Project Highlight: Camp Kilpatrick (Design Build)

March 12th, 2015 |


Project Highlight:
Camp Kilpatrick (Design Build)

P2S is proud to be working as the MEPT and fire protection partner for a new design build project at Camp Kilpatrick, a juvenile rehabilitation center in Malibu, California. As part of the project, the former buildings associated with the camp were demolished in order to create a warmer, more family-oriented campus that would better aid the recovery of the youth as they go through the treatment process.

“The design speaks to creating an atmosphere of exchange and family,” says James Del Monaco, P2S project manager. “The spaces are meant to encourage the sharing of ideas and support. Many of the youth who are spending time here are former gang members, so being able to get to know one another on a more personal level is extremely important in breaking down barriers to rehabilitation.”

The Camp Kilpatrick campus includes a support building with classrooms, cafeteria, multi-purpose room and offices, as well as five cottages where patients live communally. The cottages each feature recreation areas and group living spaces to further encourage sharing and friendship. The camp has a maximum capacity of 120 youth offenders; the goal is to keep the program small to ensure that all youth receive the personal attention they need to return to a life of normalcy.

P2S teamed with Bernards and DLR Group as part of the design build process. According to Del Monaco, the partners were a perfect fit because they are all committed to collaboration and communication throughout the project lifecycle.

“Project schedules tend to be much faster in a design build experience,” Del Monaco says. “That makes it even more important to keep communication strong. From the very start, we kicked off our relationship by stating what we need from each other in order to be successful. We outlined the dates we need deliverables from one another and have worked hard to stay on track for both the client and our fellow team members.”

The campus features many unique parts, including food service elements, variable refrigerant systems and LED lighting. And because the campus itself was too small to accommodate a central utility plant, P2S worked hard to find the right high efficiency packaged units for the job.

“At P2S, we don’t just look at our engineering role as a stand-alone component,” Del Monaco says. “We have extensive experience in life-cycle cost analysis and energy studies, and we work hard to help the whole team make good decisions throughout the design process. We’re active team members. We know that MEPT design impacts everything in a building, and we take that role very seriously.”

The Camp Kilpatrick building is a LEED Silver design, but according to Del Monaco, who is also the P2S Director of Sustainability, that’s just one reason the job has been so fulfilling to him.

“This campus is helping the youth return to their families, and their lives, in a positive way,” he says.  “It’s helping our whole community become a better place.”

Project Highlights

Construction Budget:67,000 SF
LEED Silver

$36.4 million

Design Build Partners:
Bernards and DLR Group