For fire protection, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to keeping customers safe. Each time we get a project, we start from scratch by designing a program that fits the needs of the client. The projects we take on begin with the opportunity—and from there it’s a team effort among Southland’s design engineers, project management team and installers.
Our fire protection design team is one of the most diverse and experienced in the industry. Team members are a mix of mechanical and fire protection engineers, current and former field installers, and NICET certified designers. Our organization’s diversity is a major strength for the fire protection department. With direct access to mechanical and controls engineers, we can utilize various levels of expertise to innovate and constantly improve our processes.
Southland is commitment to continuing education means our fire protection team is entirely union trained. Additionally, team members are required to have a comprehensive knowledge of the codes and Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) requirements that impact a project.
Because our network of resources spans across the country, we are able to successfully complete large complex, short duration, or accelerated projects. For example, our work on a large government facility: had it not been for the creativity between team members, we may have not been as successful. However, because Southland has such a cohesive team, we were able to design and install a new system that had just been approved by a third party listing agency.
When I joined Southland’s Mid-Atlantic Division in 2009 to start up a fire protection department, our first local project was the Washington Headquarters Facility. The design phase of that project took about five months—an allotted time that has drastically decreased as our team has grown. Looking back on our first project to where we are now, I can see how far we have come and it’s refreshing to see the changes and solutions we have created together.
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