This standard is established to aid the Engineer of Record and the Designer of Record in development of the design and construction documents. Contents and requirements stated herein are to be incorporated into the final contract documents and the construction shop drawings.
Fire alarm systems shall be designed by a National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) designer certified at Level III or Level IV in Fire Alarm Systems. The fire alarm designer will also have the necessary credentials as required by the State of Oregon and the City of Corvallis.
The Fire Alarm System design shall comply with the latest adopted edition of the following codes and standards:
Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC)
Oregon Fire Code (OFC)
National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code – NFPA 72
Oregon Electrical Specialty Code (OESC)
Related Divisions/Sections in OSU Construction Standard
Section 08 71 00 – Door Hardware
Section 21 10 00 – Water-Based Fire Suppression Systems Systems
Division 23 – Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Where portions of a building remain occupied during a construction project, the fire alarm system will remain operational throughout the duration of the project. Construction phasing plans or planned fire watch periods will be included in the project design documents.
Where an expansion/renovation project requires additional Fire Alarm Control Panel (FACP) capacity beyond that existing, a complete, new system is required. The use of multiple main control panels in a single building is not permissible.
The main Fire Alarm Control Panel (FACP) shall be installed at the primary fire department entrance to the facility.
Evaluate feasibility of a smoke detection system design where area smoke detectors are provided for smoke damper and air handler control in lieu of duct mounted smoke detectors.
Alarm Verification shall be permitted for smoke detectors where the conditions or activities are anticipated to cause nuisance alarms.
Only the detectors adjacent to fire shutters or elevator smoke doors will activate the door release function.
Provide FACP software bypass switches for the following points:
A document storage cabinet will be provided at the main FACP location, or other location as determined by the University. The cabinet will be sized to contain the record drawings, the testing and completion documents, and will contain a permanently mounted electronic storage device for a copy of the FACP resident software, a copy of the programming software (current version), BIN files and any other panel related files, CAD files of as built, and a list of programmed points.
System shall be designed class “B”.
The new fire alarm system will be manufactured by SimplexGrinnell and be the 4100 Series equipment. 4010 Series may be applied to smaller structures. Existing control equipment of a different manufacture will be allowed to remain for expansions of existing systems which do not warrant a complete fire alarm replacement.
All fire alarm initiating devices will be intelligent/addressable and will be programmed with an individual device address.
All fire alarm notification appliances will be intelligent/addressable.
Provide a fire alarm transmitter capable of communicating over the OSU campus Ethernet. Program the transmitter to fully interface with the OSU Campus Safety receiving station in Cascade Hall. Provide point identification for all alarm, supervisory and trouble signals as well as all intelligent/addressable devices and appliances.
Provide the following spare parts:
Fuses – (2) of each size used in the installed system.
Manual Pull Station – Minimum of one or 2% of total installation
Spot Type Area Smoke Detector – Minimum of one or 6% of total installation
Spot Type Heat Detector – Minimum of one or 6% of each type used in the total installation
Detector Base – Minimum of one or 2% of each type used in the total installation
Interior Notification Appliance – Minimum of one or 4% of each type used in the total installation
Exterior Notification Appliance – Minimum of one or 2% of each type used in the total installation
Intelligent Modules – Minimum of one or 4% of each type used in the total installation
Provide all of the items listed in the Design Documentation, Shop Drawings, and Minimum Required Documentation sections of NFPA 72.
The Contractor’s fire alarm shop drawings and product data sheets shall be submitted to the OSU Facilities Alarms Shop for review, including the Architect’s/Engineer’s review comments/submittal dispositions.
Fire alarm system installation shall be supervised by a contractor NICET certified at Level II in Fire Alarm Systems.
Provide a complete metallic raceway for fire alarm systems. Provide a minimum 3/4 inch Electrical Metallic Tubing (EMT) for fire alarm wiring. A single cable run to a single device may be installed in 1/2 inch EMT. Provide a minimum 4 inch square box for junctions and terminations.
The main FACP and any additional Notification Appliance Circuit (NAC) panels will be connected to life safety branch circuits and provided with transient surge suppression.
All fire alarm notification appliances will operate from one pair of conductors. Exceptions are allowed for Emergency Voice Alarm Communications Systems (EVACS) and for certain weatherproof or hazardous location applications.
Emergency control functions shall have bypass switches located at the FACP.
Door holder circuits will be 24VDC from dedicated, battery backed power supplies. Powering of non-fire alarm loads from the FACP is prohibited.
Duct mounted smoke detectors will report as supervisory alarms at the FACP.
Photoelectric Beam-Type smoke detectors will be provided with remote test capability. The test station will be installed in an accessible location.
Provide isolation modules on Signaling Line Circuits (SLC) serving multiple floors or more than 50 devices on a single floor.
Provide labeling of all devices and appliances with their respective system address. Label to be produced from an electronic labeling system visible from the floor without magnification. Hand written labels are not acceptable.
Provide labeling of all conductors and cables at termination points in panels, cabinets and junction boxes. Label to be produced from an electronic labeling system. Hand written labels are not acceptable.
Roll-down fire doors shall be equipped with electric motor up/motor down controls interfaced with the FACP. Roll-down fire door and Fire Curtains shall be closed only by the nearest smoke detector in alarm on either side of the door. Roll-down fire doors and Fire Curtains shall automatically be restored to the open position upon fire alarm system reset to normal.
Provide factory training for any untrained OSU Alarms Shop personnel. Training to be provided for both Operator and Technician levels and training hours distributed accordingly. Operator training to include all control panel functions and creation of reports. Technician training to include hardware repair and maintenance by University personnel of all building panels, devices, and appliances, diagnostic procedures, system expansion and maintenance techniques. Factory training shall include tuition, travel and lodging.
For control equipment other than that specified in the Division 28 Products section, provide factory sponsored certified technical training for the system installed. This training shall certify two University technicians to maintain, service, and program the installed system. Provide for tuition, transportation and lodging for University technicians to attend this training. Include a subscription for direct manufacturer’s technical support for the system.
Close Out Documentation
Provide all of the requirements of the Completion Documentation and Minimum Required Documentation sections of NFPA 72.
Provide the NFPA 72 Inspection, Testing and Maintenance Documentation.
Provide permanently mounted zone map adjacent to each FACP and FAA (fire alarm annunciator?). Maps sized to be clearly visible without magnification.