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Article Date: 15th September 2016

Apollo Fire Detectors - Fire detection & Alarm System from Apollo Specified for International School in Armenia

Fire Detection - Fire Alarm System - United World Colleges

Apollo Fire Detector

United World Colleges (UWC) was founded in 1962, with the vision of bringing together young people with experience of the political conflict of the Cold War era. By offering this educational experience based on shared learning, collaboration and understanding, the UWC’s aim is that students can subsequently act as champions of peace. There are now 15 UWC campuses worldwide, with 7,500 current students and more than 50,000 alumni.

In August 2014, the UWC branch in Dilijan, Armenia opened its doors for students on the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Situated in the Caucasus region, on the border between the European and Asian continents, the international college in Dilijan is based in a culturally diverse region with a rich history.

The technologically-advanced buildings of the college were designed by Tim Flynn Architects and built by RD Construction, in accordance with BREEAM green building standards. The campus of UWC Dilijan College boasts multiple facilities including the main school building with its state-of-the-art equipment, sports and medical centres, a football field, volleyball, tennis and basketball courts, student housing and a multifunctional centre.

The safety of students and staff at UWC was a major concern during the design and construction of the college. RD Construction included features within the design to ensure safety from landslides and earthquakes in what is a mountainous and seismically active region on the outskirts of a large national park in central Armenia.

Digital Security Systems LLC (DSS) was responsible for the design and installation of the fire protection system for the college. Protecting the large, busy campus around the clock required careful planning.

DSS specified fire detectors from Apollo for the system which needed to comply with international standards, as well as Russian and Armenian building regulations. In addition to having the required certifications, the fire protection system needed to be fully integrated with the building management system (BMS), and installing Apollo fire detectors helped to future-proof the fire safety system due to the forwards and backwards compatibility of the devices.

The Discovery range of detectors from Apollo was installed in the majority of the buildings, for reliable accuracy and features which include drift compensation, five different sensitivity settings, and day/night modes provide effective protection and minimise the risk of false alarms.

Technical buildings and maintenance rooms, where chemicals and canisters with compressed gas are stored, are protected by the intrinsically safe XP95 IS range from Apollo. Addressable Beam Detectors were installed in the gym, swimming pool and basketball courts, protecting a total area of 6,400 square metres.

Paul Pope, Head of Systems Integration and Technical Support at Apollo, comments: "The priority for the college was to provide a system with sophisticated false alarm management capabilities and effective early warning in detection of real fires - to provide the students and staff with reliable evacuation notification as well as safeguarding its buildings, facilities and equipment."

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