Carter Bros. tackles health care vertical

Monday, June 1, 2009

ATLANTA--Edwards Service Division in April began the first-phase of a multi-year fire alarm systems integration project for Washington Hospital in Fremont, Calif.

A division of Carter Brothers, which is based here, Edwards Service Division was part of GE until it was purchased by Carter Brothers in 2007. It has 10 branch locations around the country.

Health care is a major vertical for Edwards, making up about 20 percent of the division’s business, said Pat Hallet, director of business development for Edwards. And, Edwards has worked with this particular hospital on fire projects dating back 30 years.

“This is the third or fourth generation of fire alarm system in the hospital,” he said. Hallet said his team worked with engineers and architects from the hospital to design a campus-wide, networked life safety system for the hospital ,which is undergoing a major renovation that includes the construction of a Central Utility Plant, a Center for Joint Replacement, an underground tunnel and an interim loading dock.

The project involved the integration of EST3 networks from two adjacent buildings to the FireworXs network of the main hospital. This network will act as the fire and life safety backbone for the first phase of construction.

Installing a fire system in a hospital involves “a lot of coordination, it’s a big team effort between the architects, electricians and mechanical contractors.”