Facility Operations

Electronic Safety & Security


  • At this time, WSU CaTS installs all of the Structured Cabling (Voice/Data/CATV), Phone System (Headend & Handsets), Network Electronics, WLAN (Headend and AP’s) & Audio/Visual Equipment.  The Contractor should only install Infrastructure (Box, Conduit & Power) to support the Owner Furnished Equipment as well as the complete Fire Alarm System.
  • The Infrastructure (Box, Conduit & Power) must be designed by a RCDD (Registered Communications Distribution Designer).
  • The Engineer of Record (RCDD) must have meetings early in the Design Process with the WSU PM & CaTS to discuss TRB & TR Locations as well as a general strategy for infrastructure for the project.
  • This is a Wright State University, CaTS Telecommunications Design Guideline Specification Document.
  • The conduit feeding the card reader location shall terminate in a 4” square box 2 1/8” deep with a single-gang mud ring 42” AFF.

280528 PATHWAYS FOR ELECTRONIC SAFETY & SECURITY                                                                                           

  • Enhanced security door locations
  1. Shall have in addition to the standard door access location a second card reader location on the interior of the door location with a separate ¾” conduit with 4” square box 2 1/8” deep with a single-gang mud ring 42” AFF.
  2. A ¾” conduit with 4” square box 2 1/8” deep with a single-gang mud ring above the door on the exterior side for a siren.
  • (Individual Addressable Module)
  1. Install an IAM “Simplex fire alarm system” in the communication closet near the access control hardware for every alarm point that needs to report to WSU Police Dispatch.
  • Building Entrance
  1. Doors that require access control shall have at minimum the standard door access configuration, but may require additional infrastructure if the location is equipped with automatic door openers or if custom door hardware is used.
  2. Doors that require access control will have ANSI Grade 1 electrified door hardware and operate at 24Volts DC and electrified exit devices shall have motor driven latch retraction.

Security Cameras

  • Interior
  1. CCTV locations shall have a bushed 1” conduit installed above accessible ceiling at the camera location to the nearest cable tray.
  • Exterior
  1. CCTV locations shall have a flush mounted 4” square box 2 1/8” deep at the camera location with a 1” conduit to the nearest cable tray.  Final CCTV locations to be determined by WSU.
  2. All panic buttons shall be hardwired to the Simplex fire alarm system, refer to electrical specifications.

283100 – FIRE DETECTION AND ALARM                                                                                                                                

  • Within any single building, design a complete system that integrates the existing and new systems into a single system at one common location.  For integration with existing systems, Contractor and Engineer must coordinate with the University Electrical Engineer.  This includes connecting new equipment or systems into the Graphics Control Console (GCC) in Allyn Hall.
  • All new systems shall be UL Listed and compliant with the most current editions of the Ohio Building Code, NFPA 72, and NFPA 70.  Initiating devices for ventilation systems shall be compliant with NFPA 90A.
  • All new systems must be demonstrated in the presence of the local Authority Having Jurisdiction, the State Fire Marshall, safety and Casualty Fire Prevention, the project manager, the University Electrical Engineer, and their designated representatives. System will not be accepted until all components and functions are in full operation and accepted by all representatives
  • All fire alarm system junction boxes and terminal cabinet covers shall have 2 inch x 2.5 inch labels with red background and white letters, stating the following:





283111 – ADDRESSABLE FIRE-ALARM SYSTEMS                                                                                                                

  • All electronic fire alarm signaling and monitoring systems shall be manufactured or provided by Simplex.
  • Every new fire panel should be Simplex 4100ES or newer equivalent. Each building shall have its own Simplex 4100ES Fire Alarm Control Panel (FACP).
  • Each FACP shall contain all campus standard pre-recorded messages.
  • Each FACP shall connect to the GCC in Allyn Hall via fiber optic loop.  Loop shall be enclosed in red conduit.
  • All alterations to the GCC shall be made with new programming and shall include new or updated floor plans.
  • All devices, including detectors, initiating devices, and occupant alerting devices, must be addressable and compatible with the Fire Alarm Control Panel.
  • All fire suppression system tamper and flow switches shall be addressable or made addressable with separate modules.  Switches shall be tied into and monitored by the building FACP.


283143 – FIRE DETECTION SENSORS                                                                                                                                       

  • All fire detection sensors must be analog, addressable, and shall permit the University to adjust address, sensitivity, set point, and pre-alarm levels.
  • Heat detectors shall be field-restorable, and can be either fixed temperature or rate-of-rise as required by design and code. 


283146 – SMOKE DETECTION SENSORS                                                                                                                                

  • All smoke detection sensors must be analog, addressable, and shall permit the University to adjust address and sensitivity.
  • All smoke detectors shall be of the photoelectric type, unless specific location has a danger of rapidly-developing flaming fires.


283153 – FIRE ALARM INITIATING DEVICES                                                                                                                         

  • Fire alarm initiating devices shall include, but are not limited to:
    1. Manual pull-stations
    2. Automatic smoke detectors
    3. Automatic aspirating smoke detection
    4. Automatic fixed heat detectors
    5. Automatic rate-of-rise heat detectors
    6. Automatic flow switches
  • Pull stations shall be used as manual fire alarm initiating devices.
  • All manual pull stations shall be single action with a key reset, and shall not utilize a glass rod.
  • All manual pull stations shall be addressable by the Fire Alarm system.  The boxes shall be colored red with a white handle.
  • Within any single building, new stations shall be keyed alike, such that a single key will function for both existing and new stations
  • Initiation circuits shall be zoned and separated as follows:
    1. Manual devices (pull stations) shall report independently from automatic initiation devices
    2. Sprinkler system flows shall report independently from all other devices
    3. All other devices shall be zoned as required per codes and application


283163 – FIRE ALARM INTEGRATED AUDIO VISUAL EVACUATION SYSTEMS                                                         

  • Audible and visual notification appliances shall be addressable, continuous alarms, horns and strobes located so that the operation of such devices will be heard and/or seen clearly in all areas regardless of the ambient level.
  • Notification devices shall include, but are not limited to:
    1. Horns
    2. Strobes
    3. Door releases
    4. Fan shutdown relays
  • All visual strobe devices shall be equipped with synchronized light flashes.  All strobes shall be 110cd regardless of location unless otherwise required by code.
  • Audible notification devices (horns) shall be speakers with multiple taps, and shall be set at the highest tap at the time of installation. All speakers shall be installed at intervals suitable to meet the NFPA intelligibility requirements.
  • Temporal patterns for all audible alarms must be coordinated with the University.
  • All door hold opens shall be 24 VDC.


283900 – MASS NOTIFICATION SYSTEMS                                                                                                                             

  • All installed fire alarm system/FACPs must be mass notification capable.
  • All components and function of the mass notification system must be listed for mass notification use and for compatibility with the FACP
  • All mass notification systems must interface through and be controlled by the local Simplex 4100ES panel within each building.  Each local panel must accept and transmit mass notification signals from the central FACP panel in the GCC area.
  • Mass notification shall be initiated by the main microphone station/FACP within the GCC area in Allyn Hall or at a remotely controlled microphone.
  • Mass notification activation shall initiate the following actions:
    1. Display action initiated on mass notification panel
    2. Initiate the appropriate alert tone and pre-recorded or live message for the respective alert switch activated
    3. Activate fire alarm/mass notification strobes throughout the building.
    4. Mass notification shall have alert priority over fire alarm system.  If the fire alarm is also in an active state, the fire alarm audible alarms shall stop during the mass notification messages.  Fire alarm strobes may continue to flash and shall be synchronized with any mass notification strobes within building.
    5. Mass notification signals shall not be displayed as alarm conditions.  Text descriptions shall clearly indicate appropriate conditions.
    6. Transmit the signal to the central GCC monitoring station.
  • Audio amplifiers shall be installed throughout the system as required.
  • Specific mass notification/communications panel equipment to be coordinated with the University.
  • All components must be addressable and monitored by the local FACP.
  • Activation of the mass notification system shall release all magnetic hold opens within the building.  Such release shall not be by zone as a chemical release cannot be detected by zoned detection devices.