After all of the DPS offices in Harrison County were lost to hurricane Katrina, the MS DPS was housed in trailers provided by FEMA
Jackson, Mississippi and Duluth, Georgia (PRWEB) March 30, 2011
CxGBS announced today that they have completed commissioning of the newly constructed Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) Campus in Gulfport, MS. The DPS Campus replaces Harrison County facilities destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. CxGBS was awarded the project in 2005 by the MS Bureau of Buildings and has been working alongside the contractors to ensure the development of high quality, energy efficient facilities.
"After all of the DPS offices in Harrison County were lost to hurricane Katrina, the MS DPS was housed in trailers provided by FEMA," explains Curtis Jones, Special Projects Director for the MS DPS. "Our search for replacement facilities included a requirement that they be better able to withstand a catastrophe if it were to occur again."
The new campus includes buildings for the Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP), the Mississippi Crime Lab (MCL), the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN) and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) and was constructed on 62 acres located 10 miles north of I-10 and 15 miles north of the beach. The site is 100 feet above sea level and contains no waterways that might be subject to flooding in the case of another storm.
These new facilities provide spaces to serve police administrative and investigative activities, and support functions such as driver license (DL), forensic labs, testing and support areas, as well as private offices.
"Parts of each structure are hardened, like the radio room and the property vault, so that they can withstand nearly any force of nature," continues Jones.
CxGBS helped MS DPS ensure the construction also met their specifications for lower maintenance and operating costs, including a 20% more energy efficient climate control system. Proper implementation of low-e glazing on all of the buildings and a ground loop heat pump system in the MHP and MBN/MBI buildings were another part of the solution. Further, each building was constructed and oriented to utilize natural light - or what is called "day lighting" - to meet the task lighting requirements for administrative offices during daylight hours.
"The consultants from CxGBS were key players in the testing and balancing of the HVAC systems as well as the glass structures within the buildings," continued Jones. "Their approach to inspecting a wide range of systems throughout the build process was much more detailed than we had experienced prior to working with a commissioning agent."
"The state mandate for commissioning on all Mississippi public buildings is greatly improving the quality of new and refurbished construction across the state," explained H. Jay Enck, CxAP, HBDP, CPMP, and Principal of CxGBS. "Working alongside the team from Allred Architectural Group and LaSalle, Inc. has provided remarkable opportunities for CxGBS to contribute to the betterment of this project and ultimately the enjoyment of individuals throughout the state."
The Mississippi Department of Public Safety is made up of eight different offices and 1200 state employees dedicated to the safety of our fellow Mississippians. Under the DPS umbrella are offices like the State Crime Lab and State Medical Examiner's Office, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, and the Mississippi Department of Homeland Security.
Commissioning & Green Building Solutions, Inc. (CxGBS®) is a nationally recognized green building consulting firm that helps clients build environmentally friendly, top performing buildings. The firm's professionals work with project teams to reduce risk and apply sustainable development principles that lower the total cost of ownership and create healthy conditions for occupants. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with a satellite office in Jackson, Mississippi, CxGBS® offers a comprehensive suite of services to provide high value solutions for better performing buildings including Sustainable Design Consulting, Holistic Commissioning®, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Certification and Forensic Investigation.