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Large Dose of PP-R Pipe Prescribed at Prestigious Harvard Medical School


Harvard Medical School, Retrofit/Heating and Cooling Distribution
Products Used
Green Pipe®
Blue Pipe®
Location / Date
Boston, MA
Winter 2013 – Present (ongoing)

Aquatherm Advantages

  • As Aquatherm pipe is corrosion-resistant, the “temporary/permanent” pipeline didn’t need to be charged with nitrogen to prevent rusting, as would have been necessary with steel
  • Aquatherm pipe is cold-resistant and has seismic capabilities
  • HMS received a comprehensive 10-year warranty covering the pipes, the fittings, and any incidental damage caused by material failure from manufacturer defect

The Challenge

The copper supply lines feeding fan coil units were leaking at the joints and corroding, and a corrosion-resistant temporary/permanent chiller line was needed to facilitate a repair in the mechanical room.

The Solution

On two separate jobs Aquatherm delivered excellent results, inspiring HMS to use PP-R on several other projects, including replacement of a leaking buried chilled water line.

Harvard Medical School, the graduate medical school of Harvard University located in the Longwood Medical Area of Boston, is one of the most prestigious medical schools in the country, and the world, for that matter. Harvard Medical School has been synonymous with excellence in education, research, and clinical care for generations.

For faculty, staff, and students alike, one key attribute that shouldn't be taken for granted is their comfort. Studies have shown a correlation of increased performance and optimum working conditions, resulting from ideal lighting conditions, indoor air quality, and indoor temperatures.

With a mix of old and new facilities, the Harvard Medical School (HMS) facility management staff recently faced some daunting mechanical systems upgrades. In the search for cutting-edge solutions, they discovered a perfect fit. Installations at the Gordon Hall administration building and New Research Building (NRB) have given the institution the much-needed piping solution the facility engineers sought.