County Sheriff’s Administration|
Heery International, Inc.
999 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309
Date Bid: June 2010
Construction Period: Aug 2011 to Aug 2012
Total Square Feet: 37,827
Site: 2.9 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 18,827; second floor, 19,000; total
37,827 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 16’; second floor, 34’ 2”; total,
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall. Roof: Built-up.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Architect, Mechanical, Electrical & Civil Engineer: Clark
Patterson Lee, P.C. - 350 Town Center Avenue, #201, Suwanee, GA 30024
Structural Engineer: Haines, Gipson & Associates - 1550 N. Brown
Road, #100, Lawrenceville, GA 30043
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: The Potts Company - 981 E.
Freeway Drive, Conyers, GA 30094
LEED Administration: Energy Ace - 160 Clairemont Avenue, #600,
Decatur, GA 30030
Security & Hardware: Tanner Consulting - 3447 Lake Seminole
Place, Buford, GA 30519
The Law Enforcement Center in Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia was
outdated, overcrowded and faced with an ongoing water intrusion problem.
Replacing it was a priority for the unified government.
Opened in the fourth quarter of 2012, the $10 million,
38,000-square-foot Richmond County Sheriff's Administration Building was
the new home to the command, administration, records, civil, patrol, and
criminal investigation divisions. It was the second building completed
under an eight-year $192 million capital construction program.
To oversee the construction of the new sheriff's office and other new
governmental facilities to better meet its current and future needs,
Augusta-Richmond County hired Heery International as its program
Recognizing a need to expedite delivery of the new sheriff's office -
the water intrusion was certain to cause mold issues - Heery opted to
bring in a construction manager at-risk early on in the design phase.
"The construction manger's estimates and design reviews helped avoid
scope creep and assure a solid set of construction documents," said
Forrest White, Heery's Program Manager for this and several related
projects. "The architect was able to submit early release packages for
site work and structural steel so that the project could begin sooner."
Heery faced other challenges as well. This new facility is located on a
2.9 acre, city-owned site that it shares with the Sheriff's property and
evidence storage facilities and the county garage, both of which had to
remain accessible and in operation. With tight coordination and
construction phasing, the building was completed without interruption to
the existing functions.
"It was an urban site and therefore fairly tight," White said. "By
managing the design and construction, we not only delivered a
state-of-the-art facility to the owner, but with the savings that were
realized the Sheriff was able to add extra equipment and enhancements
for some of its divisions."
The building's exterior design includes details similar to those seen in
Augusta's historic buildings, while relying on sustainable design and
engineering building strategies to help it qualify for LEED
certification under the 3.0 version of the rating system. The interior
spaces provide occupants with quality day lighting and views. Special
care was taken with the landscaping, creating an attractive look while
also selecting native, drought-tolerant plants that can thrive in
In addition to emphasizing regional and sustainable materials, the
project uses efficient and sustainable building systems. The parking lot
for the building provides preferred parking spaces for staff and
visitors driving fuel efficient, alternative fuel vehicles, or those
arriving by carpool. Additionally, environmentally friendly
transportation bike racks and showers are available at the adjacent
county jail. Perhaps the most impressive feature is the building's high
efficient mechanical and plumbing systems. Low-flow faucets and
waterless urinals throughout the facility use only about half the water
consumed by a similarly sized new building, which is especially
important in Georgia where water is often in short supply.
Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Flooring: Daltile, Shaw, Dex-O-Tex