Volume 5, Issue Number 2 October  8, 2009

SMACNA Contractor Installs State-Of-The-Art HVAC System In California Biological Sciences Building

Fully welded round air-tight stainless steel distribution systems.
How does a contractor install HVAC and plumbing equipment for a state-of-the-art, multi-use biological sciences building that contains complex challenges – including confined space for utility systems and limited access to equipment, all compounded by multiple laboratory systems, poured-in-place concrete construction, and tunnel corridor requirements?

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Modernizing Cape Canaveral’s O And C Building

Ductwork exits the unit room wall and branches up to the high bay area where the Orion capsule is housed.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Operation and Checkout Building at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., recently underwent a face-lift thanks to SMACNA contractor Lapin Sheet Metal of Orlando, Fla. This historic facility will be used to house the new Orion spacecraft, America’s next generation of space exploration.

Lapin Sheet Metal provided all rectangular ductwork on the O and C Modernization Project, which was made of either single wall or double wall construction.

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California Contractor Helps High School Go Green

The digital media and graphics room received heavily insulated ductwork and a rooftop mounted geothermal heat pump unit to keep noise levels to an absolute minimum.
SMACNA contractor Bell Products Inc. of Napa, Calif. is helping the Napa Valley’s American Canyon High School become one of the newest energy-efficient, high-performing schools in the country.

For the innovative eight-building, 260,000 square-foot campus, Bell Products performed the geothermal HVAC system work from start to finish. The company installed geothermal heat pumps throughout the facility and tied into the bore field installed under the future athletic fields. The bore field consists of approximately 300 bores, each 350 feet deep that house a piping loop. Water is pumped through this bore field and uses the Earth as the heat exchange medium, providing a highly efficient energy exchange.

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SMACNA Partners With buildingSMARTalliance To Open BIM Standards

Incompatible software problems costs billions of dollars in inefficiency and causes millions of additional worker hours annually, according to a New Horizons Foundation report. Recently, SMACNA recently entered into a partnership with the National Institute of Building Sciences’ buildingSMARTalliance to further explore contractors and software developers’ common interests in identifying and addressing interoperability issues in the MEP (mechanical/electrical/plumbing) industry.

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SMACNA And ICC Team Up To Promote Mutual Interests

SMACNA and the International Code Council (ICC) have agreed to jointly advance and promote the mutual interests of the sheet metal and air conditioning construction industry. This includes marketing new products and services collaboratively, supporting cooperative standards and codes development, and sharing each other’s products and services with their members.

For more information about this agreement, contact Eli Howard, executive director of technical services at (703) 803-2995 or ehoward@smacna.org.

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