College upgrades HVAC construction
South Carolina-based Waldrop Mechanical Services used Armacell products to complete a chilled-water renovation to several historic buildings at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C.
The renovation was completed just before the beginning of the 2014- 2015 school year and included replacement and redesign of several thousand feet of HVAC piping.
Waldrop and subcontractor Dean Hall Insulation chose to use AP Armaflex closed-cell elastomeric foam insulation on all of the chilled-water piping during recent renovations to Wilson, Pell and Dexter halls, as well as the energy plant.
Armacell says both contractors felt that the near-zero moisture permeance and low-thermal performance of Armaflex were key to protecting the buildings from pipe condensation and any subsequent moisture damage. Additionally, AP Armaflex’s compact structure helped solve the problem of navigating insulated hot-water piping through tight spaces to get to the fan-coil units above individual dorms.
Scott Hall, president of Dean Hall Insulation, said Armaflex is great for the protection and preservation of the piping.
“Armaflex on chilled-water piping is a no brainer,” Hall said. “You don’t grow mold on it, and you don’t have to worry about rusted pipe. Ten years from now, if they decide to go into those walls again, that pipe will look just like it did the day we installed it.”