The George W. Kuhn (GWK) Confined Space Entry Training Facility was completed in October of 2008 in Madison Heights. It is located at the site of the Oakland County Red Oaks Youth Soccer Complex on the west side of John R. Road, north of 12 Mile Road (29601 John R. Road, Madison Heights, MI 48071). Click here for a location map.
The facility is situated on an 11-acre site that offers not only a state-of-the-art confined space entry training facility and meeting room, but also nine soccer fields, playground equipment, a park shelter, pavilion and a concession stand with restrooms for youth soccer events.
The GWK Confined Space Entry Training Facility is now available for use. Details on how to reserve the facility and additional information on the facility are outlined below.
Overview of the Confined Space Entry Training Facility
The training facility was built to mimic working conditions in confined spaces, such as manholes and chambers.
- There is a standard 24" cover accessing a 6' diameter manhole with both a 48" and 42" diameter concrete pipe passing through it.
- There is another standard 24" cover accessing a 5' diameter manhole with a 36" diameter concrete pipe passing through it. These structures can be used to simulate a horizontal extraction scenario.
The entire training structure is built into an earth mound approximately 12' tall with a concrete staircase on the east side for access to the manholes and Bilco hatch. Schematics for the training structure are available by clicking on the links below:
Who Can Reserve the Training Facility?
The facility is available for use by state, county and local governments, as well as first responders such as police and fire department staff.
How to Reserve the Facility
To reserve this facility, please fill out this form, GWK Confined Space Training Facility Reservation and Liability Release Form (file size 57k). Reservation requests must be submitted on this form, preferably one month in advance of the requested date(s). Requests should be submitted to:
Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner's GWK Engineering Technician, Corey Sutton , via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 248-544-4694.
When you reserve the facility with the WRC, you are reserving the confined space entry portion only, not the separate meeting room. To reserve the meeting room contact the City of Madison Heights (see below).
Accommodations of Meeting Room
The meeting room is approximately 984 square feet and can fit up to 15 tables and seating for up to 50, depending on how the tables and chairs are configured. The room is equipped with a projector screen. Users should plan to bring their own audio/visual equipment such as laptop/computers and projectors.
Requirements for Reserving the Meeting Room
The meeting room is located in the Oakland County Red Oaks Youth Soccer Building. The meeting room is operated by the City of Madison Heights and requires a separate application. Please contact the City of Madison Heights for availability, application, procedures and operating policies at: 248-589-2294
Cost for Use of Training Facility
Reservations during the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be made at no cost.
For reservations extending outside of the above listed hours, a rate of $50 per hour will be charged.
A cancellation fee of $50 will be assessed to all organizations who fail to give at least 24-hours notice, during business hours, of a cancellation.
Other Requirements for Use of Training Facility
The user ("Organization") of this facility shall provide a copy of the Organization's Proof of Insurance to the Water Resources Commissioner's office with the GWK Confined Space Training Facility Reservation and Release of Liability Release Form.