Wood Harbinger Wins at 2016 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards

Wood Harbinger is honored to have received Best in State Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for our work on the City of Kirkland Justice Center and the Providence West Olympia Clinic. Our mechanical engineering for the Kirkland Justice Center earned a Silver Award for “Exceeding Client/Owner Needs,” and our mechanical and electrical expertise received a Bronze Award for the West Olympia Clinic. The 49th Annual ACEC Washington Engineering Excellence Awards ceremony was held on Friday evening, January 22nd.

We are excited to share our accomplishments with our project teams and our clients. The Miller Hull Partnership was the architect for the Kirkland Justice Center. TGB Architects was the architect for the West Olympia Clinic.

Best in State Silver Award – Exceeding Client/Owner Needs: Kirkland Justice Center, City of Kirkland; Kirkland, WA

Owner: City of Kirkland | Client: The Miller Hull Partnership

Owner: City of Kirkland | Client: The Miller Hull Partnership

The City of Kirkland annexed several neighborhoods in 2011 and the population surged. The City’s police department expanded in personnel, but not in space, and things got tight in their 15,000 SF area of the City Hall building. When space opened up in an unused wholesale warehouse, the city purchased the building and brought in a collaborative design team, including Wood Harbinger’s mechanical, plumbing, and fire protection engineers, to transform the space into the new Kirkland Justice Center. This 102,000 SF essential facility houses the Kirkland Police Department and the Municipal Court, integrating all law enforcement and justice system services under one roof. The combined facility eliminates the transportation hassles and costs inherent in the divided setup, such as suspect transfer to King County Jail for processing and holding and police training target shooting, for which the City had needed to rent firing ranges.

The existing high bay ceilings of the warehouse were one of the more challenging aspects of the mechanical design effort. We used duct socks to mitigate weight and seismic bracing concerns in the high bay areas. This is a break area within the police department.

The existing high bay ceilings of the warehouse were one of the more challenging aspects of the mechanical design effort. We used duct socks to mitigate weight and seismic bracing concerns in the high bay areas. This is a break area within the police department.

The new facility includes a booking center, an internal 55-bed Corrections Facility for misdemeanor charges, forensic laboratories, evidence storage, vehicle evidence storage, a 10-bay firing range for officers’ use, and a 900 SF data center. Rounding out the Police Department’s 82,000 SF are a weight room and vehicle maintenance facility. Three courts—two large and one small—and a community multipurpose room comprise the remaining 18,000 SF of the building.

Cognizant of the police department’s unique needs, such as high security and climate sensitive areas, Wood Harbinger’s mechanical engineers worked hand in hand with the police and jail staff to discern a thorough understanding of their operations and facility needs. We diligently supported and fostered the cooperative team dynamic that was crucial to completing this project on time and on budget.

Best in State Bronze Award: West Olympia Clinic, Providence Health and Services; Olympia, WA

Owner: Providence Health and Services | Client: TGB Architects

Owner: Providence Health and Services | Client: TGB Architects

As demand for healthcare services grows, hospitals are seeking cost effective ways to enable accessible care. With a creative vision, Providence acquired an existing big box retail store and brought on an innovative design team to transform it into a highly efficient medical office building. Wood Harbinger provided mechanical and electrical engineering for the new 24,500 SF clinic, which includes exam rooms, a diagnostic imaging suite, a laboratory suite, and administrative spaces. Through a collaborative effort, the design team prioritized pathogen control, maintained an open and comfortable feeling in the space, and maximized accessibility of the building systems.

Knowing that hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are an ongoing problem in the healthcare environment, we focused heavily on HVAC strategies that could help mitigate the spread of airborne viruses. Our HVAC solution combined a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system with an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) and the reuse of pre-conditioned air. Dedicated exhaust fans and room controls enable isolation exam rooms. Together, the elements of this HVAC system can kill influenza in 15 minutes or less; this beats the code requirement by 75%, contributing to better patient and provider health outcomes in the clinic. The system is also still highly efficient, resulting in operation cost savings and a more sustainable medical office building.

Above the exam rooms, the energy efficient variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system and LED lighting creates a comfortable environment.

Above the exam rooms, the energy efficient variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system and LED lighting creates a comfortable environment.

We incorporated a utilities mezzanine within the building, with an equipment platform for mechanical and electrical services. The easily accessible space is safer for maintenance and repair technicians, and enables a streamlined distribution layout, further improving energy efficiency.

Best of the Best

42 projects were honored at this year’s ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards ceremony. We congratulate our peers for their innovative and inspiring engineering work.

Read more about the 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards in the Seattle DJC’s January special section here.

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