CULTURALPhiladelphia Zoological Gardens, Philadelphia, PA

Project Profile: Philadelphia Zoological Gardens, Pennsylvania

Project: Multiple Security, Fire & Lighting Projects

Scope of Work: Professional Systems Engineering, LLC provided new telecom/data site backbone network infrastructure, security, fire alarm, and audio for this 35-acre historical landmark. A keen sensitivity of site surroundings was required to blend systems with animal, vegetation, and human environments in America’s first zoo.

This project was also part of the on-going effort to provide fire protection for the Zoo including installation of smoke and fire detection and alarm systems. The long-term goal was a central site-wide fire alarm monitoring system. PSE helped to form the foundation supporting the Zoo’s Master Plan calling for the rehabilitation of buildings and other support infrastructure.

PSE supports the Zoo’s mission by providing investigative reporting, program development, design, bid documentation, award review, and construction services including testing, inspection, and commissioning.

PSE received an Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award 2007 from the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) for lighting, life safety, communications, and security systems project for the Philadelphia Zoo.

Telecom/Data Infrastructure

  • Aerial messenger backbone
  • Underground duct bank
  • Telephone, IDF, MDF
  • Data network
  • CAT 3, 5E and fiber optics
  • Phased transfer

Fire Alarm

  • Networked
  • Central command
  • ADA A/V
  • External audio w/override
  • VESDA smoke sensitive areas

Site Lighting

  • Exterior Lighting Design
  • Lighting Bollards
  • Multi-Fixture Pole Lighting
  • Building Mounted Flood Lights
  • Pathway Lighting
  • Security Lighting


  • Wireless audio
  • Site-wide distribution horns
  • 800 MHz spread spectrum
  • Recorded messages
  • Frequency hopping
  • Voice over FA amp


  • CCTV
  • Digital video/recording
  • Network video
  • Master control
  • Integrated systems
Philadelphia Zoological Gardens, Philadelphia, PA
Multiple Security, Fire, and Lighting Projects
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