How Bell & Gossett Solves Buildings in Detroit with R.L. Deppmann Co.
With more than $5 billion in construction projects in the works in the city of Detroit, signs of resurgence abound in Motor City. From Corktown and Greektown to Midtown and Downtown, Detroit’s recovery is for real. Bell & Gossett manufacturer’s representative R.L. Deppmann Co. shares its deep component and system knowledge with engineers, contractors and facility managers to find the right system design solutions for hydronic HVAC and plumbing systems in a multitude of projects that are energizing Detroit. Learn more about the full-service team at RLD.
From the painstaking restoration of the intricate tera cotta and red-tiled exterior of the building to the thoughtfully curated hospitality experience, attention to detail is theme of this renovation project. The same goes for Bell & Gossett’s gasketed plate and frame heat exchangers, part of the Shinola’s hydronic heating system. The innovative chevron plate design provides more heat transfer using less space — one-third to one-fifth the surface area of conventional shell and tube heat exchangers. R.L. Deppmann partnered with Western Mechanical and Integrated Design Solutions on the project.
Third Man Records
Working with Guardian Plumbing and Detroit Boiler on a tight deadline, R.L. Deppmann’s recommendation of a free cooling system means the chiller can be offline 70 percent of the time, saving energy. Read more about the R.L. Deppmann team’s work at Third Man Records.
Detroit Metropolitan Airport
New mechanical systems at DTW feature Bell & Gossett e-1510 pumps, which provide the highest overall efficiency in the end-suction market for HVAC and plumbing applications. With the largest Efficiency Island — the sweet spot on the pump curve — compared to other similar pumps, the e-1510 reduces electricity consumption, improves overall system performance and lowers life cycle costs.
NSO Bell Building
The TechnoForce pressure booster system is designed to ensure the required pressure and flow is maintained to meet demand within the building. The system continuously monitors parameters such as speed, amperage, voltage and pressure to provide total system protection. Installing contractor: Jermor Plumbing & Heating; consulting engineer: Potapa Van Hoosear Engineering.
Once destined for demolition, the Element Detroit Downtown at the Metropolitan Building is a $32 million redevelopment project with a focus on sustainability. Working with MEP firm Peter Basso Associates Inc. and Jermor Plumbing & Heating, the R.L. Deppmann team recommended the Technoforce variable speed pressure boosting package to ensure reliable system flow and pressure and minimize energy costs.
The Flats at City Modern
Located on 8.4 acres in the historic Brush Park neighborhood north of downtown, the $100 million City Modern development under construction is the largest residential development in Detroit in 30 years. Four Victorian mansions and 20 new buildings on formerly vacant parcels blend the modern with the historic. The project received The Congress for the New Urbanism grand prize award in 2016.
Little Caesars Arena
During the design phase of the eight-story, $863 million home of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons that opened in 2017, the R.L. Deppmann team provided technical engineering support for the design of a plumbing system that could respond to intermittent use — periods where demand would be very low or extremely high. RLD provided a Bell & Gossett Technoforce four-pump variable speed pressure booster pumping system to solve the challenge.
The grand six-story building, also known as the Capitol Square Building, has reopened as a mixed-use commercial building with Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME) as the primary tenant. R.L. Deppmann worked with MEP firm Peter Basso Associates Inc. and installing contractor Complete Mechanical Contracting Inc., on the project.
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