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colonade hotel

Colonade Hotel

Originally sold as a coded system to Druker Realty by Walter Ames with Edwards Co. Upgraded to a voice evacuation system by Blair Ames. Ron Druker and Blair Ames were classmates at Franklin & Marshall College. Contractor was Suffolk Electric.

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Colonade Hotel
john hancock

John Hancock

Walter Ames sold this project and field engineered all aspects of the fire alarm including complex relay logic for fan control. This was the tallest building in North America outside of New York City when it was built. Contractor was Lord Electric.

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John Hancock
boston city hall

Boston City Hall

Sold during Walter Ames’s 18 month stint at the Gamewell Company in Newton, MA as the systems sales specialist, where he brushed up on 100 milliamp Municipal loops and served as IMSA membership chairman.  Contractor was Wm. Gens and Sons Electric.

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Boston City Hall
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150 Federal Street

The “Glass building next to the Bank of Boston”, typical high rise fire alarm system provided by Montgomery- Ames throughout the 80’s. The electrical contractor was E.G Sawyer of Braintree, Ma.

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150 Federal Street
blue cross

Blue Cross/Blue Sheild

Walter Ames and Keltron Corporation collaborated and developed a coded fire alarm system decoder and event printer. The Edwards coded pull stations would ring and no one would remember the count to determine where the fire was in the building. The “Keltron” displayed a print out at the security desk for responding fireman to respond accordingly. Contractor was J&M Brown Co.

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Blue Cross/Blue Sheild
bank of boston

Bank of Boston

“The pregnant building” The Bank of Boston project was built without a fire alarm system and was the second largest building in Boston in square footage. The project managed by Blair Ames consisted of 40 +/- multiplexed fire alarm panels and 40 +/- card reader panels reporting to the same dual listed PDP-11 central processor. The Audio - Evac was a listed Bogen amplifier system with Atlas-Soundolier speakers. Payment of several 100 million dollars for transfer of the building from the Bank of Boston ownership to Equitable Reality was contingent on city acceptance of the fire alarm system. This was a turnkey installation with E.G.Sawyer as the electrical contractor.


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Bank of Boston
prudential

Prudential Building

Walter Ames sold and project engineered this new construction fire alarm project with Nager Electric of NY.

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Prudential
mbta

MBTA Underground Systems

1. Prior to 1974 when a fire occurred in a transit tunnel, passengers had to be evacuated in total darkness with the potential hazard of third rail electrocution. The system designed by MBTA engineers was a unique 3 phase 3 wire 480 volt fluorescent High Output lamp lighting system for constantly on emergency lighting. Montgomery-Ames provided 10,000 3P3W 480 V emergency lighting fixtures for emergency lighting in the subway tunnels under Boston for 20+/- miles on the Red, Blue Green and Orange lines. This system has been operational for 25 years.

2. When the MBTA power generating station that was providing primary Transit Power was shut down, all the power was coming from Edison.  Two sources of power with Edison as the backup was no longer available. In accordance with NFPA, emergency lighting for transit facilities could not be obtained from third rail power.

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MBTA

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MBTA Underground Systems

Montgomery-Ames worked with private consultants and the MBTA.  A complete third rail 600 VDC bypass distribution system was developed with 600 VDC emergency fluorescent light fixtures that would remain on when the third rail power was disabled by the fire department in a tunnel fire or emergency evacuation. The system would be backed up by a Jet Turbine Generator in South Boston with a 7 second start time.

3. When the trains were crashing into the back of one another on the Green line due to the lack of adjacent train block electrical shunting in the signaling system , Montgomery-Ames worked with the MBTA to provide a converted Raytheon/CSE traffic control system with Dual PDP-11 processors to multiplex train block status information over a 18 mile loop (subject to 20 KVA rail transients) to the central transit dispatch command center on High St. in Downtown Boston for coordinated train annunciation on the 30 foot  block lamp display and via the new D.E.C. CRT’s.  Lighting contractors were Mass Electric, Lord Electric, LK Comstock, and Fishbach & Moore.

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MBTA

South Station

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South Station

Montgomery-Ames provided a voice upgrade to the manual station system. The acting Superintendent of Fire Alarm for the City of Boston when questioned by Blair Ames (at the bequest of the client) about “How South Station could be considered a High Rise requiring Fire alarm Voice Evacuation?” was answered by John Murphy, “Three ways 1. This is a horizontal High rise 2. This is a High rise by occupancy 3. Because I say so.”

This was followed by a long silence and the Boston Irish stare that meant there was no alternative or further debate on this subject.

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south station

boston

Boston

Montgomery-Ames showing two projects on the Charles River at night, the John Hancock building and the Prudential Tower. Check the News page for a very large image..

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boston

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World Trade Center

World Trade Center Twin Towers NY, NY

The building lighting control switched on and off 102,000 2' X 2' 100W fixtures at 10 Megawatts. Current transformers measured the building load and automatically shut off 5 megawatts when a high demand level was reached. The energy savings was $60,000 per month when ratchet clause peak demand savings were factored into the overall cost. .

There were 60 transponders with 5000 fire/ security zones tied into floor fire alarm (20,000 smoke detectors) and lighting control panels. Four Montgomery-Ames projects with Digital Equipment Corporation provided the upgrade development for the deployment of the Installation of the dual PDP-11s and software from the previous PDP-8s with over 90,000 lines of machine code were written for the operating system and the upgraded system which worked flawlessly for 10 years until the dual computers and the WTC tower housing the central Fire- Security- Lighting Control was blown up in the early 90's.



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