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A collaborative effort at Strathclyde University to ensure project success for critical HVAC equipment.

Heat exchange is always part of a process, and as such, we often need to collaborate with other stakeholders as we work to design, manufacture, and install new equipment. In this case, we were working with both the facility’s project management company and contractors to upgrade the HVAC system at Strathclyde University.

The Challenge: A restricted environment and challenging coordination

Serck were contracted to supply new Low Pressure Hot Water (LPHW) coils to replace existing steam coils providing service to a laboratory area at the facility. The project management company had provided the specifications for the new system, but it was up to Serck to coordinate exactly how the 14 new coils could be built to connect to existing ducting and installed by the contractor into an area with restricted access.

The Solution: Careful planning and precision project management

Serck carried out site assessment on each coil to be replaced, taking into account the considerable constraints of function, space available and access. See photos of the process and tricky location below! Our history of successful design collaboration meant the Serck team were able to take a holistic view of the system, and propose a set of coils that would individually and together meet the requirements of the system for the energy supplier, and the fitting and installation requirements of the project management company, with some coils being constructed as split units due to access constraints.

The Results: Teamwork makes the dream work

Once drawings and data sheets were approved by the end client, the Serck team embarked on a precision plan to build and deliver these units at a coordinated staggered pace to enable fitting by the mechanical engineers and pipe work by others. With each trade and provider able to work together to their strengths, Strathclyde University will benefit from a more efficient and effective heating system, just as the cold weather is set to close in!

If you have any questions about this project, or would like to know more about how we can help with your heating and cooling needs – whether you need the full set of work done, or as a provider working with other contractors, contact us today.