Engineering News-Record (ENR) recently honored several KCI projects with regional awards. ENR Texas & Louisiana presented the Harris County Joint Processing Center with an award of merit in the government/public building category at their best projects event held in Houston this past October. Additionally, ENR MidAtlantic recognized the US 50 over Severn River project with a best highway/bridges award, and the Architect of the Capitol Combined Heat & Power project was presented with the excellence in safety award of merit during a banquet held on November 5 in Baltimore. Matthew Simoneli and Kameron Raisi were present to accept the ENR Texas & Louisiana award on behalf of KCI, and Anya Lagasse and Sherita Hill were in attendance to accept the MidAtlantic awards.
Harris County Joint County/City Processing Center
This new 246,000-square-foot LEED facility was designed to consolidate intake processing operations for the Houston Police Department and Harris County Sheriff’s Office into one building. KCI provided mechanical, electrical, plumping and fire protection design services for the processing center, as well as a new secure pedestrian tunnel, which serves as a connection to other county jail facilities. Chilled water, hot water and Medium Voltage utilities were designed to be routed from the county’s large central plant to the building. The processing center will serve the nation’s third largest county jail system, intaking and releasing approximately 800 to 900 individuals per day.
US 50 over Severn River from MD 70 to MD 2 / MD 450 Median Barrier Replacement and Lane Reconfigurat
Originally built in 1953, the Severn River Bridge carries traffic along US 50, which serves as one of three main access routes to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It currently carries in excess of 145,000 vehicles in the summer, which is projected to increase by more than 30 percent over the next 25 years. In 2017, Governor Larry Hogan announced a multi-million dollar effort to address the severe congestion before the following Memorial Day holiday. KCI’s project engineer and inspection team provided construction oversight of a fast-track project to add a fourth eastbound lane along the highway’s crossing of the Severn River by connecting two parallel structures and reconfiguring the existing typical section. Opened a month ahead of schedule, the completion of the construction project will reduce congestion for both residents and visitors.
Combined Heat & Power, Architect of the Capitol
KCI has been providing support to the Architect of the Capitol at the century-old power plant since 2013. Over the years, the power and refrigeration plants have undergone major renovations in a phased approach to bring the equipment up to date. As part of the undertaking, the power plant was converted to a co-generation power plant that captures the steam heat emissions from the refrigeration plant and converts that steam to energy. The state-of-the-art system will provide heat and power to essential congressional facilities and the U.S. Supreme Court building.