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POLYPROPYLENE PIPING PERFECT FOR PREFABBED PLUG-AND-PLAY ‘PODS’

Thanks to its light weight, ability to be custom-fabricated off site, and availability as Revit files, Aquatherm pipe is an integral part of Harvey Plumbing & Heating’s modular mechanical room “pods.”

Location/Date
Bozeman, MT/ 2019 – ongoing

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • The ability to custom-fabricate Aquatherm pipe makes the construction and transportation of these self-contained pods possible
  • Aquatherm was among the industry leaders in ensuring that all of its product families and parts are available in Revit, a key factor in designing these modular pods
  • Aquatherm’s fabrication facility can custom-build any spools or manifolds that the contractor’s fab shop doesn’t have the manpower or tools to build

NON-TRADITIONAL PIPE FOR A NON-TRADITIONAL COLLEGE

San Jacinto College thinks outside the box, both for its students and its facilities

Location/Date
Houston, TX Summer/Fall 2020

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • The ability to fabricate custom piping assemblies both on-site and off-site, coupled with strong fabrication support from ISCO Industries, enabled a fast installation
  • The light weight of Aquatherm pipe allowed large sections of the pipe to be mounted on rooftops instead of buried, easing installation and maintenance
  • The direct-buried sections of Aquatherm handle changes in expansion and contraction and do not require insulation because they are bedded with 12-in. of bank sand

AQUATHERM HELPS GROWING HOSPITAL REACH FOR THE (BIG) SKY

Aquatherm Blue Pipe® and Aquatherm Green Pipe® will handle chilled and domestic water at three-story ICU expansion

Location/Date
Bozeman, MT Fall/Winter 2020

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®, Aquatherm Green Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • The light weight and ability to custom-fabricate offsite presented considerable labor and cost-savings over steel pipe
  • Aquatherm’s clean, heat-fusion connections, which don’t require any gas, glues, or solder to join the pipes and don’t create any dust or metallic shavings, are an added benefit in a hospital environment
  • Unlike metal pipe, Aquatherm piping systems require no open-flame welding, so no hot-work permits, welding smoke mitigation, or flame watch were required

AQUATHERM PIPE BRINGS NEW LIFE TO SOUTHERN LANDMARK

A contractor’s first installation of Aquatherm brings 21st century pipe to a 1925 structure

Location/Date
Birmingham, AL/February 2019 – May 2019

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • The ability to custom-fabricate Aquatherm pipe assemblies on site was a key to successfully retrofitting a 1920s-era building
  • Aquatherm’s ease of use, training, and support resulted in a successful project for a first-time Aquatherm installer
  • Unlike metal pipe, Aquatherm requires no welding, open flame, or sparks, which is particularly important in an occupied building

CREATING COOL CASTLES FOR KING DATA

Aquatherm provides a tough, lightweight solution for modular data centers

Location/Date
Ontario, Canada / 2019

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • The light weight of Aquatherm pipe was a key factor for this customer, who needed to be able to ship units anywhere in the world
  • Aquatherm’s virtually leak-free heat fusion connections are an important consideration in missioncritical applications such as data centers
  • This customer chose to send drawings to Aquatherm Fabrication Services and have trained fusion experts fabricate the custom pipe assemblies

OLD DOMINION’S NEW CENTRAL UTILITY PLANT REIGNS AS A FAST-TRACK MASTERPIECE

Aquatherm pipe allows a four-month project to be completed over a five-week winter break

Location/Date
Norfolk, VA/Winter 2019

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Using Aquatherm’s Scan-to-Fab service and Fabrication Service on this project enabled the installation crews to maximize their time and meet a very tight schedule
  • Thanks to virtually leak-free heat-fusion connections, the installed system easily passed its pressure test and qualified for Aquatherm’s multimillion-dollar warranty
  • In day-to-day use, Aquatherm pipe significantly reduces or eliminates the problems that corrosion and scaling can cause over the life of a system

THE FOLLOW-UP FILES: AQUATHERM STANDS THE TEST OF TIME IN CHEMICAL TRANSPORT APPLICATION

Webb Chemical Service Corp. has been in business for nearly 60 years, and the company’s long and successful history and ongoing growth have always been buttressed by its commitments to quality and the environment.

Location/Date
Muskegon, MI Installed: Summer and Fall 2012; Follow-Up: Fall 2019

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®, Aquatherm Green Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Chemically inert, Aquatherm was approved to transport chemicals including ethylene glycol, propylene glycol, caustic potash, caustic soda, sodium bisulfate, and phosphoric acid
  • Aquatherm’s heat fusion technique creates a homogenous piece of pipe with no leak paths
  • Aquatherm’s 10-year, multi-million dollar warranty provided Webb Chemical’s leadership with peace of mind

THE FOLLOW-UP FILES: AQUATHERM DELIVERS LONG-TERM PERFORMANCE AT FLORIDA DATA CENTER

Blue Pipe® helping protect clients’ data 24/7 year after year

Location/Date
Jacksonville, FL Original installation Winter 2013-2014; Follow-Up January 2020

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Aquatherm’s heat fusion joining process creates a connection with no leak paths
  • Aquatherm pipe will never scale or corrode, so its performance in mission-critical applications will not change over time
  • Aquatherm pipe has an anticipated life span of 50-plus years—much longer than steel pipe. It can be expected to provide trouble-free operation for decades

THE FOLLOW-UP FILES: AN EPIC SAGA AT EPIC BREWING

Aquatherm helps Epic Brewing keep the beer flowing as it expands its Denver brewhouse.

Location/Date
Denver, CO 2012 - 2019

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®, Aquatherm Green Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Aquatherm pipe’s chemical resistance makes it the ideal material to transport glycol and many other chemicals
  • The light weight of Aquatherm pipe meant that a single installer could install the pipe, even overhead, much faster than steel or copper
  • It is easy to tap into existing lines and add new lines using saddle fusions with Aquatherm pipe

THE FOLLOW-UP FILES: SUPERCOMPUTERS STAY COOL WITH AQUATHERM

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory selected Aquatherm in 2012 and again in 2018 for ‘mission supercritical’ cooling of some of the world's fastest supercomputers

Location/Date
Livermore, CA, 2012 and 2018

Product
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Heat fusion provides virtually leak-free joints for the life of the pipe
  • Heat fusion uses no glues, solvents, VOCs, or fumes that could contaminate the data center environment
  • Aquatherm pipe lasts much longer than steel pipe and will provide scale- and corrosion-free operation for 50+ years

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