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PROJECT
MAINTAINING OPERATION

more than just an energy consideration; it offers precise

"Unfortunately, cancer doesn't take a year off for build-

control for optimal comfort. The kids staying here are

ing upgrades," said Beyer. "Patients and families still

going through chemo and radiation therapy. Some might

needed a place to stay, and the need to maintain a clean,

feel hot while others are shivering. A four-pipe system

quiet building throughout the duration of the project

will allow us to provide heat to one room and air condi-

Circle 10 on the Reader Service Card.

rose above all else."

tioning to the next."

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With all rooms full, Beyer, Cafer, and Farrell faced

"Every part of this project has come together perfect-

the monumental task of renovating three systems with-

ly," said Farrell. "The new fan coils are the final element.

out displacing occupants from a single room or letting

This renovation means that for many years to come, the

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comfort levels drop. Their second largest challenge, with-

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out a doubt, was working within the small, existing me-

some of their darkest hours." CA

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chanical spaces.
"Because the project started in heating season, we
began to demolish the old chillers on the 12th floor
while the existing boilers in the basement remained online," said Beyer. "Meanwhile, the CHP unit, new boilers, and chillers were all rigged to the roof at one time."
Once the old chillers were removed, the CHP and
absorption chillers were installed in time for cooling season, at which point the old boilers were broken down

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could buy; efficiency and dependability were his key
concerns," explained Cafer. "Ike and I had to figure out
how to make it all fit."
Given their small footprint, high efficiency, and
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selection process was brief.
"We've used Laars boilers for years now, even in conjunction with other CHP projects," said Beyer. "I have
yet to encounter an issue that hasn't been resolved with
a short phone call to the rep, Rathe Associates."
CONTROL AND COMFORT

Over the summer, 2,200 sq. ft. of sidewalks and approach in front of the RMH main entrance were removed and re-poured, but not before PEX was tied
down to provide a snowmelt solution. For this portion
of the project, Rathe donated material, while Integrated
donated manpower to ensure safe winter passage for all
guests entering and leaving the facility.
After walking over the clear sidewalk and into the
building's lobby, visitors can now interact with a screen
that displays all the mechanical components and how
they cooperate to meet the energy needs within the
building. The display screen also shows energy use and
production in real time, courtesy of a full BACnet control system made by Reliable Controls, Victoria, British
Columbia. Among other things, the new controls were
necessary to operate the final component of the retrofit,
which is still in the planning phases and slated to begin
later this year.
"We're looking to replace the existing two-pipe fan

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coils with a four-pipe system," explained Beyer. "It's
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture October 2017

The Architects
Shaping Neighborhoods
Local Atmosphere
Concrete Tile Roof Caps Renovation
Decking Provides Venue Views
Exteriors Products
After The Storm
Lofty Windows
Glass Spans Mixed-Use Development
Smart Glass Delivers Airport Comfort
Windows & Doors Products
Solar-Thermal/Tankless Water Heating Is LEED Platinum
UV Technology Fights Infection
Co-Gen Delivers Comfort At Ronald McDonald House
HVAC & Plumbing Products
Contemporary Lighting, Outdoor Dining
Low Voltage, LEDs Meet Sustainable Goals
Lighting & Electrical Products
Polished-Concrete Floor Reveals Natural Beauty
Interiors Products
Building Technology Products
Showcase
Index
Portfolio
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Cover1
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Cover2
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 1
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 2
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 3
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 4
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 5
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 6
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 7
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - The Architects
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 9
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Shaping Neighborhoods
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 11
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 12
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 13
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 14
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 15
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 16
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 17
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Local Atmosphere
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 19
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 20
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 21
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 22
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 23
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Concrete Tile Roof Caps Renovation
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 25
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 26
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Decking Provides Venue Views
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Exteriors Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 29
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - After The Storm
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 31
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Lofty Windows
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Glass Spans Mixed-Use Development
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Smart Glass Delivers Airport Comfort
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 37
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Windows & Doors Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 39
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Solar-Thermal/Tankless Water Heating Is LEED Platinum
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 41
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 42
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - UV Technology Fights Infection
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 44
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Co-Gen Delivers Comfort At Ronald McDonald House
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 46
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 47
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 48
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 49
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - HVAC & Plumbing Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 51
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 52
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Contemporary Lighting, Outdoor Dining
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Low Voltage, LEDs Meet Sustainable Goals
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Lighting & Electrical Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 56
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Polished-Concrete Floor Reveals Natural Beauty
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 58
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 59
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Interiors Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 61
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Building Technology Products
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - 63
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Showcase
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Index
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Portfolio
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Cover3
Commercial Architecture October 2017 - Cover4
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