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University of Utah Picks Aquatherm for Inventive, Sustainable Cooling System


University of Utah Picks Aquatherm for Inventive, Sustainable Cooling System

Products Used
Blue Pipe® Lilac Pipe® 
Location / Date
Salt Lake City
September 2013-Present

Aquatherm Advantages

  • The design team embraced the corrosion- and scale-resistance that PP-R offers
  • Aquatherm piping systems are non-leaching, fully recyclable and can contribute to LEED certification
  • Aquatherm Blue Pipe® multilayer faser (MF) allows for higher operating temperatures with thinner walls, reducing costs and improving flow rates
 Quinney Law School2

The Challenge

The engineering team designing the new building sought a corrosion-free, eco-friendly pipe system to move irrigation water from compartment to compartment in the thermal storage tank while being submerged under water


The Solution

Since Aquatherm pipe won’t corrode, scale, wear out, or clog, and hard water doesn’t affect the piping it was the perfect pipe for the job – and less expensive than copper

Quinney Law School1

A state-of-the-art, innovative building project designed to be a first-of-its-kind LEED Platinum facility most certainly would need creative, cutting-edge solutions to various construction obstacles along the way. Such was the case for the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law in Salt Lake City.

The College of Law had occupied the same campus building for 50 years, enduring a decrepit HVAC system, a lack of usable space as well as a shortage of many modern technological conveniences. The university’s administration wanted to provide a contemporary, accessible and sustainable facility—one they hope will be the first LEED Platinum law-school building in the United States—for its students, faculty, staff and guests.

After six years of intensive planning, the university began construction on a 155,000-sq-ft, six-story facility in June 2013. At the groundbreaking, S.J. Quinney College of Law Dean Robert Adler said, “This building will fulfill the educational needs of tomorrow’s lawyers while serving the broader Utah legal community and the community at large. We are committed to using the facility in ways that will better prepare skilled attorneys and problem-solving leaders.”

When it is completed in Fall 2015, the $63 million building will include large and small classrooms, a library, public reading rooms, group- and quiet-study areas, faculty and admissions offices, a café, an event catering kitchen, a student lounge and lockers, a childcare area, bicycle storage, a roof terrace and a moot courtroom with auditorium-style seating for 450 people. Also featured will be hubs in which students and faculty can analyze specific areas of law and complementary issues, such as The Center for Global Justice, The Center for Innovation in Legal Education, The Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences and The Wallace Stegner Center, which will be dedicated to examining environmental policy.