Sciens Building Solutions, based in San Francisco, has acquired San Antonio-based Fire Alarm Control Systems (FACS) for undisclosed terms. 

Established in 2016, Sciens continues its rapid growth trajectory in the fire detection and integrated solutions sector, with plans to establish an expanded presence in Texas, starting with FACS in the south-central region, according to an announcement.   

“The approach Sciens has taken, and the great companies it has chosen to partner with, is a true testament to the infinite potential of this platform and what it brings to the important fire-life safety industry,” said Duane Hannasch, president of FACS, who will remain in his current role. “We are proud to be part of the ongoing growth Sciens has experienced — and will continue to experience as it will bring an even higher level of customer service, cross-collaboration, and employee opportunities for the FACS family.”   

FACS was founded in 1995 as a small business, with operations in the San Antonio and South Texas areas, with a primary focus on the provision of fire alarm and voice communication systems for commercial, educational and federal government facilities. FACS has since expanded its expertise to include intercom, public address and mass notification systems. 

The company has on staff two state-licensed planners — one NICET Level IV-certified and one NICET Level III-certified — with over 60 combined years of experience. Every fire technician at FACS is state-licensed and factory-trained with several also being NICET II-certified. 

Hannasch and Joe Ebrom run the company. Hannasch has over 35 years of experience in the life safety industry and has been involved with many projects providing solutions for high-profile facilities at the area’s military bases. Ebrom joined the FACS team in 1997 as vice president and partner and brought an expanded customer base to the company. Ebrom formerly held positions as branch manager and regional manager of major manufacturing companies in the life safety industries. 

“Our entry into Texas kicks off with the phenomenal team at FACS in San Antonio and its tremendous leaders in Duane and Joe,” said Sciens CEO Terry Heath. “The addition of this first-class company allows us to make our mark in a new region, where we will continue to expand our statewide and national presence whilst on this exciting, growth-focused journey.”