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    The Energy Air team, led by Senior Project Manager, Gary Trytten, and Foreman, Carlos Ferrer, has started the commissioning process of the HVAC system for the new Florida Hospital-Sanford/Burnham Institute Translational Research Institute for Metabolism & Diabetes in Orlando, Fla. The project scope includes construction of a complete heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for a new, 54,631 square feet, three-story building constructed according to LEED Gold design standards. The first and second floors will accommodate immediate occupancy of the TRI, while the third floor remains unfinished inside but enclosed by an exterior building shell to accommodate future expansion.

    When the Energy Air team started work in June 2011, we were given the lead coordination role. Because of the concerted effort by our CAD department, led Scott Murphy and Crystal Byrd, we were able to develop a 3D design that was workable for all trades.

    Our team overcame multiple challenges throughout the project through effective communication, planning and coordination.

    All on-site deliveries had to be coordinated and scheduled with the contractor. The project was bordered by busy city streets, and the size of the site did not allow for onsite parking, staging or product lay-down areas. Because of Energy Air’s pre-fabrication capabilities and the support from Jason Tighe, Jeremiah Peterson, Jim Mikel and Donna Zeak, we were able to overcome the difficulties presented.

    The majority of equipment and piping material was installed on the roof, requiring upfront coordination to obtain access from adjacent businesses for early-morning/late-night crane sets.

    The 25,000-pound chiller, two custom Trane air handling units, weighing a combined 28,000 pounds, and all remaining equipment were set on the roof by crane. This was successfully accomplished because of the Safety, Rigging and Execution Plan that was carried out by Carlos Ferrer and Roberto Aquino.

    Our installation team did an exceptional job managing the challenge of extremely tight and congested interior build-out conditions. The project included a unique mixture of exposed, concealed, lay-in, wood and gypsum architectural ceilings and finishes.

    Mechanical systems installed include (1) 350-ton A/C chiller, (2) rooftop air handling units, (3) mini splits, (1) computer room unit, (2) MRIs, fume exhaust hoods, a kitchen grease hood system, (5) rooftop exhaust fans and a Trane energy management system. The duct systems were comprised of exposed/concealed round and oval spiral, rectangular sheetmetal, welded stainless, aluminum and flex ductwork.

    Installed mechanical value: Approximately $1.4 million

    General contractor: Brasfield & Gorrie

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