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High-rise Senior Care Building Benefits from Innovative Pipe System

The Kenwood by Senior Star, Heating Distribution
Products Used
Blue Pipe®
Location / Date
Cincinnati, OH
Summer 2008 - 2010

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Compared to copper, there was a reduction of 20-25% savings in labor
  • The fusion process requires no toxic materials, glues, resins, or open flames
  • During a cold spell in construction, the water lines Aquatherm didn’t freeze, like copper would have

The Challenge

Copper prices were very high and the threat of jobsite theft loomed, so designers sought an alternative.

The Solution

Aquatherm's Blue Pipe delivered material savings and a flawless installation.

When the residents and employees of The Kenwood by Senior Star in Cincinnati are going about their days and nights in ambient comfort, it’s unlikely they spend even a moment thinking of the work that went into the design and installation of the 15-story, 515,000-square-foot tower’s heating system. Yet, in light of increasing energy prices and energy efficiency demands, that aspect of the building was an important consideration.

Developed by the Stratford Companies, an Indianapolis-based developer, marketer, and operator of senior housing communities, the project started in 2008 and wrapped up in July 2010. In summer 2010, Tulsa-based Senior Star Living finalized a long-term agreement with Toledo-based Health Care REIT, Inc. to lease and operate the senior living community which was then renamed The Kenwood by Senior Star. Located on the bluffs of the Ohio River Valley in Northeast Cincinnati, the development includes a 15-story tower and one three-story residential building.