Central Detention Facility (DC Jail)
The DC Department of Corrections operates the Central Detention Facility (DC Jail) with an inmate capacity of 2,164 adult males. Built in 1976, the Jail includes pre-trial prisoners, convicted misdemeanants, and convicted felons who are in the process of being transferred to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Advanced Consulting Engineering, PC has held several contracts with the Department of Corrections, which have included extensive upgrades to: lighting and power systems, plumbing system throughout the cellblocks, and sprinkler systems, and fire alarm systems. Site visits and surveys were coordinated through DOC as the design team was escorted throughout the facility. Additionally, the facility uses Steam Boilers and the design team was tasked with upgrading the obsolete system. The Senior Mechanical Engineer and his staff investigated the equipment, surveyed the boiler room, and provided a contemporary solution to an outdated system.
Construction administration services were conducted to ensure that the design and specifications were carried out as stated by the General Contractor. Tasks included site inspection services, review and responding to requests for information, review contractors’ request for payment, evaluate balance of work and certify percentage of work completed, review and evaluation of change orders while providing the government an independent cost-estimate, review of on and off site storage of material, and certifying accuracy of construction.
D.C. Public Schools
District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) consists of 111 of the 238 public elementary and secondary schools and learning centers in Washington, D.C. These schools have a gradespan of prekindergarten to twelfth grade catering to kids aged 5 to 18. Advanced Consulting Engineering, PC was tasked to provide the Terminal Replacement air distribution system for Eliot Hine, Green, and Harris Elementary Schools. Additionally, ACE oversaw the Steam Boiler System Upgrade for Calvin Coolidge, Eastern, Spingarn, and Woodrow Willson Senior High Schools, and provided construction administration duties, bid, evaluation, cost estimates, and various other tasks associated with the project.
FEMS Fire Training Academy
The DC FEMS Fire Training Academy offers facilities to help prepare recruits for real life fire emergencies. Using state-of-the-art simulators, buildings, and other apparatus, the recruit goes through the rigorous training courses and displays that he or she is fit to be a Fireman.
The campus consists of two administration buildings, two burn buildings, a drill tower, an emergency vehicle operator course, and a flashover simulator. ACE was privileged to offer the design services for the newer burn building, which included the design of specialized propane burners that simulate fires. These burners can be controlled and manipulated from a remote location, allowing the instructors a multitude of different scenarios they can create for the recruits.
In addition to the above design services, ACE provided Construction Management services for the new drill tower construction and the infrastructure renovation of the emergency vehicle operators course. The year-long project also included new sanitary sewer, storm drain, and trench drains to be installed campus wide. Representing DC Department of General Services and DC FEMS, ACE maintained that construction follow design documents, diagrams, and specifications. Additionally, the construction management team provided cost estimating and worked closely with District Veterans Contractors to ensure that all milestones were met as scheduled.
The firm has proudly served and collaborated with the local Fire Department over the years. Serving as the prime consultant, we have managed and administered the complete renovation and modernization of both Engine Company #3 and #10. Both historic structures called for architectural, structural, civil, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design services (of which we provided full MEP). Each projects’ construction cost was $3 million, where construction administration duties included site inspection services, review and response to RFI’s, certifying percentage of work completed, reviewing contractors requests for payment, evaluating balance of work, reviewing/evaluating change orders, review on/off site storage of material, and certifying accuracy of construction.
In addition to the above, the firm served as the prime consultant for the multi-discipline design review of the complete renovations of Engine Company #1, #5, #7, #9, #14, #15, #16, #19, #26, and #27.
Martin Luther King Jr. Library
Officially being declared a historic landmark on June 28, 2007, the city’s central library houses public service areas, including subject divisions, meeting rooms, and exhibition space, as well as administrative and support services for all public libraries in Washington, D.C.
Over the years, the firm has been involved in several projects with this central library, most notably the mechanical and electrical renovations, design of the new water treatment, and the design and implementation of the centralized administrative and support services for all public libraries.
The existing control system was replaced with a contemporary direct digital control (DDC) system, complete with a graphical user interface allowing for future expansion and upgrades. Key features included a Building Automation System (BAS) allowing for security and lighting controls throughout the structure with floor plans display, network connectivity with other libraries, remote accessing capability, and programming to allow for future expansion and connectivity by other libraries that had yet to be modernized or built.
Securities and Exchange Commission
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Securities and Exchange Commission facilities require ultra-modern and flexible office space with government-required security and anti-terrorist measures built in.
Advanced Consulting Engineering, PC has undertaken several interior projects throughout the vast building, including several office spaces and tenant layouts, the Library, the Forum (on several floors), Mail Room, Printing Facility, Career Development Center, and other spaces within the facility.
Storm Water Pumping Station
DC Water’s Storm Water Pumping Stations are in place to remove storm water that could not otherwise be removed by gravity. Advanced Consulting Engineering, PC provided the design and specification for two stations’ speed dry pit submersible pumps, along with any and all mechanical and electrical design considerations associated with the upgrade including a new standby power/secondary feed capability and tie-in to a new emergency generator.
University of the District of Columbia
Founded in 1977 as part of the merger between the District of Columbia Teachers College with the Federal City College, the University of the District of Columbia is the only public university located in the nations’ capital. UDC offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and is located in the North Cleveland Park/Van Ness neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
Advanced Consulting Engineering, PC provided the extensive lighting design upgrade to Dennard Plaza and the Parking Garage, the campus-wide design of the fire-alarm and fire suppression system, and the design of the on-campus WPFW Radio Station.
U.S. Department of State
In conjunction with Overseas Building Operations (OBO) Department, Advanced Consulting Engineering, PC has had the privilege of designing several U.S. Embassies and consulates around the world. Traveling to Turkey, Mali, Belize, Sri Lanka, Burkina Faso, Ecuador, Tunis, China, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and France, our engineers surveyed the area and provided a full mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection design.
In addition to the embassies, ACE has also provided the design for different Field Offices around the country and various designs to the Harry S. Truman Building.