The medium security Federal Correctional Institute (FCI) facility near Herlong, California is a $120 million design-build facility that includes 23 buildings with 636,000 square feet of structure.
The structure called for 312,000 square feet of exterior site-cast wall panels. Nearly all the walls were constructed as insulated tilt-up panels.
The project delivered valuable cost savings by using the HK connector ties. According to Shawn Obrigewitch, the Hensel Phelps general contractor superintendent overseeing fabrication of the tilt-up walls, “the HK pins are simpler and more efficient for the manufacturer to produce. The competitive system used more expensive material for the fabrication process.” He went on to say “the savings are a benefit to contractor, owner and taxpayer. We are always looking for fair market competition through alternate products that will provide savings without lessening the value of what we are providing to our clients. That’s exactly what happened in this situation.”