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Des Moines, IA
Ahern offers complete fire protection expertise throughout greater Des Moines. Whether for new installations, retrofits, or service/inspection, our fire protection professionals follow the necessary code requirements to keep your facility protected.
- 100% of our inspections are conducted by licensed sprinkler fitters or technicians certified through the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET).
- Ahern employs over 95 NICET-certified professionals; nearly half hold the uppermost Levels 3 or 4 certification.
- Ahern employs over 65 special hazards experts, who average 12 years of industry experience.
- Last year, we prefabricated orders for over 205,000 sprinkler heads. 100% of these orders were delivered on time.
- We’ve provided piping systems to 47 U.S. states and 8 international countries.
Des Moines Area Community College
Ahern’s work on the Des Moines Area Community College posed an unusual challenge for the fire protection installation project. The 64,500 square-foot building was 40 degrees off center compared to the steel ceiling structure. On-site coordination issues arose between trades, but Ahern held an additional scheduling meeting to resolve the problem and the client was pleased with the resolution. Ahern’s prefabrication shop was utilized to produce the 665 sprinkler heads installed on the project.
Hy-Vee West Des Moines
It was a seamless project for Hy-Vee West Des Moines in the 70,000 square-foot remodel of the grocery store. Having experience working with Hy-Vee previously, Ahern’s familiarity with retail facilities resulted in finishing the project two months ahead of schedule. Ahern prefabricated 608 sprinkler heads for the project, which also helped speed up the process and ultimately made for a successful completion.
Fire Protection for Residential High Rise in Des Moines, Iowa
Ahern's experienced fire protection team installed a total of 78 wet pipe systems for Accurate Townhomes in West Des Moines. The luxury high-rise/multi-housing complex totaled nearly 150,000 square feet of protected space.
Fire Protection for Building in Des Moines, Iowa with Commercial Kitchen and Office Needs
With the designs being approved on the first submission, Ahern's fire protection installation team was able to complete their work right on schedule at this retail space in Des Moines, Iowa. Fire protection was needed for a commercial kitchen and restaurant space, as well as an office space. The finished project was a bar joist and steel framed mezzanine/office space building totaling 5,600 protected square feet.
Fire Protection for Grocery Store in Des Moines, Iowa
Prefabricating the 78 fire sprinklers for installation helped Ahern complete Aldi’s grocery store timely and precise. Protecting this 17,032 square-foot facility in Des Moines, IA required detailed coordination, communication, and strict scheduling. The project was completed without injuries or lost-time incidents, which ensured for a happy customer.
Fire Protection in Des Moines, Iowa for 12,000 Sq. Ft. Maintenance Facility
Ahern completed its work right on schedule with zero issues at the 12,000 square foot maintenance shop of Aspen Waste in Des Moines, Iowa. The project was completed by a team who averaged 12 years of industry experience. Ahern was able to work with the general contractor to make sure the project was completed on time by having the designs approved on the first submission with no warranty rework needed.
Ashworth Road Baptist Church
Fire Protection for Des Moines, Iowa Church
MGS Distribution Center
By completing our sprinkler system installations 23 days ahead of schedule, window manufacturer MGS Distribution met its target for moving equipment into its Des Moines, Iowa facility addition. Ahern’s code knowledge was beneficial in educating MGS on the sprinkler system requirements for their expansion, as well as requirements for the existing space where a change in usage warranted updates. Our team resupplied the existing system with new risers and finished the job below budget and free of rework.
Ahern’s ability to meet deadlines made on-time occupancy possible for Putco’s 125,000 square-foot warehouse and distribution center in Des Moines, IA. Ahern installed 1,238 sprinkler heads in the prefabricated metal building that were all fed from an electric fire pump. To achieve proper deflector distance for the sprinkler system, the system was specially designed to run parallel to the roofing structure.
Meals of the Heartland
Ahern’s knowledge of warehouse and storage facilities made this West Des Moines, IA project go off without a hitch. With the complete understanding of how space could be utilized, Ahern installed a new wet and dry system in the 20,000 square-foot facility complete with 138 prefabricated sprinkler heads, which were fabricated in Ahern’s own shop. All of the shipments from Ahern’s shop were delivered on time and the project was completed according to the customer’s expectations.
Ahern prefabricated and installed the sprinkler system for Ingersol Square located in Des Moines, Iowa. The 86,476 square-foot residential building was completed on time due to the use of Ahern's prefabrication shop to fabricate sprinkler heads and appointing a fitting crew for design and the field to meet the customer's schedule. Ahern used its experience to assist the general contractor and architect to adjust plans so excess work on the sprinkler system would not be required.
Flix Brewhouse in Des Moines, IA was getting a new look, which meant the restaurant/retail facility needed a new sprinkler system. Having to raise the roof on both sides of the strip mall for new theatres, the 77,000 square-foot facility posed a unique challenge in the retrofit logistics. Though there were multiple trades working simultaneously, Ahern came up with a scheduling solution to make sure the project was completed on time and the customer was pleased with the resolution.
Eden Crest Assisted Living
Prefabrication and weekly schedule updates helped expedite fire protection work on the 45,904 square-foot assisted living facility in Des Moines, IA. Ahern’s knowledge and prefabrication capabilities played a key role in the project. The team helped the customer understand what materials would be needed to keep the sprinkler costs low, resulting in the use of Ahern’s prefabrication shop to fabricate 841 sprinkler heads. Installation went seamlessly and Ahern completed the project two months ahead of schedule.
Perishable Distributors of Iowa (PDI)
Ahern completed its work on time and around the owner’s schedule at Perishable Distributors of Iowa’s Ankeny warehouse. Our team replaced two air compressors and their associated pipe valves. These components supported the dry system protecting PDI’s active loading dock. By coordinating the material staging and system shutdown, PDI received an improved and code-compliant system with minimal disruption.
Iowa Donor Network
Experience in 3D design helped land this fire protection installation project for Ahern at the Iowa Donor Network in Altoona, IA. Ahern fabricated 191 sprinkler heads for the 17,970 square-foot healthcare facility, helping to meet the customer’s deadline. The team had to adjust their schedule as a result of late coordination and accommodated 69 interferences on the project. Ahern pleased the customer by finishing the project two months early, despite this minor challenge.