Miraval Resort and Spa
Designing fire protection for the Miraval Resort & Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts was multi-faceted endeavor. RAN designed sprinkler systems, stand-pipes, and fire alarm systems throughout the 30-building complex.
The original fire alarm systems within the complex were not compatible with each other due to differences in manufacturers. This caused the accuracy of the alerts to be insufficient. If a fire alarm was activated, the main panel would only report which building the fire is in, not a specific room. RAN addressed this by designing a wireless radio mesh fire alarm network. This system eliminates the hardwiring from the fire alarms to the original receiver and is replaced with radio transmitters which are received by a central receiver. The receiver is connected to a monitor where the guard has an interactive display of the complex where guards can see exactly what room the fire is located. This not only creates a safer environment for guests of the resort, but it also saved our client millions of dollars because they did not need to replace all the existing fire alarms.
One of the buildings in this complex is over 250 years old and had no existing fire protection measures. This building was originally a privately owned mansion but was being converted to a hotel and banquet facility. RAN designed a wireless fire alarm system within the building to limit disruption to the original ornate ceilings. The wireless fire alarms eliminated the need for holes in the walls to hardwire the fire alarms together, effectively preserving the building's historical integrity. The fire alarms in this building also feed into the wireless radio mesh fire alarm network. The sprinkler system was also designed strategically to maintain the aesthetics of the building. The historical building has original ornate architectural designs, so keeping these features intact was an important aspect of the project.