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    The Energy Air team is currently constructing the final phase of the new School of Dental Medicine for Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Fla. The three-story structure will include the dental school and a patient clinic.

    The Energy Air team began the chilled water underground in December and completed the piping in just three weeks. The duct work began the following week and was completed four weeks ahead of schedule for the first phase, leaving more than three weeks left before classes start on July 23. The second phase is under way and is scheduled to be complete by December 2012.

    The project scope includes new construction of a 100,000 square-foot, three-story building and includes the installation of two, 300-ton Trane air cooled chillers located in a remote central energy plant with 1,400 feet of 8-inch underground chilled water piping, three 25-HP chilled water pumps, an air separator and expansion tank, and a complete Trane Tracer Building Management System that is interfaced with an existing LECOM school located 1.5 miles south through underground fiber optic cables.

    The third floor penthouse is a dedicated mechanical room that contains 11 Trane dual-path chilled water air handling units, nine energy recovery units and 32 variable frequency drives. Located throughout the building are 126 variable air volume boxes, two Trane DX systems in the MDF and IT rooms, and a chilled water fan coil unit in the pump room.

    Installation of the equipment in the third floor penthouse required the AHU’s and ERU’s to be broken down for shipping so they could be lifted with a crane through a 10’-0” x 10’-0” roof hatch located in the center of the building. This equipment was also broken down to minimize the amount of pieces to be installed in an effort to save time and labor when assembling the units.

    Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. is the general contractor, and the installed mechanical value of the project is approximately $3 million.

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