Florida State's only FM 4991 Approved Contractor.
As a leading firestop, drywall, and metal framing contractor, Wall Systems stays on top of industry trends to provide you with the most up-to-date systems. Our estimators and project managers regularly attend conferences and continuing education, keeping all certifications up to date. This commitment to continuous improvement allows us to deliver top notch service with a clear understanding of what is required to get your project completed not just on time, but right the first time. We believe strongly in doing the right thing, always and we deliver this service to our clients through our one-of-a-kind concierge service.
Furthermore, it has always been and continues to be our policy to only use gypsum board products from domestic manufacturers. Our primary suppliers are United States Gypsum(USG) and National Gypsum (Gold Bond) for Drywall. Our Firestop materials come from Hilti.
Wall Systems Contractors’ Firestop Construction Division
In a fire, every second counts. Properly installed firestop assemblies protect you by reducing the spread of fire, smoke and toxic gases.
What are firestop assemblies?
Buildings are designed with fire-rated walls to minimize the spread of fire, giving you extra time to get out of the building.
When a contractor has to cut a hole in the wall for pipes, electrical conduit or boxes, the wall loses its fire resistance. Firestopping assemblies use special materials to fill those gaps in the walls, restoring its fire resistance.
These assemblies are engineered by firestopping product manufacturers and tested through independent testing facilities such as Underwriters Laboratories or Factory Mutual. The independent test verifies the effectiveness of the firestop assembly.
How are the firestop assemblies tested?
Completed assemblies are tested for how they stand up to smoke, fire and water. Under controlled conditions, the firestopping assembly must meet strict standards for a 1, 2, or 3 hour fire rating.
Do you have to use a specific firestop assembly?
Firestopping assemblies must comply with local building code. They are specified by the architect, but a qualified firestopping contractor must verify field conditions comply before installing a firestop assembly.
How do I know that a firestop assembly is installed correctly?
You can start by hiring a qualified firestopping contractor. The Firestop Contractors International Association (FCIA) is a great resource to find qualified contractors.
Wall Systems is the only firestopping contractor in the state of Florida that is a FM 4991 Approved Firestop Contractor.
What sets a FM 4991 Approved contractor apart?
In this program, a firestopping contractor must meet certain qualifications including:
1) Maintaining at least one Designated Responsible Individual “DRI” to oversee firestopping projects.
2) Must develop and maintain a quality control manual that addresses firestopping assembly selection, field inspections, material handling as well as tool calibration.
3) The DRI’s must earn as many as 60 educational contact hours and / or submit to re-testing every three years.
4) Then, the firestopping contractor must submit to annual audits to verify compliance with their systems.
Reading this in 4 steps sounds easy, but it is our dedication to relentless continuous improvement and our commitment to staying client focused that drives us to earn and maintain our qualified firestopping contractor status.
The bottom line is that Wall Systems knows the firestop industry and we pass inspections. For you that means a project that stays on time and under budget completed by an organization who honors their commitment to deliver when we say we will, and one who pays attention to the details that make a difference to you.
Drywall Installation in Healthcare Projects
Hospital accreditation standards and life safety precautions make healthcare projects much more complicated. Drywall installation becomes a crucial part of the equation with multiple through-penetrations from life safety equipment. Wall Systems is the perfect solution for your drywall and fire stop needs when working in a Health Care Facility.
Wall Systems has received intense healthcare training in:
1) Hospital accreditation standards (JCAHO), health department codes, and basic OSHA requirements unique to the health care setting
2) Security, privacy and confidentiality within the patient environment
3) Firestopping of the numerous through-penetrations that are present in a health care facility (Wall Systems is the only firestop contractor in the state of Florida that is a FM 4991 Approved Firestop Contractor)
4) Construction risk assessment with the special hazards and precautions that are present in a health care environment
5) NFPA Life Safety Code & Interim Life Safety Measures
6) Technology Systems and challenges unique to the healthcare industry
So, why should you choose Wall Systems for your next healthcare project?
Wall Systems can offer you:
Increased Productivity—With our extensive healthcare experience, less supervision is required on the jobsite.
Reduced Costs—We are familiar with the industry lingo, the intricate technology systems and complex firestop systems, so there are fewer miscommunications on the jobsite.
Increased Safety—We have already been trained in Construction Risk Assessment including possible airborne, waterborne, and contact infection control issues, which may compromise patient care.
Reduced Patient Liability—We are aware of the special security, privacy, and confidentiality concerns in a patient environment.
Wall Systems is everything you need – drywall, metal framing, and firestopping certified professionals that you can trust when it comes to healthcare projects. Contact us so that we can help you with your bid today!
Thank you for your interest in learning about Wall Systems Contractors. The core of Wall Systems’ culture is to “Build Better Lives…For our Team, For our Clients, For our Community”. Since opening the doors in 1986, owner and founder, Russell Budd has maintained a commitment to providing quality drywall. “We complete our projects on time and under budget,” describes Budd. “At the end of the day, I want to be able to look our customers in the eye, knowing that we did an honest job – that we honored our commitments.”
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