In September 2016, Moss Construction awarded APG the Pinellas County Jail Phase 1 Infrastructure Upgrade. This project will provide electrical and technology services for two new buildings at the Pinellas County Jail located in Clearwater, just down the street from our main office. One building houses the facility’s kitchen, laundry room and central energy plant while the other building houses the receiving operations, facilities maintenance center and warehouse.
At first glance, this is a standard job. After all, we build CEP’s all the time! But this particular plant features some truly innovative systems and forward-thinking designs that required an extremely high level of technical expertise. What makes it so special? A new two-megawatt generator will operate all day, every day to provide constant power to the entire facility. Instead of only operating during an emergency or outage, this generator will work in conjunction with a 1,000-ton absorption chiller to lower energy costs and increase efficiency. As the generator runs, the absorption chiller reclaims waste heat from the generator exhaust and cooling system to provide approximately 500-tons of “free” chilled water. Additionally, highly sophisticated algorithms within the system constantly analyze the cost of producing power versus purchasing it, allowing the generator to intelligently switch itself on or off to bring costs down even further. The facility won’t have to rely on Duke Energy to meet its needs and will even be able to sell them its surplus!
We were very excited to get started on this unique project and quickly assembled a talented team of electricians and technicians. Led by Project Superintendent Dan Tipton and Senior Project Manager Ted Maczuga, we are constantly working to meet and exceed all expectations. It takes a tremendously skilled crew to successfully complete such a complex job…hats off to this team!
“It was really a team effort throughout the job!”
We’ve even brought in extra support to meet all of our schedule milestones. For example, Vaughn Orluski and his crew worked two weekends to assist with the large feeder installation to the central energy plant. Then, George Loop put together an extra 15 electricians, led by Ricky Thomas and DJ Hall, to give us the big push that we needed to finish in December.
Everyone has been busy and working hard. In addition to the two-megawatt generator, we’ve installed 157,000 feet of conduit, 630,000 feet of wire, and over 1,500 light fixtures!
All of us at APG were honored to earn this contract and we greatly appreciate having been selected by Moss Construction as their electrical, structured cabling, audio visual and fire alarm contractor. We still have a ways to go, as the south kitchen isn’t scheduled for completion until February 2019, but we’re excited to feature this job because of the tremendous effort being put forth by our team. Congratulations to everyone and keep up the great work on this marquee project!
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