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Done Digging: Piping Alternative Delivers Chilled Water Solution

Horizonte Training and Instruction Center, HVAC
Products Used
Blue Pipe®
Location / Date
Salt Lake City, UT
Summer 2008

Aquatherm Advantages

  • PP-R’s natural insulation properties were huge since the pipe was buried
  • Heat fusion welding and corrosion resistance eased leakage concerns
  • Considering labor and materials, PP-R was the least expensive pipe option

The Challenge

The existing underground chilled water piping system failed due to faulty slip joints and missing stress blocks.

The Solution

Blue Pipe turned out to be the fastest, least expensive, and longest lasting replacement pipe option.

As HVAC supervisor for the Salt Lake City School District, Jon Woodward usually has his hands full. And with 40 years of experience in the industry, he generally prefers solving problems using proven technology.

So when he was dealing with underground leaking chilled water piping at an adult extended learning center, a new-to-him piping solution was met with trepidation. Wade Bennion, principal, Van Boerum & Frank, had introduced Aquatherm polypropylene piping to Woodward as a solution after overcoming his own hesitation about using a piping system other than metal.

Bennion said that in 30 years of business, he has never been fond of plastic piping. “My father was the founder of Bennion Associates, and he always said, ‘Every time you use plastic you get sued,’ so we stayed away from it,” Bennion recalled.

Ironically, Aquatherm has been proven in Europe over over 35 years. After talking at length with Aquatherm representatives and with other facility maintenance professionals who’ve used the product, Bennion realized it was a perfect fit for this project.