Fire Alarm Systems Design2019-07-02T23:40:22-04:00



Life Safety Project knows that good fire alarm system design greatly reduces or even prevents the safety risk to occupants and damage to property in the event of a fire. But, fire alarm systems aren’t one-size-fits-all, unfortunately. Every building and facility has a unique design with its own challenges, and while there are some common traits shared by floor plans of the same building type or facility purpose, a comprehensive and fully-custom fire alarm system design is almost always the best option.

Whether you’re constructing a new building, remodeling an existing building, or simply want to replace your current fire alarm system, getting the perfect fire alarm system that fits the building and your needs starts with a qualified, experienced, NICET certified fire alarm system designer. We guarantee our design will meet or exceed National Fire Code, as well as all other requirements, regulations, and technical codes pertaining to your project, no matter where it’s located in the US and regardless of what city or county governments are involved.


If your building, business, or facility has special requirements or detailed needs, we will ensure those needs are covered. Our comprehensive understanding of current fire and safety standards allows us to design solutions tailored to your project. Whether your needs include special hazard detection, high-sensitivity areas, specific hardware requirements, specific product line or manufacturer requests, seamless legacy system integration, or anything else, our design work is the solution!

Our work is completed in a timely manner, but it’s typically approved by the building department even faster. Over 90% of our projects pass on the first plan review. That success rate is attributed not only to our knowledge and understanding of code requirements, but also to how detailed our work is, and the first impression that makes to those who review it.

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When we work with you to design a fire alarm system design for your project, our work includes all the required documents and data required for permitting and approval by your AHJ, including:

  • Floor plan drawings
  • Riser diagrams
  • Control panel wiring diagrams
  • Point-to-Point wiring diagrams
  • Conduit where needed
  • Conductor routing
  • Conductor size
  • Wiring diagrams
  • Battery and voltage drop/circuit calculations

All of our design work is completed in-house using CAD software, so that we can be as detailed as possible in ensuring the design is optimal for your project’s needs, layout, and budget constraints.


We understand that studying fire alarm system standards probably isn’t in your project schedule; your priority should be your business, not knowing the intricacies of NFPA 72. Municipal codes, fire regulations, and safety standards evolve constantly, but we are always on top of the latest changes. When you work with Life Safety Project for your fire alarm system design, you’re hiring experts so you don’t have to become an expert yourself. Let our experience and knowledge in fire alarm system design do the legwork!

Life Safety Project uses code analyses and standards from:

  • International Building Code (IBC)
  • National Electrical Code (NEC or NFPA 70)
  • Life Safety Code (NFPA 101)
  • National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code

…and more, depending on your local governances.

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If you’re working with an older building, you may think there’s no need for fire alarm system design, but old buildings present their own unique complications. Replacing or retrofitting an existing fire alarm system is a complex procedure that often has mixed results. In most cases, the local Fire Marshall and/or building officials must become involved, even in addition to the permitting, and an analysis must be completed that details the condition and functionality of the existing fire alarm system infrastructure as well as the building’s structure and design.

All of this takes time, causes disruption to occupants, and of course, costs money. Our experienced and certified design engineers have a keen understanding of the challenges associated with retrofitting older buildings. Working with Life Safety Project for fire alarm system consultation and design can save you a lot of time, money, and headache, plus the end result is a more desirable fire alarm system in terms of both performance and functionality!


For new construction projects that need fire alarm system design, we can design a system that fits the needs of the project, both physically and financially. We can work with architects, engineers, contractors, electricians, building managers and building owners or anyone else involved with the specifications of a new construction project to ensure that our design is exactly what you need.


When you think of a fire alarm, you probably think of the bright strobe lights and the alarms that sound to alert occupants of the emergency, but those elements are actually only a small part of a fire alarm system.

A fire alarm system is the essential hub of fire protection for any building or facility, and it consists of multiple pieces of equipment that work together according to fire and safety codes and standards for the purpose of reducing or eliminating the risk to occupants by detecting fire and notifying personnel and authorities.

The parts of a fire alarm system typically include:

  • Fire alarm control panel – This is the controlling unit of the system. It receives information from or sends information to all the other devices on this list. It monitors the operational integrity of the devices, provides for automatic equipment control, gives critical information in the event of a fire, and much more.
  • Smoke detectors – Strategically placed units that detect smoke in critical locations or in locations where fire risk is greater than normal.
  • Duct detectors – These smoke detectors are positioned in ducts to detect smoke or fire in the filter or fan.
  • Emergency lights – This includes bright strobes as a visual emergency warning as well as exit lighting which marks exits and exit paths.
  • Pull stations – A manually-activated fire alarm.
  • Audible fireproof signaling alarms – Alarms come in many different types and styles; they can be motorized bells, wall-mounted horns, or speakers. They can be set to different frequencies or tones depending on the manufacturer, and they can even be followed by a vocal message that gives evacuation instructions or other information.
  • Annunciator panels – Also known as the Centralized Warning Panel (CWP), this is a panel of lights that indicate the status of systems or equipment within the building or facility.
  • Water flow switch/detector/sensor – For fire alarm systems that include or require fire sprinklers, this device is designed to send an alarm to the fire alarm panel and/or to the fire department when it detects water flowing through the fire sprinkler system piping, due to either a leak that needs immediate attention, or due to an activated fire sprinkler.
  • Control output relays – For most commercial fire alarm systems, total shutdown of certain electrical and/or mechanical systems and/or equipment (like air conditioning and elevators, for example) is required by code. These relays ensure these automatic shut-off operations occur in the event of a fire alarm.


There are some key differences between our services and the services offered by others:

Attention to Detail

We don’t just design, we consult.

After studying the plans and understanding any road blocks, we offer detailed code-compliant solutions catered to your needs.

NICET Certification

Held by less than 4% of engineers.

Did you know 10 years of experience is required for NICET IV certification? No wonder there’s only 1,500 in the nation!

Plan Review Pass Rate

Our projects pass plan review the first time.

Over 90% of our projects pass on the first plan review, saving you costly delays and putting your project on a fast track.


Here’s a look at what some of our clients had to say about their experience working with Life Safety Project on their previous projects.

“He listened to what I needed, understood the situation, and came up with a digital solution pretty quickly. I was impressed!”


“Professionalism and efficiency. It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with Tom and the team at Life Safety Project.
I have now engaged them for 3 projects, and each one completely different in scope than the last. They have performed above expectations, and the level of professionalism they hold is exactly what it should be: treating each other with respect, listening, collaborating on the design, and responding in a timely manner.
For any project you have, and want done right the first time, Life Safety Project should be your first call.”


“I’ve used Thomas for years, always pleased with his work. I’ve recommended him to many other low-voltage contractors.”



To showcase just a few of the previous clients we’ve collaborated with and past sites we’ve worked on, here’s a portfolio of some of our recent projects.


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