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Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center, Heating
Products Used
Blue Pipe®
Location / Date
March 2012-August 2013

Aquatherm Advantages

  • The installer saved the owner $25,000 in labor costs by using Aquatherm instead of black pipe
  • Additional savings were realized since they didn't have to rent a crane to get equipment to the 6th floor
  • Aquatherm piping systems possess an inherent insulation value

The Challenge

Finding a pipe material the for heat pump system that would save on material and labor costs while delivering a better solution


The Solution

Aquatherm Blue Pipe® saved the owner time and money during installation while building a longer lasting, corrosion-free system



When Ryan Kerrigan, Vice President,
Sherman Mechanical Inc., in Cary, IL, was tasked with designing and installing the heat pump system for the new Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center, he was presented with a different solution to the black piping that he was accustomed to using in projects of this kind. Aquatherm Blue Pipe® was proposed as an alternative, and since Kerrigan and his team had never used the heat-fused, polypropylene systems before, he was intrigued and wanted to learn more.

Skip Newton, with PVF Solutions, the local Aquatherm representative, gave the team at Sherman Mechanical a presentation to show how Aquatherm piping works. “Skip showed us how light the pipe was and how easy it was to work with,” Kerrigan said.

“I really liked the fact that the piping has thermal properties and again how light it was. One pipefitter can lift and carry a 20-foot piece of piping that is 8 inches in diameter, up on his shoulder. To do that with black pipe, you would need two pipefitters for each 10-foot section. Skip gave a great presentation and we were able to easily convince the building owner that this was an appropriate product to use.

All Aquatherm pipe systems have a low thermal conductivity that provides an inherent R-value which can reduce or eliminate the need for insulation. The Aquatherm 10-year warranty that covers any parts, labor, personal injury and accidental damages due to manufacturer defect also made Aquatherm an easy choice for the owner.

At the time, before the Aquatherm product could be installed in the building, it had to be approved by the planning committee for the city of Chicago. However, Newton and others involved with the job were able to get the product approved in the city of Chicago for mechanical building service applications.