A Breakout Turnkey HVAC Conversion

The McKenney’s team worked on a series of HVAC and domestic hot water improvements for three sites in Georgia’s state prison system.


The team had to convert outdated systems and provide revitalized, energy efficient solutions while maintaining standard conditions for the inmates. Multiple trade crews required precise coordination by the McKenney’s team to stay on schedule while in an active prison environment. Safety was also a high priority while working


The McKenney’s team installed new steam to hot water heat exchangers, piping, fan coil units, ducts and air distribution for 920 inmates, including two maximum security cell blocks (240 inmates). At the other two prisons, steam boilers were replaced with condensing boilers to serve the facilities’ needs for heating and DHW. Other improvements included a chiller/cooling tower replacement, DDC controls systems and electrical infrastructure. To keep workers safe, the team followed protocols for emergency egress procedures, air monitoring, communication and lighting. Most of the assemblies were prefabricated and work was preplanned using three-week look-ahead schedules.


The prisons now have highly energy efficient HVAC and domestic hot water systems.

Project Name

GA DOC ESPC Phase 2 – HVAC Improvements


Reidsville, Georgia | Jackson, Georgia | Trion, Georgia


Owner: Georgia Department of Corrections
Turnkey Design/Builder: McKenney’s, Inc.

  • BIM
  • Design/Build
  • Plumbing Shop Prefab
  • Sheet Metal Shop Prefab
  • Central Plant
  • Government