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CASE STUDY:
CENTER FOR FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY

Architect: URS
Electrical Engineer: Phillips Swager Assoc.
Owner: State of Michigan
General Contractor: Walbridge Aldinger
Project Foreman: Robert Terpstra

This project combined many of the elements of hospital construction with the exacting and difficult requirements of prison construction. The 530,000-square-foot facility included everything needed for long-term care of mentally ill patients, from medical exam rooms and recreational amenities to an in-house barber shop and complete courtroom.

All that required complex, integrated wiring and power systems. Security systems, fire alarm systems, video monitoring, communications – everything a high-security environment needs to keep everyone safe.

The all-masonry construction of the building required detailed working drawings and close coordination with mechanical trades to fit everything in to tight above-ceiling spaces. Nothing could be exposed, so any desired changes necessitated significant rework.

Installation of the various systems within the facility was a very large electrical project in itself. Fire alarm, card access, and CCTV systems were all designed to the exacting standards of a prison environment. Public address, CATV for the patients, telephone, and data networks were also installed within the same time frame.

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North Huron Valley 1A Wade, Trim & Associates Inc. Dearborn Heights, MI
Detroit Public Schools Electrical Upgrade for E-Rate BP4A-4D BEI Associates, Inc. Detroit, MI
Center For Forensic Psychiatry URS Corporation York, MI
DWSD Fiber Optic Update Sverdrup / Wade Trim Detroit, Michigan
EPA Emergency Generator and Site Lighting Harley Ellis Devereaux Ann Arbor, Michigan
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