KEARNY USPS

Dominick V. Daniels Facility

Placed in service in 1974, this facility is the second largest mail processing and distribution center in New Jersey. Crane Associates provided an in-depth investigation survey of the building's HVAC systems and controls in order to upgrade the facility's systems. CA was responsible for the mechanical, structural and electrical design of the chiller plant providing cooling for the entire facility.

CLIENT: USPS
LOCATION: KEARNY, NJ
COMPLETION YEAR: 2017
DISCIPLINE: GOVERNMENT FACILITY
SIZE: 650,000 SQ. FT

 

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PROJECT BRIEF

Over the past few decades, Crane has provided design and construction phase services for numerous USPS upgrades. The systems upgrade at the Dominick V. Daniels Facility included modifications to the central chiller plant, dock equipment and door design, and a new fire alarm system. A critical factor in the success of working at this facility is the proper scheduling and close coordination required to maintain postal operations and utility services during construction projects since the facility operates virtually around the clock, 365 days per year.

CA began with an investigative survey and evaluation of all existing HVAC equipment in order to identify deficiencies and areas out of code. 

 

Central Chiller Plant Project:

This project required the replacement of the existing 2,100 Ton chiller plant. CA surveyed the existing building and design the new chiller plant to required specifications. The existing absorption chillers were removed and replaced with three new 700 Ton variable speed centrifugal chillers, The existing chilled water and condenser water pumps with variable speed drives were subsequently replaced with three new cooling towers with variable speed drives. Various condenser water piping was also upgraded. The new chillers, cooling towers and pumps were connected to the existing BAS for single system control. Finally, Crane supervised the installation of a new unit substation and upgrade to the existing electrical systems.

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Dock Equipment & Door Design Project:

The dock project required modernizing and redesigning 186 loading dock bays. Crane Associates was responsible for the mechanical, structural and electrical design of the loading docks which are a key element to the success of the USPS facility. The Crane Associates team was also responsible for the construction management of the project. Coordination with the transportation security, maintenance, and operations groups of the facility was key to a successful project working with the ongoing functioning of the postal system.

CA surveyed the existing building and design the new dock equipment and dock doors to required specifications. Existing dock doors, lights, seals, edge of dock levelers, pit levelers and controls were all removed and upgraded with new equipment.

 

Fire Alarm & Notification System Project:

This project required the replacement of the existing fire alarm control system and installing a modern system including mass notification. 

Crane Associates investigated the existing conditions and provided a budget estimation for the prospective work for electrical design and construction management. Working closely with USPS, Crane was commissioned to remove the existing fire alarm system and install new annunciators, control panels, wardens stations, central monitoring, speakers, detectors, and connections to the electrical, elevator, sprinkler, security and fire department systems.

Crane Associates was responsible for the communication and electrical design of the fire alarm system which provides early fire detection, prompt notification and increased safety for the entire facility. The team at Crane Associates was responsible for the construction management and survey work for the project.

 

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Restroom upgrades:

This project required the upgrade of five administration bathrooms.  Crane Associates designed and managed the plumbing, architectural and electrical construction of the restrooms, which provides early fire detection, prompt notification and increased safety for the entire facility. The team at Crane Associates was responsible for the construction management and survey work for the project, as well as communicating effectively to stay on a strict timeline and budget.

Additional scope of work included plumbing and electrical design for new piping and fixtures, architectural design for new tiles, fixtures, layouts, accessories and stalls.

Crane Associates was responsible for the mechanical, structural and electrical design of the chiller plant which provides cooling for the entire facility. The team at Crane Associates was responsible for the construction management and survey work for the project.


Other projects at this facility have included roofing system survey and replacement, replacement of exterior wall system for penthouse, new security access control system, interior masonry repairs, additional fire hydrants, replacement of main electrical service feeders, additional electric power panels, installation of a new double ended unit substation, electrical switchgear rehabilitation and numerous ongoing projects.

 
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