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PP-R Pipe Plays Key Role in Community Hospital’s Hurricane Katrina Restoration Project

Hancock Medical Center, Potable Water and HVAC
Products Used
Green Pipe®
Blue Pipe®
Location / Date
Bay St. Louis, MS
2011-2014 (multi-phase)

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Flame-free installation offered ease and safety in tight spaces
  • Branch connections via fusion outlets will allow for simple expansion if needed later
  • Leak-free connections will ensure a high-performance system without risk of failure or delaying operations

The Challenge

After experiencing devastating damage from Hurricane Katrina, the Hancock Medical Facility was in dire need of renovation and a new piping system.

The Solution

Aquatherm’s polypropylene-random (PP-R) pipe was chosen thanks to its stable pricing, lighter weight, resistance to corrosion, and easy installation.

Polypropylene-random piping system featured in Phase I of $24 million renovation

Damage and destruction, search and rescue, catastrophic disaster: These chilling phrases became integral to the American lexicon following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Gulf Coast in August 2005. Labeled the costliest U.S. natural disaster, the deadly storm caused an estimated $81 billion in property damage.

In many areas, no one — and no structure — was completely immune to the repercussions of the hurricane, not even a local community medical facility like the Hancock Medical Center in Bay St. Louis, MS. Completely ravaged, the county-owned hospital suffered approximately $26 million in damages.

In February 2011 — following a long planning and negotiation period, the hospital finally embarked upon a $24 million Federal Emergency Management Agency- (FEMA-) approved renovation and mitigation project. Severely damaged, the 80,000-sq-ft medical had to be completely renovated. The project was divided into five phases in order to keep the facility operational during the construction.

Area contractors including JEM Mechanical (Waveland); Hesma Engineering (Jackson); and local PHVAC distributor Ferguson Enterprises; and Hancock Medical Center's facility services department joined forces to recreate the facility's building blocks in Phase I of the project.