County Civil Courthouse HVAC System Replacement|
General Contractor & Cost Estimator
BBI Construction Management, Inc.
4639 N.W. 53rd Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32653
GREEN GLOBE CERTIFIED
Date Bid: Dec 2012 Construction Period: Apr 2013 to Apr
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:
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
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