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Florida Administration Building Finds Fix With Aquatherm Piping System


Project
St. Johns County Health Center HVAC, Chilled Water
Products Used
Aquatherm Blue Pipe®
Location / Date
St. Augustine, FL
February 2015

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Aquatherm piping’s potential labor savings and natural insulation properties were greater than any offered by traditional materials
  • Aquatherm’s Quick Check Estimator helped the mechanical contractor calculate labor savings using Aquatherm vs. traditional materials pre-installation
  • Aquatherm piping’s interior and exterior corrosion resistance staved off the negative effects of the aggressive local water
St Johns Case Study1

The Challenge

A new, $12 million health and human services center needed a high-quality HVAC system to help ensure the health and safety of its vulnerable clientele


The Solution

The mechanical contractor chose Aquatherm polypropylene-random (PP-R) piping because its potential labor savings and natural insulation properties were greater than any offered by traditional materials


When St. Johns County’s old health and human services building— previously the Flagler West Hospital—in St. Augustine, FL, reached the end of its useful life, the county commission “could’ve put $4.5 million worth of Band-Aids on the building or invested in a brand new facility, and chose the latter,” said St. Johns County Commissioner Rachael Bennett. Former St. Johns County Commissioner, now state Rep. Cyndi Stevenson called the 1960s structure “an energy hog,” while a staff report called it “functionally obsolete.” Even if brought up to code, the aged complex still would have needed major continual maintenance.

Instead, county commissioners cut the ribbon on the new, relocated St. Johns County Health Center in February 2015. The completed construction on the 75,000-sq-ft building cost approximately $12 million to build, $8 million of which came from the sale of the old property to Lowe’s Home Improvement. The center houses at least five St. Johns County agencies: Mental Health Services, the Florida Department of Health, the Department of Children and Families, Veterans Services, and the Family Integrity Program.