Square Footage: 73,500
Type of System: Central C/W Plant
Industry: Gov't / Laboratory
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administration and Science & Technology buildings in Kansas City, Kansas, deals in critical environmental operations. In the laboratory, a high purity environment is crucial to their work. Originally, when the building was built, the piping for specialty gas tanks into the laboratory became contaminated. They needed a solution, fast.
This Design/Build project involved the Design Mechanical team to demo the existing contaminated piping and install new high purity pipe, regulators, valves, panels and manifolds from these specialty gas tanks into the laboratory hoods. These gas tanks handled nitrogen, argon, helium and oxygen.
Even before installation, all of the components were tested for ultra-high purity. They were also tested after installation to make certain contaminates were not in the system.
In addition, DMI installed a piping system to collect and reuse condensate water from their mechanical system to use as a make-up water for the cooling towers.
Replacement of contaminated high-purity piping, regulators and valves. This work was performed with the laboratory in operation. Proper scheduling with laboratory scientists was critical to the success of the installation.