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The Challenges of Managing a Fire Life Safety Program at a High-Rise Building

Posted on: December 17, 2020

Fire Alarm system has, with the evolution of technology, evolved from simple pull stations and bells to electronic and complex systems. Interfacing with various other building systems and controlling those systems as required by codes and standards, all with occupant safety as the focus.

Due to lessons learned and code adaptations; buildings are becoming more and more complex. At the heart of almost any building is the Fire Alarm system. Thus, fire alarm system’s level of integration to other building systems continues to rise. With this evolution, the fire alarm system has become a “backbone” of safety in today’s high-rise buildings.

The complexity of this integration is even more critical in today’s working environment. As part of the Property Management team, it is not unusual to come into work on any given day to find issues with the systems. Many building systems can often be integrated and the problems may not always be as they appear. Proper service and maintenance will help minimize these problems.

Below is a partial list of concerns a property manager may face daily in the operations of a high-rise:

  • Balance the buildings maintenance cycle with the tenants’ needs
  • Tenant improvements play a critical change in any building fire alarm
  • Keep buildings code compliant and be ready for inspections
  • Meet budget constraints
  • Manage multiple fire life safety vendors

Finding vendors that can service your building can often be more difficult than it has to be. Code compliance has evolved with the complexity of the high-rise, in particular for the following:

  • Fire alarm test and inspection
  • Sprinkler test and inspection
  • Smoke control and/or pressurization test and inspection
  • DAS test and inspection
  • Sequencing testing

In order to reduce the complexity of dealing with fire life safety systems and managing different vendors, it is crucial to partner with a single vendor that can bundle and manage these services together. Since 2002, Performance Systems Integration has provided a “single-point-of-management” and is offering the following features:

  • Single point of management
  • Code compliance expertise
  • BuildingReports technology
  • AHJ compliance guidance
  • NICET Certified and factory-trained technicians
  • System upgrades and tenant improvement
  • Proactive budget planning
  • Balance the building’s maintenance cycle with the tenants’ needs

When you find a company that has the same focus as you, it makes sense to make a change.

Contact us to schedule a free life safety and code compliance analysis for your high-rise buildings.

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