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those units through the building's top level to the kitch-
ed facility reopened in early 2015, according to S&A's
ens and shops at ground level.
Beddow. In fact, because of the "reliable experience" the
Although seldom destructive, minor seismic activity is
company has enjoyed at the market, it opted for a tank-
a routine fact of life in Southern California. That is why
less solution from Noritz at two other Santa Ana proper-
Crandall quickly concluded "some rinky-dink, wooden
ties, both restaurants.
structure to hold the tankless units would not have been a
Tankless water heaters "provide a reasonable solution
good idea." Instead, Crandall foreman Rolondo Jimenez
to the demands of the county health department and the
and his team chose to build from scratch a Unistrut rack
state plumbing code," Beddow commented. "We also
system that "worked phenomenally," said Crandall, al-
know that tankless units are energy-efficient for our ten-
though not before a certain amount of trial and error.
ants," given their high, ongoing demand for hot water. CA
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"When something did not immediately work as we envisioned it, we improvised and adjusted. That was true of
our work on the rack, like everything else. We had never
built a tankless rack before, so we had to figure it out-and
The pipe runs proved an even bigger challenge. On
the roof, installers used copper tubing for the water lines
and galvanized steel pipe for gas. The piping covers approximately 4,000 sq. ft. of roof space, runs to one of five
chases leading from the roof, through the second floor, to
various vendors and kitchens on the first level.
Why five chases? Once again, because of limited space
in the building, in this case between the roof and ground
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chore. Everything was very tight."
Predictably, the path from the roof to the first level
was not a straight vertical shot. If a copper water or blackiron gas line inside the chase did not wind up precisely
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where it was needed on the first floor, the team adjusted,
jogging the line in whatever direction was required to
make the final connection. As a result, piping distances
varied from the original plan. In these instances, the engineer resized the pipe to accommodate the variance.
Crandall said that the tankless installation, including
the rooftop lines, took his team roughly a week to complete. The five chase runs required another four weeks.
"We did no prefabrication on this project, because we are
not a prefab shop," said Crandall. "Everything had to be
done in the field. We'd see a problem, put our heads together, sketch something out, and then go for it. In the
end, it all came together nicely."
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