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

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

  • Request for Proposal (RFP) preparation and assistance with vendor selection
  • Security console to comfortably sit four operators
  • Fire alarm graphic annunciator connected to video wall
  • Fire alarm panel used to control all facility operations

Chattanooga, Tennessee

2.7 million SF

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.

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