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Illinois’ Oldest School goes from "H" to "HVAC" with PP-R

Peoria High School, HVAC
Products Used
Blue Pipe®
Location / Date
Peoria, IL
Summer 2012

Aquatherm Advantages

  • PP-R is rigid yet slightly flexible, and also significantly lighter than its metal counterparts, making for an easier installation
  • The simple heat fusion process is easy to learn and provides reliable connections within seconds
  • Aquatherm’s pipes and fittings carry a 10-year, multi-million dollar warranty that covers any damage caused by manufacturer defect

The Challenge

The aging yet sturdy Peoria High school required a retrofit of the pipe system in tight spaces without the use of welding torches.

The Solution

Aquatherm’s polypropylene-random (PP-R) pipe provided a safe, quick installation along with significant labor and material savings.

This $6 million retrofit involving miles of PHVAC pipe had to be completed during summer break, but an experienced construction team met the tight deadline using Aquatherm's heat-fused polypropylene-random pipe and other cutting edge technologies.

With a rich history dating to the mid 19th century, Peoria High School is commonly referred to as "Central" due to its location and to distinguish it from two other Peoria high schools. As the oldest continually running high school in Illinois, the four-story, nearly 300,000-sq-ft building was built in 1916, with additions in 1961.

In winter 2011, district officials began planning an ambitious project that would add a new science wing and gymnasium/locker room to the nearly century-old facility. The scope of work also included replacing the entire steam heating system and adding ventilation and air conditioning.