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GRAEF goes GREEN again in Florida!
Solar panels, a new chiller plant, and high efficiency HVAC equipment.... Oh my!
GRAEF's latest project completed in Florida was a $12 million HVAC and Energy Conservation design for the Alachua County Jail. GRAEF provided the County mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and structural engineering services as well as acted as the prime contractor in charge of all aspects of design and construction administration.
The design was constructed with no disruption of the facility's daily function while maintaining conditioned air inside the facility. The final project included:
- Modular Chiller Plant shipped in 2 pieces and assembled on-site
- 754 tons of water cooled high efficiency chillers with magnetic frictionless bearings (no oil)
- Twin-cell high efficiency cooling towers
- Computerized controls optimize system operations for maximum efficiency
- 72 roof mounted high efficiency chilled water air handling units
- 92 roof mounted solar panels for hot water heating
- 9,000 gallon total tank solar hot water storage capacity
- High efficiency boilers to complement solar hot water heating
- Sprayed in-place polyurethane (SPF) foam insulation with a solar reflective acrylic elastomeric coating on existing roof
- The SPF R-12 adds to the existing roof insulation R-value
- Solar reflective coating reduces heat transfer and acts as UV protection to the insulation
A celebration for the completion of the project was held on December 9, 2013. Check it out here.