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  • Keller Army Community Hospital Clinic Addition

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    Products Specified:
    • 1/2" - 4" NIBCO® Press System® fittings and valves
    • NIBCO® Press System® tools and accessories


    Plumbing Contractor: S&L Plumbing and Heating Corporation, Brewster, N.Y.
    General Contractor: Morgan Construction Enterprises Inc.
    Engineer: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District


    Job:

    A three-story, 51,000-square-foot addition at the Keller Army Community Hospital Clinic houses outpatient medical service facilities for the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. The expansion marked the first major construction project since the hospital was built in the mid-1970s. Today the clinic houses a dedicated entrance and lobby, ambulatory care, and clinics for optometry, ophthalmology, physical therapy and orthopedics. It also includes additional office space for the military's medical insurance service and expanded parking areas.

    The $28.5 million project specified NIBCO® Press System® precision-engineered copper and copper alloy fittings and valves for the domestic hot and cold water lines.

    The Edge:

    Efficient, flame-free installation of NIBCO press-to-connect fittings and valves proved a time and cost saving solution with a critical safety benefit for this hospital expansion project. Single-source availability of press fittings, valves, tools, chains and jaws also proved critical to winning the contract.

    Plumbing contractor S&L Plumbing and Heating Corporation recognized that the dry- fit design, which needs no torch, acetylene or flames to join copper tubes and fittings for installation, would take less time in a far safer environment than traditional metal piping systems. Project manager Michael Alonge also valued the U.S.-based manufacturing of NIBCO press copper fittings.

    "The hospital remained open during construction, which presented certain safety and environmental challenges," NIBCO Area Manager Michael DelForno, said. "We showed the Corps of Engineers how the Press System can be installed in occupied spaces with no fire hazard. By eliminating the need for solder, flux or gas tanks, we also could ensure no fumes or noxious gases were produced from the installation."

    Technicians used NIBCO pressing tools and jaws designed specifically for dry fitting the copper alloy parts for the domestic hot and cold water lines. Crimps created tight, permanent seals between fittings and tubes. Easily identified “N” witness marks verified proper crimps during inspection, even at a distance. Leak detection technology is also achieved through a unique O-ring designed and engineered with the bead dimensions of the fitting or valve. During system testing, leak detection shows uncrimped joints preventing potential costly damage after project completion. Alonge first learned about the NIBCO Press-to-Connect System during a presentation at UA Local Union No. 21, New York, when DelForno highlighted applications, advantages and performance characteristics of the system and gave a hands-on demonstration.

    "I was intrigued by the system and believed that NIBCO fittings and tools were the best setup I had seen in the press-to-connect industry," Alonge explained. "We chose NIBCO because it is a USA product, it is cost effective and very safe because the torch is eliminated."

    He also praised the time efficiency gained by fitting tubes in place, then pressing to complete the installation.

    Since the hospital remained open during construction of the addition, project managers followed special shut-down schedules after hours and coordinated with the hospital's medical functions during disruptive construction phases that caused noise, vibrations or dust. The Corps of Engineers targeted the project for LEED Silver certification, which required returning all waste to recycling centers, all structural steel to come from a recycled source, energy-saving designs in the curtainwall and roof, and locally manufactured and sourced materials that do not emit VOCs.