12th District Police Station

New construction; 12th District Police Station; Primera Engineers Ltd.


This image shows a rendering of the 12th District Police Station. Courtesy: Primera EngineersEngineering firm: Primera Engineers Ltd.
2013 MEP Giants rank:
12th District Police Station
Chicago, United States
Building type:
Project type:
New construction
Engineering services:
Automation & Controls, Electrical/Power, Fire & Life Safety, HVAC, Lighting
Project timeline:
June 2009 to June 2012
Engineering services budget:
MEP budget:
$1.25 million


As part of the City of Chicago's "Neighborhood Alive" program, the Public Building Commission is building 12 new police stations across the city to replace existing facilities. These new prototype stations are 42,000 sq ft, twice that of the original stations. Primera Engineers was charged with developing an alternative to the original prototype design that included a geothermal system.

Creating an alternate prototype presented Primera with multiple engineering challenges, including the need to redesign the original prototype to include a geothermal and rainwater harvesting system without altering the overall building design or MEP spaces. In addition, the 88-well geothermal system was one of the largest urban designs put in place. Primera was able to integrate it seamlessly into the building footprint without the need to alter the usable areas, adjacencies, or program functions. Since the building is both a 24-hour facility and a cooling center, several redundancies for systems needed to be included in the design due to the critical nature of the station. This challenge complicated the design process but ultimately increased the reliability of the system.


Primera developed an alternative to the original prototype design that included a geothermal system. The heating and cooling for the District 12 station is provided using an 88-well, closed loop geothermal field, which was placed under the adjacent 250-space parking lot. Primera also provided a modular water-to-water heat pump system that could heat and cool simultaneously and ultimately provide excellent redundancy for the facility. This modular system also allowed for the new systems to fit without altering the station design. Lastly, Primera was able to modify the building's central plant while utilizing the same airside system design. The modified design reduced the learning curve for maintenance personnel and end users due to their familiarity with the original system and a need to only learn how to work with the revised plant.

No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Safety for 18 years, warehouse maintenance tips, Ethernet and the IIoT, GAMS 2016 recap
2016 Engineering Leaders Under 40; Future vision: Where is manufacturing headed?; Electrical distribution, redefined
Strategic outsourcing delivers efficiency; Sleeve bearing clearance; Causes of water hammer; Improve air quality; Maintenance safety; GAMS preview
SCADA at the junction, Managing risk through maintenance, Moving at the speed of data
Safety at every angle, Big Data's impact on operations, bridging the skills gap
The digital oilfield: Utilizing Big Data can yield big savings; Virtualization a real solution; Tracking SIS performance
Applying network redundancy; Overcoming loop tuning challenges; PID control and networks
Driving motor efficiency; Preventing arc flash in mission critical facilities; Integrating alternative power and existing electrical systems
Package boilers; Natural gas infrared heating; Thermal treasure; Standby generation; Natural gas supports green efforts

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role of plant safety and offers advice on best practices.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.
This article collection contains several articles on strategic maintenance and understanding all the parts of your plant.
click me