Akron Zoo - Education Center

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Education Center
Akron, Ohio


Scheeser Buckley Mayfield LLC designed the HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection systems for a new education building. This building will have several different areas including animal exhibits, a full service kitchen, and conference areas. Also, this building was designed and constructed to be a LEED certified green building via several design elements. One major element is the HVAC system, which is a ground source heat pump system. Other ‘green’ elements will include displacement ventilation and waterless urinals. This building is currently occupied and in the LEED certification phase. A part of this new 35,000 square-foot building was the Komodo Kingdom education center at the Akron Zoo. Total construction costs were approximately $9.3 million, and the building was designed and constructed with many environmentally conscious materials and practices. SBM performed the LEED required commissioning on the project as well.

Aultman Hospital 2010

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Canton, Ohio


Scheeser Buckley Mayfield LLC provided mechanical, electrical and civil design services for a new 300,000 square foot four-story medical building housing a Heart Center, Women’s Center, Emergency Department, connecting to the existing Aultman Hospital. The building opened in March of 2006 and has a helipad on its roof. Fire protection includes a fully sprinkled building with a fire pump. Also, the design includes a foam extinguishing system for the helipad. Central plumbing equipment and systems (gas fired water heaters, water softeners, booster pumps, sewage ejectors) which are required to serve the building and are independent of any existing plumbing equipment and systems now serving the adjacent hospital buildings. A complete system of direct digital controls was designed for all HVAC equipment. Interior lighting system for the subject buildings and spaces includes energy efficient lighting systems that utilize, in general, T8 fluorescent lamps and electronic ballasts. Building exit signage is connected to the buildings emergency power distribution system. Exterior lighting systems for all new walkway areas and parking lots for the new building is included. The existing storm sewer was determined to be undersized to handle current storm water discharge and video inspections showed that the existing pipes were no longer structurally sound. A new system had to be installed while keeping the existing system active and functioning. The penthouse mechanical room, which was constructed and erected on the roof of the building, houses a central chilled water plant with a capacity of 2000 tons. This chilled water plan was cross connected to the existing hospital chilled water plant. Both will function as one plant to optimize energy consumption. Also, the penthouse contains all air handling units, steam generating equipment, and heating system equipment. SBM also performed a commissioning of the temperature control system on the project to ensure proper operation of the chillers, boiler, and air handling systems.

Aultman Woodlawn Hospice

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Canton, Ohio


SBM is currently designing the Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing systems of this extended care hospice facility. This building will be designed to a LEED™ Silver certification level. Some of the sustainable features this building will have are a ground source geothermal heat pump HVAC system, low\no flow plumbing fixtures, and full building commissioning. Special attention is being paid to other sustainable features of the building even though they may not be contributing to LEED points. The building will be approximately 18,700 square feet and will house 12 patient beds. Design is scheduled to be completed mid-2008.

Heartland Behavioral Healthcare

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Campus Consolidation
Massillon, Ohio


This project was a renovation of an existing facility and the construction of new buildings. In the renovation, the entire campus was consolidated into a smaller area. Due to this consolidation, a new boiler plant was designed to replace the existing steam boiler plant. Eight 2000 MBH heating water boilers were installed to handle the building heating requirements, as well as the domestic hot water heating. These boilers were dual fuel (natural gas and liquefied propane) to allow the system to remain in operation in case of an emergency where natural gas was no longer available. Also, a new 200 ton air cooled chiller was installed to be cross connected with an existing 200 ton chiller, designed by SBM on a previous project. It was estimated the replacement of the steam boiler plant and associated tunnels with a nearby heating water boiler plant will allow for an approximate 24% reduction in utility costs due to more efficient equipment, better control strategies, removal of auxiliary steam equipment, and the elimination of heat loss in long runs of steam piping. This project also replaced all the existing constant volume air handling units with variable volume air handling units with economizer cycles to further save on utility costs.

These utility savings allowed the State of Ohio Office of Energy Services to provide a sizable amount of money to the project.

The campus consolidation required the design of a new vehicular and pedestrian ingress and egress, new parking lots and a lane boulevard entrance, storm water management and evasion control designs were completed along with site and campus underground electrical and communication feeders.

SBM has provided extensive commissioning on this project to allow the two chillers, installed under different projects, to operate in unison in response to the cooling load.

The project wrapped up all previous phases of the construction projects at the facility to allow for one seamless campus.

Kent State University

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East Campus Chilled Water Plant
Kent, Ohio


This project included the conception and design of a central chilled water plant to serve numerous Residence Halls, academic buildings and auxiliary buildings at the east end of the Kent Campus. The new two story plant was located in a separate building designed specifically for use as a chilled water production facility. The system was designed as a primary/secondary distribution system with variable flow pumping to the connected buildings. The production of the chilled water was accomplished with two 850 ton high efficiency electrical centrifugal chillers and one 850 ton low pressure steam absorption chiller. The plant was designed to accept a future 850 ton chiller as load increases on the campus. The chiller operation sequence was custom designed by SBM to allow optional use by operators of steam energy or electric energy based on time of day or other circumstances. The temperature control systems were a combination of pneumatic moving devices and digital sensors, and the logic was provided by a Trane digital chiller control system integrated into the campus Johnson Controls Metasys system through the use of BacNet. The project also included the connecting of piping to numerous existing buildings with existing chillers which were ready to be retired, and Commissioning Services provided by SBM. The electrical design for this project included connection to the campus 13.2KV loop with two loop type pad mount transformers. Two services entered the building, one at 4160V for the centrifugal chillers and one at 480V for miscellaneous pumps and mechanical equipment. The 480V was then stepped down in the building to 208/120V for general purpose receptacles. This project also involved several motor control centers, cooling tower connections and medium voltage chiller connections. In addition, a transformer vault was created and a medium voltage manhole was designed for the site.

During the commissioning phase, SBM worked hand-in-hand with the balancing contractor to assure all mixing bridges were setup as designed to deliver only the required cooling capacity at each building to minimize energy consumption. SBM also worked diligently with both Johnson Controls and Trane control contractors to assure the correct information was being transmitted between the two control systems to accomplish the design objectives. At one point in the commissioning phase SBM staffed the project with six individuals located at each building connected to the system. It was important to know what was happening in each building at exactly the same time. This coordinated effort allowed SBM to verify the control operation and fine tune the system to operate at peak efficiency.

Marshall University

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Bio-Technology Building
Huntington, WV


The Marshall University Bio-Technology Building is located on the north side of the Marshall University campus in Huntington, West Virginia. The building consists of four floor levels with a bridge over 3rd Avenue to the existing Science Building. The project included a 300 seat auditorium, vivarium space including associated cagewash / sterilization support spaces. A significant portion of the building (approximately 50,000 sq. ft) was associated with different types of laboratories including general research, teaching laboratories as well as specialized research laboratories. The specialized research laboratories included laser equipment as well as electron microscopes. The facility included provisions to allow for the addition of BSL level 3 spaces. The building also included faculty and graduate assistant research office space.

SBM was responsible for a HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, Telecommunications and Fire Protection design and commissioning. During the commissioning process the systems were started up and tested. Not surprisingly, considering the complexity of the building, a number of problems were discovered. Examples of the problems discovered and how they were corrected are listed as follows:

  1. The high purity lab water piping system had a tendency to sometimes spring a leak whenever the system pumps started. The leak always occurred at the faucet compression fitting connection. This problem was diagnosed as a “water hammer” problem. The problem was corrected by installing soft start starters on the system pumps.
  2. The cooling towers for the chilled water system were shipped with the wrong motor pulleys and undersized hot water basin nozzles. The undersized nozzles was easy to diagnose because the cooling towers overflowed when balanced to the specified condenser water flow rate. The wrong motor pulleys were discovered when testing showed the motors were pulling significantly less than name plate amps. Both issues were resolved by parts and technicians provided by the cooling tower manufacturer.
  3. Of the many pieces of Laboratory equipment on the project, the casework contractor provided two biological safety cabinets that were not the correct style. All biological safety cabinets on the project were to be of the Class 2 Type A configuration. As such the ductwork systems for the biological safety cabinets were designed with a thimble style connection. In the two cases noted, Class 2 Type B2 configuration units were provided. These safety cabinets were not compatible with the ductwork system and were changed to the specified style.


Ohio State University

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Cunz Hall Cx
Columbus, Ohio


Scheeser Buckley Mayfield is providing commissioning services for the renovation of Cunz Hall on The Ohio State University Campus. The commissioning services include all LEED enhanced services (HVAC, domestic water, lighting control system) as well as the building envelope and elevators. The project has been designed to be a LEED Silver Certified building. Scheeser Buckley Mayfield worked with the owner and design team from the early project design and is preparing for the construction phase. Scheeser Buckley Mayfield is providing commissioning services which document and confirm that the facility meets or exceeds the functional and performance requirements as stated in the Owner’s project requirements and in the Design Intent Document and as required to obtain LEED enhanced certification.

St. Elizabeth Health Center - Medical Building

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New Hospital
Boardman, Ohio


This project consists of a new 192,000 sq. ft. Hospital addition to the existing Diagnostics Building. This addition consists of a seven-story facility containing 96 general medical surgical beds, 12 ICU beds and five surgical suites. Other areas include Central Sterile, Endoscopy, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pharmacies, Lab Areas, and a second floor Kitchen and Dining area open to an Atrium at the new Main Entry Lobby. The mechanical design includes the installation of an 1,800 ton central chilled water system, a 27,000 MBTU heating water system, and a steam boiler plant located within the facility. The main plants were designed to incorporate the potential future addition of another 100 bed patient tower as well as back-feeding the existing Diagnostic Building. Multiple design strategies were used for energy efficiency including the use of variable volume flow on air, chilled water, and heating water systems. The steam boiler plant was designed with stack economizers to recover heat rejected through the boiler stacks. Multiple air handling units utilizing variable air volume terminal units with hot water reheat coils were used to maintain minimum air quantities. Plumbing systems included the design of medical gas utilities including new manifold systems, alarms, compressors, and associated piping. A secondary water service entrance and fire pump was also designed for the facility. Fuel oil systems were also designed serving steam boilers, hot water heaters, and generators, utilizing transfer pumps, day tanks, and an underground storage tank.

The electrical design includes the upgrade of the existing electrical service, installation of an emergency generator, upgrade of the fire alarm system, nurse call, and clock system. The lighting throughout is primarily 277 volt, and is an extension of the design of the existing Diagnostic Center. Accent lighting was designed in dining and serving areas. A new exterior mounted, medium voltage switchboard was designed to set up the new service arrangement. This three output switchboard backfeeds the existing Diagnostic Center, feeds two new 3000kva, 12.47kv delta to 480/277Y secondary, 3 phase, 4 wire unit substations, and has one spare for future expansion. Secondary electrical closets were set up on each floor to distribute power to branch circuits. Motor Control Centers were designed in mechanical spaces for distribution to mechanical equipment. The essential power distribution design included a new 1500kw, 480/277 volt, 3 phase, 4w diesel generator, which serves transfer switches and downstream switchboards for critical, life safety and equipment branch distribution systems. A voice type fire alarm system for a high rise building was designed, which included upgrading the existing Diagnostic Center system. A public address/paging system was designed which included multiple zones for each area for separate paging and music. An XM Radio system was designed in operating rooms, endoscopy rooms and main lobby. A wireless clock system was designed for ease of expandability and maintenance. Site design included area, canopy and pathway lighting. The Telecom Structured Cabling Design consisted of one main server room and nine telecom rooms. Connectivity between these rooms was achieved with multipair copper (voice,) singlemode and multimode fiber optic (data), and RG-11 (CATV) cable. These rooms terminated over 2000 CAT6 cables from outlets located throughout the facility.

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

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Smith Lab HVAC Renovations
Lewisburg, WV


Performed mechanical, plumbing and electrical engineering work for HVAC renovations to approximately 20,000 square feet. The HVAC upgrades will reduce the building energy consumption and increase building energy efficiency. This project has a run around heat recovery coil system to pre-heat or pre-cool outside air and low humidity rooms was designed for the Cadaver Storage room. The HVAC system for this building consists of a custom penthouse air handling unit with an air cooled chiller and hot water boilers. The unit serves VAV reheat terminals. All of the air supplied to the building is exhausted through VAV exhaust terminals and is exhausted through the heat recovery coils. The building has a conventional city water service and a standard sanitary and vent system. There is a separate acid waste system for the laboratories. The domestic hot water system has gas fired hot water heaters. The building is fully sprinkled through a convention wet pipe sprinkler system. The electrical system for the building is a 208 three phase service with a 2000 amp main switchboard. The electrical system has a natural gas generator for standby service. The building telecommunications is connected to the campus fiber backbone. Scheeser Buckley Mayfield will perform the commissioning services upon completion of the project.

Scheeser Buckley Mayfield

sbmScheeser Buckley Mayfield has extensive experience in the design, analysis, and commissioning of projects of all sizes. With this wide range of experience, we are able to not only design, but record the results of the design and the commissioning process to improve the design and operation of the building systems. Scheeser Buckley Mayfield gives personal attention to each project by determining the project goals in conjunction with buildings owners and operators and providing a plan to reach those goals.

There are many steps required in the commissioning process, all being key components in verifying the success of a project design. Commissioning starts well before a project is near completion of construction. The design phase is an extremely important part of the commissioning process. Thorough review of the design documents during the design phase can help circumvent constructability issues and maintainability issues. Because SBM has designed many diverse projects, our depth of experience will help in the process and enhance the design. Our goal as Commissioning Agent will be to ensure the owner receives the best design which works best for all parties involved.

Mr. Kulick, Mr. Wesner and Mr. Eckman attended the Fundamentals of Building Commissioning Seminar presented by The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and are Certified Building Commissioning Professionals (CBCP’s). Currently Mr. Kulick is the Commissioning Agent for the 20 million dollar Ohio State Cunz Hall project.

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