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  Richmond County Sheriff’s AdministrationRichmond County Sheriff’s Administration

Program Manager

Heery International, Inc.
999 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309

General Description

Location: Augusta, Georgia
LEED® Certified
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, 36’.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, curtain wall. Roof: Built-up. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Project Team

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The Law Enforcement Center in Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia was outdated, overcrowded and faced with an ongoing water intrusion problem.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 manager.

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 Georgia's climate.

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.

Product Information
Roofing: Firestone
Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Daylighting/Skylights: Kalwall
Flooring: Daltile, Shaw, Dex-O-Tex
Elevators: ThyssenKrupp

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