That was the strange hand dealt to consulting engineer Scott Henriques, PE, project manager; and Nora McCawley, senior hvac designer, of Shooshanian Engineering, Boston, and mechanical contractor Victory Heating & Air Conditioning. The project for EMC Corp., a data storage manufacturer, normally would call for ceiling-hung, metal duct for its 50,000-sq.-ft. Milford, Mass. Building that was being converted into a media solutions/software development laboratory with accompanying offices. However, the estimated tens of thousands of dollars in structural support needed for the 18-foot high metal deck roof would have ballooned the budget.
An additional challenge was the mandatory quiet, low decibel air flow stipulated by Mark Flanagan and mark Urbanek, EMC’s project manager and director of construction services, respectively. The techniques involved with the particular software development and application work performed in the lab called for the quietest conditions possible.