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PROJECT plumbing The AVA 55 Ninth high-rise apartment building in San Francisco's Central Market contains 273 apartments on 16 levels and 4,800 sq. ft. of retail space, all with hot water service from 18 tankless units. Photos: Bruce Damonte Tankless Units Heat Water For 17 Stories Eighteen tankless water heaters combine with a solar hydrothermal pre-heating system to deliver a steady flow of economical hot water to tenants in this 273-unit LEED Gold apartment complex. T * high-efficiency toilets and low-flow showerheads, ankless water-heating technology has demon- tem installed in the AVA 55 Ninth high-rise apartment strated its workability in a wide range of com- building in San Francisco's Central Market. The facility mercial-building projects over the past decade. contains 273 apartments on 16 levels, including a The financial attractions of saving energy and space-the 3,300-sq.-ft. fitness center, plus another 26,600 sq. ft. on units are frequently wall-hung and thus have a zero foot- the ground floor, including 4,800 sq. ft. of retail space. AVA 55 Ninth also includes a number of informal print-are the obvious drivers. In addition, many com- The system combines tankless water heating with an ar- "chill spaces," designed to encourage tenant socialization. mercial-building owners and managers have found mul- ray of sustainable features that recently enabled the prop- Besides the fitness center, the property offers an outdoor tiple, redundant tankless units to be an ideal strategy for erty to earn a LEED Gold certification. Among the fea- barbecue and dining area with a movie screen, a so- applications, such as hotels and restaurants, that simply tures are: cial-media trending wall, a utility center to oversee resi- cannot afford to be without hot water. * low-flow, drip-irrigation systems that reuse rainwater dent electronics, and a 10,000-sq.-ft., landscaped court- collected in a cistern housed beneath a ramp leading to yard. Bicycle parking stalls, a bike-repair room, a the building's parking garage pet-washing station, and a dog run round out the ameni- This technology and its benefits also apply to large, high-rise, multifamily projects. One example is the sys- and bath and kitchen faucets in all apartments * waterless or low-flow urinals in the common areas on the ground floor. MAY 2016 COMMERCI A L A RCHI T EC T URE 49

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture May 2016

The Architects
Regulations Shape Hospital Design
Architectural Glass Goes First Class
Healthcare Green Design
Interiors Products
Insulation Chills Cold-Storage Facility
Exteriors Products
Dynamic Glass Transforms Elevated Oasis
High-Speed Doors Add Zip To Service Center
Windows & Doors Products
Controlling The Sun
Building Technology Products
VRF Holds Key To Detroit Renovation
Tankless Units Heat Water For 17 Stories
HVAC & Plumbing Products
Retrofit Cuts Operation Costs by 85%
Power Monitor Tracks Non-Light Loads, Too
Lighting & Electrical Products

Commercial Architecture May 2016