Architectural/Engineering Design & Permitting Services

Challenge & Solution

Proactive inspection and documentation of fire alarm system components during the Project Kickoff Meeting was the catalyst for additional task order procurement. Updates to a separate electrical design package were completed by Rhea during design review that consolidated cable and conduit runs and provided adequate backup power sources. Further, stormwater dye testing activities by a plumbing consultant resulted in additional design-build management services from Rhea.

Per a federal agency’s request for Rhea’s services, an electromagnetic geophysical survey was completed that identified an underground tank in the proposed path of an electrical service line. Drawings for all submittal packages were created in the mandated Microstation V8i format. Bentley® InRoads® software was used to model plan, profiles, and structures.

Project Description & Highlights

The federal agency selected Rhea to design and permit the private and public water and sanitary sewer service extensions to a Pittsburgh facility. Scheduled for closure in 2012, by Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), the Client is using Rhea’s survey, design, and field management capabilities to coordinate the separation of sprawling base property utilities into viable subdivision tracts.

Rhea is currently designing these public utility extensions in order to provide sustainable and reliable power and fire protection to highly critical radar infrastructure, serving the northeast air traffic operations.

Initially, this project encompassed only the private utility extensions from a public right-of-way. However, Rhea consolidated pending task orders for field survey, fire suppression, and fire alarm design services under one contract. CM and QA/QC reviews were performed of electrical and demolition-related bid packages. After reviewing Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) information at contract award, Rhea re-examined the fire suppression assumptions and achieved significant cost savings into a sprinkler system in lieu of standpipe construction.

Rhea’s efficiencies have enabled the federal agency to fast track construction schedules, administer one contract in lieu of several, and reduce change orders and subcontractors during construction. 


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