Fire Alarm Modernization


The fire alarm systems districtwide are being modernized based upon the age and condition of the systems which vary from site to site.

As individual buildings are modernized or new buildings constructed, current building codes mandate fire alarm system functionality that our existing systems do not have. As part of the Districtwide Fire Alarm (DWFA) Modernization Project replacement, in whole or in part, of the fire alarm systems is being performed to support the demands of the modernization program code requirements, as well as to mitigate the increasing annual repair and maintenance costs of the existing systems.

Every ESUHSD site is planned to receive improvements through this project (13 High School campuses; 2 Adult Education Centers; 1 District Office). Improvements include replacement of the existing, obsolete fire alarm control units with new, district standard Gamewell FCI E3 control units at all sites that are not currently using E3 controls units as well as replacement of obsolete and incompatible fire detection devices and alarm notification appliances in selected buildings at several sites.

  • Calero, Oak Grove, and Independence High Schools already have E3 control units. The remainder of the District sites will undergo panel modernizations.
  • Notification appliances and detection devices compatible with the new E3 control units will be modernized in selected buildings at the following sites:
    • Andrew Hill
    • Education Center
    • Foothill
    • Independence Adult Education Center
    • Independence
    • James Lick
    • Mt. Pleasant
    • Piedmont Hills
    • Silver Creek
    • Yerba Buena
  • Notification modernization consists of the installation of code mandated emergency voice alarm communication systems (EVACS).
  • In buildings where initiating and control devices and notification appliances are not being replaced, the existing devices and appliances shall be connected to the new E3 control units.
  • Sites that currently have multiple off-site monitoring accounts will be consolidated to have one monitored account for each site.

These improvements to the fire alarm systems and the fire alarm monitoring systems will provide enhanced life safety for the occupants, as well as a long term, sustainable plan for future modifications of the district wide fire alarm systems.

Project Budget:   $18.9M

Occupancy / Beneficial Use:  2016 – 2017

Business Partners:

Construction Manager:   Swinerton Management & Consulting

Sajiid Sulaiman, 650.208.8359,

Isaac Serrano, 415.930.1359,

Design-Build Criteria Documents:  Interface Engineering, Inc.

Design-Build Team:  Gonsalves & Stronck Construction Company, Inc. / Ackerman-Practicon

DSA Project Inspection:  CIS, Inc.