Honeywell wins Dallas airport job

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Sunday, June 1, 2003

DALLAS - Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions Services has won an $8 million project to supply and install its life safety system at the Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport, a project being billed as one of the largest integrated fire systems in an airport.

The contract award came at the end of March, after several months of work by Honeywell to engineer and design the project. The company expects to begin managing the project in September, with a completion date set for April 2005.

“This will probably rank as one of the largest single fire alarm contracts that Honeywell has done,” said Dan Raap, who specializes in large fire systems and integrated fire systems solutions for Honeywell.

Much of the work will center around the new International Terminal D, a two million square foot building. Honeywell will also be responsible for securing the airport’s automated people mover system, which transports passengers between all five terminals at the airport. Another aspect of the project involves providing the life safety system for a 300 room Hyatt hotel attached to the airport.

In all, the project will keep 15 Honeywell employees busy at peak times, as well as 20 personnel from subcontractors who are pulling wires and helping to install the system. More than 12,000 fire and life safety devices will be used.

What makes this project unique, said Simon English, director of airport projects for Honeywell, is that the airport chose to install a fire system that integrates with its existing Honeywell system. “The airport could have chosen to do stand-alone systems in every terminal, but the airport chose one fire system across all sites,” he said. “The existing fire system in the existing terminal was our legacy products and the airport chose a very cost effective system.”

Honeywell will install its XLS branded product. It will run off the Honeywell Enterprise Building Integrator platform, a building manager software that enables security personnel to monitor the system from a central point.

Honeywell officials are also working on securing other contracts with the airport, such as security work, aside from the providing the fire system.

“The key thing is the fire system,” said English. “Generally people don’t understand that a fire system is the most critical thing in an airport. If the fire system doesn’t work, you can’t open the airport.”