City Center Central Fire Station, Baggage Handling System, Taxi Relief Station
Tooles Contracting Group completed the 6,400 square foot Fire Station #32 built right into the new cutting-edge, multi-billion dollar mega-resort City Center. With less than ten square corners in the entire building, the project presented numerous architectural, mechanical and electrical challenges, and obstacles that had to be considered during the construction phase. The fire station services the entire 18-million square foot development and was the critical element of the entire project because it had to be completed before a certificate of occupancy was issued. Along with the challenging architectural layout, the station contained some of the most advanced communication equipment on the market today. With miles of electrical wiring running throughout the station, the communications systems are set up to alert and dispatch the fire crew at a moment’s notice. Beyond the standard systems installed (Fire Alarm Control Systems, Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), Access Controls Systems), the fire station also has the following advanced communications systems installed: Locution CADVoice system; Locution CADVoice ZoneTracker system; Locution CAD Voice Controls and DALI Lighting System. With these systems and controls working in conjunction with one another, the firefighters and medics can update their location within the fire station at any time by using the various Zone Tracker touchpads located throughout the station. As a result, the system will know exactly where each person will need to be notified during an emergency, and the Fire Command Center can intelligently route dispatches directly to the person(s) that actually needs to respond to the emergency without interrupting the other fire department staff.
The system also includes the DALI Lighting System which also works in conjunction with the other Locutions devices. Numerous DALI Lights are located in the ceiling throughout the station in every room and in all the travel corridors. Each DALI Light has its own “address” and is controlled by the main system. If a call comes in at night, the Fire Command Center will dispatch certain crew members via the CADVoice and ZoneTracker systems. At the same time, the DALI lights located in the same room as the dispatched crew will turn on and the lights will also turn on in the travel corridors. This allowed the crew to respond without interrupting the other crew members that didn’t get dispatched. Overall, the coordination and installation of these high-tech systems did present some challenges; however, not only did everything get coordinated and installed properly, but the system functioned as it was designed to do on the first startup and test that was performed.
Tooles also installed a 2,000 linear foot baggage handling and delivery system in the utility floors below the entire project. Before we began construction, our team met with the various HVAC, electrical and plumbing trades to identify where the system would interfere with their work. We utilized advanced 3D modeling software that identified over 20,000 interferences with fixtures, sprinklers and plumbing etc. Over the course of the following weeks, our team met with the various trades to eliminate the interferences. In less than three weeks we eliminated over 18,700 interferences. With over 2,500 tradesmen working below us, we had daily SAFETY meetings to coordinate and implement the massive SAFETY program needed to keep everyone safe. Tooles was also selected as the prime general contractor for the Taxi Relief Station that services the 4,000 room Aria Hotel.