Ellington Air Force Base Houston, TX
Construction of seven new buildings; professional installation of all mechanical systems; expert ductwork fabrication; increased consolidation and focus of military for homeland defense; potential new revenues for City of Houston and surrounding areas; energy-efficient and cost-effective building systems control; reduced risk of danger from automotive and other exhaust fumes; a comfortable and productive facilities environment.
To update, expand, and revitalize a World War I Air Force base.
SCOPE OF SERVICES
For this project, the client looked for a firm with superior resources, extensive experience and technology expertise, and a cooperative approach to project delivery.
Their choice? Gowan.
To deliver this project, Gowan installed chillers, outside air handling units, and fan coil units. The company also put in fans to remove vehicle exhaust from the maintenance building and general exhaust from such spaces as the kitchen and the armory. The company also fabricated all ductwork and installed a direct digital control system. This system lets facilities managers check the buildings’ performance and control environmental conditions from a laptop computer.
To maintain the schedule and help facilitate the decision making process, the company had to build a working relationship with the local U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Gowan’s innovative and efficient team-building approach, however, quickly made them an integral part of the project, while keeping everything moving toward on-time, on-budget completion.
Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base now has the rare distinction of having all five military branches of the U.S. Department of Defense — Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard — as well as NASA operations on one base. The new buildings that were part of this project included a welcome center, kitchen and mess hall, vehicle maintenance garage, general office, and firearm storage buildings.