The 25 Ottawa project involved a multi-floor architectural and HVAC renovation. The renovation included the installation of 64 heat pumps, of which was highlighted by exposed galvanized spiral duct work throughout each floor.
Removed existing hot water unit ventilators and convectors
ROOF TOP UNIT REPLACEMENT
Oak Brook, Ill.-based Franklin Partners LLC plans a $5.5 million renovation that will raise the roof of the vacant plant at 4247 Eastern Ave. SE. The developer will boost the 15-foot roof to 32 feet over about 70 percent of the plant's 318,000 square feet to accommodate Undercar Products Group Inc., a division of a Toronto-based auto supplier now operating at 900 Hynes Ave. SW. The city approved a brownfield designation this week that will enable both Franklin and Undercar to seek state tax credits. Auto industry fallout has created a demand for more capacity among companies that have weathered the storm, developer Donald J. Shoemaker said. "Now we're seeing all the auto suppliers that survived out looking for more space," he said. "(Undercar has) outgrown their facility. Our biggest challenge is getting them moved without (interrupting production)." Undercar makes mostly HVAC systems, air induction systems and washer bottles and systems for major automakers. The expansion will help the company increase its injection-molding operation, an Undercar representative told the city's Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. Shoemaker said the company will sign an 11-year lease to operate at the site, which will be updated into a state-of-the art manufacturing facility.
The Rapid mass transit bus system is set to unleash the power of the wind. The Grand Rapids agency plans to buy six roof-top wind turbines to help power its expanded operations center and bus garage, which is currently under construction on Wealthy Street SE. The turbines will be located on the west side of the roof and visible from the street, said Rapid spokeswoman Jennifer Kalczuk. Power generated from them will be sent directly to the electric grid and will reduce the agency’s energy costs, she said. “At maximum efficiency, each turbine is estimated to generate one kilowatt per hour,” Kalczuk said. “We don’t know how this will impact our energy costs — because of the expansion, we don’t have hard costs of the new power needs for the facility.” The turbines are part of an effort to make the new building energy efficient and LEED “green building” certified. It also will include natural lighting, a water reclaim system on the bus wash, a snow melt system, solar heating and rain water collection. The $32.4 million, two-year project began in December 2009 and will renovate the current facility at 333 Wealthy St. SE, increasing it from 117,500 to 205,000 square feet. There are currently roof-mounted wind turbines in use at the nearby Kent County Recycling and Education Center at 977 Wealthy St. SW and at the Keller Engineering building at Grand Valley State University’s downtown campus. Kalczuk said what the turbines will look like is unknown as appearance varies by manufacturer. The project is currently on schedule for a December 2011 completion and on budget, she said. The extra space is needed because in recent years The Rapids’ bus fleet has grown to at least 122 buses. The old facility was built in the 1970s and designed hold about 100 buses. When complete, the expanded facility will be able to accommodate up to 170 buses. The new building will also have additional washing an maintenance bays and extra parking. “We are currently working on the underground parking area (for cars), which will hold up the expanded bus storage area,” Kalczuk said. “We are also working on the expanded maintenance bays.” The project is being funded with $28.1 million in federal funds and $4.2 million in money from the state.
This project is a cornerstone of West Michigan's flourishing life science corridor and is located within the Michigan Street Development, a major collaborative venture in downtown Grand Rapids. The Secchia Center serves as the medical education building and administrative headquarters for the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Human Medicine.The Secchia Center's partnership of community, health and education is unique to medical education. It was built for collaboration and student interaction with innovative instructional technology, and has teaching laboratories, classrooms, offices, lecture rooms, student areas, and state-of-the-art instructional technologies featuring three simulation laboratories: an operating room, geriatric suite and pediatric suite. Each of these simulation labs will feature a computerized manikin patient complete with realistic life signs and bodily functions on which students can perform "surgery". Because the manikins demand some of the most advanced technology available today, the rooms were designed and constructed as though they were actual operating rooms and include air lines providing oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, medical vacuum, and medical compressed air, as well as an ample supply of power to prevent any outages. The procurement timeline of the equipment in these virtual operating rooms is dependent on MSU's ongoing donation campaign. As a result, Christman worked with the design team and MSU to construct each room to a level of completion that maintains flexibility for MSU to purchase the latest technology while minimizing future disruptive construction activities such as drilling and sanding, in addition to allowing swift installation of the equipment upon delivery.This steel-framed, seven-story building sits atop a five-story cast-in-place post-tensioned parking deck. The exterior of the parking deck is wrapped with cast stone. The Secchia Center exterior is wrapped with the same cast stone, aluminum and glass. The interior is open and allows for natural light whereverpossible. In addition to lecture, lab and classroom spaces, the building boasts many lounges and study areas for group and solitary study and a roof-top garden and conservatory featuring tables, benches, vines and plants, and expansive views of Michigan Street and downtown Grand Rapids. The building is designed to meet a minimum of LEED Silver certification requirements and features sustainable finish materials, low-VOC coatings, regional materials, waste recycling, and innovative lighting systems to save energy and prevent night pollution. The Secchia Center is connected to the Van Andel Institute and Spectrum Health through skywalks.
This project was completed the summer of 2009. Two floors, 72,500 square foot new surgical center, with therapy pool and over 10,000 square feet of snowmelt . Classic Engineering provided HVAC, plumbing and electrical engineering for the medical office building. Heating and cooling was accomplished with water source heat pumps in a traditional boiler/tower design. Radiant floor was installed in the pool locker room area and snowmelt tubing was provided for all the sidewalks.
A full spectrum of food-processing needs were required, including warehousing, production, packaging, and freezers & coolers. Pre-cast concrete structures were used in the food-processing and production areas.In addition, a new state-of-the-art employee fitness center was built on site.The whole project was completed within six months.
-Sanitary, Storm and Domestic Plumbing systems-Mechanical HVAC and Control package-Certified Medical Gas Piping
-Upgrade building ventilation system -Replace six(6) 40,000 CFM make-up air units
-HVAC mechanical system -under floor sheet metal distribution system
-Installed 300 ton HVAC system -90 Heat Pump Zone Control units -DDC Building Automation System
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