Project Scope:

Whitmer High School, originally built in the 1950s, needed complete replacement of the heating system and addition of a cooling system. IPS received the mechanical package prime contract and was responsible for all work including: elimination of the existing steam heat system, construction of a new boiler and chiller plant, installation of miles of new piping for hot and chilled water, and replacement of 100% of the buildings heating and cooling units. The gym, auditorium, and all classrooms received new units and a new control system was installed.

The project was originally to be constructed under a 2 ½ year project schedule. As the Prime contractor, IPS coordinated the work with the owner and other site contractors and provided an alternate schedule that cut the completion date by one year.

Challenges:

IPS developed a detailed plan in order to avoid disruption to ongoing school activities. For example, the first summer of construction IPS installed all of the tunnel piping, with new and existing piping running side by side. Facilities completed that summer were the Field House, Auditorium, and Industrial Arts Wing. IPS completed work in the classrooms during the first winter. With the piping in the tunnels having been completed the summer before, it allowed for each classroom to be finished within 2 days, helping avoid any interruptions during the school day.

$11mil. Total Construction
$6.2mil. Project Cost
271,050SF Facility Size
10/2014 Completion Date
18 Project Duration
bid build Delivery Method

Project Scope:

IPS was contracted by BGSU for this Central Heat Plant to Shatzel Hall Tunnel Restoration project. This included the replacement of the deteriorated Heat Plant Tunnel tunnel top below Thurstin Street and tunnel vault wall, pipe anchoring, and top where the secondary backup steam line enters the tunnel as it turns to the east under the parking lot heading towards Shatzel Hall, replacement of several deteriorated pipe rack supports in various locations throughout the entire tunnel, removal and replacement of up to five tunnel top expansion joints, insulating the pumped and high pressure condensate lines, plus installation of new LED lights and tunnel ventilation kiosks, etc. The utilities were contained within the tunnel system. The high pressure steam and the condensate lines were active during the construction of the tunnel renovation. IPS protected the piping located under Thurstin Ave during the replacement of the tunnel top and the walls in this area when the tunnel top was removed. IPS secured this area from accidental entry with proper protection (i.e. fencing, barricades, and signage) for the duration of the tunnel top replacement.

Challenges:

IPS dealt with the water infiltration and uninsulated piping issues before making any repairs to the tunnel structures. IPS replaced the section of the Heating Plant Tunnel for the portion under Thurstin Street. This tunnel top replacement required the removal of the roadway surface and the subbase located over the tunnel. This work was planned to be done for half of the tunnel at time to limit the disruption to traffic flow and locations and waterproofing to prevent future water infiltration from occurring.

IPS
8/2018 Delivery Method
N/A Delivery Method
Bid Build Delivery Method
$938,800 Total Construction
$ 901,000 Project Cost
8/2018 Completion Date
N/A Project Duration
Bid Build Delivery Method

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