William & Mary’s Integrated Science concept hinges on housing researchers and siting resources to promote interdepartmental collaboration as well as shared access to scientific instruments. Phase 3 will complete the triangle of the existing ISC 1 and ISC 2 facilities. The new four-story, 113,000 sf ISC 3 has a core that contains laboratories and shared instrumentation. Around the periphery are offices for scientists, a 300-seat lecture hall, and a two-story commons area.
Rhino’s fire alarm system design for the new ISC 3 facility provides elevator recall, individual building alarm, trouble and supervisory status, and the future capability for mass notification functions. It also has the ability to easily retrofit in the event of future facility modification, and interfaces with the existing fire alarm systems in ISC 1 and ISC 2.
Rhino FPE was engaged to provide the retrofit of fire alarm systems in 49 occupied buildings at the University’s flagship campus. The facilities were various sizes and uses, and included research labs, classrooms, auditoriums, historic buildings, and large venues such as the Eisenhower Auditorium|Center for the Performing Arts.
Rhino conduced a review of the existing fire alarm system, developed designs in accordance with applicable codes; provided power calculations; developed full contract documents and a complete system layout; provided construction phase services; and served as Owner’s Representative for acceptance testing. Several buildings provided notification challenges which Rhino addressed by obtaining variances from the PA Department of Labor and Industry. Work was conducted in six phases and with minimal disruption to building occupants and on-going activities.