Spectrum cuts 60% of costs from original budget with an innovative design build - Case Study

Overview of Case Study

Charter Communications was on a tight construction budget for their new technical operations center, so they turned to our Special Projects Group to create an effective and affordable HVAC plan. The job needed to be completed within a four-month timeframe and consisted of transforming a 22-year-old car dealership into a comfortable, clean, and energy-efficient technical operations center to house techs & vehicles. The project at 2nd Avenue in New York City was completed ahead of schedule and took approximately three months from concept to design to installation.

Design Requirements

  • Reconfigure existing HVAC system design for a 60% reduced floor space from old dealership to the technical operations center including heating, cooling & exhaust systems.
  • Parking areas needed to upgrade the make-up, exhaust & Carbon Monoxide monitoring system to be code compliant.
  • Upgrade controls for basement & 2nd-floor fresh air ventilation units.
  • Upgrade controls for (2) 60-ton heating and ventilation units.
  • Overhaul of heating and ventilation units.
  • Both H&V units were not capable of serving the smaller office space based on their configurations at the time.

Solutions

  • Produce mechanical engineered drawings for the 1st-floor office space and 4-floor garage.
  • Re-purpose (2) 60-ton H&V (heating and ventilation) units to operate both for comfort cooling & emergency carbon monoxide exhaust.
  • Provide a new fully functional controls system & sequence of operations to meet space’s unique requirements.
  • Update space to include code-required carbon monoxide alarm & exhaust system.
  • Complete within a 4-month time-frame.
  • Make the space code-compliant based on NYC’s HVAC requirements.

Savings

Despite initial concerns that the space would require new AC units that could have doubled the project cost, the Specials Projects Group was able to come up with a new game plan to instead repurpose the 60-ton Trane H&V (heating and ventilation) unit and alter its original design, thus providing the client with tremendous savings value under their proposed budget.

Testimonial

We had a big problem and not much money in our budget to fix it. In the end, The BP Group was able to meet what we thought was an unattainable budget and delivered a system to meet all of our needs on a timely basis.”

SAL A, Corporate Senior Director of Real Estate And Facilities In NYC