Fire & Burglary Protection

Safeguarding people and property through fire protection engineering is essential to the overall well-being of any organization. Our Fire Protection team protects your investment through expertise and attention to detail, working with you to determine the best quality system for your project. Close reviews of codes and strong working relationships with local and state jurisdictions ensure your design is code compliant. Utilizing multiple design programs such as HydraCalc and Revit, we work with you to design optimal safety measures for a safe environment.

Along with many years of design experience, some members of our Fire Protection team have previous experience in fabrication, inspections, and installation of alarm and sprinkler systems. This experience helps produce a more complete design with fewer changes required in the field during construction, moving the project along smoothly with fewer delays and reducing the number of costly change orders during the project.

Our experience includes engineering of sprinkler systems, water storage tanks, fire pump rooms, fire alarm notification and initiation, burglar alarms, and voice evacuation systems. We will stay with you from start to finish, from water supply analysis to final compliance visits.


  • Burglar Alarm Design
  • Clean Agent Systems
  • Code Consulting
  • Compliance Site Visits
  • Construction Administration
  • Fire Alarm Design
  • Fire Alarm Shop Drawings Submittals
  • Fire Pumps
  • Full Fire Sprinkler & Standpipe Design
  • High Piled Storage Analysis
  • Hydraulic Calculations
  • Mass Notification Systems Design
  • Permitting
  • Seismic Bracing/Restraint Design
  • System Analysis
  • Water Storage Tanks
  • Water Supply Analysis

Client Testimonials

“GPW & Associates has worked with the Benchmark Refrigeration and Fire Protection Division for over 3 years on various Walmart Remodel and Sam’s Club Projects. Their teams are always responsive and perform with the highest level of professionalism. They are collaborative and efficient, and they always put the needs of their clients as their highest priority. We highly recommend them for projects related to the Big Box, Retail, and Grocery Store Markets.”

Gina Pacumbaba-Watson
President & CEO, GPW & Associates, LLC | Engineering Consultants


“Benchmark Group has become an extension to our company related to refrigeration design, engineering, and product collaboration. The team has gone above and beyond to assist with integrating our European products into the United States. By utilizing the Benchmark Group’s services, we have been able to eliminate multiple design errors and improve on our deliverables. We are very pleased with the responsiveness, and willingness to help and provide industry advice when we need a neutral point of view. We trust Benchmark and recommend using their services.”

Clay Galloway, C.E.M.
Director, Sales, AHT Cooling Systems USA, Inc.

“Guss Jahchan, AIA, and his team at Benchmark Group, have handled a crucial and important Value-Engineering exercise for one of our corporate stores in Virginia. They had developed and maintained our present corporate prototype, while they were able to point out areas of savings, without jeopardizing the aesthetics or the quality of our store.  We at Propelled Brands, have found the Benchmark team to be highly professional while keeping our interest at the forefront of their work.  Our plan is to continue to work with Benchmark Group for our architectural and engineering (A&E) needs and recommend them to others that need full professional A&E assistance.

Steve J. Elliott
Owner | Architect, SJE Architects

“Our Experience with the team at Benchmark was fantastic! They did a great job of interpreting what we wanted and suggesting what would be a good fit. The little details in design made a difference. They were responsive to questions, very accommodating to changes, and easy to do business with. We are very happy and would recommend their services.”

John Johnson
Co-Owner, D-BAT Northwest Arkansas

“Stephanie Whorton and Benchmark Group as a whole, have been super helpful, and I have really enjoyed working with them. Hopefully, we can do many more jobs together.”

Raymond Weaver
Owner, Weavers Farm & Furniture

“Benchmark came to our attention years ago when we built a church in Rogers. When we learned they worked for Walmart and were licensed in all 50 States, we figured they could follow us around the country, understood how to work with a demanding client, understood tight schedules and understood how to create cost-effective engineering solutions. It’s been a great partnership from the very start. It’s the reason we ask new architectural partners to team with them on our projects.”

Dirk Dalhausser, AIA
Director of Preconstruction, Goff Companies

“Guss Jahchan, AIA, and his team at Benchmark Group have handled a crucial and important project for us at CEC.
CEC contracted Benchmark Group to deliver the architectural, engineering, and permitting services for this project, belonging to a national client. 

The client’s prerequisite was that the facility needed to be user-friendly, where the employees feel excited about coming to work daily.  Benchmark architects and engineers, developed and maintained our client’s vision while keeping the budget and schedule in check at all times.  Their efficient design called for the use of clerestory that was oriented North, to help bring in the Northern light, thus lessening the use of energy, while bringing in natural light without glare and/or heat.  This design will save money in the long run, without a doubt.

We at CEC, have found the Benchmark team to be highly professional while keeping our interest at the forefront of their work.  Our plan is to continue to use Benchmark Group for our architectural and engineering (A&E) needs and recommend them to others.”

Harold P. Barber, P.E.
Vice President, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.