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Shopping centers, banks, museums, and other public buildings should provide customers with a special ambience, while at the same time keeping energy and maintenance costs in the as low as possible. Whether it is cooling pipes, sprinkler piping systems, potable water applications, or efficient and invisible heating and cooling systems, aquatherm products are tailored to the specific needs of public buildings and can be individually adapted to the wishes of the customer.


Fertilizer Company Selects Eco-Friendly

Pipe Solution for LEED Gold Headquarters




Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers

Geothermal, Chilled, Condenser Water,



aquatherm blue pipe


St. John’s, MI,

Summer 2013-Spring 2014



Seeking a LEED Gold rating, the design team sought a pipe system that would be eco-friendly, leak-free, and long-lasting, for its geothermal, chilled, condenser water, and snowmelt systems


After careful consideration, aquatherm was selected to meet those needs, and it also provided labor savings despite this being the first PP-R job for all parties involved




  • Ownership was drawn to PP-R’s lifecycle benefits vs. other pipe systems
  • On a fast-track project, aquatherm provided labor time savings thanks to heat fusion and its lighter weight
  • aquatherm blue pipe® was not insulated on several applications, whereas steel would have been
  • Ownership embraced the corrosionand scale-resistance and exceptional flow rates PP-R offers


The HVAC system of the new headquarters of Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers is mainly based on geothermal energy; aquatherm blue pipe was used to connect the system to the geothermal wells.

aquatherm was introduced to the project in fall 2012. First, Wieland-Davco selected Progressive Heating Cooling & Refrigeration, Inc. (Lowell, MI) as the project’s HVAC contractor. The initial plan was to use copper and insulated steel pipes, but Progressive recommended the use of aquatherm PP-R pipe for chilled and condenser water applications because of its ability to provide labor time savings. An added benefit was the lightweight aspect of aquatherm pipes, which makes it more manageable and installer-friendly, resulting in reduced labor time.

Progressive had been introduced to aquatherm by Columbia Pipe & Supply, an independent company that has been around since 1935 providing products, service and solutions for a  wide range of industries. Grand Rapids-based Columbia Pipe account manager Peter Holt first approached Progressive with the PP-R pipe system.

“I knew aquatherm would be a good fit for the Agro project because the owner is interested in new, innovative products,” said Pete Flanagan owner of Progressive. “We thought we could achieve some cost savings too because the system didn’t have to be insulated. The owner liked the lifecycle benefits the aquatherm pipe system provides. He also did his own research and liked what he found out.”

Buddy Huyler, was the senior project manager and design architect with Hobbs + Black Architects,which won the right to be the project’s architectural firm thanks to its winning entry in a design competition. “We approved the use of aquatherm on the project as the architectural firm.That was based on the ease of installation and constructability of the product, which had been presented to us by Weiland-Davco and Progressive,” Huyler explained.

It was the first time Weiland-Davco, Agro, and Progressive had collaborated and everyone was onboard, but it was accepted that there would be some baby steps in integrating all this new technology. “We knew it was going to be something different, and hat there was going to be a learning curve at first because you don’t know exactly what you are doing,” Progressive’s field foreman, Jeff Shotko, said of the heat fusion process in particular.

As the project proceeded, Progressive and aquatherm’s local representative, V.E. Sales provided extensive and ongoing support. V.E. Sales has been serving the industrial, plumbing, irrigation, water works and related industries since 1957. Based in St. Clair Shores, MI, V.E. Sales has a reputation for helping provide the best quality flow control products.

Columbia Pipe conducted Progressive’s aquatherm installer training and offered assistance throughout the installation so that everyone   involved with the aquatherm pipe knew the unique features and proper fusion techniques and tools. This made Agro eligible for the10-year multimillion dollar warranty offered by aquatherm.

“The training was pretty easy and we picked it up pretty quickly.” said Shotko. “We had eight or nine guys get trained in about three hours.”

Of the installation Haupt said, “Once they understood how to work with it and figured out some of the tricks of the trade, then the installation process went a whole lot smoother.”


aquatherm produces highly engineered piping systems made of Fusiolen® PP-R, a low-friction, hydrophobic and heat-stabilized material. One of the unique features of aquatherm pipe is that it is connected via heat fusion. Unlike traditional pipes that require mechanical connections, resins, glues, open-flames, etc. to connect, aquatherm pipes are connected by heating both the pipe and fitting and fusing them together, which bonds them at the molecular level and turns them into one solid piece of pipe with no leak path.

Most traditional pipes’ connections are the weakest part oft he pipe, but aquatherm’s connections can last the life of the pipe. aquatherm, although still relatively new to North America, have been proven worldwide for the last 40 years.

Further, aquatherm’s pipes are non-leaching and fully recyclable. aquatherm adheres to the strictest production standards for sustainability, using the lowest-impact manufacturing processes available. PP-R piping is relatively clean to make, requiring only two steps of refinement, and is a byproduct of petroleum processing, giving it a much lower impact than the mining and smelting operations used to createmetals.

The HVAC system of the new headquarters of Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers is mainly based on geothermal energy; aquatherm blue pipe was used to connect the system to the geothermal wells.
aquatherm blue pipe is completely recyclable, rust- and corrosion-free, and durable.
The entire building technology is designed for sustainability.

“…Now that we have seen it [aquatherm] and know the benefits of it, we can strongly recommend it. It [aquatherm] helped significantly in our LEED points but it wasn’t the main decision-making process as to why we were going with aquatherm.”

– Joe Haupt, Projektmanager, Wieland-Davco



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