24C — March 16 - 29, 2012 — The Best of 2011 — Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal


The Favorite/Most Unusual Engineering Project of 2011

M&E Engineers, Inc. Verizon - Chiller Plant Replacement — HVAC Renovation —

K&W Engineers & Consultants PSECU — New Corporate HQ —

M&E Engineers performed MEP engineering services for the replacement of three complete chiller plants totaling 1,750 tons at Verizon’s New Brunswick Tele- phone Switch Central Office and Data Center. Project was designed and prequalified in conjunction with NJ Smart Start energy rebate program. Project work included: survey and documentation of existing conditions, design of two 500 ton N+1 water cooled chiller plants, design of one 125 ton N+1 air cooled chiller plant with full chilled water economizer capabilities, and associated sup- porting power equipment (MCC with integral VFD capability). It also included an up-grade of BAS systems including all AHU control valves, damper controls and chiller optimization system. M&E designed the three plants with a construction logistics plan that allowed them to all be re- placed without shutting down this mission critical facility. Project challenges included: 1) Providing cooling through the use of air side


Development of this new corporate headquarters campus included acquisition of land from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, addressing an existing abandoned landfill area within the property, and securing of a zoning variance from the local municipality prior to initia- tion of design. Proposed improvements include substantial offsite roadway improvements (i.e. two new traffic signals, addition of turn lanes, road widening), multiple stormwater management facilities, parking facilities for approximately 770 vehicles, significant offsite sewer and water utility extensions, a campus-wide pedestrian walking path, and extensive landscaping / hardscape areas. The sheer magnitude of this project and the associated scope of required improvements make this a signature project in the K&W portfolio. We provided all of the design, analysis, permitting, approvals, and construction documentation services required for every aspect of the project’s site development. Among other things, the extensive coordination efforts undertaken with governmental and regulatory agencies at all levels, the need to significantly extend public utilities and provide major roadway improvements to serve this previously undeveloped site, and the incorporation of varied and innovative features in pursuit of a LEED Gold certification all combined to yield a truly challenging and rewarding experi- ence. It was a genuine pleasure to be part of the design team led by Crabtree Rohrbaugh & Associates Architects and to work with PSECU’s outstanding and visionary leadership in making this project become a reality.

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economizer to all temperature sensitive spaces while demolishing existing chiller plants and erecting new; 2) Controlled shut down of 7th floor data center during modification of existing chilled water piping; and 3) Meeting an aggressive schedule (5.5 months from bidding to plant completion). This was a $5m project and we secured $125k in energy rebates for Verizon.


‘ Energy Audits ‘ LEED ® Certification ‘ Commissioning ‘ Building Automation ‘ Combined Heat & Power ‘ Full Service M/E/P Design & Engineering

‘ HVAC Lighting & Power ‘ Energy Modeling ‘ Solar & Renewable Energy

‘ Geothermal Systems ‘ “Smart Start” Rebates ‘ Pay for Performance

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