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John Vastyan

Vastyan, a journalist whose work focuses on the plumbing and mechanical and radiant heat industries, owns Common Ground, a trade communications firm based in Man-heim, PA. Vastyan is a graduate of Penn State University. He also served as a US Army journalist for four years, winning the DINFOS Journalist of the Year award in 1984. He can be reached at    717-664-0535.


Shopping In Utah's Great (Semi-) Out-doors

In-slab radiant heating and cooling, cooling towers, and a serious array of pumps and tubing create just the right retail environment in this 20-acre downtown complex.
There’s a new and shimmering upscale tourism and retail destination in the heart of Salt Lake City that has won the attention of city planners worldwide.
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Getting Into The Flow

Commercial system experts see flow as a key step to optimizing system efficiency. Cutting down required tubing size, insulated PEX for district systems, and variable-speed pumps to pin down a chiller’s exact needs are three points of attack in the modern campaign against waste.
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Energy Demon At The Door

Having lived with an ancient heating system and no cooling for years, a Pennsylvania congregation now sings the praises of the updated hydronics and new mini-splits that brought a mechanical renaissance to the church’s various spaces.
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Hydronics Strategies Offer Two Paths to Performance

In light commercial hydronic systems, design challenges may be solved by using a fixed Delta-T (DT), variable-speed circulator as the main pump. Or with larger, whole-building hydronic systems that heat and cool, a constant-circulation strategy that moves large volumes of Btu’s while permitting fancoil units to tap the “river’s flow” can save precious thermal energy. Fancoil design, pumping stations, and these contemporary updates on proven hydronic concepts can all contribute to your system efficiency.
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Uniform Success: Boilers, Piping & Police

The new police training facility in Columbus, OH offered a variety of spaces, which you’d expect, and a slightly odd shape, which you might not. The situation warranted a custom piping and boiler configuration, and engineers produced an arresting design that fulfills its duty to tomorrow’s officers.
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Phoenix Convention Center On The Rise

As part of the city’s move to drastically upgrade its ability to host major gatherings, this boiler/hydronics design had to be ready for large crowds and surprisingly cold days. By combining simplicity with flexibility, the new system moves the project closer to LEED® certification and boasts a range that can offer service from exhibit hall to symphony hall.

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Digging For Gold In The Park

The Millennium Tower Residences in Battery Park face both the Hudson River and tough neighborhood sustainability standards. This article focuses on the selection and performance benefits of the heat pumps within the overall design, from giving each family accountability for conserving energy to the critical issue of minimizing noise. They have been an important but single step among many in pursuing the Gold standard near Manhattan’s southernmost patch of green.

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Radiant Delivers For Air Transport Hangar

This air transport firm takes over when “overnight” won’t do. They’ve delivered hearts on ice, special ops experts, rare animals, and radioactive payloads. A smartly assembled heating and snowmelt system at its Ohio hangar keeps performance high when temperatures get low.

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