Testimonials

Projects & Testimonials

Sharron Halpert’s experience is wide-ranging. Her clients and team members value her work.

Projects

Preston Memorial Hospital
Help the team get the firestop installations on track with code requirements, project plans and specifications

New Orleans International Airport
Help train the third party special inspection team to ensure they conform with the Special Inspection standards on this major addition

Rutgers/DCA training
Develop and deliver training courses for the NJ building officials discussing topics such as “Grease Duct Wrap for Commercial Kitchen Exhaust” as well as “1705.17- a Discussion of Firestop Special Inspection requirements and what the Inspector is responsible for delivering”. Next semester we hope to add two classes to our roster- One will be a class involving an actual burn facility as STI’s NJ location and the other will be “I have a Firestop Submittal- Now What?” a class on how to use the firestop submittal to elicit positive change in the industry and on your next project.

NIETI
Develop and deliver a handful of firestop related training courses for NJ Schools and Grounds: Common Firestop Problems, Firestop Submittals, Firestop Special Inspection, Grease Duct Wrap, Hollow Core Concrete – getting the firestop right.

Fort Lee EP LLC, Fort Lee NJ
HLS provided Third Party Special Inspection of Firestop for a small segment of the project that was retrofit after initial construction.  (see testimonial below)

One Ocean- Paradise Island Bahamas
HLS consulted on this beautiful high-end condominium project to help the new owners undo the problems of the previous contractors.  There were an array of issues that were not code compliant and the new owner immediately identified the issues and called for the support of HLS.  We had worked together before and they knew we would help reduce their liability and get things moving in the right direction.  We helped create the submittals, train the installers and conduct quality control through out the process.

Baha Mar – Nassau Bahamas
Massive $3.5 billion project with 4 new hotels with 2,200 rooms and 200,000 square feet of convention space, casino, spa, restaurants, and shopping as well as 1000 acres of beach and a Jack Nicklaus golf course.

City Center – Las Vegas, NV
The largest privately-funded construction project in the history of the United States: 76 acres; approximately 2400 condominiums and 4800 hotel rooms within five high-rise structures. The site also includes restaurants, parking, theater, convention space, high-end shopping and 150,000 square-foot casino.

Sharron worked for the general contractor and started HLS shortly following completion.

Customer Support & Service

While working in sales for two major firestop manufacturers Sharron Halpert was called onto a variety of building projects in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. She helped with value engineering early on, and trouble-shooting during construction. These projects included:

Assembly: Glendale Arena (currently Gila River Arena); America West Arena (currently Talking Stick Resort Arena); Cardinals Stadium (currently University of Phoenix Stadium)

Commercial: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport; Wells Fargo Ocotillo; Phoenix Airport Sky Harbor Terminal 4 & Sky Harbor Control Tower; North Las Vegas Control Tower; Treasure Island Security Room Upgrade

Hotels & Residential: Baha Mar Resort; Las Vegas: Maxim Hotel; Cosmopolitan Las Vegas; Trump Tower; Queens Ridge; Optima Biltmore

Industrial: Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant; Abbott Labs; Sandia Labs

Institutional: Preston Memorial Hospital; Banner Thunderbird, Good Samaritan, and John C Lincoln Hospitals; Scottsdale Healthcare; Carl T Hayden VA Medical Center; University Medical Center; and several penitentiaries.

Telecom: Qwest, Verizon, AT&T, & Sterling

Testimonials

Here are some testimonials that speak to Halpert Life Safety’s industry knowledge, ability to improve collaboration between trades, value engineering that doesn’t have a negative impact on the project quality, ways that the firm has saved money, improved quality and improved the level of knowledge of the teams she works with.

Knowledgable Professional

I was recently involved in a job that involved many complex circumstances dealing with firestop. I was given Sharron’s number for third party inspections and was so thankful for that. Sharron is by far the most knowledgeable person I have met with regards to fire safety, specifically firestop. She is very professional and extremely helpful. She held my hand the entire way and was always there to answer questions and help in any way that she could. This is rare for someone working in her capacity as an inspector. Given her knowledge, there were many times that I felt like it was the wrong decision as things had to be redone; but she helped us get through it and correctly, providing the safest conditions possible. I can assure you that I will call her again for my next job, but it will be as a consultant.  Sharron is someone that you want on your side and not the opposing side.

–Noam From, Owner Representative, Fort Lee EP LLC, Fort Lee NJ

One of the best classes I have taken. GREAT JOB! You love your work.

–Paul, Building SubCode NJ


Improve Collaboration Between the Trades Related to Firestop

I was impressed with Sharron’s technical knowledge, especially for firestop applications that encapsulate the Mechanical Disciplines in particular (Sheetmetal/Ductwork). Her management skills are superior and her ability to work hand-in-hand both with the prime contractor and others is a testament to the communication skills she possesses.

— Chuck Parker, Senior Mechanical Coordinator at CCA, Bahamas, Baha Mar Project

I have known and worked with Sharron for the past five years…Her tenacity to resolve firestop issues is unmatched by anyone in her field…Her knowledge of firestop, UL assemblies, Engineering Judgments etc provide her the skills needed to successfully handle any size design or construction project and thus make her an exceptional and valuable team player. Ms. Halpert is highly respected by her colleagues both professionally and personally and it is without hesitation that I highly recommend Ms. Halpert to any company seeing an individual that brings to the table exceptional knowledge, experience and expertise…

— Hugo Alpizar, Architect AECOM Baha Mar Resort


Identify Potential Design Changes for Project Cost Savings

Sharon’s promptness led to quick resolutions to many problems. She is very knowledgeable and a good team player.

— Mike Okray, Senior MEP Coordinator at CCA, Bahamas, Baha Mar Project


Save Money

I ran into a tough situation where the structural engineer called for steel framing on penetrations over 12”. I consulted with Sharron to find a workable solution. It was worth every penny. She was able to get an Engineering Judgement …I saved over $2,150 per opening with a total savings of $408,500! Sharron is a lifesaver and I would recommend her without reservation for her out-of-the-box solutions. Great job!”

— Matt Chadwick, Sheetmetal Superintendent, Fort Hood Army Hospital Project, Texas

City Center Project

Sharron was responsible for quality control of all installed firestop for this massive 76-acre, 16-million square foot multi-use development project in Las Vegas, NV. Here are comments from just a few of the people on the team:

Sharron was a tremendous asset, addressing the myriad of firestopping issues that arise on such a large and complex project.

— Jeff Grove, Operations Manager, Rolf Jensen & Associates


Educate Your Entire Project Team

Sharron is very talented, dependable, helpful, and knowledgeable. I have attended many of her training sessions, which were very thorough, interesting, and well-planned.

— Michelle Merillat, Manager, Desert Heating & Plumbing, Co.

…Ms. Halpert has been training for my Department for over a year and I can offer nothing but praise. She is the sometimes-rare trainer that has outstanding technical knowledge and an outstanding style of presenting technical material in a very interactive and engaging way.

All of her evaluations from the past year have been exemplary and we’ve received multiple individual comments that the training she has provided has been exceptional. So much so that she has been contacted by some groups for in-house training above and beyond what we provide through our contract.

— John Delesandro, Division of Codes and Standards for the State of NJ

…I met Sharron when she was a speaker to our County Fire Prevention Association meeting. The topic was firestopping and at face value, not exactly a thrilling topic. Sharron took a very dry subject and made it into one of the most interesting and thorough presentations I’ve seen. She is a wealth of knowledge on this topic and is the most passionate person I have ever met when it comes to stopping the spread of fire with sound construction practices.

— Captain Ed Nunn, Fire Department Borough of Madison NJ

…I met Sharron at a Fire Facts Seminar at Seton Hall University where she was the principle lecturer to over 300 Building and Fire Officials from North Jersey where she spoke about firestop and codes and standards. Given this topic, Sharron spoke with such enthusiasm that no one in attendance thought possible. Sharron is a walking text book on firestop. Her enormous drive to change the way we as Building and Fire Officials conduct our work to improve the level of life safety through the use and practice of applied firestop…

— Thomas Simpson, VP Bergen County Fire Prevention and Protection Association- NJ


Limit Liability

Sharron Halpert was responsible for reviewing the work of at least 10 different firestop contractors. She improved the level of life safety on this immense project by identifying various deficiencies in the installed firestop systems and reducing the liability of our company by strictly enforcing industry standards and building codes…Sharron helped identify solutions in a timely fashion that often outpaced the installing companies…She was an invaluable member of our QC team.

— Phil Rolfs, QA/QC Manager, Perini Building Company

Sharron is very detail oriented, dedicated to her projects, and has an infectious upbeat personality. Her years of experience were extremely valuable in the success of passing all County and State fire protection inspections and obtaining sign offs for all code compliance matters.

— Dan Taraborelli, Project Superintendent

…HLS displayed a high degree of integrity, responsibility, knowledge and drive. A “problem” quickly became an opportunity to educate and champion the cause of “proper firestopping”. As an architect practicing outside both the US and the UK, I valued the insight and up-to-date information provided by that team…

— Brent Creary, Architect of Record Baha Mar Resort


Ensure Team Understanding of Firestop Building Codes, Standards, UL Details, etc.

Sharron is a dedicated individual and takes her work very seriously. She has a strong sense of urgency with everything she does. She is very thorough with her QC inspection, does good follow-up and provides good technical information for those who need it. You can count on her to get something accomplished, regardless of how small or how big the task.

— Adam Ho, Project Engineer, Perini Building Company

Sharron is an outstanding QA/QC Engineer and was a real asset to me and the project. Her expertise is matched by no one at our company.

— Jeff Hicks, General Superintendent, Perini Building Company


Reduce Firestop-related Schedule Delays

Fire Protection Specialist Sharron Halpert showed skills and patience on a project that required the best that we had to offer. Sharron was at the top of her game. The schedule pushed the project. Often there were times when inspections meant stopping the work of other trades, and that was unacceptable. Sharron took the time to walk the areas in advance to ensure we were all on track. She set up meetings with suppliers to ensure that the various Engineering Judgements would apply…Sharron knew how to get the job done. I consider it a privilege to have worked with such a fine professional as her.

— Albert Nagy, General Superintendent, Perini Building Company


Improve Firestop Quality Control

I have had the pleasure of working with, and being trained by, Sharron while we both worked in the Quality department during the City Center construction project. Sharron’s professionalism, willingness to take on challenges, knowledge of the task at hand, and ability to see it through to completion makes her a role model and leader.

— Tim Butler, QC Engineer, Perini Building Company

I am having the pleasure of working with Sharron Halpert as the Firestopping Specialist. Her knowledge of firestopping seems endless, with great attention to detail. Sharron has been extremely helpful in providing recommendations and information to both the GC and their subcontractors that ensure that all firestopping is done properly and will meet all requirements. Sharron has also been extremely proactive in highlighting a multitude of items that could create a problem for all involved if not addressed properly. I have learned a significant amount of the most critical life safety system and can only recommend Sharron at the highest level. I know that having Sharron involved with this project will provide the owner with the best possible product and I hope to work with her again in the future.

— Arvid Sewall Architectural Inspector on Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport North Terminal Development Project

I worked with Halpert Life Safety on a large resort project for nearly five years. Sharron and her company were in charge of all firestopping issues on the entire 3 million square foot plus project. She performed the following duties on behalf of CCA. Training and overseeing a Chinese workforce, Interfacing with CCA, ownership architect and various subcontractors, Daily inspections of completed work, planning the forward work to be completed, working with the design team for a better answer to issues. In all my 50 plus years in the construction business I have never worked with a more responsive team and having a very successful outcome for a project of this size.

— Dennis Brunink, Sr MPFP Coordinator China Construction America Baha Mar Resort


Halpert Life Safety Consulting LLC is a leading provider of firestop-related life safety and passive fire protection solutions. We consult for the building industry in the New York/New Jersey (NY/NJ) metropolitan area, as well as across the United States and internationally.

Contact Us Today to see how we can help you reduce liability and save money!

Phone: 201-250-4193

Email: info@halpertlifesafety.com

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