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File #: 2020-186    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 5/28/2020 In control: Board of Directors
On agenda: 6/24/2020 Final action: 6/24/2020
Title: Contract No. 2000284 Fire Alarm, Fire Sprinkler, Fire Extinguisher Maintenance Services Sourcewell Member Participating
Sponsors: Navid Mehram
Indexes: Wastewater Operations
Attachments: 1. GLWA Fire Alarm, Sprinkles, Suppression Bid Forms, 2. Sourcewell Procurement Board Report, 3. Form G-Facility Security 031517_6


Contract No. 2000284

Fire Alarm, Fire Sprinkler, Fire Extinguisher Maintenance Services

Sourcewell Member Participating



Agenda of:    June 24, 2020

Item No.:       2020-186

Amount:        Three Year Contract $1,392,027.00

Two Year Renewal Option 916,870.00

                                          Total Contract $2,308,897.00                     


TO:                     The Honorable

                     Board of Directors

                     Great Lakes Water Authority


FROM:                     Sue F. McCormick

                     Chief Executive Officer

                     Great Lakes Water Authority


DATE:                     June 24, 2020


RE:                     Contract No.  2000284

                     Fire Alarm, Fire Sprinkler, Fire Extinguisher Maintenance Services

                     Sourcewell Member Participating

                     Vendor:  Johnson Controls Fire Protection


Upon recommendation of Navid Mehram, Chief Operating Officer - Wastewater Operating Services, and Cheryl Porter, Chief Operating Officer - Water and Field Services, the Board of Directors (Board) of the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA), authorizes the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to enter into Contract No. 2000284, “Fire Alarm, Fire Sprinkler, and Fire Extinguisher Maintenance Services” with Johnson Controls Fire Protection at a cost not to exceed $1,392,027.00 for a duration of three years, with one two-year renewal option for $916,870.00 for a total contract amount of $2,308,897.00; and authorizes the CEO to take such other action as may be necessary to accomplish the intent of this vote. 


GLWA life safety systems installed at the WRRF, Water Treatment Plants, and CSO Facilities include fire alarm systems, sprinkler systems, and fire extinguisher systems.  Fire alarm systems consist of a control panel, and many devices throughout each building which are designed to detect fire and alert personnel.  Fire sprinkler systems are designed to detect a fire and to suppress it in an automatic fashion.  Fire extinguisher systems consist of hand-held devices used by personnel in the event of fire to extinguish that fire.  All of these systems are in place to protect GLWA infrastructure, the public, and most importantly GLWA personnel.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has established maintenance requirements for all these systems.  Maintenance of these systems requires specially trained personnel in accordance with NFPA requirements.  Therefore, to meet NFPA requirements for maintenance, GLWA plans to contract out maintenance of these life-safety systems. 

GLWA utilizes Simplex Grinnell Fire Alarm Life Safety Systems throughout the majority of our facilities to optimize maintenance and develop consistency among GLWA facilities. These systems are serviced by Johnson Controls Fire Protection who acquired Simplex Grinnell in 2018. Service to these systems by other vendors typically requires the presence of Johnson Controls for panel/system access as each manufacturer has designated codes to their panels.

Services provided under this Fire Alarm, Fire Sprinkler and Fire Extinguisher Maintenance Contract in accordance with NFPA requirements include Fire Alarm Test and Inspection Service annually, inspection reporting, end-user training to GLWA team members, annual smoke testing, calibration, smoke detector cleaning, cable/ground fault repairs, equipment trouble shooting, device replacement, repair services, 24/7 on-call emergency services, fire pump churn tests, sprinkler system backflow inspection services, water conditioning treatments, and fire extinguisher inspection/certification/replacements.


The maintenance and repair of life safety systems is required by the NFPA.  These systems protect GLWA personnel, facilities, and the public.  The standardization of the maintenance services for all life-safety systems to one vendor provide GLWA one central point of accountability while minimizing the management resources necessary for such a complex system. Additionally, Johnson Controls is the original provider of most of these systems, is familiar with GLWA facilities, and has the necessary resources and expertise to provide all of these services to GLWA.  This standardization of maintenance services will eliminate disparate maintenance strategies throughout GLWA and the potential overlap of system services. 

GLWA is a member of Sourcewell Cooperative Purchasing based in Minnesota and is leveraging the Sourcewell Johnson Controls Fire Protection cooperative agreement to procure fire alarm, fire sprinkler, fire extinguisher maintenance services for various GLWA facilities.

Finally, in recognition of the financial impacts to GLWA and its member communities due to recent events, Johnson Controls has proactively approached GLWA and provided a 10% discount on employee labor rates for the first three years of this contract, reduced replacement part markup by 8% for Fire Alarm and Fire Sprinkler for the first three years of this contract, provided a 10% discount on the consumable parts purchase, and a 2% discount on obsolescent device replacement for the first three years of this contract.  This represents an immediate savings to GLWA of approximately $50,000 and will continue to save GLWA over the course of the contract as repair services are utilized under the Contract allowances for repairs (parts and labor).


Summary: The proposed contract will cover both Water and Wastewater facilities. The

current FY 2021 budget and five-year financial plan was based on previous experience

and work performed. The value of the contract exceeds the current financial plan in total.

Potential positive variances of other contractual services or repairs and maintenance as

well as the use of this service may vary by year. The financial plan will be adjusted

accordingly, during the FY 2022 budget preparation to accommodate the proposed

contract amount.


Funding Source:                      Operations and Maintenance Budget (O&M)

Cost Centers:                       Water Resource Recovery Facility (892221)


                                                               Water Treatment Plants (882131 - 882171)


                                                               Combined Sewer Overflow Facilities (892271 - 892279)


Expense Types:                     Contractual Buildings & Grounds Maintenance (617200)


                                                               Repairs & Maintenance - Facilities (622400)


Estimated Cost by Year and Related Estimating Variance: 

                                                                                                                                 O& M                                                               

FY 2021 Budget                                                               $   464,010                                                               

                     FY 2022 Financial Plan                                          $   464,010                                                               

                     FY 2023 Financial Plan                                          $   464,010                                                               

                     FY 2024 Financial Plan                                          $   458,485                                                               

                     FY 2025 Financial Plan                                          $   458,395                                                               

                                            Total Budget                                                               $1,917,760                                                               

                     Maximum Proposed Contract                      $2,308,910                                                               


                     Variance (positive/(negative))                     ($  391,150)                                          




This item was presented to the Operations and Resources Committee at its meeting on June 10, 2020.  The Operations and Resources Committee unanimously recommended that the GLWA Board adopt the resolution as presented.


 This item does not impact the shared services agreement between GLWA and DWSD.