Case Study:

Fort Gillem Enclave

PRIDE Industries Gets a Sensitive Military Forensic Lab into Pristine Condition

Located in the Gillem Enclave in Forest Park, Georgia, Fort Gillem is home to the Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC), the Department of Defense’s premier forensic center. At the DFSC, scientists and technicians examine and analyze crime scene evidence for the Army, DoD entities, and federal agencies. Center services include specialized forensic training, research and laboratory analyses, and management of the DoD Convicted Offender DNA Database Program. Since 2016, PRIDE Industries has provided facility operations and maintenance support to the DFSC, maintaining 150,000 square feet of building space. Over the last several years, we have improved the site mechanics through ongoing maintenance and added improvements.

Situation

In 2016, the Defense Forensics Science Center (DFSC) was seeking a contractor who could meet their unique needs and was up to the demanding task of keeping this vitally important lab in peak condition. Due to the exacting nature of the lab’s work, which includes handling delicate forensic evidence for the U.S. military, the DFSC must maintain a pristine environment at all times. After a thorough search, the DFSC chose PRIDE Industries to take on the crucial work of ensuring that key infrastructure elements, such as HVAC and video gate controls, were in working order. There were also important repairs to be made. In one mechanical room, for example, a series of leaks had caused water to pool on the floor.

Solution

PRIDE Industries systematically addressed each of the issues that were preventing the lab from operating at peak efficiency. Actions taken included:

  • Cleaning and repairing all broken systems
  • Documenting all center assets and implementing preventative maintenance protocols
  • Ensuring that HVAC temperature and humidity controls were functional and accurate
  • Optimizing the facility’s up-time

PRIDE Industries employed an inclusive team to make repairs and improvements. Today, this team ensures that critical systems are properly maintained. By working with PRIDE Industries, the DFSC is able to meet its diversity goals as it reaps the benefits of a proven workforce with statistically high retention rates and low turnover.

Services Provided

  • Repair and maintenance of HVAC systems
  • Repair and maintenance of gate and video gate controls
  • Repair of pipe leakage
  • Documentation of assets
  • Implementation of preventative maintenance protocols
  • Ongoing maintenance of laboratory’s critical mechanical systems
  • Pest control
  • PH monitoring
  • Sign making
  • Appliance maintenance
  • Grounds maintenance

Results

  • Assurance of laboratory-optimal environmental conditions
  • Maximization of up-time
  • Meeting of inclusivity goals
  • Consistent service provided by a proven, reliable workforce
  • Positive community impact resulting from the employment of nearly 50 local subcontractors
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Highlights

150,000 sq. ft.

of building space maintained

“PRIDE Industries solved a long-term generator malfunction that had plagued the facility for years. Working side by side with the generator’s manufacturer, they were able to document and troubleshoot each failure—eventually discovering a minor manufacturing wiring assembly problem. In correcting this, PRIDE Industries relieved the DFSC of a chronic issue.”

— Fort Gillem Customer
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