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Meeting all requirements

Medical practices, hospitals, and nursing homes place special demands on the areas of accessibility, hygiene, and energy efficiency. Together with you, aquatherm develops solutions that meet all requirements for a safe and efficient piping system. With our aquatherm black system, for example, energy-efficient, cost-saving heating and cooling is achieved. And aquatherm has been a strong partner for many years in potable water applications or pipe installations for special applications such as the use of brine.

FLORIDA ADMINISTRATION

BUILDING FINDS FIX WITH

AQUATHERM PIPING SYSTEM

 

PROJECT:

St. Johns County Health Center

HVAC, Chilled Water

PRODUCTS:

aquatherm blue pipe OT

LOCATION/DATE:

St. Augustine, FL

February 2015

“The quality of water is concerning, so we needed a piping solution that was corrosion resistant and would fit in our budget.“


Marty Bryant, Projektmanager, AC General
AQUATHERM ADVANTAGES

  • aquatherm piping’s potential labor savings and natural insulation properties were greater than any offered by traditional materials
  • aquatherm’s Quick Check Estimator helped the mechanical contractor calculate labor savings using aquatherm vs. traditional materials pre-installation
  • aquatherm piping’s interior and exterior corrosion resistance staved off the negative effects of the aggressive local water
PP-R PRESSURE PIPING SELECTED FOR HVAC CHILLEDAND CONDENSOR-WATER SYSTEMS
For the building owner, a careful selection of the materials used was very important, including the piping system.
PP-R PIPING SPECIFIED FOR HVAC SYSTEM INSTEAD OF STEEL OR COPPER
One of the many problems with the old structure was its inefficient HVAC system. Health and human services centers typically assist the most vulnerable community members. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, building materials can have a major impact on air quality and can markedly affect occupants, especially the most susceptible of the population, such as children and the elderly. Careful material selection along with proper operation and maintenance can help improve air quality.

Therefore, choosing proper building supplies for St. Johns County Health Center’s HVAC system was imperative, right down to the piping system.

McVeigh & Mangum Engineering Inc. (MME), partnered with PQH Architects Inc., both of Jacksonville, FL, to provide the total architectural/engineering designs for the new health and human services center. MME provided the mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and structural designs for the project.

The building’s HVAC system receives chilled water from two water-cooled chillers and two cooling towers. The chilled- and condenserwater systems originally were specified with steel and copper or polypropylene-random (PP-R) piping. The installing mechanical contractor, AC General, Jacksonville, FL, chose PP-R piping as an alternative material to steel because of its potential labor savings and natural insulation properties. aquatherm blue pipe is engineered to be a superior alternative to metal and other thermoplastics. Designed for heating and cooling, compressed air, and industrial applications, the PP-R pressure piping system offers longevity and ongoing performance without corroding or weakening over time. Its multilayer-faser (MF) technology reduces linear expansion and contraction and reinforces the pipe, improving impact resistance.

aquatherm blue pipe with MF technology is extruded with a middle glass fiber layer that reduces expansion by 75% compared with other thermoplastics. The MF layer does not require any modifications to the heat-fusion joining process; therefore, installations remain secure and require fewer supports. aquatherm PP-R piping systems use reliable heat fusion to form connections; heat fusion bonds both sides of a joint into a single, homogenous material without the use of chemicals, adhesives, or mechanical connections, which eliminates systematic weaknesses and potential fail-points in the pipe. The seamless heat-fusion connections, combined with the piping’s resistance to corrosion and abrasion, help to ease leakage concerns.

HIGH QUALITY, DURABLE ALTERNATIVE TO METAL
aquatherm blue pipe is a high quality, durable alternative to metal or other thermoplastics. The PP-R piping system is suitable for heating and cooling, compressed air and industrial applications without the need for corrosion problems. Its multi-layer glass fiber reinforcement reduces length expansion or reduction and stabilizes the pipe to improve impact resistance and significantly reduce pipe clamps needed for mounting.
PP-R PIPING BRINGS LABOR AND INSULATION SAVINGS TO PROJECT
aquatherm PP-R piping systems are securely connected by heat fusion – without the use of chemicals, adhesives, or other types of mechanical connections.
For the building owner, a careful selection of the materials used was very important, including the piping system.
The owner was impressed with aquatherm blue pipe and its resistance to aggressive water.
aquatherm PP-R piping systems are securely connected by heat fusion – without the use of chemicals, adhesives, or other types of mechanical connections.

“I was glad to accept aquatherm piping as the piping material to be used for the traditional piping systems.”

Jeff Mock, PE, Senior Mechanical Engineer, McVeigh & Mangum Engineering Inc., Jacksonville, FL

INSTALLABLE SYSTEMS OF

aquatherm

For potable water supply

For chilled, hot fluid and various industrial applications

For fire sprinkler systems

Surface heating and cooling system

Sports floor and Industrial surface heating system

Planning and fabrication of manifolds

Contact: aquatherm GmbH | Biggen 5 |  57439 Attendorn Germany | Tel: +49 2722 950 0 |  info@aquatherm.de