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Courtyard Marriot

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Courtyard Marriot

The Courtyard Marriott, Buffalo, NY is a stylish five-story hotel in a new renovated historical building that was previously occupied by the CIA. This landmark project set the ball rolling for a much-needed regeneration program in the Downtown / Canalside district, and the hotel was designed to impress. Therefore, a fire alarm system complementing the hotel interior's aesthetically-pleasing qualities was essential.

GOAL:
To provide a solution with clean, minimalistic design in line with the flagship building’s architecture and decor. The solution needed a dependable system ensuring reliability and survivability that meet smoke alarm codes for multi-story buildings.

SCOPE:
The hotel’s fire alarm system consists of a Honeywell Gamewell-FCI E3 Series Network Voice Notification System with low frequency sounder bases. It includes a smoke control system and an Advanced Multi-Criteria Fire/CO Detector (MCS-CO), which is an addressable device that provides both fire and carbon monoxide (CO) detection.

Adhering to state code, the hotel has a fire commend center, which houses the Honeywell solution components and includes a city master box that directly ties in to the Buffalo Fire Department. This solution allows for fast notification of the local fire department should an emergency arise.

Safety First
While the Honeywell Gamewell-FCI system met state smoke alarm codes for multi-story buildings, the Marriott also had its own stringent requirements. For added protection, the hotel equipped all guest rooms with detectors designed to sense both smoke and carbon monoxide.

In addition, the contractors carried out extensive safety tests, such as filling an entire hotel floor with smoke under controlled conditions to ensure that the smoke purge system functioned to the hotel’s exact requirements. And the E3 Series passed the test with built-in reliability and survivability features designed to ensure continuous operation, even when components have suffered damage due to fire or tampering.

Aesthetically Pleasing
The E3 Series offers a clean, minimalistic design, which was crucial for the hotel. After all, this was a flagship building in the newly renovated Canalside district of Buffalo, which would set the benchmark and entice other organizations in to revitalize the area.

Minimal Maintenance
Following the system installation and the initial bedding-in period, U&S have only ever carried out routine inspections.

Ease of Expansion
The hotel occupies the basement and first four floors of the nine-story building, which is shared with prestigious law firm, Phillips Lytle LLP. In theory, if the law firm moved out, the Gamewell-FCI fire alarm system’s expandable architecture would allow the Marriott expand to the upper floors with ease.

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