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VSC Fire & Security, Inc. Names Mike Meehan, President, and John McDonald, Chairman, Effective Jan. 1, 2017

VSC Fire & Security, Inc. Completes Fire Suppression System for U.S. 58 Midtown Tunnel Project in Norfolk, VA

VSC Fire & Security, Inc. Mourns the Loss of Chairman, Martin L. "Marty" Giles, May, 2015

VSCF&S Rides the Wave of New Construction on the Grand Strand

VSCF&S's Myrtle Beach fire sprinkler installation crew worked at the site of the Hilton Grand Vacations Club timeshare resort, which is located at the former location of Beach View Apartments in downtown Myrtle Beach on Ocean Boulevard and 22nd Avenue North.

Myrtle Beach, SC -- The Myrtle Beach VSCFS&S office provided fire sprinkler installation for the construction of the Hilton Grand Vacations Club in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The installation includes fire pump, standpipes, wet systems, dry systems, pre-action systems and water curtains.

"The team at VSCF&S has worked very hard providing leadership and outstanding expertise on this job," said Gary Lee Sims, general manager for the Myrtle Beach district office.

"Our dedicated team of professionals managed many challenges including the installation in the atrium area, the sloped roof level and the decorative ceiling. I am especially proud of our expertise with regard to these architectural features as well as our team's overall seamless coordination with the other mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors onsite," commented Andrew Hilton, VSCF&S project manager and designer for the Hilton project.

Opening in 2015, the 24-story resort is the tallest high-rise currently under construction along the Mid-Atlantic coast. The $41.5 million Hilton timeshare resort is the first new lodging establishment to be built in Myrtle Beach since 2009.

Construction of the 308,000 square foot oceanfront resort started in October, 2013. Upon completion, the Hilton Grand Vacations Club will feature 220 luxury residential units, a dramatic 200-foot, sky-lit atrium, a fitness center, two full-service bars and multiple pools with direct access to the beach.

"We are excited to be part of this project as it is a sign that Myrtle Beach is once again growing and thriving," said Donald McDowell, the VSCF&S superintendent on the Hilton job. "As one of the nation's most popular tourist destinations, we are proud that Hilton is investing in Myrtle Beach and we are delighted that our office is part of the construction of this gorgeous hotel."

The Hilton building is designed by Columbia-based architecture firm Garvin Design Group in partnership with Tag Architecture, LLC. Landmark Construction Company is the general contractor. Myrtle Beach, known as the Grand Strand, has approximately 425 hotels, 1,700 restaurants and 100 golf courses.

Health Care Construction & Renovations Heat Up for Springfield Office

Fire sprinklers inside the hallway of the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Springfield, VA -- Even though the VSCF&S Springfield crew recently completed a contract exceeding $2.2 million for fire protection installation with Lend Lease at the newly named and newly expanded Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg, VA, work certainly did not slow down. In fact, VSCF&S fire protection installation projects for northern Virginia and Washington, DC area health care facilities are booming. Here is a snapshot of recent projects for the Springfield office:

The VSCF&S crew is currently working with Kranz and Turner Construction to provide a $750,000 fire sprinkler installation for the new home of MedStar Heart Institute inside the renovated 200,000-square-foot north wing of MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The $33 million heart institute will consolidate all existing cardiology clinics and inpatient units and modernize inpatient rooms.

VSCF&S is also performing multi-million dollar fire protection system installations with Clark Construction and HITT Contracting at the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus. Inova Fairfax is undergoing an $850 million expansion to upgrade the campus to offer more private rooms in a world-class environment for patient care, education and research. VSCF&S is installing systems in the new 12-story tower for the Inova Women's Hospital and Children's Hospital as well as the parking garage and the North Tower renovation. Inova Women's Hospital will include 192 private patient rooms and a dedicated women's surgery center with 8 operating rooms and 33 labor delivery and recovery suites. Inova Children's Hospital will include 116 private pediatric patient rooms.

VSCF&S Springfield is the selected contractor for both the Children's National Medical Center (CNMC) and Inova, a not-for-profit health care system with five hospitals located in the Washington, D.C. metro area, serving over two million people annually with over 1,700 licensed beds and 16,000 employees. In fact for more than 25 years, the Springfield VSCF&S team has been involved in numerous renovation and expansion projects, as well as maintenance and inspection services for CNMC and Inova.

And finally, Springfield's VSCF&S team is executing more than $1 million in new health care construction fire sprinkler installations with Brasfield & Gorrie, General Contractors. The includes renovation work at the Cancer Center at Lake Manassas in Gainesville, VA and the new StoneSprings Hospital Center and medical office building in Loudoun County, VA. The new StoneSprings Hospital Center is a $147 million, 230,000-square-foot facility providing comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, surgical, and diagnostic services.

Under Pressure for Quick Turn Around: Baltimore Team Delivers

Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Towson, MD

VSCF&S Baltimore was challenged with a tight deadline while designing and installing a sprinkler system in the attic of the hospital.

Baltimore, MD -- The VSCF&S Baltimore office recently completed a major project for a long standing VSCF&S customer, Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital (Pratt Hospital), a world-renowned psychiatric hospital in Towson, MD, just north of Baltimore. Pratt Hospital is a 336-bed psychiatric facility with more than 9,400 admissions per year.

In late Spring 2014, the Joint Commission for Healthcare Accreditation Organization, which is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs in the United States, imposed some extensive stipulations on Pratt Hospital. The report required compliance on a very tight deadline of just a few weeks for the design, submission, approval, installation and testing for a new fire sprinkler system in the attic in one of the hospital buildings.

VSCF&S was hired to complete this very challenging task. With the accreditation of the hospital at stake, the VSFC&S Baltimore installation and inspection professionals worked overtime and weekends to get the necessary fire sprinkler work completed. Numerous hurdles regarding the fire sprinkler installation were addressed before VSCF&S could start work on the attic area including: upgraded fire pump work; a total site evaluation by a third party Fire Protection Engineer; permitting plans through the local Authority having jurisdiction; and, building structural issues that needed to be resolved prior to installing pipe in the attic.

"After these various hurdles were addressed and the sprinkler pipe was fabricated, Val Deschaine, field superintendent, and Wayne Kicklighter, field foreman, formulated a brilliant plan to get the system installed within a three week period," said Bob Wineholt, general manager in Baltimore.

"All of the Baltimore sprinkler district inspection and installation crews managed to work this project into an already busy schedule and to meet the deadline. In the end, over 500 sprinkler heads were installed, tested and accepted. Mission accomplished. Job well done Baltimore."

Congratulations to everyone in the VSCF&S Baltimore office for a fantastic team effort: including Kevin Parker, sales and project manager; David Victor, design manager; Neil Eber, designer; Val Deschaine, field superintendent; and, all the crew members in the workforce field team which is under the leadership of Wayne Kicklighter, field foreman.

A VSCF&S customer since 2005, Baltimore inspections department has grown the Pratt Sheppard hospital account to more than 14 buildings. The hospital, along with VSCF&S, is fully committed to the Joint Commission Standards and Life Safety requirements. During 2014, the Baltimore VSCF&S inspection service team supported the hospital with 15 fire hydrants, a series of Back Flow preventers and various service deficiency and maintenance work. VSCF&S is now in process of negotiating a fire alarm contract addition in the same space that the Baltimore VSCF&S sprinkler department just completed.

"Rick Close, VSCF&S's life safety and low voltage project manager for Sheppard Pratt for over two years, and the entire team have built strong relationships by communicating effectively and by providing timely answers to the concerns of the customer," said Dave Busch, VSCF&S Baltimore low voltage district manager. "Our work at Sheppard Pratt is an excellent example of VSCF&S comprehensive services for life safety, inspection and fire protection."

VSC Fire & Security, Inc. Selected as Partner for Three Biomass Fuel Power Station Conversions in Virginia

Richmond, VA --- VSC Fire & Security, Inc. (VSCF&S)is partnering with Crowder Construction Company to install deluge type sprinkler systems for biomass fuel power station conversions at three different Virginia Dominion Power stations: the Altavista Power Station in Altavista, VA; the Southampton Power Station in Franklin, VA; and, the Hopewell Power Station in Hopewell, VA.

“With the strength of our large footprint in Virginia and our more than 50 years of fire protection expertise and service, VSCF&S was in a prime position to be awarded these three substantial projects with Crowder Construction and Virginia Dominion Power,” said Rob McCoy, manager of the VSCF&S Roanoke district office.

The Altavista project, which is now complete, was the first of a series of three projects. The Altavista Power Station is located on 32 acres in Altavista, Virginia and is being converted from using coal to biomass, a renewable energy source. The station is expected to begin burning clean biomass in 2013. VSCF&S installed deluge type sprinkler systems in six conveyor systems, a hog tower, truck tipper and biomass stacker which was connected by a 35 foot long braided flexible pipe. The conveyors range from 100 to 500 feet long and up to 100 feet high. The deluge systems are released by a ProtectoWire Firesystem fire alarm/releasing control panel. The entire project consists of approximately 350 Protectospray nozzles; eight deluge valves; and, galvanized six inch schedule 40 pipe.

“The most challenging aspect of the project is installing a deluge sprinkler system in the stacker which is a rotating arm 112 feet in the air 100 feet long. It rotates 320 degrees and tilts up and down,” said Rob McCoy.

The work on the Southampton and Hopewell stations are in the beginning stages.

“The success of Rob McCoy’s team on the Altavista conversion and our strong history of fire protection service in Virginia led directly to VSCF&S being considered in both the Hopewell and Franklin conversions. From there, the Richmond and Virginia Beach district offices took the ball and ran. The VSCF&S teams in these three offices worked closely together to collaborate on the planning and execution of these massive biomass conversion projects. I am pleased to see that these three VSCF&S offices have worked together to provide seamless customer service to our clients while maximizing VSCF&S’s participation in these conversions,” said Mike Martin, VSCF&S chief operating officer.

Here a tractor trailer backs up to the tipper building with a load of wood chip fuel.

VSC Fire & Security, INC. Installs Fire Alarm System Installation at Smithfield Foods North Plant

Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer, recently contracted with VSCF&S to install the fire alarm system at their North Plant facility in Smithfield, Virginia. In early 2011, Smithfield Foods initially contacted Larry Crutsinger, alarm and special hazards manager for the Virginia Beach district office, about the new project. The project details and scope of work were negotiated with Smithfield over a period of 18 months and the final proposal was submitted in July 2012. The purchase order was issued to VSCF&S in October 2012.

This new alarm system project at the North Plant includes the installation of fire alarm systems in the 750,000 square foot main plant building as well as fire alarm systems in seven separate small to medium-sized outbuildings. One of the major challenges is that the majority of the work in the main plant building will be done in operational food processing and production areas. Due to this type of environment, the wiring will be installed in PVC coated, rigid conduit and the devices will be weatherproof. The anticipated project completion date is December, 2014.

For years, VSCF&S has served as the preferred provider of alarm, inspection and service work at numerous Smithfield facilities. The VSCF&S Virginia Beach district office alarm and sprinkler departments have worked together on several projects for Smithfield including a large cooler expansion at the North Plant facility in 2009 and an even larger building expansion at the Clinton, North Carolina facility in 2012. Both of these projects included pre-action sprinkler systems in the coolers with Protectowire as the detection and releasing method.

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