Montgomery Business Park, Baltimore, Maryland
LEED Mechanical Systems & HVAC Design/Assist Services
The LEED Mechanical Systems Project
Montgomery Business Park is home of the Maryland Department of The Environment and is one of Maryland’s premier ecologically sound, environmentally stable LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) “green” buildings, featuring high-efficiency mechanical and HVAC systems with state-of-the-art building automation controls.
Poole & Kent Mechanical Systems & HVAC Contractor Role
Poole and Kent was contracted to perform HVAC design/assist the central chiller plant located on the roof of the building, resulting in a significant cost savings to the Owner. Poole and Kent’s experience with chilled water distribution and ice storage systems was a significant factor in the sustainable achievement of this commercial LEED project. Poole and Kent provided design assistance on the central chiller plant located on the roof of the building, which provided a total of 1,200 tons of cooling for the occupied portion of the 1.3 million square feet office building. This HVAC services work included the installation of two chillers and six ice storage tanks with interconnecting piping and valves providing alternate means of routing the chilled water throughout the 4th thru 7th floors. On these floors, Poole and Kent installed 56 air handling units, and five boilers for the mechanical systems. The ice storage in the roof top central chilled plant allows ice to be built in the storage units overnight while electricity costs are at their lowest minimizing the use of chillers during the more expensive daytime rates.
Mechanical Construction Challenges/ Achievements/ Goals
Poole and Kent’s design team maximized the use of available space to provide the most cooling out of the two chillers, which allows for future growth as more tenants occupy the building. Poole and Kent also provided quality control management of the mechanical systems, and assisted in the coordination of the building controls as well as commissioning the mechanical equipment control systems.
Note: This project design involved many LEED principles. Formal certification with the U.S. Green Building Council is pending.