Critical environments such as hospitals and medical facilities require the highest standards of hygiene and contamination prevention. Air Enterprises helps our healthcare clients meet and exceed these standards by providing the most hygienic, efficient air handling units for their healthcare facilities. Flow Tech is proud to represent Air Enterprises’ all-aluminum, custom-engineered air handling units. These AHUs are ideally suited for hospital environments, where corrosion and contaminated air are not acceptable.
Air Handling for Healthcare Buildings
With their all-aluminum low-leakage construction, air handling units from Air Enterprises provide the perfect solution to meet your healthcare facility’s maintenance and sustainability goals. Major benefits of the high-quality air handlers include:
Multiple Installation Options
Every Air Enterprises air handler is custom engineered to ensure componentry maintenance, and replacement is fast and simple. Whether you prefer an on-site assembly or need your air handling unit shipped, fully assembled, they can accommodate your needs with their SiteBilt® and FactoryBilt® replacement options.
The high-quality custom air handling units are made of aluminum, meaning they won’t rust, rot or corrode like a typical modular steel unit. The result is less maintenance, cost, and downtime for your facility, along with more energy-efficient handling.
Energy Efficiency and Green Commitment
Air Enterprises’ solutions are leading the charge in high efficiency, low CO2, life cycle reduction. Utilizing best in the industry practices, leading subsystems, NEMA premium efficiency motors, high-efficiency fans, low-pressure drop filtration, low leakage casings and many more features make them a natural choice.
Total Life Cycle Cost Analysis & Value Engineering
Multi stage filtration, total cost of ownership modeling and energy efficiency analysis underpin our design in working through threat assessment and mitigation options.
Testing, Commissioning & Training
Air Enterprises can provide complete testing and commissioning processes including re-commissioning and life cycle inspection services to ensure continued protection. Training is requisite to the maintenance of continued protective state. AE can provide comprehensive onsite training and procedures.
Air Handling for Hospitals
Air Enterprises has partnered with the some of the most exemplary healthcare facilities in the industry including the Cleveland Clinic, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and Mass General Hospital. With each partnership, they have delivered effective, sterile ventilation for patients, physicians, and staff.
AHU installation can often cause problematic downtime due to construction in high traffic areas. Air Enterprises works to limit downtime and provide design strategies that consider the limited access of facilities and criticality of the location for potential equipment rigging.
Take a look at this video, in which an old air handling unit is torn out, and a new custom SiteBilt air handling unit is installed in less than two days.
Massachusetts General Hospital Case Study
CHALLENGE: When Partners HealthCare was faced with the possibility of having to tear down its entire facility, the organization looked to Air Enterprises for alternative options in air handling.
Two design strategies were developed for Partner’s Healthcare. In design option one, Air Enterprises would design the air handling unit to be built on site (SiteBilt) to avoid expensive cranes and shutdown of the hospital’s main entrance. With design option two, Air Enterprises would fabricate the air handling unit (FactoryBilt) into 10 shipping sections to meet the crane’s weight limitations. This solution would offer the hospital the shortest overall project time.
SOLUTION: Partners HealthCare decided to implement the FactoryBilt option to serve its critical space. Timing was crucial for the hospital, and FactoryBilt sections would allow the air handling unit installation to occur over an extended holiday weekend.
The new air handling unit was designed to optimize the multi-phase construction process, featuring three separate parallel air streams, each sized for one-third of the total airflow volume. To take advantage of the available height at the building roof level, the air handling unit was also configured with two levels: a lower level that includes filtration, heating/cooling, humidification and supply fans, and a second story that includes the return fans, full economizer and sound attenuation.
Air Enterprises’ designers were also able to eliminate an existing 10,000 CFM air handling unit and divert air from the main air handler to service the electrical/mechanical room.
RESULTS: The air handling unit was factory tested and witnessed by the engineer and Partners HealthCare. Once the air handling unit was installed at the jobsite, Air Enterprises performed a casing leakage test, which was recorded at less than 0.5 percent. The field test assures the owner of long-term energy savings on its air handling unit and overall system.
Partners HealthCare decided that aluminum materials were the most economical air handling solution for its health care facilities, due to their superiority over painted steel units, which rust and propagate mold and other contaminants. As a result, the client has worked with Air Enterprises for decades, utilizing more than 100 air handling units from the company’s Akron, Ohio, manufacturing headquarters.
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