Miles-McClellan Construction Helps Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Advance City’s Sustainability Goals with New LEED-Certified Station

CMPD University City Division facility

When the city of Charlotte, NC set out to replace its leased University City Division Police Department building with a permanent facility, they did so with a goal to enhance the quality of life for Charlotte residents and department employees and to meet the city’s ambitious sustainability goals.

Reducing environmental stress and improving employee safety and wellbeing were priorities for CMPD. The CMPD University City Division relied on the experts at Miles-McClellan Construction to deliver sustainable solutions that would help them earn LEED certification at their new space.

LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability, achievement and leadership, and LEED-certified buildings save money, improve efficiency, lower carbon emissions and create healthier places for people. To achieve LEED certification, a project earns points by adhering to prerequisites and credits that address carbon, energy, water, waste, transportation, materials, health and indoor environmental quality.

Miles-McClellan got to work building the 16,000-square-foot, two-story police station implementing green construction processes and sustainable features including UV solar panels, underground rainwater management, high efficiency geothermal heating and cooling systems, advanced thermal and moisture protection on the building envelope, construction waste diversion from landfills and the use of recycled materials for construction.

In addition, the new police station encourages green initiatives with access to transit, bicycle facilities, green vehicle parking, electric vehicle charging stations, a green cleaning and integrated pest management policy, an optimized mechanical system for energy performance, low emitting materials, interior lighting controls and low-flow water fixtures.

The health and safety of CMPD employees was crucial in the design of the police station as well. Not only does the building provide enhanced indoor air quality and access to health and fitness, but reinforced concrete walls, insulating concrete forms, structural steel, steel joists and metal deck roof framing offer a solid, efficient and safe structure for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. “The place is literally bulletproof,” said Steve Parsons, Miles-McClellan’s director of field operations.

The project received LEED Gold certification and is projected to have total energy cost savings that will be greater than 59%, resulting in an economic benefit to the city and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions — and the Miles-McClellan Construction project came in on budget with zero safety violations.

“Our newly certified LEED facilities will accommodate the current and future needs of CMPD and further advance the city’s sustainability goals,” said Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles. “These achievements mean we truly are setting the example for a low-carbon and resilient future while increasing the quality of life for all Charlotte residents.”

Miles-McClellan is proud of our work leading this environmentally friendly initiative. With every project, we are on a mission to improve communities and the lives of the residents that reside in them.

CMPD University City Division facility interior

“It’s critical for CMPD to be on the cutting edge when it comes to our facilities. Employee wellness is a CORE 4 strategic priority for the department. Our state-of-the-art LEED-certified facilities feature healthy and cost-saving green technology to make sure we’re providing the best possible workplaces for our employees.”

– CMPD Police Chief Johnny Jennings

How can we help you protect the environment and the residents in your community? Contact Miles-McClellan Construction to learn more about LEED-approved design features and let’s work together to build excellence on your next project!

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Miles-McClellan Helps Columbus City Schools Reorganize and Repurpose to Combat Overcrowding, Safety Concerns and Aging Buildings

In 2019, more than 630 children were attending Dominion Middle School, which was built to house 409 students, and the popularity of the high-achieving school suggested a future of rapid growth. At the same time, there was an aging high school in the area that could handle the growth but needed major renovations.

That is when Columbus City Schools (CCS) hired Miles-McClellan as the design/build contractor for the building envelope project of the former North High School. The historically registered building opened its doors in 1924. The design/build team was tasked with making the building safe and dry for students and staff, while preserving the building’s beauty, character and history.

former North High School

The project replaced the roofing, windows, skylight systems and completed masonry restoration. Each component of this project came with its challenges. The existing windows were installed in plaster containing asbestos that had to be removed, the roofing and masonry work had to be coordinated and, of course, the labor shortage and strict timeline to make sure kids could start school as scheduled in the fall played a role. But this project had the additional challenge of working with the Historical Preservation Committee to ensure all design, materials and construction techniques were approved during the design/pre-construction phase.

One of the historical requirements was to mimic the original historic sightlines of the original windows. After a great deal of preparation work, multiple manufacturer bids and an extensive review of three products to make sure they fit the design and performance specification, the Historical Preservation Committee was pleased, and the approval process went smoothly.

With a highly scrutinized budget by nature of working with a public school system, Miles-McClellan delivered a dry, safer school $19,637 under budget. In a 2020 interview with The Columbus Dispatch, Dominion Middle School Principal Dorothy Flanagan said, “We couldn’t have asked for a smoother process from district leadership and our design and construction team.”

Overall, Miles-McClellan has managed 11 projects to improve the safety and learning environment for CCS, including one current project to replace the HVAC systems in Valleyview Elementary, Westgate Elementary and West Broad Elementary schools.

Other HVAC upgrades, electrical upgrades and facilities renovations include Brookhaven High School, which now houses the Columbus North International High School, and the former Dominion Middle School, which is now the New World Language Middle School.

Safer schools are a priority for Columbus City Schools and Miles-McClellan. We are proud to have helped CCS provide more secure entrances to 10 district school buildings — adding new security checkpoints in five schools and upgrading security vestibules at another five schools. The work included demolition, casework, aluminum storefronts, wood doors, hollow metal frames, door hardware, drywall, painting, HVAC and electrical.

“The team at Miles-McClellan not only produce good work, they are very personable, responsive and organized. They have a great system in place to manage projects and they have helped Columbus City Schools make our schools better and safer for our students.”
-Columbus City Schools Facilities Rep

We build success by Building Excellence! We take pride in our people, and we take pride in our work. Contact Miles-McClellan Construction to put that pride to work on your next project.

Miles-McClellan Helps North Carolina Town Navigate Rapid Growth Enhancing Peace of Mind and Recreational Opportunities

Mooresville, NC

The Town of Mooresville, NC has more than doubled over the last 20 years. The population has grown from 32,711 in 2010 to 50,193 in the last decade alone, according to the 2020 U.S. Census. With this rapid growth, the city had to expand its services protect and improve the lives of its citizens.

After being granted $46.5 million in limited obligation bonds from The Local Government Commission to improve public safety and services, the Town of Mooresville contracted Miles-McClellan to design and build a new $3.5 million fire station and training center. Fire Station No. 6 is 13,000 square feet and will feature two engine bays, locker rooms, sleep quarters, administrative offices, a full kitchen, conference space and an outdoor patio.

Although the project is progressing nicely today (check out the progress on our live webcam), it did not come without challenges. The fire station was scheduled to be presented to the Board in March of 2020, but the North Carolina government locked down due to COVID-19, and Mooresville halted spending on all new projects. The Fire House 6 project was delayed until February 2021. During the delay, many material shortages and price increases occurred in the construction industry, but with the collective hard work of Miles-McClellan, the design team and the Town of Mooresville, Miles-McClellan was able to deliver the same product at a similar price and construction continues to move forward.

In addition to Fire Station No. 6, Miles-McClellan has worked with the town to enhance cultural and recreational opportunities for all the citizens of Mooresville. The company was awarded the $3 million Selma Burke Center Renovation, which was a high priority project for Mooresville’s Parks and Recreation Department. The renovation consisted of some “tricky elements,” according to Chris Wyckoff, Mooresville’s facilities and construction manager, like combining existing structures into one elemental structure. Miles-McClellan also managed the site work (landscape, furnishings and signage), renovations to the existing gymnasium with new basketball courts, a new playground and picnic shelter and a new 8,000 square foot, prefabricated multi-purpose building with classrooms.

“Their ability to work with our needs and sub-contractors, as well as control a project through difficult weather was spot-on,” says Wyckoff.

Miles-McClellan also managed the town’s Art Depot renovation, a historic building dating back to the 1970s, bringing the facility up to ADA standards and allowing the Art Guild to utilize their warehouse areas, featuring open beams and heavy barn doors, in a way previously not possible.

Miles-McClellan projects don’t just enhance the lives of the two-legged residents of Mooresville, they also help some 4-legged residents with the development of The Officer Jordan H. Sheldon Memorial Dog Park in Cornelius Park. The dog park is dedicated to a fallen K-9 officer who was killed in the line of duty. Wyckoff says the work on the dog park “led to a great moment of healing and happiness for the town, the family and the police department.”

“Working with Miles-McClellan on Fire Station No. 6 has been a great team experience all the way through design and now well into construction. They have demonstrated their ability to perform on previous projects and have continued to deliver. It is great working with a contractor who you can trust also wants to be a steward of tax-payer dollars and do right for all stake-holders.”
Christopher Wyckoff
Facilities & Construction Director
The Town of Mooresville

Miles-McClellan Turns Buildings into Art for Franklin Park Conservatory

If you’ve been to Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio, you have seen firsthand how nature meets art through their displays of beautiful flowers, plants and organic landscapes, enhanced with real pieces of art. But did you notice how the buildings themselves fit into those landscapes and how, through lighting and innovative architectural design, they have become an art exhibit of their own?

With the Conservatory’s vision to restore the vitality, grandeur and beauty of Franklin Park while retaining its original charm and character, Miles-McClellan Construction has managed a variety of projects for The Conservatory, including the expansion of the John F. Wolfe Palm House, a registered Historical Place. As part of a four-phase, two-year expansion campaign, Miles-McClellan completed the expansion of The Palm House by building two 5,000 square foot additions that flank the building’s existing corridor, one designed for special events and the other for administrative offices. The versatility and creativity of the design added 10,000 square feet of flexible space for open air gardens, water features and elegant gatherings, while conquering the roadblocks that come with historical renovations.

In addition to the expansion of The Palm House, Miles-McClellan oversaw the construction of the Bride’s Garden, community gardens with education pavilion, and LIGHT RAMIENT II, an inspiring light display which illuminates The Palm House and was designed by internationally renowned, award-winning artist James Turrell.

Franklin Park Conservatory before and after

In 2015, as classes, programs and community outreach increased for the Conservatory, a new space was needed, so the organization relocated an historic barn’s timber frame, which was set to be dismantled, from northern Ohio to its campus. Miles-McClellan took on the transformation of the Wells Barn, which is not only a piece of history, but a construction marvel filled with engineering innovation, including a basement with classroom space, an elevator, a large event space, a commercial kitchen, and a bar.

“The project was completed on time and on budget, which is critical for a non-profit organization, in large part due to Miles-McClellan’s commitment to problem solving, open communication and outstanding project planning and budgeting.”

Garry Clarke, Vice President of Planning
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Building Excellence takes teamwork and Miles-McClellan would like to thank its architecture, engineering and landscape partners, and the Franklin Park Conservatory, for helping to create these amazing spaces.