Here’s a task: bridge the new mechanical room to the utility connection in the old space - located in an adjacent building in Chicago’s South Loop. Room for equipment is frequently tight, but in the case of this steam pipe, the room for error was less than one inch. The kind of planning that navigated that challenge accounted for (almost) everything in this tricky retrofit.
approach they came in thinking about wasn’t the chiller plant
strategy they chose. However, it was twice as efficient as the
piecemeal system that had evolved over the years. Modern planning to
minimize changeorders and navigate tight fits - plus smart choices
from valve selection to installation tactics - comprise a star HVAC
exhibit in this Chicago museum.
From a missing pipe hanger three floors down to steam traps past their prime, these stories show how steam system problems can originate inside the boiler room or far beyond it. Read more in February issue.