The Massachusetts Department of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) selected Kleinfelder to design the new $14 million housing addition to the Western Massachusetts Women’s Correctional Center in Chicopee, Massachusetts. The construction is being accomplished under the Commonwealth’s Chapter 149A CM at Risk delivery process.
This is first project for the Commonwealth that uses an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach. Key features include selecting both the designer and the contractor during the project’s study phase, creating a “partnering” environment where ideas can be freely exchanged, utilizing a full Building Information Modeling (BIM) approach to all design and construction, and using “pull” scheduling to reduce the normal project delivery timeframe.
Kleinfelder’s team of experts includes architects and engineers with extensive correctional/justice experience, full knowledge of BIM, and a strong ability to communicate clearly and arrive at consensus solutions. We used a project website and video conferencing system to partner remotely with DCAMM, the Sheriff’s Office, and the contractor on all key design meetings. Construction minimized disruption to ongoing jail operations, improved pod quality by using modular construction techniques, and simplified the intake operations of the facility, while renovating its interior.
With the Integrated Project Delivery approach, DCAMM will deliver the project with a guaranteed price within their allotted budget. The Sheriff’s Office benefits by being an integral part of the design team to make sure its operational and security needs are fully addressed. The project is expected to achieve MA LEED Plus certification, which will reduce long-term energy costs.
Massachusetts Department of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM)