Air Cooling Systems-Arnold Housing Unit


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
Document Title
Air Cooling Systems-Arnold Housing Unit
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
CDCR will design and install air cooling systems in the Arnold housing units at the California Correctional Center (CCC) in accordance with CDCR's Design Criteria Guidelines (DCG), which require indoor temperatures in the housing units to be maintained at or below 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The existing Mammoth brand units on the Arnold housing unit rooftops were designed and equipped to heat the buildings, but do not provide any type of air cooling system. Summertime temperatures inside the inmate housing units often rise above 90 degrees, and have been as high as 104 degrees. In addition to meeting DCG requirements, CDCR was mandated by the Coleman court order to establish and adhere to a Prevention Plan for Heat Related Pathologies due to the potential risk of inmate death when "heat-risk inmates" are exposed to extreme high temperatures, as experienced at CCC. This plan requires the Department to initiate Stage II and III Heat Alerts when the inside temperatures of a building housing "heat-risk" inmates reaches 90 and 95 degrees. This project includes the installation of small (residential) condensing units ground mounted on concrete pad. They will be installed on the property next to each building. Electrical capacity for the condensing units is available at each housing unit building equipment room.

Contact Information

Roxanne Henriquez
Agency Name
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency



Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
This project involves alteration to existing occupied prison facilities that involves no permanent effect on the environment. The project will be constructed completely within existing facilities. This is one of a class of project the Secretary of Resources has found does not have a significant effect on the environment, and therefore, is declared to be categorically exempt from the requirement for preparing an environmental document.

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