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Project Zeus

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Work continues for TEAM MSD at Project Zeus with the setting of the condenser units with a few very challenging Helicopter lifts, completed by our partners at Midwest. Great job TEAM MSD and Midwest converting dreams into a REALITY!!!! #ProjectZeus, #TeamMSDSpecialProjects

The Effects of Hard Water

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Hard water is water with a high mineral content (in contrast with “soft water”). It forms when water percolates through deposits of limestone, chalk, or gypsum. These substances are largely made up of calcium and magnesium carbonates, bicarbonates and sulfates.

Every day we think nothing of pulling a glass from the cabinet, filling it with the water from the tap and refreshing our bodies with the requirement of life. What we likely do not consider is the quality of the water we are consuming.

Approximately one in eight people, consumes hard water, which has been identified to be a significant etiological factor around the globe causing many diseases such as cardiovascular problems, diabetes, reproductive failure, neural diseases, and renal dysfunction to list just a few. (National Center for Biotechnology Information) The human body is brilliant in its ability to evolve and adapt to the environment, not so much for our physical space. The mechanical equipment, fixtures, and piping do not have the capability to evolve and correct for excessive Hard Water.

The affects of hard water in our pipes have devasting consequences. Water heaters have reduced life expectancy, and degrading of plumbing fixtures are all signs of the influences of hard water. The good news is there is a solution for these conditions. A comprehensive evaluation of your supply water can be the first step towards a healthy environment. Water softeners, POS water filtration, and periodic maintenance are proven tools in the battle.

Aligning your facility with a professional water chemistry technician is recommended. These contractors have proven results from years of studying and providing corrective actions. MSD, Incis has a solution for your facility! Let our professionals develop the right solution for your needs.

 

Give to Grow Program

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By giving back to the community, MSD is able to take an active role in community development, help community members succeed, and help foster a deeper sense of unity. 2020 and 2021 was a hard year due to do the limitations of COVID-19 but MSD was able to give back and help out the community in a few different ways such as supply meals to the Victory Project young boys, donate to the foodbank, and give joy to families at Christmas that are struggling.

During the year, MSD supported many community organizations and participated in a variety of philanthropic events, most notably:

    • The Foodbank (Dayton) – collected non-perishable items, our 12th year of participation.
    • Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – due to COVID-19, the walk was canceled, so MSD donated to the cause by matching purchases of employee Breast Cancer shirts
    • Polar Plunge held by the Special Olympics.
    • Giving Tree – MSD was given 4 families to purchase Christmas gifts to bring joy to these families during the holidays.
    • Victory Project – provide meals 3-4 times a year.

At MSD, our Give to Grow Commitment supports the ongoing improvements and social interactions that allow valuable relationships and a deeper sense of belonging to be established impacting the community in a positive manner. The community involvement committee takes a “community in the front, business in the rear” approach.

    1. Volunteering in the community helps impact each and every person affected by giving them the ability to grow and feel the love of the community. Helping out our community not only creates goodwill but also helps improve the area making it a better place to live and work.
    2. Another impact is that the Give to Grow Committee makes the employees feel proud to be associated with the company, and it also makes them feel better about their work personally. Volunteer options help build a positive culture within a company and can also influence teamwork in the workplace.

Preble Shawnee High School Case Study – Camden, Ohio

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TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION: Mechanical Jr. High/ High School EducationSCOPE OF WORK:
Upgrade the mechanical systems and add central cooling capabilities to the Jr. High, High school building.
• Over 9,800 feet of new Hydronic Piping
• (1) 289.5 Ton Screw Chiller
• (80) Unit Ventilators
• (10) Air Handling Units
• (7) VAVs
• (21) Cabinet Unit Heaters
• (7) Horizontal Unit Heaters
• (1) Duct Mounted Reheat Coil
• (3) New Boilers with a total Capacity of
7,497,000 BTU/h
• (2) HHW Primary Pumps
• (2) CHW Primary Pumps
BUILDING FEATURES:
• Junior High/High School Building for the district
SIZE OF PROJECT:
• 160,420 sq/ft
CONTRACTED VALUE:
• Original Contract – $2,192,438.00
• Final Contract – $2,207,461.00
LENGTH OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECT:
• 3 Months 12 days
CONSTRUCTION COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES BASED ON MERIT:When bidding a project, our estimators will send out a request for proposal to our database of pre-qualified subcontractors/suppliers. When awarding the contract/purchase orders for this project, we considered the amountof the bid, as well as the experience of the subcontractor/supplier with the type of work associated with this project.

 

The Preble Shawnee Junior High School and the Senior High School are combined into one very large, 160,420 sq/ft building and the school board was needing the addition of a central cooling system to the whole campus. Prior to the Covid-19
pandemic, the schedule for installations and upgrades would take place during the summer months when the students were out of school. It turned out that all work was needing to be done during the Covid-19 pandemic, with mechanics having to maintain safe working distances while maintaining the tight installation schedule.
The scope of work consisted of:
• Over 9,800 feet of new hydronic piping
• (1) 289.5 Ton screw chiller
• (80) unit ventilators
• (10) air handling units
• (7) VAVs
• (21) cabinet unit heaters
• (7) horizontal unit heaters
• (1) duct mounted reheat coil
• (3) new boilers with a total Capacity of 7,497,000 BTU/h
• (2) hot water heater Primary Pumps
• (2) chilled water Primary Pumps

To start things, we removed 10 existing air handlers either by removing the existing louvers or by taking the units apart and transporting them down the hallways and out of the building. The mechanical room had to be completely demolished and installed with new boilers, piping, pumps, valves, and controls. The existing breeching was modified to only accept the existing domestic water heaters. The new boilers are highefficient and required separate flues for each new boiler. Care was taken to ensure proper service clearance was maintained on each new piece of equipment. CO2 sensors were installed in all the classrooms to bring in outside air, based on occupied mode and current CO2 levels within the area. The new Unit Vents also came with enthalpy controls to allow for “free” cooling when outside air conditions are ideal. This will minimize the run time on the chiller and keep additional electrical cost to a minimum.

The project had a tight schedule from the start with the amount of manpower we had available, and upon mobilizing, it was brought to our attention the factory which supplied the blowers motors for the new unit vents had been shut down due to Covid-19 and we did not know if we were going to receive the unit vents in time to get them installed. We determined that we could meet the scheduled end date by working some additional hours and adding a few people to assist if we could get the unit vents on-site by July 1, 2020.

That was our drop-dead date to still meet the schedule for school to open on-time. In the first 42 working days, we were working diligently on gettingthe main mechanical room complete, the AHUs replaced, and the new chilled water
and heating hot water piping installed within 5’ of the new unit vents. Final confirmation of the unit vents was scheduled to be delivered on July 1, 2020 and that would allow us only 34 working days to remove the existing unit vents, install, test/flush, insulate and commission the 80 new unit vents. Originally, we had a total of 75 working days to include this in our tasks to complete. In addition, we did not want to demolish the existing unit vents without having the new ones
on-hand first, because once we started the removal, there was no turning back. At the time of the removal, school was to be back in session on-time, and an order had not been issued from the governor at that point for remote learning for the
district, so we continued our push for a quick installation.

Not only did we have a delay with the blower motors, but AHU-10 was delayed by 21 days and did not ship out until July 1, 2020. So now we also had to fit in AHU- 10 replacement, all (80) unit vents and 28-unit heaters, all to be replaced in the 34- day period. The unit heaters did not ship until July 16, 2020 which means we were cutting it close on the unit heater installation. Working around the existing services in the building brought about issues with the installation of our new services above the ceiling. We had to strategically find locations to route our piping and minimize offsets up or down to limit the amount of vents and drains in the system.
The entire project took three months and 12 days to substantial completion with a total of 8,499 installation hours.

-Greg Norris, Project Manager

 

Plumber Keith Fortin as Craft Professional of the Year for the 2021 ABC Awards Submission

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Mechanical Systems of Dayton is proud to nominate Plumber Keith Fortin as Craft Professional of the Year for the 2021 ABC awards program. Keith is currently a Plumbing/Piping foreman for MSD and is responsible for leading all sizes of projects from start to finish and provide organized, professional, and high-quality installation of all plumbing and piping-related work.

Keith has been an important addition to the MSD Construction team for 15 years and has been involved in the trade for more than 35 years. The most recent project Keith worked on and completed was the Speedway Corporate building in Enon, Ohio. This was a very fast-paced and challenging job with multiple floors and Keith oversaw all plumbing and Hydronic piping install from underground to finish. The General contractor for Speedway was Gilbane Construction and Keith received many praises for his abilities during and upon completion of this job. Keith has many attributes that make him a good plumber but more so a better employee and better person. Keith is well known for his strong work ethic and diversity at working or operating equipment and the fact he never misses a day of work. He also can fit into any role whether working alongside others to reach a completion goal or overseeing a
project and driving towards each daily production goal to achieve a high-quality installation for the user and/ or customer.

Keith served in the U.S. Army from 1979 – 1983 as a heavy equipment operator and carried a Sergeant rank, with most of his time serving in Germany. Keith spent time in New Jersey working for his father who was a master plumber and established his own business in Pennsylvania until moving to Ohio where he has lived with his wife since. He and his wife live in Vandalia where they raised their daughter and is now spend time with their three-year-old granddaughter. His hobbies include camping, Nascar racing, cornhole, and Euchre card parties with friends.

Plumbing professionals like Keith are becoming very scarce in our trade these days and MSD and myself appreciate the fact that Keith passes along his techniques and help train our younger apprentices and journeyman to be as great and highly trained as he is, as well as promoting and teaching a hard work ethic.

Randy Metcalf
Plumbing\Piping Superintendent

Speedway Corporate Headquarters Case Study – Enon, Ohio

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TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION: Plumbing & Mechanical – Commercial

SCOPE OF WORK:
Installation of Plumbing & Mechanical systems for a
new office building, including but not limited to;
• 27,400+ feet of plumbing piping
• 127,300+ pounds of metal ductwork
• (9) Air Handler Units
• (2) Boilers
• (2) Domestic Hot Water Heaters
• (170) VAVs
• (19) Exhaust Fans, Relief Fans, Supply Fans, &
Gravity Vents
• (2) Air Cooled Screw Chillers
• (1) VRF System
• A new BAS system
BUILDING FEATURES:
• (4) Levels of Office Space
• Full Service Commercial Kitchen
• Connector Wings to Two Existing Office Buildings
SIZE OF PROJECT:
• 143,050 sq/ft
CONTRACTED VALUE:
• Original Contract – $5,422,260
• Final Contract – $5,860,910
LENGTH OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECT:
• 12 Months
PERCENTAGE OF WORK SELF-PERFORMED:
• 79%
CONSTRUCTION COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES BASED ON MERIT:
• When bidding a project, our estimators will send out a request for proposal to our database of pre-qualified subcontractors/suppliers. When awarding the contract/purchase orders for this project, we considered the amount of the bid, as well as the experience of the subcontractor/supplier with the type of work associated with this project.

Mechanical Systems of Dayton Inc. entered into an agreement in June of 2019 with Gilbane Building Company for the Plumbing and HVAC Scope of Work for the construction of a new Speedway Campus Expansion Office Building located in Enon, Ohio for a total contract value of $5,860,910. The project consisted of a total of 143,050 S.F. with four floor levels and a mechanical roof penthouse and was asking for substantial completion by the end of June 2020. We had basically one year to fulfill the installation of the following;
HVAC
• Boilers
• Chillers
• Modular Air Handler Units
• Hydronic pumps
• Variable Air Volume Boxes
• Unit heaters & Fan Coils
• Exhaust fans & gravity vents
• Variable Refrigerant Flow Heat Pump System
• Commercial Kitchen Hoods
Plumbing
• (7) Restroom Groups and several individual Restrooms
• (7) Coffee Bars
• Domestic Water Booster Pump System
• Gas Fired Water Heaters
• Equipment Connections to Kitchen Equipment
• Kitchen Waster Interceptor System
• Backflow Preventers
• Natural Gas Piping System

Upon receiving a Letter of Intent, the structural steel was quickly being set in place and the concrete slab on the decking would soon follow. We knew going into this project that there would need to be an expedited coordination effort in order to begin our Scope of Work on schedule. MSD’s Virtual Design Construction team hit the ground running to begin locating the required floor and roof openings along by launching into a whole building coordination process with all mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection trades that would need to produce the first working drawings within 90 days. Although that may sound like an adequate time-frame for the coordination effort, there was much coordination required for this project to begin and stay on schedule and to be considered an overall successful project. The coordination effort included;
• (7) mechanical rooms that housed (6) Modular AHU’s.
• (3) Modular AHU’s located on the roof.
• (170) Variable Air Volume boxes
• Roof Penthouse that consisted of (2) boilers, associated hydronic pumps, and
domestic hot water heaters.
• (2) Air Cooled Screw Chillers located in an exterior chiller yard along with
associated pumps.
• (2) Mechanical riser shafts from the lowest level through the roof.
• Full service commercial restaurant style kitchen.

And while it may seem that the coordination effort for this type of building is straightforward, there were many times that additional design issues would be discovered and would require further details from the design team. This had the potential for pushing back the completion schedule. As the coordination effort was completed floor by floor, our work was ready to begin. MSD is fortunate to have an in-house prefabrication
team and they reviewed the final coordination drawings to identify areas of opportunity for material fabrication which included the following;
• Hot water and chilled water loop piping system.
• Natural gas piping.
• Skid built water closet and urinal carriers for restroom groups which would allow for the Carrier group to be set in place as one unit followed by immediate tie-in of the domestic water and sanitary piping.

We were also able to utilize our pre-fabrication department to build housekeeping pad forms for the HVAC and Plumbing equipment with the required rebar welded in place which allowed for a quicker and more simple installation. The coordination and pre-fabrication not only resulted in labor cost savings, but was a contributing factor in realizing a successful completion of this very time-aggressive project thanks to Team MSD!

Natural Science Center Groundbreaking

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TEAM MSD is beyond excited to be working as a committed partner on the new Butler Tech Natural Science Center Project, converting this Dream into a Reality! #ButerTech #ConvertingDreamsintoReality…..

In case you missed it: below is an overview video of the new Natural Science Center that will begin construction very soon! Today the students, staff, and animals enjoyed a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the construction!

 

 

Source: Butler Tech Social Media (Facebook)

2021 ABC Awards

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This past Wednesday, May 13, 2021 Team MSD had the honor of attending the annual ABC Excellence in Construction Awards Gala. Our team submitted Preble Shawnee and Speedway along with the Community Outreach Program. Our team was awarded the Eagle Award for the Preble-Shawnee LSD Renovation Project, Award of Merit for Speedway, and The Community Outreach Award for the second year in a row with our Give to Grow Program. It was a bit of a different strategic plan to execute and get these projects complete. It took an amazing all-around crew of individuals to bring the projects in for our client. Again thank you to all who put in the hard work and supported this project. We will be posting our submissions next week for all to view. Thank you so much to everyone that makes our team a Team.

Mental Health Month Tips & Tricks

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7 Morning Habits That Can Affect Your Entire Day

It can be easy to fall into a morning routine without considering how it impacts you later in the day.

Your morning routine is like setting up a string of dominoes: You line everything up for success, but one false move can cause it all to come tumbling down. In order to set the right tone for the rest of your day, experts say you should adjust the following seven habits.

  1. Hitting the Snooze Button

It’s tempting to steal a few more minutes of sleep, but hitting snooze has a negative impact on your physical and emotional well-being, says Joanna Kleinman, owner of The Center for Extraordinary Relationships. “Physically, hitting the snooze button actually sets you up to be groggy and less productive because you are repeatedly waking yourself out of a deep sleep,” Kleinman says. “Emotionally, you set yourself up to be late, rushed, and stressed in the morning.”

The obvious solution, Kleinman says, is getting out of bed right away (even if it seems impossible). “If we listen to our minds telling us what we feel like doing, we will never be able to make the positive changes we need to,” Kleinman says.

  1. Checking Your Phone

Doing this first thing in the morning stimulates self-criticism and judgments in your mind, Kleinman says. “Your emails and texts are all about things to do, things to buy, things to add to your to-do list,” she says. “This amounts to either the stuff that other people want you to be paying attention to, or what your mind says you should be paying attention to.”

Even if you leave your inbox alone and stick to Instagram, you can do harm to your psyche because social media causes you to compare yourself to other people. Bottom line: Checking your phone first thing can awaken your inner critic. To stop yourself from opening Twitter immediately after turning off your alarm, charge your phone in another room. Begin your day instead with a self-affirming habit like journaling or meditation.

  1. Planning Your Day

If you wake up and have no idea what’s on your schedule, where you have to be, or what you’re going to wear, then your day is already off to a frantic start. Psychologist and Certified Master Coach Joel Ingersoll recommends organizing your day the night before. This way, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to go in the morning.

  1. Drinking Water…

You may be craving a cup of coffee as soon as your feet hit the floor, but what your body really needs is a glass of water, Ingersoll says. Since you haven’t had any liquids in your system for at least six (or hopefully eight) hours, your body is dehydrated. You can have the coffee (see below), but your body will function better—you’ll have fewer headaches, less fatigue, and smaller bags under your eyes—if you down a glass of water first, Ingersoll says.

  1. …and Coffee

Don’t feel guilty about reaching for the coffee pot after you’ve had your water—it is actually good for your body, too, says Ilyse Schapiro, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist. “Coffee is a great source of antioxidants, and it can increase energy as well as help to stabilize our moods,” Schapiro says. “It can also help keep our brains healthier and our minds sharper.”

Too much coffee isn’t going to do you any favors, though. Stick with one or two cups a day, and be consistent with how much you drink, or else you’ll start getting headaches and withdrawal symptoms.

  1. Skipping Breakfast

Have you been told to eat a good breakfast before? That’s because it’s important, says Bruno LoGreco, life coach and author of Stop Sabotaging Your Life. “Eating a healthy breakfast consisting of nuts, fruits, and oats will satisfy your brain to get you through a tough day at the office,” LoGreco says. It’s best to skip the doughnuts and croissants, though, as these will give you a sugar high and set you up for a crash just as you reach your desk.

  1. Rising Early

A study published by the American Psychological Association found that early risers are happier and more successful than those who go to bed late. They tend to be more proactive, get better grades, and better anticipate and minimize problems.

Danielle Braff is a freelance writer in Chicago. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, Women’s Health, Self and Marie Claire, among others. She lives with her husband, their two daughters, two cats and a dog. Check out her other work at Daniellebraff.com. https://getpocket.com/explore/item/7-morning-habits-that-can-affect-your-entire-day 

Is your facility ready to reopen?

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Is your facility ready to be re-opened to the general public? The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Department of Health released the attached article “Guidance for Premise Plumbing Water Service Restoration” offering considerations for water service restoration, to minimize risks associated with water quality degradation related to stagnant water conditions.

OEPA ODH Guidance for Premise Plumbing Water Service Restoration (1)

Let TEAM MSD know how we can help from system design, installation or planned maintenance programs customized to protecting your ongoing facility needs.

 

Source: https://www.epa.state.oh.us/ddagw/covid19#187665334-consumers