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  Alachua County Civil Courthouse HVAC System ReplacementAlachua County Civil Courthouse HVAC System Replacement

General Contractor & Cost Estimator

BBI Construction Management, Inc.
4639 N.W. 53rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32653

General Description

Location: Gainesville, Florida
Date Bid: Dec 2012 Construction Period: Apr 2013 to Apr 2014
Total Square Feet: 101,000 Site: 1 acre
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: Basement, 20,200; first floor, 20,200; second floor, 20,200; each additional floor, 20,200; total 101,000 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 10’; first floor, 13’ 1”; second floor, 13’ 1”; third floor, 13’ 1”; fourth floor, 13’ 1”; total, 63’ 4”.
Basic Construction Type: Renovation/HVAC System Replacement.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete.
Exterior Walls: Cast-in-place. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Architect: Kail Partners Architecture & Interiors - PO Box 359055, Gainesville, FL 32635
Mechanical Engineer: Affiliated Engineers, Inc. - 12921 S.W. 1st Road, #205, Newberry, FL 32669
Electrical Engineer: AKEA, Inc. - 3603 N.W. 98th Street, #B, Gainesville, FL 32606

The Alachua County Family and Civil Justice Center, a 101,000 square foot judicial complex located in Gainesville, Florida, recently underwent a nearly $3 million mechanical renovation project. The five-story courthouse remained in full operation during the entire duration of the construction project.

Affiliated Engineers, Inc. (AEI) was hired in early 2012 in response to ongoing complaints from the building's occupants in order to identify and develop possible solutions for a future course of action. After an extensive evaluation of the existing defects, a new mechanical design was finalized. BBI Construction Management, Inc., a general contracting firm based out of Gainesville, FL, was selected unanimously by the Alachua County Facilities Management Department and the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners as the construction manager at-risk to lead the construction effort.

Construction activities included: replacing a total of fifteen air-handling units on all five floors; installation of a new boiler and flue pipe from the basement thru the roof; 112 variable air-volume terminals; eighteen variable frequency drives; two 40HP AHU motors; three chilled/heating hot water pumps; new DDC Building Automation System; five roof-mounted exhaust fans as well as new ceiling grid and tile throughout the entire building.

The project was completed in four phases which allowed for the building to remain occupied and in full operation over the course of the twelve-month schedule. With the help of the Alachua County Sheriff's Office, the "Level-A Security" facility was maintained through the duration of the project.

As documented over the course of the project, more than 160 construction workers - including 20+ local subcontractors - came together with the goal of delivering an energy-efficient, fully-operational facility with improved indoor air quality which will provide a comfortable work environment for its occupants in years to come.

AEI and the Alachua County Facilities Management Department determined that LEED certification costs would not be obtainable within the allotted budget. The team explored alternatives and opted to apply for certification with the Green Building Initiative for Environmental and Energy Efficiency certification for Continual Improvement of Existing Buildings (CIEB). The project achieved a score of 683 of a possible 969 points, which is equivalent to three out of a possible four Green Globes. The Alachua County Family and Civil Justice Center is the first courthouse in the state of Florida to receive GBI's "Green Globes Certification". The replacement of eleven AHUs in the courtrooms alone, yielded savings of $20,400 annually.

The extensive planning by BBI Construction Management, Inc., in conjunction with AEI, Alachua County Facilities and the building occupants allowed for the project to be completed on schedule and under budget. Through these repairs and renovations, the Alachua County Family and Civil Justice Center was successfully rejuvenated at a substantial cost savings to the County.

This project was selected as the national winner of the Facilities Maintenance Decisions Magazine Achievement Award for renovations. BBI Construction Management team included: Joe Burns, President, Tim Stanley, Project Manager, Steve Stringer, Superintendent, and Ryan Stroh, Assistant
Project Manager.


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