Northwest Kent Mechanical is proud to announce its recent Associated Builders & Contractors Award of Excellence. They received the award for their mechanical work on the recently completed Kent County Correctional Facility. It is the 16th Award of Excellence the company has received in the last 10 years.
This portion of the project was $4.9 million and was a three-year project starting with the renovation of an existing section of the jail. The second phase involved tearing down a different section of the jail facility so that the new addition could be built.
Mechanically, Northwest Kent Mechanical installed 14,150 feet of ductwork that totaled more than 100,000 pounds. On the plumbing side, they installed 42,500 feet of pipe (approximately eight miles). This job included 301 plumbing fixtures and 236 drains. There are two lower-level mechanical rooms that house the chilled water system, domestic hot water system, and the heating distribution pumps. The Penthouse Mechanical room houses six air-handling units.
They also encountered a rare incident during the project, when a crane collapsed on another building at the facility. This accident caused the facility to lose water and heat to some of the older portions of the jail. Northwest Kent employees worked through the weekend to restore water and heat to make the facility operational again.
“It was incredible to see all the trades work together to get things back up and running after this accident,” said a spokesperson for Northwest Kent Mechanical.