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  1. #1
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    Feb 2005

    New VCU Medical Education Center

    Had a unique opportunity to recently tour mechanical spaces of the new McGlothlin Medical Education Center on the Virginia Commonwealth University campus, and I thought you guys might like to see some of the "big stuff" they are using. This is a nearly complete, 12 story, approximately 200,000 square foot building that will contain classrooms, auditoriums, offices, and operating room simulation rooms. It is LEED Silver certified. Primary air is supplied by 3 Large Semco Pinnacle Primary Ventilation units. Each unit contains supply and exhaust fans with VFDs, and energy wheel, dehumidification wheel, chilled water, hot water, and steam coils. Cooling is provided by 3 Carrier Evergreen Chillers, also with VFDs. Steam is provided by a central steam plant that also supplies steam to the rest of the downtown campus, while I believe the water is heated locally. Terminal heating and cooling is provided by radiators and chilled beams. Kudos to all who were involved with this project! Excited to see the place open this Spring!

    Here's one of the large auditoriums. Projected images will be provided by 2 projectors, blended into one image. Each student is provided a microphone, power and ethernet ports for laptops.

    Overall view of mechanical penthouse, showing 2 of the 3 chillers

    Varoius views of the 3 Primary Air Handlers. Note the composition notebook filter logbook in the last picture As a reference for size, each access door is about 6 feet high.

    Blurry, but here is an inside look at the energy wheel.

    Chilled water coil.

    Dehumidification wheel.

    Main control panel for AHU-3. BACview controllerin the middle. Exhaust and Supply VFDs to the left.

    Continued in next post!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2005

    Part 2!


    1 of the 3 Carrier Evergreen Chillers.

    Various pumps in the penthouse.

    Heating water pipes. Not sure what this "station" is for, but they were testing control valves when this picture was taken.

    Main steam connection in the "steam tunnel"

    One of the many chilled beams.

    Here's a cool part of the building. In the sub basement, there is a large tank that is used to house rain-water that will be used to flush all of the toilets.

    Rain-water pumps with VFDs.

    Rain-water treatment.

    Main fire pump. BIG motor!

    That's all, hope you enjoy!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2000
    Indianapolis, IN, USA
    Neat, I did enjoy seeing them. Thanks for taking the time to post.

  4. #4
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    Jul 2013
    Richmond, VA

    I literally live six blocks from where they're building that.

  5. #5
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    Aug 2001
    Mechanicsville, Virginia
    Reminds me of when I worked at the James Center Towers. Nice to see some fellow RVA's here!

    "If perfection is your goal, you may end up with good enough, what might you end up with when good enough is your goal?"
    Wayne Pendergast,

  6. #6
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    May 2013
    STP, MN
    Very cool! Makes me wish I was in big buildings again!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Currently in Phoenix, AZ
    Wow, they have an incredibly efficient system there. The energy savings should pay for ALL of the equipment in 10 years or so depending on your energy rates. So they went chilled beams throughout the facility - should be nice and quiet. Are they all Carrier induction beams or did they go with the SEMCO/Flaktwoods chilled beam offering?
    Last edited by jchilling; 07-24-2013 at 06:58 PM.

  8. #8
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    Nov 2013
    Munising Mich
    Nice looking job for sure , nothing warms my heart more than a clean Mechanical room and a quality install

  9. #9
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    Dec 2011
    Hey, thanks for posting those pics! That audiovisual system in the auditorium was my "baby" that's one of my coworkers down there up front. It was a total PIA lining those projectors up to blend the pictures seamlessly. Downstairs of the auditorium are the two big racks of processing equipment that make it all work. Great to see the "masterpieces" of other trades working down there...we all did a great job on that place!

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