The Warren County National Guard Armory was a large scale renovation project, where we acted as the lead professional. This historic structure had been neglected for many years and required extensive work. We assembled a team with an architect, structural engineer, and site engineer, and managed every aspect of the project, from the planning stage to completion. The building received new plumbing, mechanical, electrical, sprinkler, and fire alarm systems. Also, changes were made to the interior layout to accommodate a larger stage, ADA restrooms, a catering kitchen, and offices for Economic Development. Existing windows and doors were replaced with new, as well as the metal roof. Through a fair bidding process, the lowest bidding contractor was awarded the job, and we prepared all necessary contracts and paperwork. We helped the owner with selections for interior finishes, and visited the site weekly to answer any questions and discuss options related to a complex renovation. We also worked with Progress Energy to obtain any applicable rebates for the county related to replacing obsolete, inefficient equipment and lights with newer more efficient solutions. Phase One of construction was completed in early 2010.
The Town of Butner obtained an older gym facility consisting of roughly 18,000 square feet, built in the days when Butner was a military camp. The entire building was wood frame construction with a complex diamond patterned beam support system spanning the domed interior space. We provided a feasibility study at the onset of the project to estimate the costs associated with a large scale renovation, and acted as the lead professional once the town decided to proceed. New plumbing, mechanical, electrical, sprinkler, and fire alarm systems were added to the building. The new efficient light fixtures specified for the basketball courts provided much higher light levels, and the fixtures follow the curve of the dome, as to not detract from the historic structure. Also, the ductwork to condition the gym space was concealed behind the structure to be less intrusive. All side rooms were renovated and can be used for many different purposes, and new ADA restrooms were added. We worked closely with both the owner and the contractor to ensure a successful completion of the project. The town gained a spectacular sports facility in an existing building they already owned, at much lower cost than building new.
The Carlbrook School is a boarding school located in a beautiful setting in rural Virginia. We completed plumbing, mechanical, and electrical plans for a two level boy's dormitory, consisting of a central gathering space with three residence wings. Special attention was given to the lighting fixtures selected for this space, as the owner's wanted a classical look. The electrical design included a generator to provide power in the event of a power outage. Plumbing design was extensive, as each two level wing contained large bathrooms and laundry facilities on each level. We worked closely with the architect to resolve design challenges, and provided plans in a timely manner.
Century 21, Hancock Properties acquired a historic, four level building in downtown Oxford, formally utilized as a Western Auto retail store. Because of the building's age, and limited ceiling heights in certain spaces, creative solutions were utilized to condition the space. This project consisted of plumbing, mechanical, electrical and fire alarm design. All systems were fully removed and replaced with new, as the building received a full renovation. New restrooms were added, as well as offices on floors previously unfinished. Construction was completed in 2009.
Plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and fire alarm plans were completed for Thales Academy Charter School buildings in Wake County. Each building is roughly 20,000 square feet containing classrooms, computer labs, and a large multipurpose room. With very little mechanical space in plan, efficient rooftop HVAC units were utilized to help free up space, and the ductwork reaches the first level through chases. Each building required a 1000 amp electrical service, and extensive data locations were specified. Large restroom facilities are located on both the first and second floors, and the design addressed water pressure. Each building contained an elevator, which required a sump pump and oil overflow tank. Also, area of rescue assistance call boxes, and smart-boards were specified. Lighting for exposed ceiling structures was selected, and exposed ductwork was painted. Alterations are made to the plans for each new location to ensure compatibility with the new site, and to incorporate any changes requested by the owner.
Working with the Wake County ABC Board, we provided plumbing, mechanical, and electrical plans for seven new stores, including the Brier Creek and Triangle Town Center locations. The overall goal of these stores was to be bright and welcoming, yet very secure as well. We provided plans and also Construction Administration services for the new store in Vance County, completed in 2009.
The scope of work for the Louisburg College Campus Conversion Project included plumbing, mechanical, and electrical engineering for several buildings throughout the campus. Also, our role as the lead professional required Construction Administration related to the entire project. By eliminating three obsolete coal boilers, the college saves roughly $250,000 per year in operating costs. Unsightly and unsafe electrical equipment was removed from the campus, and the new service was placed underground. Most buildings affected received upgraded fire alarm systems for added safety. This project was completed in budget in 2006, and included the Cafeteria, the Gym, Patten Dormitory, the Student Center, Wright Dormitory, Main Building, Davis Building, Franklin Building, and the Boiler Room Building. Weekly site visits were conducted to ensure the quality of the construction work.
The new Afton-Elberon Volunteer Fire Department consisted of office and gathering space in one half of the building, and enclosed truck bays in the other half. It was necessary to install infrared heaters in the garage section, and split system heat pumps for the remaining interior zones. We also designed the electrical system to utilize a generator that would provide power to half the lights, receptacles, and HVAC in the event of power failure. Gas lines were also placed throughout the building, and to a covered exterior patio, to accommodate future large scale cooking appliances. This project was completed within the projected budget.
We followed strict government guidelines from the Social Security Administration to achieve a cost effective, yet specific plumbing, mechanical, and electrical design, including all site lighting on multiple new office buildings in North Carolina and South Carolina. The design for these buildings included a separate isolated ground panel, five or more split system heat pumps, and also required coordination with a Washington D.C. based firm regarding the office details. The Social Security Administration accepted our plans, and we continue to complete plans for additional buildings.
For their new store in Jacksonville NC, Ashley Furniture chose a space that was formally a Goody's clothing store. We gathered information on all existing plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems, and worked with Ashley's corporate designers to provide the required lighting layout and fixtures. Also, we added many new receptacles for showroom accessories, such as lamps, and altered the mechanical layout to incorporate all changes to the layout of the space. This large scale franchise upfit was completed in 2009.
Extensive upgrades were achieved at existing Vance County School buildings under QZAB guidelines. Our scope included engineering work, however mostly we organized and supervised the construction process and required contracts. Some of the improvements made in various schools included new bleachers, new exterior doors, asbestos removal, new stage curtains, new flooring, new auditorium seating, new restrooms and associated plumbing, upgraded electrical service, and painting. This project was completed in 2005.
Located just off I-85 near Oxford, Granville County acquired a large piece of property, and constructed an all inclusive park in several phases. We were able to provide engineering services for several aspects of this park, including ball field lighting, outbuildings, and an outdoor pavilion. The focus of this project was mostly on the electrical system of the park. The lighting design allows for activities to take place after dark, and also brightens visitor areas, making visibility easier during evening hours.
Kilian Engineering Inc. provided plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and fire alarm plans for a beautiful sanctuary and classroom building at Edgewood Baptist Church. The sanctuary space had a sloping, vaulted ceiling, and the lighting layout was designed to compliment this feature. HVAC ductwork was also designed around the various ceiling levels, and registers were placed to provide consistent temperatures throughout the large sanctuary space. Power was connected from the new service to an existing building on site, and provisions were made to the plumbing plans to account for a baptismal pool. Construction was completed in 2009.
Kilian Engineering Inc. has an ongoing contract with Franklin County Schools to identify and assist with implementation of energy saving actions. For example, we prepared audits at all schools, provided plans and bid specifications to install occupancy sensors on all system campuses. Franklin County Schools are receiving the economic benefit of multiple complicated energy actions. Additionally, implementing costs have been reasonable due to competitive bids obtained from our plans and specifications.
Located in the Portofino Development, this stable is not just a place to board horses, it is a community landmark and the epitome of the development's theme. Our scope of work included plumbing, mechanical, and electrical plans for the facility, as well as a luxurious upper floor apartment for staff. We provided a plumbing plan in which the supply lines were to be encased out of view in decorative support beams visible in vaulted space. Heavy ventilation was specified to be hidden in cupolas, out of view from the exterior of the building. Provisions were made to the electrical system to allow for a future additional riding arena. Construction was completed in 2009.
Granville County built several new EMS stations in rural county locations, and we provided plumbing, mechanical, and electrical plans unique to each location. The stations consisted of office space and enclosed truck bays as well. All projects were completed in a timely manner to the satisfaction of Granville County.
The scope of work for this highly technical project was plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and fire alarm. This data center houses many computers and servers which control the functions of Progress Energy's operation. In addition to the complex electrical requirements for this building, a generator was also specified in order to keep the network running in case of an emergency. Construction was completed in 2008.
We provided plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and fire alarm plans for the European Wax upfit at Brier Creek. Because this is a franchise, the corporate office has very stringent guidelines one must follow related to all systems and overall aesthetics. We worked not only with the corporate office, but with the owner, architect, lighting sales rep, and contractor in order to provide a satisfactory end result for all parties involved.
The Masonic Children's Home of Oxford renovated a stately, historic home on College Street, bordering the campus, to serve as the home of the administrator. The house was in good condition, however, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems had not been updated in many years, and total replacement was necessary to bring the home up to today's standards. Our design provided the systems needed for this large home, while not detracting from its beauty.
Electric Motor Shop manufactures, services, and tests complex motors. For a large scale addition, we provided plumbing, mechanical, and electrical engineering services. The existing power service was required to be sized and upgraded for the new addition, yet still needed to feed the existing building and equipment. The 15,243 square foot addition, mainly open space, required gas heating units and two new restrooms. Also, two new ovens, one 900,000 BTU/Hr and one 1,200,000 BTU/Hr were added. Construction was completed in 2009.
Macallan Construction Company acquired a historic house on Raleigh's Blount Street, and proceeded with a full renovation to make the building appropriate for their own offices. Our scope of work on the project included plumbing, mechanical, and electrical design for the four story structure, as the interior of the house was stripped down to the structure. We worked with the mechanical design to ensure the ductwork did not infringe on the integrity of the interior space, yet still provided even air distribution. Our lighting layout was also complimentary to a building of this style, yet provided sufficient light for office space. Construction on this project was completed in 2008.
For this medical office upfit, our scope of work was to complete plumbing, mechanical, and electrical design for an upfit to a suite in an existing shell space. Special receptacles in strategic locations were coordinated with the owner to appropriately prepare for the type of equipment required for their treatments. The plumbing design was also extensive for this facility, as there were many fixtures needed in various locations. The upfit was completed in 2008.
As part of a face-lift for this historic courthouse, mechanical systems were removed and replaced. We assisted in these changes by being available on site for multiple site visits, helping to specify which units to use, and provided solutions and advice to situations unique to a building of this age. Also, we assisted with electrical plans regarding the installation of metal detectors. Overall the changes made to this building included a thorough cleaning of the outside, new windows, new roofing, new mechanical equipment, and replacement of any deteriorating elements. Kilian Engineering also completed plans and bid documents for a complete fire alarm upgrade for the facility, to be completed in the near future.
The Gateway Shopping Center project consisted of plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and fire alarm engineering for two large anchor tenants, and many outparcel stores. We worked together as a team to make the design process as quick and efficient as possible for this large scale project. Plans were completed within stringent deadlines to the owner's satisfaction. The plans for the outparcels specified HVAC equipment and layout, and minimal electrical and plumbing in the first phase of the project. We have since worked with several business owners to upfit these spaces to suit their needs. The shopping center was completed in 2009, and tenant upfits are completed as needed. Prompt service and accurate plans are essential in order to not slow down a fast track commercial development.
Pacific Mulch is a primarily outdoor facility which processes and distributes landscaping mulch. Our scope of work consisted of upgrading the electrical service, and designing a system which would accommodate a new 300 horsepower hammermill. Bid meetings were held, allowing the owner to select the most economical electrical contractor for the job.
Kilian Engineering Inc. worked along with Vescom on an industrial relocation from Orangeburg, New York to Henderson, North Carolina. We visited the original facility and collected technical and HVAC information to use in upgrading the existing Henderson space of over 100,000 square feet. Over $400,000.00 worth of electrical upgrades were implemented, and two different voltage service designs were required. We also coordinated the installation and design of a compressed air system, as well as other auxiliary work needed to complete the relocation.