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Speedway Corporate Headquarters Case Study – Enon, Ohio

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TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION: Plumbing & Mechanical – Commercial

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
• (4) Levels of Office Space
• Full Service Commercial Kitchen
• Connector Wings to Two Existing Office Buildings
• 143,050 sq/ft
• Original Contract – $5,422,260
• Final Contract – $5,860,910
• 12 Months
• 79%
• 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;
• 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
• (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 

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.



Ventilation in Buildings

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CDC recommends a layered strategy to reduce exposures to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This includes using multiple mitigation strategies with several layers of safeguards to reduce the spread of disease and lower the risk of exposure. While it may not be necessary to apply every consideration to be protective, implementing multiple mitigation strategies is recommended, if possible, to improve effectiveness. In addition to ventilation, the layered approach includes efforts to improve social distancingwearing face masks, and hand hygiene.

SARS-CoV-2 viral particles spread between people more readily indoors than outdoors. When outdoors, the concentration of viral particles rapidly reduces with the wind, even a very light wind.  When indoors, ventilation mitigation strategies help to offset the absence of natural wind and reduce the concentration of viral particles in the indoor air. The lower the concentration, the less likely some of those viral particles can be inhaled into your lungs; contact your eyes, nose, and mouth; or fall out of the air to accumulate on surfaces. Protective ventilation practices and interventions can reduce the airborne concentration, which reduces the overall viral dose to occupants.

Below is a list of ventilation interventions that can help reduce the concentration of virus particles in the air, such as SARS-CoV-2. They represent a list of “tools in the mitigation toolbox,” each of which can be effective on their own.  Implementing multiple tools at the same time is consistent with CDC mitigation strategies and increases overall effectiveness. These ventilation interventions can reduce the risk of exposure to the virus and reduce the spread of disease, but they will not eliminate risk completely.

While the list of tools is intended to be universally applicable across indoor environments, applying them to different building types, occupancies, and activities under environmental and seasonal changes can be challenging. The specific combination of tools chosen for use at any point in time can change. It will be up to the building owner/operator (obtaining expert consultation as needed) to identify which tools are appropriate for each building throughout the year. CDC also has information on Ventilation in Schools and Child Care Facilities.

Considerations to Improve Ventilation

Consider ventilation system upgrades or improvements and other steps to increase the delivery of clean air and dilute potential contaminants. Obtain consultation from experienced Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) professionals when considering changes to HVAC systems and equipment.  Some of the recommendations below are based on  Guidance for Building Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemicpdf iconexternal icon from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). In addition to buildings, ventilation considerations are also important when you have multiple persons within vehicles, including public transportation (buses, subways, trains, school buses, carpools, and rideshares). Not all considerations are applicable for all scenarios.

Ventilation improvements may include some or all of the following considerations:

  • Increase outdoor air ventilation, using caution in highly polluted areas.
  • When weather conditions allow, increase fresh outdoor air by opening windows and doors. Do not open windows and doors if doing so poses a safety or health risk (e.g., risk of falling, triggering asthma symptoms) to occupants in the building.
  • Use fans to increase the effectiveness of open windows. To safely achieve this, fan placement is important and will vary based on room configuration. Avoid placing fans in a way that could potentially cause contaminated air to flow directly from one person over another. One helpful strategy is to use a window fan, placed safely and securely in a window, to exhaust room air to the outdoors. This will help draw fresh air into room via other open windows and doors without generating strong room air currents.
  • Decrease occupancy in areas where outdoor ventilation cannot be increased.
  • Ensure ventilation systems operate properly and provide acceptable indoor air quality for the current occupancy level for each space.
  • Increase airflow to occupied spaces when possible.
  • Turn off any demand-controlled ventilation (DCV) controls that reduce air supply based on occupancy or temperature during occupied hours. In homes and buildings where the HVAC fan operation can be controlled at the thermostat, set the fan to the “on” position instead of “auto,” which will operate the fan continuously, even when heating or air-conditioning is not required.
  • Open outdoor air dampers beyond minimum settings to reduce or eliminate HVAC air recirculation. In mild weather, this will not affect thermal comfort or humidity. However, this may be difficult to do in cold, hot, or humid weather.
  • Improve central air filtration:
    • Increase air filtration external icon to as high as possible without significantly reducing design airflow.
    • Inspect filter housing and racks to ensure appropriate filter fit and check for ways to minimize filter bypass.
    • Check filters to ensure they are within their service life and appropriately installed.
  • Ensure restroom exhaust fans are functional and operating at full capacity when the building is occupied.
  • Inspect and maintain local exhaust ventilation in areas such as kitchens, cooking areas, etc. Operate these systems any time these spaces are occupied. Consider operating these systems, even when the specific space is not occupied, to increase overall ventilation within the occupied building.
  • Consider portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) fan/filtration systems to help enhance air cleaning (especially in higher risk areas such as a nurse’s office or areas frequently inhabited by persons with higher likelihood of COVID-19 and/or increased risk of getting COVID-19).
  • Generate clean-to-less-clean air movement by re-evaluating the positioning of supply and exhaust air diffusers and/or dampers (especially in higher risk areas).
  • Consider using ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) as a supplement to help inactivate SARS-CoV-2, especially if options for increasing room ventilation are limited. Upper-room UVGI systems icon can be used to provide air cleaning within occupied spaces, and in-duct UVGI systems can help enhance air cleaning inside central ventilation systems.

In non-residential settings, consider running the HVAC system at maximum outside airflow for 2 hours



Going Touchless – Stop the Spread

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Replacing aging fixtures with newer touchless devices has always been a great way to save our resources, increase hygiene levels and reduce water costs. With the pandemic and the emphasis on reducing the spread. Touchless devices became top of mind as an added layer to help protect our workers and family from the potential spread. We have upgraded many facilities this year and as you would believe demand on manufactures has been very high. When one of our clients recently requested their facility be upgraded to touchless, lead times for quality systems were also at high levels. We are thankful to have such great relationships with our suppliers that they will do whatever is needed to help us serve our clients with the utmost speed. Because of this our team was able to obtain the equipment quicker than expected and installed it sooner than anticipated. Bryon, one of our Plumbing Service technicians worked with our supplier to make it all happen at great speed. Our team installed several hands-free lavatory faucets, bottle fillers, pressure-assisted toilets, and flush valves to help our client provide their staff with an added layer of safety they desired.

Preventing the spread to just one person makes all the efforts everyone puts in worth it. As we move into the future, these types of products need to stay top of mind. Not only do touchless materials and equipment help stop the spread of germs but it also conserves large amounts of water. Most faucets in larger facilities can save hundreds of gallons of water over the course of a couple of years. If your facility is interested in “going touchless” reach out to our team for all the help you might need.

Stay safe.

Meet Lisa Lute

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I am a Contract Administrator here at MSD. My role is creating billings for Construction, Controls, Special Projects, and Electrical. I process contracts, work with our insurance agent to provide insurance for customers and general contractors. I also communicate with general contractors on billing and construction required paperwork as well as vendor waivers required on our construction projects. I collect and log tax-exempt certificates for the above departments. I complete the company registrations and work with Accounting personnel to aid in collections.

I have been at MSD for 20 years. I work mostly with Project Managers, Sales, and Department Managers. My favorite thing about MSD has always been the people that I work with. I enjoy watching the projects we complete and all that is involved in this process. Some of my best memories were touring job sites in Dayton that we were working on and seeing what our field people do daily, as well as seeing some of the big equipment that we installed.

Some of my hobbies include a game night with my family, volunteering, spending time with my friends, walking, and watching movies. My family is my husband Jeff and my two daughters: Amber and Cassy. I also have two grandchildren Jack and Alice. I spend a great deal of time with my grandchildren, and it is amazing to see them grow and learn. Not being able to get out much they have been our entertainment and kept us laughing through this last year.

If I could live anywhere, where would it be? On a beach! I love listening to the ocean and relaxing, walking on the beach at night, and looking at the shells.

What was your favorite family vacation? We took our girls to Tennessee several times, and we always loved hiking and exploring the Tennessee mountains. We have so many good memories of our time spent there.

What makes you laugh most? Jack and Alice. They are 8 years and 22 months. Jack recently explained to me that he and his Mom were doing an experiment with avocado pits. He could not remember their name, so he just called them guacamole eggs!

If you could do anything for a day, what would it be? At this point anything that did not involve staying at home. Probably spend a day at a racetrack, this is my newest hobby.

What motivates you to work hard? Accomplishing a goal. It is very rewarding to see a problem solved or someone’s job made easier by something that I played a part in.

When you were little, what did you want to be? A Banker

Meet Victoria Sherrock

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My main role here at MSD is an Accountant in the Finance Department. I have been in this role for almost 8 years. Since RSM recently merged with MSD, my role has been changing some, but I love the different things that are thrown at me to learn and develop my skills in the department.

My husband, James, and I just had a baby boy in October 2020 (James V) so our lives these days revolve around getting to know this little man and enjoying the new things he does every day. We cannot wait for summer to be able to enjoy the outside with him.

If you could choose to do anything for a day, what would it be?

These days, I would take a “me” day and relax. Maybe get a massage or some much-needed sleep.

What two radio stations do you listen to in the car the most?

Sirius XM – the Highway OR Today’s Country on apple music.

What is your favorite family vacation?

Our honeymoon in Saint Lucia! It was so beautiful and so much fun; I would go back ASAP.

What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play?

 Watching football with my boys/family. (Bengals or Bills)

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I would go South, to Tennessee or somewhere near the mountains.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Becoming a mother to my sweet baby boy.