A unique feature of Kibart’s design was to utilize each building’s basement mechanical room to serve the purpose of branch piping connections, drip trap assemblies, etc. and eliminate the need for underground manholes. This concept was embraced by the facility maintenance staff as a significant maintenance enhancement and accomplishment.
Several new basement mechanical room expansions were provided, including Housing Unit No. 5 in the design in order to eliminate new underground manholes. Consequently, the entire underground campus steam system can be maintained without ever entering an underground manhole, because there are no manholes.
As Prime Consultant, Kibart’s scope of work included Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Architectural, Structural, and Civil design, Hazmat, Underground Utility Verifications, Geo-technical testing, cost estimating and construction administration services for the underground high pressure steam and condensate heating distribution piping system.
The project provided the following:
- Underground Prefabricated Heating Distribution System.
- Instantaneous Domestic Water Heaters.
- Mechanical Room Ventilation Upgrades.
- Design preparation and planning for the future heating system renovation of Housing Units 5 and 6.