Blythe, CA

Ironwood State Prison

To help improve energy-efficiency within a state prison, we installed chillers, pumps, and underground piping to dozens of buildings.

Large chillers installed at the Ironwood State Prison

Value Delivered

University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors, Inc. (UMEC–CA) provided HVAC wet and dry systems for a new central plant at Ironwood State Prison.

We were able to complete all our work in compliance with high-level client security procedures.

Our solutions helped to reduce the prison’s energy consumption and cost, and increase cooling system capacity in an extreme-heat environment.

Client Objectives

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation needed HVAC solutions for the new central plant at Ironwood State Prison.


UMEC–CA’s solutions included installation of:

  • Approximately 50,000 feet of underground chilled water piping to approximately 50 buildings
  • Piping stub-ups at buildings
  • 38 vault for intersection at branch lines off chilled water mains
  • Air handlers
  • Chillers
  • Pumps
  • 500 feet of carbon steel gas piping
  • 60,000 feet of carbon steel water piping
  • 2,600 pounds of galvanized duct

Client Background

Ironwood State Prison encourages productivity and self-improvement by offering work and study opportunities for minimum- to medium-security level.