This time of year always inspires people to reflect on what they’re thankful for and realize all the good that they have had in their lives over the past year. At Flow Tech, we’re no different. We’re very grateful for every project, customer and event we’ve been involved with during 2015. Today we thought it be a nice way to close out 2015 and prepare ourselves for 2016 by providing a recap of the past year’s top highlights…
Bristol Community College John J. Sbrega Health and Science Building
We’ve mentioned our involvement with this zero net energy project before on our blog. Located in Fall River, MA this community college offers associates degrees and certificates in over 150 programs. The project had specific guidelines and goals that needed to be met and followed, including LEED Silver certification. To help meet the demanding energy efficiency requirements, we provided Aircuity. Aircuity is our safe, smart and efficient facility monitoring and building ventilation system. To find out more how Aircuity helped obtain this project’s goals, click here.
CREC Aerospace Academy
The Academy of Aerospace and Engineering is a 6 – 12 Magnet school with distinct middle school (6-8) and high school (9-12) programs that build upon each other to help students gain skills and unique experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that prepare them for college and high-demand professional careers. Their diverse student body comes from more than 30 cities and towns in the Greater Hartford area, representing urban, suburban, and rural districts.
Building on Greater Hartford’s strong engineering, aerospace, and other STEM industries, the Academy provides students with unique, hands-on professional experiences and the confidence to succeed. The ability to make connections between mathematics and science empowers students with knowledge, intellectual curiosity and motivation that extend beyond the classroom. We were happy to provide our MK Platics, Phoenix Controls, ABB and Air Monitor Corporation products on this project.
Southern Connecticut State University New Academic and Science Laboratory
The New Academic & Science Lab at Southern is another project that we’ve featured on our blog. It was an exciting and interesting project and was great to be a part of something to helps advance SCSU’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. The new facility and lab opened early this past fall to the new crop of students and has been a great addition to the campus ever since! To find out more about our involvement on this STEM project click here.
UConn Health Center “L” Building
The University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) has been the leading force for medical education and research in Connecticut. In order to remain in the forefront of medical technology and to jumpstart sustainable economic growth based on bioscience research, innovation, and energy efficiency, state officials created the Bioscience Connecticut Plan. As a result, new facilities, expansions and renovations have been ongoing since 2010. UCHC’s “L” Building was no exception to campus updates. The “L” Building provides both office space and lab space for employees at UConn Health.
During the first phase of this multi-phase project, Flow Tech provided new, customized Air Enterprises SiteBilt air-handling units. The new units allowed the building to operate at a much more efficient and economical rate than before the AHU replacements. For more information about the air-handling unit portion of the project check out our UCHC L Building case study. Other product lines that were included on the many phases of this project were ABB variable frequency drives, Air Monitor flow meters, Phoenix Control valves, Aircuity, Steril-Aire, and of course Flow Tech service.
Projects in the Works
Pfizer Building 274
Corridor 1 North underwent a series of renovations at their Groton, CT campus. Within B274, the team reconfigured the lab layout with the construction of masonry walls and the installation of doors, finishes, ductwork/mechanical infrastructure, and electrical work. Logistics and scheduling were crucial components to the success of this project and thus were emphasized throughout the planning and coordination. Building 274 has been fully occupied and operational around the areas of work throughout the duration of the construction phase. Of course this meant that special measures had to be taken at certain points in the project. Air Enterprises SiteBilt custom air-handling units are known for their quick on-site construction timeline, as well as minimal space restrictions, so it was only natural that they be selected as the air-handling units on this project.
UConn Health Center Inpatient Tower
Bioscience Connecticut plans to renovate the existing John Dempsey Hospital and construct a new patient care tower on the campus of UConn Health in Farmington. The new patient tower construction started in 2012 and is expected to be completed in early 2016. It is set to have 11 levels and will house key patient areas including the emergency department, surgery suite, MRI suite, renal dialysis, respiratory therapy, inpatient rehab (orthopaedics, rehab gym and workspace), clinical support, and patient education space. Support services located in the new tower will include central sterile processing and a new main lobby. Product lines ABB, Air Monitor Corporation, Phoenix Controls, Twin City Fans and VAW Systems will or have been included on this project.
Yale Beinecke Rare Book Museum
In 2014 Yale completed the first steps needed for the renovation of their Beinecke Rare Book Museum and Library. The project will overhaul the library’s 50-year-old mechanical systems and enhance its teaching and research facilities. We have many of our product lines included in this project including, Phoenix Controls, ABB, Aircuity, TOXAlert, Air Monitor Corporation and our field service. The most recently completed portion was the installation of Air Enterprises SiteBilt air-handling units. The project is set to be completed this summer and the facility will be fully open and functioning by August 2016.
2015 brought Flow Tech 2 recognitions and 1 award. We were recognized by the Construction Institute for 15 years of consecutive membership. ABB also recognized us as a 2015 Top Performer of variable frequency drive sales. This recognition is very impressive considering we compete against companies with a much larger sales territory. We also achieved the highest bookings out of all Air Monitor Corporation’s commercial reps! As for awards, our Marketing Director, Nichole Petersen was awarded the Grace Waldvogel Member of the Year award for her involvement and commitment with the Connecticut chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services.
This past year we’ve hosted:
- 1 ABB Drive Start-up Training
- 1 ABB Drive Expert Training
- 7 Lunch & Learns
- 1 Customer Appreciation Event – Flowtoberfest
This past year we’ve attended:
- 3 Manufacturer Product Trainings
- 11 Conferences/Trade Shows/Workshops/Seminars/Forums
- 50+ Industry Association/Networking Events
In 2015 we:
- Attended 10 Career Fairs/Career Development Events
- Hired Andrew Marques as a new Inside Sales Engineer
- Looked for a new Commercial HVAC Controls Field Technician and are still looking into 2016
- Looked for 2016 summer interns and are still on the search
In 2015 we:
- Switched to WordPress, a mobile-friendly web platform and blog
- Posted 100 blog entries
- Gained 98 new Twitter followers
- Added Google+ and YouTube to our social media channels
We are very happy with the way 2015 turned out for us. We’re looking to starting fresh with a new year. We’d like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and successful New Year! Don’t forget to share this post with a friend and add to our 2016 social media following on Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn or Google+!