Aurora ICE Detention Facility Expansion, AURORA, CO
Mechanical Construction: Design/Build, HVAC, Plumbing & Energy Solutions
TRAUTMAN & SHREVE VALUE DELIVERED
Expanded Federal immigration enforcement capabilities; protection of occupant health and safety; energy services for reduced energy consumption and costs; expedited design/build and mechanical construction services; single, expert source of responsibility and accountability.
DESIGN/BUILD CONSTRUCTION PROJECT OBJECTIVES
To equip a major Federal detention facility with safe, secure, energy-efficient mechanical and plumbing systems, while adhering to tight construction deadlines.
MECHANICAL CONSTRUCTION SOLUTIONS
This client selected Trautman & Shreve to expedite design/build construction of a fast-track 214,400-sf expansion to a temporary detention center. The client operates the center under contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The design/build mechanical construction project tripled the facility’s capacity from 500 to 1,600 beds for detainees waiting for their immigration status to be determined or for repatriation.
Total project completion – including commissioning and owner occupancy – was scheduled for 12 months. To make this deadline, the company’s mechanical engineering and drafting teams issued the construction drawings just 120 days after the start of the design/build process.
Adding to the challenges were the facility’s special needs. For example, to maintain security, Trautman & Shreve had to install individual rooftop HVAC air-conditioning units on separate components within the overall building envelope.
The new addition also contained a kitchen and laundry facility that serves not only its own requirements, but also those of the existing 500-bed detention center. To reduce energy use and consumption, Trautman & Shreve equipped the laundry with a water recycling system that conserves both water and heating energy. The company also installed rooftop energy-recovery units that capture and reuse the heat from the housing area’s exhaust, further improving energy efficiency.
Throughout the mechanical construction project, careful planning, meticulous scheduling, and constant creativity kept the work moving smoothly. For instance, by the time the schedule called for plumbing systems installation to start, Trautman & Shreve had prefabricated all the piping needed for the underground sewer and storm drains, the above ground wastewater systems, and the cell chase piping.
By using its extensive technical expertise and project resources, Trautman & Shreve finished a mechanical services project that now plays a significant role in the country’s immigration law enforcement system.
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