Pentagon, additional contracts result from GSA schedule
WESTMINSTER, Mass. - It didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t take fire and systems integrator SimplexGrinnell long to reap the benefits of its newest schedule with the U.S. General Services Administration.
The company, which earned a spot on the GSA schedule for maintenance and repair services in late September, recently secured a one-year contract to test and inspect the fire alarm and suppression systems at the Pentagon and other facilities in the National Capital Region.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Right after our GSA service agreement was in place and right before the end of the government fiscal year, we got a fax from the Pentagon,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Mary Har-rington, spokeswoman for Sim-plexGrinnellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s GSA initiative. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We turned it around within days. It was quite an accomplishment.Ã¢â‚¬Â
SimplexGrinnell has already secured multiple contracts as a result of its GSA schedules for fire detection and alarm products, nurse call/patient response products and time solutions products, but this was the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first contract for maintenance and repair services for those products.
Although Har-rington couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t comment on the value of the Pentagon contract, it is likely a nice boost for SimplexGrinnell, considering the company derives 50 percent of its revenue from service.
Before contracting Simplex-Grinnell to test and inspect the fire alarm and suppression systems at the Pentagon, the work was done in-house, Harrington said.
Per the contract, Simplex-GrinnellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s job will be the documentation and deficiency notation of all life-safety system devices, Harrington said. That includes the smoke detectors, pull stations, duct smoke detectors, panels, fire pumps and kitchen hoods in a building considered the Ã¢â‚¬Å“nerve centerÃ¢â‚¬Â for defense-related command and control in the United States.
SimplexGrinnell is no stranger to the 3.7-million-square-foot Pentagon and its 17-plus miles of corridors. The company installed fire alarm systems there as part of the Pentagon Renovation Program, a multiyear initiative to renovate the Pentagon following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The company also conducted speech intelligibility testing of emergency evacuation systems in the Pentagon.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Obviously, fire and communications are very relevant to the government rightnow,Ã¢â‚¬Â Harrington said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“This new contract complements our other work at the Pentagon nicely.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In fact, being a one-stop shop was the motivation behind being listed on the GSA schedule for maintenance and repair services, Harrington said. Sim-plexGrinnell wanted to give federal agencies as many ways as possible to reach its products and services.
SimplexGrinnell earned its first contract requiring a GSA-approved vendor for security- and fire-related products in September 2002.