Cal Poly Pomona’s fire alarm and reporting system received extensive upgrades after the completion of a $2.1-million state-funded project that links campus buildings to University Police headquarters.
Over 14 months, the Fire Alarm Upgrade Project updated the fire monitoring and response systems in a majority of buildings. New wiring, conduits, alarms, strobe lights and alarm panels were installed.
The completion of the project over the summer ensures that buildings across the sprawling campus meet current state fire codes and are fully integrated into fire monitoring and response system at police headquarters.
The upgrade work required close strategic coordination and scheduling between Facilities Planning, Design & Construction and the project contractor, A.J. Kirkwood. In addition, campus stakeholder meetings were held with major building occupants to discuss the impact and scope of the upgrade work prior to the start of the project.
In order to mitigate the impact to building occupants, most of the installation of the new fire alarm components was completed mostly at night and on weekends. Fire alarm testing required Cal Poly Pomona construction inspectors and a California state fire marshal to conduct tests of alarms overnight and on weekends to reduce disruptions to building occupants and the campus community.
A central state-of-the-art emergency monitoring and response system was installed at police headquarters as part of the project.
Facilities Planning, Design & Construction managed the project, which started in June 2018.