Government Facilities

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Below are a few examples of government facilities we have provided engineering design services for.

Note: The experience provided on this page is current as of Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
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Herbert K. Abrams Kino Public Health Center
Kino Public Health Center
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  • Owner: Pima County
  • Location: Tucson, AZ
  • Delivery Method: CM at Risk
  • Project Area: 186,000 SF

Four story office building for Pima County health / medical related departments. Complete fire sprinkler system and fire standpipe design including fire service underground and hydraulic calculations. HVAC design includes water cooled variable primary flow central plant with 2 chillers - one with variable frequency drive and a packaged hydronic pumping system integrated with the chiller plant. Engineering services included factory witnessed chiller and chilled water pump system testing. Full DDC building control system design incorporating County Standards and open-protocol systems. Complete plumbing design optimized to eliminate requirement of domestic booster pumps. Complete 3rd party commissioning. Featured in Southwest Contractor Magazine - May 2006.

Marana Municipal Complex
Marana Municipal Complex
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  • Owner: Town of Marana
  • Location: Marana, AZ
  • Delivery Method: CM at Risk
  • Project Area: 102,000 SF

Three building complex consisting of 1, 2 and 3 story buildings. Buildings designed to allow for future expansion. Occupancies include civic administration, public works and development services offices, police, 911-call center, city council chambers and courts. Energy efficient HVAC system including water cooled variable primary flow chilled water system with 2 chillers. Adequate capacity designed for future expansions and partial redundancy. One chiller incorporates a variable frequency drive for energy savings. VAV air-systems using demand based (CO2 monitoring) ventilation control serve all areas except 911 and server rooms. Server rooms and 911 areas are served by dedicated, redundant computer room air conditioning systems coordinated with building emergency power systems. Worked closely with selected contractors to maintain project budgets and schedules. Best Of Arizona award winner, 2005 (Southwest Contractor Magazine).

Carol W. West Senior Addition
Carol W. West Senior Addition
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  • Owner: City of Tucson
  • Location: Tucson, AZ
  • Project Area: 9,400 SF

Provided design of HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection system for 9,400 square foot addition to existing senior center facility. Addition included 200-seat multi-purpose room, games area, warming kitchen, offices, classrooms, and outdoor courtyard. HVAC design included site investigation and report on existing central plant capacity, extension of existing four-pipe central plant to new addition, and BACnet controls.

Southern Arizona Children's Advocacy Center
Southern Arizona Children's Advocacy Center
  • Owner: Pima County
  • Location: Tucson, AZ
  • Project Area: 21,000 SF

Prepared complete fire sprinkler system design including hydraulic calculations for new 2-story office building.

El Pueblo Senior Center
El Pueblo Senior Center
  • Owner: City of Tucson
  • Location: Tucson, AZ
  • Delivery Method: CM at Risk
  • Project Area: 9,000 SF

Provided design of HVAC and plumbing systems for new stand-alone senior center building on existing campus. Building includes 200 person multi-purpose area, kitchen, meeting rooms, social lounge and resource training room. HVAC system includes energy efficient air cooled chiller with VAV air distribution system with CO2 based ventilation controls. Provided life cycle cost analysis to evaluate many mechanical systems to determine most cost effective system. Building designed to satisfy requirements of Sustainable Energy Standard. Worked closely with selected contractors to maintain project budgets and schedules.

DeConcini US Courthouse Prisoner Circulation Renovation
DeConcini US Courthouse Prisoner Circulation Renovation
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  • Owner: General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Location: Tucson, AZ
  • Project Area: 4,000 SF

Renovation & modifications to existing multi-story federal courthouse building. Design of HVAC, plumbing & fire protection for new prisoner holding and circulation renovations. Holding areas designed to U.S. Marshall's infectious disease standards for TB control. HVAC design included maximum-security air devices, HEPA filters and UV lights for treatment of contaminated exhaust, and pressurization control system at cell areas for TB control. Plumbing design included new duplex grinder type sewage ejector pump system.

Davis Monthan AFB Building 1750 Renovations
Davis Monthan AFB Building 1750 Renovations
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  • Owner: United States Air Force
  • Location: Tucson, AZ
  • Delivery Method: Design-Build
  • Project Area: 31,700 SF

Interior renovations to existing partial 2-story administration, service, storage, fabrication, and aircraft hangar (12,000 square feet). Project included replacement of entire HVAC system with new high efficiency systems, replacement of domestic water heating systems, replacement of controls, and replacement of fire sprinkler systems.

Pascua Yaqui Multipurpose Justice Center
Pascua Yaqui Multipurpose Justice Center
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  • Owner: Pascua Yaqui Trive
  • Location: Tucson, AZ
  • Delivery Method: Design-Bid-Build
  • Project Area: 60,500 SF

New 2-story municipal building housing several functions: police headquarters and training areas, 20+ occupant detention area, courts, attorney offices, and police dispatch. Design also included 3 other buildings on the same campus. Main building designed around an air-cooled chiller plant with redundancy, rooftop air handling units with natural gas heat and complete VAV air distribution system. Critical areas served by dedicated HVAC systems with emergency power back-up. Plumbing included penal grade fixtures with digital controls, lavatory systems in public areas, and zoned hot water heating systems. Engineer designed the project in 3-D CAD in less than 2 months.

San Xavier District Administration Compound
San Xavier District Administration Compound
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San Xavier District Administration Compound
  • Owner: San Xavier District
  • Location: Tucson, AZ
  • Delivery Method: CM at Risk
  • Project Area: 38,000 SF

New multi-building campus consisting of a 2-level administration building and single story maintenance building. LEED v3 silver minimum design requirement.

Tucson Water Department East Side Satellite Facility
Tucson Water Department East Side Satellite Facility
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  • Owner: City of Tucson
  • Location: Tucson, AZ
  • Delivery Method: CM at Risk
  • Project Area: 22,000 SF

New two building campus consisting of one 15,800 square foot operations building and one 6,500 square foot warehouse building. HVAC design included packaged VAV air conditioning, full BACnet DDC control system, evaporative coolers in shop and warehouse areas, welding exhaust system, fabric ductwork, server room air conditioning. Ductwork and VAV boxes in office areas designed as exposed with attention given to low noise and clean lines. Plumbing included ultra-low water consumption fixtures. Complete HVAC LEED analysis and simulations done in-house (10 credits claimed for EAc1). Energy Star award.

More Examples

VA New Mexico Outpatient Mental Health Expansion

New two-story building consisting of offices, research labs and conference areas. Original design target of LEED v3 silver. HVAC design included extension of chilled water and steam from campus energy plant, steam to hot water conversion in building, VAV air handlers, BACnet EMCS integration into the campus-wide system. Design included complete plumbing and fire protection performance specifications. Fire protection scope included evaluation of the existing FP infrastructure and design of a fire pump system.

Walker Hall Classroom Renovations

Renovations to existing classroom building. Design included supplemental cooling to compensate for the additional heat due to the change in use from standard classrooms to computer based classrooms. Chilled water fan coil units were added to each classroom. Design included extension of chilled water from site loop, renovation of existing multi-zone unit, and controls.

VA Phoenix - Women's Clinic & 1B Renovations

Building addition and renovations to a portion of the 1st floor of the occupied hospital. A new rooftop VAV AHU was added to serve the new addition and adjacent existing areas. BACnet controls design. Plumbing design included extensive research of the existing conditions to re-define as-built conditions for VA archives and to provide 100% coordinated construction effort.

Nogales City Hall HVAC Upgrade

Design HVAC and plumbing systems for existing two-story municipal center. Design intent was to replace outdated controls and equipment with high efficiency systems to provide a life-cycle energy pay back. Old DX split systems were replaced with air-cooled chillers. Existing multi-zone AHU's were retrofitted with variable frequency drives and VAV boxes for each zone.

CCAH Community Services Expansion

Three stand-alone building additions to existing admin site: 3,000 SF group home, 3,600 SF non-vocational programs, 4,900 SF vocational programs. Designs included split system furnaces and tankless water heaters. Multiple designs completed as part of value engineering services.

VA Tucson, AHU Renovations - Phase 4

Upgrades and repairs to six existing central air handling systems. Design included substantial site verification for accurate documentation of existing and determination of required down-time (systems serve occupied hospital).

COT Fire Prevention Center

Complete design of a wet-pipe fire sprinkler system for retrofit into an existing two-story office, auditorium, & administration building occupied by the Fire Prevention Offices of the City of Tucson Fire Department. Design was fully coordinated with all existing structural, mechanical, and architectural features of the building and was installed without occupant disturbance during night & weekend periods.

Mission Ranch Property

Prepared complete wet-pipe fire sprinkler system retrofit design for an existing 3,200 SF Maintenance Building and an existing 1,590 SF Administrative Building including hydraulic calculations for both. In addition, KWA prepared design for a water tank, pump house & fire pump system to serve the fire protection systems at the site.

Grand Canyon Depot Fire Sprinkler Retrofit

Design complete fire protection system including hydraulic calculations for retrofit into multiple-floor historic structure. Design included special provisions for freeze protection of FP systems. NPS project manager: Robert Powell, (928) 638-7649.

Florence Police Evidence Storage and Data Center

New storage facility including vehicle storage and dismantling area, cold and frozen storage area, wet storage area, dry storage area, animal holding, and work rooms. HVAC design included computer room A/C units, heat recovery air conditioning units, security air devices and bars in security walls. Plumbing included emergency fixtures, high efficiency plumbing fixtures, complete compressed air design, and multiple interceptors for various systems.

Lincoln Park Softball Complex (COT)

New 8,000 square foot concessions stand with second level scorer's area and 2,800 square foot maintenance building. HVAC and plumbing designs included evaporative cooling and radiant heating for the concessions stand, AC for the maintenance office, vandal resistant toilet systems, and grease interceptor design for the concessions kitchen.

Sierra Vista Youth Center

Youth center consisting of dance / multi-sport court, computer labs, table games, and support spaces. HVAC design included 4-pipe fan coils with air cooled chiller and full BACnet DDC control system integrated into the City's system. Design included Big Ass Fans in court areas and table game spaces.

Pinal Co. Justice - Adult Detention - AHU & ERV

Design corrections to existing air handling systems serving occupied adult detention facility. Original design was not functioning well and difficult to maintain. Re-designed systems based on ensuring ease of maintenance and high efficiency operation.

Other Project Types

  • College

    KWA has provided designs for facilites at the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, Central Arizona College, Pima Community College... (read more)

  • Commercial

    The KWA team provides high quality, energy efficient and budget-appropriate solutions for office buildings, financial institutions, mixed-use facilities, retail buildings... (read more)

  • Fire Protection

    KWA continues to lead in areas of Fire Protection Engineering in Southern Arizona. KWA's design experience includes wet & dry pipe, deluge, pre-action, foam, gas agent... (read more)

  • Healthcare

    The KWA team has designed HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection systems for more than 40 healthcare and medical facilities in Arizona and New Mexico... (read more)

  • K-12 Schools

    KWA provides engineering design services for all types of education facilities, kindergarten to high school. Additionally, KWA provides commissioning and energy audits... (read more)

  • Military

    KWA has extensive experience working on military projects in Arizona and California and has vast knowledge of the federal requirements and desires for such projects... (read more)

  • Museum / Arhive

    KWA has the expertise necessary to provide designs for the tight temperature, humidity, and pressurization requirements of museum and archival facilities... (read more)

  • Places of Worship

    The KWA team understands the needs of and provides custom-taylored solutions for the high-occupancy and multi-use assembly spaces in religious projects... (read more)