Fire Alarm, Access Control, and CCTV Systems for VW Automotive Campus

Negotiated with vendors and integrators as well as created a design and installation guide. This reduced costly overruns and saved the client approximately $200,000.

Volkswagen selected SSOE to oversee architecture, engineering, and construction management for its new greenfield production facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. SSOE was responsible for the campus’ data centers, fire alarm system, access control, and CCTV systems.

The data center was designed with multiple cooling systems, power systems, and data routes for redundancy. In addition, a primary and secondary command and response building was designed, each with video walls and several communication pathways.

The campus includes ten, multi-level buildings that were connected in a Style 7 fiber optic network to eliminate communications gaps. The fire alarm system also serves as a mass notification system to alert occupants of all emergency classifications, interfacing with production-based equipment and other internal automation systems. In addition to the fire alarm system, a complete access control system was designed for several of the buildings in the complex. The entire system was designed to be monitored from primary and back-up on-site control rooms.

Cameras and monitoring systems were installed around the site and consisted of both analog and Internet Practical (IP) cameras. The CCTV system was connected to the fire alarm annunciator to allow the camera to locate and view a specific area in the event of a fire. The alarm within the facility will automatically be displayed on the video wall.

The fire alarm, access control, and CCTV systems were integrated together to provide for a converged system. If a fire alarm occurred it would unlock the respective access control doors for emergency egress and point cameras to cover the area in question. All systems were designed such that a common reporting method could be used.

Fire, Data, and Security Systems for Facility Expansion

Negotiated with multiple vendors to reduce material and installation costs, saving the client over $700,000. Created design and installation standards which assured contractors and integrators installed all systems the same way. This greatly reduced cost overruns and maintained schedules.

Since 2004, SSOE has been providing this chemical manufacturer with design and start-up support for a series of complex facility expansions. SSOE’s Data / Fire / Security team provided complete design of telecommunications, LAN, WAN, MAN security, access control, CCTV, fire alarm, sound, paging, and mass notification systems as well as an extensive fiber optic network. This network, which consists of thousands of strands of single and multi-mode fiber and required installation of more than 30 miles of fiber, serves the client’s telecommunications, data, and process communications needs. The design also included an automated CCTV premier detection and alarm system.

SSOE provided the complete design for Tier 3 and Tier 4 data centers. Each tier has attached state-of-the-art control, which monitors all of the key operation processes. The primary control building space is comprised of several server rooms, offices, and a large operator room that houses a 16-foot by 80-foot video wall and 20 high-end operator stations, each equipped with six, 30-inch LCD screens. The facility is equipped with several methods of redundant cooling, communications, and power feeds.

SSOE also designed a 9ll quality, two-way radio system with multiple redundant repeaters that exceed 911 and interoperability requirments.

SSOE engineers provided on-site construction support and supervised the entire installation of the system and commissioned its operations. The entire project came in under budget and ahead of schedule.

SSOE ordered all equipment on behalf of the client and negotiated bulk discounts. The team’s deep understanding of the client’s facility and processes earned the firm “preferred engineering partner” status. It also resulted in SSOE being hired to provide similar services for the client’s new facility in southeast USA.