Historic Church Fire Safety Upgrade

A Case Study

In This Case Study

  1. The Unique Challenge: Learn about the specific challenges faced when upgrading fire safety in historic churches and places of worship.
  2. More Church Case Study: A detailed account of how Elyon successfully navigated the complexities of installing a fire alarm system in a 100-year-old church, ensuring compliance without compromising its historic integrity.
  3. Strategic Solutions and Creative Approaches: Insight into Elyon’s innovative methods to overcome challenges, including custom CAD drawings and aesthetically pleasing wire concealment techniques.
  4. Testimonials and Impact: Hear directly from More Church’s Associate Pastor on the professionalism, efficiency, and sensitivity Elyon demonstrated throughout the project.

Elyon Fire and Life Safety Systems stands at the forefront of delivering innovative and reliable fire safety solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of each client. With a mission deeply rooted in ensuring the safety and well-being of communities, Elyon distinguishes itself through a commitment to excellence, unmatched expertise, fair pricing, and exceptional customer service. Specializing in comprehensive fire and life safety systems, Elyon has become a trusted partner for churches and places of worship, ensuring these sanctuaries meet stringent fire safety regulations and receive their certificates of occupancy without delay.

Church Fire Alarm

The Challenge: Preserving Safety and Heritage

Churches and places of worship not only serve as spiritual hubs but also as historical landmarks, often housed in buildings that have withstood the test of time. Ensuring these ancient structures meet modern fire safety standards poses unique challenges, from integrating advanced systems without disrupting the building’s aesthetic to navigating stringent certificate of occupancy requirements. The case of More Church, a century-old building, exemplifies these challenges. Tasked with the installation of a fire alarm system following a failed fire inspection, Elyon faced the dual challenge of upgrading safety measures while preserving the church’s historic integrity.

Situation Overview

More Church, seeking a certificate of occupancy, was informed of the need for a comprehensive fire alarm system. The 100-year-old structure presented significant challenges due to its age and lack of existing infrastructure to support modern fire safety technology. Elyon Fire and Life Safety was approached for a solution that would not only meet regulatory requirements but also respect the church’s historical significance.

Elyon's Approach

Elyon’s strategy was multifaceted, emphasizing meticulous planning, customized solutions, and efficient execution. The process began with an in-depth assessment of the building by Elyon’s in-house engineers, who then developed a tailored design. Recognizing the absence of original plans, the team meticulously measured the church to create accurate, to-scale CAD drawings—a process that proved beneficial for both the installation project and the church’s future planning needs.

Overcoming Challenges

The project faced tight timelines and the inherent difficulties of integrating modern systems into a structure not designed for them. Creative solutions were required, especially in areas lacking attic space for wiring. Elyon’s team ingeniously concealed wires using aesthetically pleasing raceways, ensuring the church’s charm remained intact. Coordination with the fire department was crucial, with Elyon managing communications to ensure all requirements were met and the church’s concerns addressed.

Results and Testimonials

The project was completed in under six weeks, despite the accelerated schedule and complex challenges. The fire inspection and certificate of occupancy were secured a week before the deadline, with the fire marshal identifying zero errors. Associate Pastor Enrique  highlighted Elyon’s professionalism, flexibility, and dedication to preserving the church’s character, emphasizing the seamless integration of the fire alarm system that did not compromise the building’s historical integrity.