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Fire & Life Safety Testing & Coordination

The days of hiring individual contractors to be left to self-supervise their design and installation are long gone.

Fire protection and life safety systems have become increasingly complex; typically requiring the integration of fire alarm, building automation, smoke control, security and other systems. Validation, verification and acceptance of these systems is a crucial milestone toward achieving not only a certificate of occupancy, but a safe building. Allen Engineering's comprehensive fire and life safety testing oversight services ensure these systems are fully integrated, functionally reliable, and ready for use. Our services range from providing full commissioning support to witnessing final acceptance testing; from design review, to owner operation, maintenance, and training procedures.


Our coordination often begins during the Planning and Design Phase by supporting the development of the Owners Project Requirements (OPR) and the Basis of Design (BOD) requirements for associated contractors. We ensure that coordination of the fire and life safety trades is clearly defined. We then review project drawings of fire protection and life safety systems for general code compliance and compliance with the requirements of the OPR and BOD.

Allen Engineering's comprehensive fire and life safety testing services ensure these systems are fully integrated, functionally reliable, and ready for use.

During the construction phase, the focus shifts to inspections and testing. We review installation and record documents, verify installation is in accordance with coordinated, approved shop drawings, inspect overall installation as outlined in the commissioning plan, and witness system testing to ensure functionality and integration. Finally, ensuring that the systems were left in a state of operational readiness and ultimately recommend acceptance of the systems to the owner.

Allen Engineering documents the findings of all of the fire and life safety systems services in a detailed final report for each building and system. These reports certify that each system is operational and installed per the contract documents and applicable codes and they include test forms used during the inspection and testing process. The final report is sealed by our licensed Fire Protection Engineer.

Allen Engineering serves Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue, Spokane, Olympia as well as all of King, Spokane, Pierce, and Snohomish County

Fire and Building Code Consulting
Code Analysis / Code Compliance
Life Safety Analysis

Hazard Analysis

Hazardous Materials

Design of Fire Protection Systems
Automatic Sprinkler Systems
Fire Detection & Alarm Systems
Clean Agent Extinguishing Systems
Specification Development
Loss Investigation & Litigation Support
Origin & Cause Investigation
System Failure Analysis
Technical Assistance
Litigation Support
Fire Protection Engineering
Performance-Based Design
Water Supply Testing & Analysis
Testing Witness & Coordination
Inspection & Commissioning
Construction Management
Construction Bid Document Development
Special Inspector Services
Commissioning / Acceptance Testing
Third Party Plan Review
Property Loss Prevention
Hazard & Risk Assessment
Fire Safety Audits
Alternative Solutions Development
Risk Improvement Strategy Development

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