Episcopal Homes, Burnsville, MN, USA
Master plumber boasts benefits of Uponor PEX
Called Midway Village, the project includes a seven-story, post-tension concrete engineered building with 168 units of senior housing and R.T. Moore Co., a Burnsville, Minn.-based company, was chosen for the plumbing and mechanical work for the expansion project.
- 168 senior housing units
- Seven-story, post-tension concrete-engineered building
- General Contractor: Benson-Orth Associates, Minneapolis, MN
- Plumbing and mechanical: R.T. Moore Co., Burnsville, MN
- Hydronic and HVAC system: Associated Mechanical Contractors, Shakopee, MN
- Wirsbo hePEX™ for hydronic piping
- Uponor AquaPEX® for plumbing
- ProPEX® Fittings
Using PEX for plumbing and mechanical risers, mains and in-unit piping helped minimize conflicts with other trades
Dean Kirchoff, lead mechanical project manager for R.T. Moore, and a Master Plumber with 30 years of experience in the industry, said Uponor helped them stay on budget with labor- and material-savings. “Using Uponor and PEX allowed us the flexibility to route the lines and minimize conflicts with other trades,” he added. Reliability of the system and the warranty of its piping system were additional factors in his decision to go with Uponor.
Hydronic heating offers a high degree of comfort while offering clean and quiet operation. Moving water is the most efficient way to convey thermal energy, and R.T. Moore chose Associated Mechanical Contractors from Shakopee, Minn., to install the hydronic and HVAC system. “The system is a condenser water closed-loop system set up with a dead band on the loop with the water temp between 76°F and 84°F,” Kirchoff said. “Within that range there is no mechanical equipment operating – no chiller or boilers. When the condenser water falls below 76°F, the boiler system adds hot water to the system. When the condense water gets above 84°F, the cooling tower adds chilled water to the system. This allows the heat pumps to work within the dead-band range at the maximum efficiency.”
Uponor assisted with training and information throughout the process. R.T. Moore worked with Uponor early on to assist with the sizing and sleeve layout locations for each of the plumbing, condenser loop and condensate draining systems. “We maximized the flexibility of the system design using multiport tees with PEX, thus decreasing the amount of joints in the system,’ Kirchoff said. “We also installed risers from the first floor to the seventh floor, grouping bathrooms and grouping the kitchens.”
Fourmation Sales of Rogers, Minn., an Uponor rep firm, provided training and certification of the installation crew once products arrived on the jobsite. “Hydronic heating is by far the most efficient way to transport heat energy,” Dean Corrigan, principal at Fourmation Sales, said. “Compared to copper piping systems, it features lower material cost, labor savings, similar hanger spacing, a more reliable fitting system, higher flow velocities and less noise. Also, expansion and contraction rates are nearly close to copper when using PEX pipe support. The pipe can be joined without the use of glues, solvents, flux, solder or open flame.”
Episcopal Homes is very satisfied with the final result. “This project was successful because of the experience of its contractors and their superior workmanship,” Anne Kamiri, special projects coordinator for Episcopal Homes, said. “The project has received much praise and recognition from its community.”
Compared to copper piping systems, [hydronic heating] features lower material cost, labor savings, similar hanger spacing, a more reliable fitting system, higher flow velocities and less noise.
Shanghai sheshan yard developed by Lujin company is a high-grade hardcover residential area with a total area of 42000 square meters, 540 apartments.
Shanghai sheshan yard developed by Lujin company is a high-grade hardcover residential area, which is located in Shanghai,songjiang district, with a total area of 42000 square meters, 540 apartments.
With the high-end positioning of the project, the property developers appointed Uponor as their radiant heating system supplier. In order to meet their requirements of high comfort, convenient maintenance, energy saving and environmental protection, Uponor chose 16*2.0 PE-RT and brass manifold.
Uponor PE-RT made from pure imported raw material with Claus Maffei extrusion equipment. The whole process is also equipped with INNOX ultrasonic size monitoring system, entirely control quality. Compared to ordinary PE-RT, Uponor PER-T has better thermal stability, long-term pressure resistance and chemical resistance, so it’s not easy for Uponor PE-RT to rust or fouling. It fully meet the GB/T28799 standard. Uponor PE-RT is flexible and easy to coil. Its thermal conductivity is 0.4W/m.k, which is the fastest heat transfer plastic pipe in ground radiant heating system.
Uponor UBC brass manifold is modular designed, the two segment uses internal and external thread connections to make the connection stronger. Each loop is equipped with a balance valve and the valve can be preset with an inner six angle spanner. Each type of the house can be matched with different number of interface and loop in order to minimize the energy consumption and save the later maintenance cost for the owner.
Compared with traditional heating system, Uponor system can save 12% energy and operating cost. Uponor PE-RT also have 50 years of service life and provide a reliable international quality guarantee for the project.
During the whole construction process, Uponor engineers and sales communicate with designers and installers actively, which avoid many mistakes of installation. Also they contact taicang factory actively to ensure the project go smoothly ,safety and comfort. Finally, Uponor won compliment from all concerned team.
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The direct objective of the second construction phase of the Medical Campus is to complete and start using units J, K and L of the active medical care complex by the end of 2015. These units will house a state-of-the-art oncology centre. Two new generation linear accelerators will be purchased for radiation therapy, and capacity to fit up to four accelerators will be built.
The second construction phase will also see the completion of an eye clinic, operating theatres, an intensive care unit for the cardiac surgery department and internal medicine department. Building requirements for all of these medical care units are extremely strict and technically complicated.
Improving the quality of medical assistance
According to Toomas Kivastik, the entire Estonian population will benefit from the completion of the Campus. As a medical institution of the highest order, it will welcome patients from across the country and significantly improve the quality and speed of medical care in Estonia.
Kivastik adds that the wall heating used in campus buildings will ensure that patients are treated in comfortable rooms with very clean air. Due to the paramount importance of clean water, specialised solutions ensure that medical personnel have access to it at all times. In addition to other requirements, particular attention has been paid to environmental protection and sustainability throughout both planning and construction phases of the complex.
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