Case Study:

Fort Gillem Enclave

PRIDE Industries Gets a Sensitive Military Forensics Lab into Pristine Condition

Fort Gillem is home to the Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC), the Department of Defense’s premier forensic center. Located on the Gillem Enclave in Forest Park, Georgia, center scientists examine and analyze evidence from crime scenes for the Army, DoD entities, and federal agencies. Center services also include specialized forensic training, research capabilities, 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 ft. of building space. Over the last two years, we have improved the site mechanics through ongoing maintenance and added improvements.

Situation

Established at the Fort Gillem Enclave in 1983, the Defense Forensics Science Center (DFSC) had gone through many contractors—none of which were up to the unique task of keeping this imperative lab in peak condition. Due to the exacting nature of the lab’s work, including its handling of delicate forensics evidence for the U.S. military, a pristine environment must be maintained on an ongoing basis. Unfortunately, by the time PRIDE Industries was called in, the building was in disarray. Due to neglect by previous contractors, key infrastructures, including HVAC controls and video gate controls, were not in working order. Additionally, a series of leaks had resulted in water pooling on the mechanical room’s floor.

Solution

Beginning with troubleshooting, PRIDE Industries systematically addressed each of the issues that had fallen into disrepair.

  • Cleaned and repaired all broken systems
  • Documented all center assets and implemented preventative maintenance protocols
  • Ensured that HVAC temperature and humidity controls were functional and accurate
  • Assure the facility’s up-time remains optimal
  • Help the DFSC meet its inclusivity goals

With statistically high retention rates and low turnover rates, employees with disabilities provide both the consistency and the time savings imperative to the center’s high performance.

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
  • High employee retention rates and low turnover, resulting in consistency
  • Community impact resulting from the employment of 50 subcontractors, >90% from local companies

“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

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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