September 28, 2018
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. — Alten Construction, a full-service San Francisco Bay Area commercial construction company, recently completed a new fire alarm system installation at Lawrence E. Jones Middle School.
Alten Construction started the project June 4 and finished the project by the time school resumed Aug. 14. The $1.67 million project included demolition and removal of the existing fire alarm system and the installation of a new fire alarm system, which includes smoke and heat detectors, for 13 buildings within the middle school.
“Alten Construction worked with our district facilities team to make sure the project was completed on time and under budget,” said Robert Haley, superintendent for the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District. “They took great care to make sure the work was done according to our specifications. This project greatly improves the safety of the school for our students.”
The fire and life safety upgrades can be seen across the 95,100-square-foot campus, including in the courtyard and within all three wings of the school.
“We brought the campus up to the current code,” said Randall Barbour, project manager for Alten Construction. “R. McClure Electric Inc. did a very good job of eliminating surface wire and making sure the aesthetics, including the surface-mounted conduit and wire molding, are pleasing to the eye.”
Initially, Alten Construction did a lot of electrical site investigation prior to the project starting. The general contractor located a number of existing underground pathways that they were able to utilize, saving the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District more than $300,000. While working to get conduit from room to room, the electrician was able to eliminate the majority of visible surface-mounted conduit by utilizing the existing attic space.
The fire and life safety upgrade is the first project of two that Alten Construction will be working on at Lawrence E. Jones Middle School. The general contractor is scheduled to begin work on a new band room in mid October, pending approval from the California Division of the State Architect.