Monsanto Fire Alarm Upgrade
Location: St. Louis, MO
Client: Monsanto Company
Size: 7,200 devices in 15.3 acres of buildings on a 504-acre campus
When agricultural giant Monsanto sought to modernize and upgrade its fire alarm system at its world headquarters in St. Louis, Guarantee Electrical’s GECO Systems and GECO Engineering teams delivered innovative system solutions. Monsanto’s goal was the creation of a safer, more secure campus spanning 504 acres, 68 of which are developed (including 15.3 acres of building space).
GECO Systems and GECO Engineering partnered with national fire alarm leader, Siemens Building Technologies, Inc., to design a state-of-the-art, performance-based, multi-disciplined fire safety plan. Siemens furnished fire alarm components, programming and layout. GECO Engineering provided design review and approval. GECO Systems installed the system.
The team faced a number of challenges for installing 7,200 fire alarm devices in 26 unique buildings:
- completion in less than 12 months; and
- a requirement for interim redundancies as full system replacements were under way to ensure 24/7 systems operation through project completion in December 2005.
The project required a significant electrical construction and upgrades, in addition to full replacement of the fire alarm panels, related cables and system controls. GECO Systems laid the groundwork for success early in the project by installing an underground fiber-optic network connecting all Monsanto campus buildings and power and raceway components. Guarantee’s specialized skills in directional boring and backhoe excavation were needed. Finally, GECO Systems installed all firm alarm panels, cables and devices, and coordinated fire marshal testing.