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Swinerton Builders Texas: August 26, 2013

Continued Success for Swinerton in Texas

Swinerton Builders has successfully secured its third project at NASA’s Johnson Space Center this year. All three projects are part of the Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract Swinerton holds with NASA at the Houston campus.

All were managed by staff out of Swinerton’s Texas Division, located in Austin, Texas. Most recently, Swinerton was awarded a $9.3 million project to repair the chilled water system in Johnson Space Center’s Building 48. The 18-month-project will replace aging mechanical and electrical equipment within the central utility plant serving Mission Control. Commonly known by its radio call sign “Houston,” Mission Control at Johnson Space Center has served as the primary mission control center for the U.S. space program since the 1970s. Swinerton’s experience with mission-critical work at Johnson Space Center, combined with key subcontractor relationships, helped secure this win.

The project includes the phased replacement of four chillers, cooling tower repairs and upgrades, installation of a new chemical treatment system, and construction of a new electrical room that will house substations serving the new mechanical equipment. Because Mission Control supports ongoing operations on the International Space Station and other space program activities, extensive planning and minimal down time for system outages and cutovers is required.

“Swinerton is proud of its ongoing relationship with an organization as prestigious as NASA and hopes to deliver America’s space agency outstanding projects for years to come,” said Swinerton Project Manager Josh Leen.

The two projects previously awarded include the recently completed chiller replacement in Building 24, for which Swinerton received an “Outstanding” evaluation from NASA, and the upgrade of the fire alarm network within approximately 60 buildings that is currently underway. 

“The chiller replacement project has to be at the top of my list of the most coordinated and efficient projects I have ever been a part of,” said Juan Etheridge NASA Project Manager.  “All of the onsite Swinerton personnel were very cooperative, and they were always willing to take the ball when extra effort was needed to coordinate subcontractors.”

The $4.5-million fire alarm project will upgrade the fire alarm backbone infrastructure serving the outlying facilities of the Space Center campus and will upgrade the fire detection system to the new campus technology (Edwards System Technology). Upgrades to the fire alarm equipment will take place in approximately 60 buildings. Work includes excavation, directional boring, fiber installation, abatement, and removal and replacement of the fire alarm panels. Construction started in June and is scheduled to take 13 months.

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