September 8, 2015 — SimplexGrinnell, A Tyco International company, was awarded two major FARS projects in the Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area: Encore on First West Phase II in Mesa and the Luhrs City Center Marriott in downtown Phoenix. Both cities have codes that require FARS in new high-rise construction.
Encore on First West is a transit-oriented apartment community targeted to independent seniors age 55+. Located in downtown Mesa at 47 West 1st Avenue, the development follows the successful Encore on First community that opened in January 2013 with 81 units. The expansion phase adds an additional 44 residential units. The Weitz Company is the general contractor.
The Luhrs Marriott is a new $80 million dual-purpose hotel that will rise from a site now occupied by a two-story vacant building at Central Avenue and Madison Street in downtown Phoenix. This 320-room hotel will be the capstone to owner Hansji Urban’s Luhrs block development. The new hotel will be divided into two sections, with approximately 120 rooms dedicated to a Courtyard by Marriott and another 200 rooms for a Residence Inn by Marriott. ACRM Architects of San Diego is the designer of the complex. The owners have not yet selected a general contractor.
A firefighter air replenishment system (FARS) is a permanently installed air replenishment system that is part of a structure. It allows firefighters to refill their air tanks inside a building during a fire or any emergency where air quality is compromised. It provides firefighters with quick access to a constant, safe and reliable source of breathing air in structures such as high-rise buildings, large horizontal structures and tunnel systems. At a typical fill station, a firefighter can replenish the air in his or her air cylinder in under a minute.
SimplexGrinnell, a long-established leader in the life safety and fire safety industry, became a channel partner of Rescue Air Systems, the leader in FARS technology, earlier this year. SimplexGrinnell is now in a position to bid competitively on FARS installations throughout the country. The Arizona projects are the first to be awarded to the company.
“SimplexGrinnell is delighted to participate in the FARS industry,” says Ryan Schwartz, sales executive and sprinkler suppression specialist at SimplexGrinnell. “We have more than 30 years of experience in the life safety and fire safety security solutions industry. We are very excited to expand the scope of our business to include FARS, the latest innovation in fire safety and one that will save many lives.”