Aurora Municipal Center, AURORA, CO
Mechanical Systems & Construction Services
TRAUTMAN & SHREVE VALUE DELIVERED
- Fast-track construction services
- Effectively synchronized the installation of the different mechanical systems, electrical services and fire protection systems
- Produced complete coordination drawings before installations began
MECHANICAL SERVICES SCOPE OF WORK
This commercial mechanical services project entailed the construction of a new municipal center. The new municipal center was a five-story development measuring 286,000 square feet with mechanical penthouses located on the roof. Within the multi-complex central utility plant resided two large 160,000 CFM AHU's flanked by a hot water mechanical room on one side of the long hallway and another two 160,000 CFM AHU's and chilled water mechanical room at the opposite end.
Today, more than 290,000 people and 10,000 businesses choose to call Aurora home, making it the third most populated city in Colorado. Aurora hails as this country's 62nd largest city.
Over the last 100 years, the City has grown from a tiny town on the plains to a large city with almost 300,000 residents. City offices and facilities were sprawled throughout a 144 square mile area. A state of the art municipal facility that reflected the cities tradition and dignity was desperately needed.
MECHANICAL CONSTURCTION SOLUTIONS
The project requirements called for a fast track construction schedule limited to a timeline of 14 months. The mechanical construction schedule needed to coincide with an operating heating system that addressed interior finishes. Trautman & Shreve, Inc. synchronized the installation of the different mechanical, electrical, and fire protection systems by utilizing a 3-D CAD collision check system. Completed BIM (Building Information Modeling) coordination drawings were supplied before installations began.
Once the equipment was set in place, construction of the mechanical rooms could continue. The pipe installations under the mechanical equipment were complex and required extensive team efforts. This required the craftsmen to crawl into the two foot openings between x-bracing steel reinforcements to suspend hangers and pull piping that was up to 10 inches in diameter. To add another obstacle, the air plenum shafts from each unit were open to the 1st floor, having a drop of over 70 feet. Mechanical tradesmen and sheet metal had to be tied off to protect them from the fall while maneuvering pieces of pipe 20 feet long.