Thomas Jefferson Foundation Installs Marioff HI-FOG® Water Mist Fire Suppression System to Protect Monticello for Future

     Thomas Jefferson Foundation Installs Marioff HI-FOG® Water Mist Fire
       Suppression System to Protect Monticello for Future Generations

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Nov. 14, 2012

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The Thomas Jefferson
Foundation at Monticello has installed a Marioff HI-FOG® water mist fire
suppression system as part of its ongoing efforts to protect Jefferson's
iconic home. The Foundation was incorporated in 1923 to restore and preserve
Monticello. Marioff, part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of
United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), is a leading provider of water mist
fire protection technology and supplier of system solutions worldwide.

During his lifetime Thomas Jefferson was no stranger to the devastation of
fire. On February 1, 1770, Jefferson's boyhood home, Shadwell, was destroyed
by fire. As Jefferson wrote to his friend John Page, he lamented the loss "of
every paper I had in the world, and almost every book. On a reasonable
estimate I calculate the cost of the books burned to have been £200.

Another house was built on the property, but Jefferson never again lived at
Shadwell. He instead concentrated his efforts on Monticello. A self-taught
architect, Jefferson referred to Monticello as his "essay in architecture,"
and construction continued on the mountaintop for 40 years. The final product
is a unique blend of beauty and function that combines the best elements of
the ancient and old worlds with a fresh American perspective.

In 1787, Thomas Jefferson wrote to George Gilmer, "I am as happy no where else
and in no other society, and all my wishes end, where I hope my days will end,
at Monticello. Too many scenes of happiness mingle themselves with all the
recollections of my native woods and fields to suffer them to be supplanted in
my affection by any other."

Monticello is the only U.S. presidential and private home on the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World
Heritage List, selected along with the University of Virginia. The World
Heritage Convention stated that the sites "represent a masterpiece of human
creative genius" and "exhibit an important interchange of human values." Over
the past 89 years, the Foundation has restored the house, returned many of the
original furnishings and collections, and hosted more than 27 million visitors
from around the world.

As part of its ongoing mission of preservation and education, the Foundation
recently updated Monticello's fire suppression system. They had determined
that the prior system, although diligently maintained, upgraded and evaluated
had reached the end of its reasonable lifespan. The Foundation collaborated
with Marioff to upgrade the conventional sprinkler system to a HI-FOG water
mist fire suppression system, which was commissioned in April.

The HI-FOG system provides more effective protection in terms of containing
fires and is far less damaging to art and artifacts. Sensitive to the
environment, the system uses up to 90 percent less water than a conventional
sprinkler system and uses smaller, less obtrusive, stainless steel pipes to
enhance aesthetics and offers an additional benefit of being rated for a
longer service period.

The Monticello house and its visitors are now protected from fire while the
historical artifacts inside are protected from the water damage caused by
conventional sprinklers. A HI-FOG gas pump unit (GPU) serves as the central
component of a self-contained system that does not need external power for
operation and comes equipped with its own water source. Small water tanks
containing potable water coupled with compressed gas cylinders used to power
the system are hidden within Monticello and custom painted, precision machined
sprinkler heads are discretely deployed in each room.

Marioff's HI-FOG system has been used to protect a wide variety of cultural
heritage buildings including Garrett Hall at the University of Virginia. The
system has also been used to preserve presidential sites for future
generations including three other U.S. presidential homes.

"Monticello is an architectural treasure, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a
symbol of Jefferson's enlightenment ideals. Upgrading this fire suppression
system is just another way to protect Monticello for future generations," said
Leslie Greene Bowman, president and CEO of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

"Marioff is honored to be entrusted with protecting Monticello, a prestigious
National Historic Landmark," said James McGuinness, director, marketing,
Marioff North America. "The benefits of the HI-FOG system — low water usage,
compact components and long system lifetime— provide a sustainable solution
for this cultural heritage treasure."

Funding for the cost of the new fire protection system was made possible by
the support of the Roller-Bottimore Foundation, the Thomas F. Jeffress
Memorial Trust, and individual donors.

Images of Monticello:

  oMonticello Entrance Hall: © Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello,
    photograph by Robert Lautman
  oMonticello Cabinet: © Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello,
    photograph by Robert C. Lautman
  oMonticello West Front: © Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello,
    photograph by Mary Porter

About Monticello

Thomas Jefferson Foundation was incorporated in 1923 to preserve Monticello,
the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Virginia. Monticello is now
recognized as a National Historic Landmark and a United Nations World Heritage
Site. As a private, nonprofit organization, the Foundation receives no regular
federal or state budget support for its twofold mission of preservation and
education. About 440,000 people visit Monticello each year. For information,

About Marioff

Marioff is the leading developer of water mist fire protection technology and
supplies system solutions worldwide and is a part of UTC Climate, Controls &
Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the
aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. More information about
Marioff is available at

SOURCE Marioff

Contact: Marioff: James McGuinness, +1-508-231-2536,; or Monticello: Lisa Stites, +1-434-984-7529,
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