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Coyote Ridge Corrections Center

Award Description

First prison on the U.S. to achieve LEED Gold certification. The US Green Building Council has awarded 39 points which means that CRCC has the first LEED Gold Certification for a prison campus.

Integration of stringent LEED building requirements was difficult to accomplish within the constraints faced by the WDOC for high-density/low-autonomy occupancy in a 24-hour operation environment.

Jack Olson, WDOC project director. “The team didn’t think only in terms of legal obligations and LEED requirements, they saw the challenges as an opportunity to develop innovative strategies and solutions.” In addition to its sustainable attributes, the precast system offered rapid design/build project completion in 29 months. Olson concludes, “Completion of the project within schedule probably would not have been possible without a precast option.” Problems were resolved in a matter
of hours instead of the usual days and weeks. The owner fast tracked the project and successfully reduced the project delivery time by a full year.

The medium-security housing is comprised of precast concrete modular cells stacked two-high with precast infill panels.

Precast concrete plant production by design – and through rigorous quality control and NPCA plant certification – is very efficient compared with alternative building systems. Exceptional production efficiency is particularly attainable in high-quality, repetitious cell production for correctional facilities. Some of the green advantages of precast systems include:

• Precast plant fabrication minimized energy, material and waste and maximized installation efficiency, in-plant production efficiencies and reuse of formwork
• Recycled steel reinforcing
• Maximum environmental protection at the building site through minimized on-site construction waste, noise and dust
• Less material used than alternative systems considered to attain same load-bearing capacity
• Energy conservation: the thermal mass and inherent insulating properties of concrete aided in energy savings and modulation of daily temperature swings within the structure
• Local labor and materials used which meant lower costs for production, delivery, fuel and transport
• Use of zero-to-low VOC sealants and adhesives, paints and surface finishes.

Project Participants

Owner - Washington Department of Corrections, Tumwater, WA
Architect/Designer - Integrus Architecture, Seattle, WA; Rosser Intl., Atlanta, GA
Structural Engineer - Integrus Architecture, Seattle, WA; Rosser Intl., Atlanta, GA
General Contractor - Hunt/Lydig Joint Venture, Connell, WA
Concrete Contractor - Oldcastle Precast Modular, Telford, PA
Concrete Producer - Oldcastle, Spokane Valley, WA
Site Designer & LEED Consultant - CH2M, Denver, CO

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