tenants. An additional challenge was implementing the new fire alarm system without sacrifice to historic building features.